Bircham Dyson Bell LLP to Advise on High-Speed 2 Rail Project

12 Apr, 2011

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP has been appointed by HS2 Limited in a two year contract, to provide legal advice to it and its consultants on all aspects of planning, environmental appraisal, public consultation and blight management, as well as general legal support on corporate issues as required on the proposed high-speed railway to link London to the West Midlands and beyond.

HS2 Limited, the company set up by the Government to advise on the development of high speed rail, has chosen Bircham Dyson Bell LLP as its legal partner to help with all government compliance and stated legal requirements.

“Work will begin with immediate effect, and we’re very pleased to have engaged with the major projects team at BDB who have a strong track record in this sector and genre of legal work,” said Alison Munro, Chief Executive, HS2 Limited.

HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport are currently holding a public consultation on High Speed Rail covering the Government’s proposed strategy for a wider network linking London, the West Midlands and Manchester and Leeds, and the proposals for a route from London to the West Midlands.

If the Government decides at the end of this year to go ahead with high speed rail, HS2 Ltd would do further detailed design work and an Environmental Impact Assessment on the London to West Midlands line, and a hybrid bill would be introduced in 2013. They are also currently working on the line of route and station locations of the extensions to Manchester and Leeds.

“Major project authorisation is very much our speciality, and so we’re delighted to be working with HS2 – we have a great track record, built on ability to deliver and enthusiasm for doing so, and our team which includes a core group of seven lawyers can’t wait to get started,” explains Paul Thompson, Partner leading the team at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.

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