LCR GC departs after High Speed 1 disposal

London Continental Railways (LCR) general counsel and company secretary Chris Hamill has left the organisation after overseeing the £2.1bn sale of its High Speed 1 rail business.

High Speed 1 was sold as a 50-50 deal between Canadian pension funds Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Following the deal LCR is focusing on its portfolio of land interests and regeneration projects at King’s Cross Central and Stratford Business District, meaning there is no further need for an in-house counsel.

Hamill said of the deal: “It was a huge personal achievement. It’s quite rare for a lawyer to get the chance to be part of a project from beginning to end, and to see a successful conclusion to the project finished things off very well for me.”

Hamill worked as a corporate lawyer at K&L Gates before being seconded to LCR in 1994, around the time it purchased a 40 per cent stake in Eurostar.

He was instrumental in setting up an in-house team of lawyers for Eurostar and also worked with an external panel including Ashurst, Cripps Harries Hall and Nabarro on major land acquisitions while the track was being constructed between 1994 and 1997.
Hamill then turned his attention to High Speed 1, forging a longstanding ­relationship with Herbert Smith.