Nabarros wins the top spot as Isis dumps regeneration panel

Nabarros wins the top spot as Isis dumps regeneration panel” />Waterways regeneration body Isis has abolished its panel and appointed Nabarro Nathanson as its sole legal adviser.

The move will be a blow to Addleshaw Goddard and DLA, which are also on the panel for UK regional work, and for MacRoberts, which has done some Scottish development work for Isis.

Isis is a public-private partnership, 50 per cent owned by British Waterways in partnership with construction company Amec and regeneration fund Igloo. The partnership was set up just over a year ago, with Ashurst advising British Waterways and Addleshaws advising Amec.

Historically, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Norton Rose have also had close relationships with British Waterways, which is the biggest stakeholder. BLP was instructed last year on British Waterways’ £2bn regeneration of Wood Wharf, which is adjacent to Canary Wharf, following a beauty contest in which it beat Nabarros.

Isis is currently running a £1.4bn urban regeneration scheme developing eight sites over three years, but this is to be extended over a 10-year period in which the body will develop many more sites.

Sources at Nabarros said Isis felt it was sensible to consolidate its external legal advice into a single UK firm with construction, planning and property capabilities.

The Isis relationship is managed by partner Delia Kempley, who joined from BLP last December when Nabarros also took on former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer property star James George.