Pinsent lures five more infra lawyers from rival

Five senior infrastructure planning experts are following Robbie Owen from Bircham Dyson Bell to Pinsent Masons.

Law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed five new senior lawyers to its London-based infrastructure planning and government affairs division.

All five – Ian Cameron, Sarah Clark, Tom Henderson, Duncan O’Connor and Francis Tyrrell – are moving from rival law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. A press release said they would join their new employer “over the summer”.

At Pinsent Masons, the team of five will be reunited with Robbie Owen, who left Bircham Dyson Bell last month to head up the infrastructure planning and government affairs unit at Pinsent Masons.

The team has experience of advising on infrastructure projects in the road, rail, urban transit, port & harbour and power line sectors. It is currently advising on the parliamentary procedures which will apply to the government’s High-Speed Two (HS2) phase 1 hybrid bill expected to be published in December this year.

The team will form part of Pinsent Masons’ planning, parliamentary and environment practice, which the firm claims is the largest of its type in the UK with a third more lawyers than its nearest rival.

Richard Ford, the firm’s head of planning, parliamentary and environment, said the new team’s “major infrastructure and parliamentary experience propels our capabilities to new heights”.

Pinsent Masons has over 1,500 lawyers in total, 500 of them based in London. The firm also has four offices in Asia Pacific, two in the Gulf and two further offices in Europe.