Pinsent Masons extends Northern Line mandate after Bircham hires

Pinsent Masons’ freshly-installed projects team are taking forward the Transport for London (TfL) tube mandate they won while at Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) after their move last month.

Pinsents’ infrastructure, planning and government affairs group head Robbie Owen will lead his old BDB team when the public enquiry into the extension to the Northern Line (NLE) launches on November 17.

The team is instructed by TfL commercial law head Diane Maino and has been dealing with planning applications to extend the NLE to Battersea since 2008, when they were at Bircham Dyson Bell

Senior associates Ian Cameron, Sarah Clark, Tom Henderson, Duncan O’Connor and Francis Tyrrell all went to Pinsents last month from BDB to join Owen, who moved to the firm earlier in the summer (5 June 2013).

BDB first won the pitch for the NLE role in 2008. At the time the expansion project was being run by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, which later went bust, prompting a takeover by TfL and a new tender process.

The work was re-tendered in January 2012 and BDB regained its spot in March that year. Now at Pinsents, the team are aiming to secure planning permission for the NLE, which would give Battersea is own tube station, unlocking further building potential in the large Nine Elms development zone in London which spans Wandsworth, Vauxhall and Lambeth.

Neither Pinsents or BDB is currently on TfL’s panel, but as a ‘roll A’ Parliamentary Agent, Owen is one of a list of lawyers able to promote and oppose private and hybrid bills in Parliament.

In 2012 TfL cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11, pushing Bird & Bird, Clifford Chance, Manches and Travers off the roster (30 October 2012).