NIPA Board Secretary and Director; Partner, Head of Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons LLP
Robbie is a planning and infrastructure lawyer at Pinsent Masons.He has over 25 years' experience of promoting and opposing a wide range of nationally significant and major transport and other infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients, including in the heavy and light rail, urban transit, roads, ports & harbours, water and waterways sectors. He is widely regarded as one of the leading infrastructure planning lawyers in the UK market and was recognised in Planning magazine's 'Planning Power 100' list in 2013.Since 2007 Robbie has been an active participant in the Planning Act regime, both advising clients on it and also governments on the creation, implementation and reform of the regime. He co-edited Butterworths Planning Law: A Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects, published in July 2009 and which remained the only textbook on the Planning Act regime for over four years.
Partner, Planning and Infrastructure, Bircham Dyson Bell
Angus graduated in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1982.After a first career in information technology (such as it was at the time) he requalified as a lawyer in 1999 and joined the Westminster law firm Bircham Dyson Bell in 2000. Since 2014 he has headed the team of 23 infrastructure planning specialists there. Having acted for and against various infrastructure projects under various legal regimes, he took a particular interest in the new regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects created by the Planning Act 2008. He started a blog on it in July 2009, a year before the first application was made under the Act. The blog now has around 650 entries and nearly 1000 subscribers. He has actually worked on NSIPs as well, acting for the promoters of six successfully consented projects and for third parties affected by a further four, as well as several major forthcoming applications. As well as having been voted as Chair of NIPA in 2015, the first such election, he is a member of the Planning and Environmental Law Committee of the Law Society and DCLG's Nationally Significant Infrastructure Sounding Board.
Director, RNA Energy
Ian Fletcher is a Divisional Director and DCO Lead at Jacobs.He has been working on DCO’s since Royal Assent of the Planning Act 2008. He was Planning Manager for the Upper Thames Reservoir and from April 2009 was the DCO lead on the Thames Tideway Tunnel. He led on its designation as an NSIP, responding to the draft Waste Water NPS, assembling the application for Development Consent, managing the examination team, defending the consent from judicial reviews and overseeing the implementation of the consent ensuring compliance with the DCO. For Jacobs he is bidding for work on new DCO’s.
Partner in the Planning & Environment Department at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
James is a Partner in the Planning and Environment Department at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.He has almost 20 years of experience advising on major infrastructure projects including those involving issues associated with compulsory purchase of land, environmental impact assessment and Habitats Directive assessments. He has acted on a wide range of major infrastructure projects in various sectors including road, rail, ports and ferry services, water and waste water and regeneration. He has acted for a range of different clients including central and local government and utility companies, as well as public and private companies. He also advises on a range of conventional planning matters.
Senior Director, Quod
Environmental Manager within the Wind Power department at Ørsted
Sarah is an Environmental Manager within the Wind Power department at Ørsted.Sarah is an environmental professional with extensive experience in the areas of environmental impact assessment (EIA/ESIA), lender compliance and transboundary impacts/ESPOO. Prior to her current role, she worked as an environmental consultant on large-scale mixed-use regeneration developments across London as well as a wide range of major infrastructure projects. She has experience working within several consenting regimes across various sectors including energy, mining and oil and gas. Notable projects include Hornsea Three offshore wind farm, Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline, Thorpe Marsh gas pipeline and Istanbul New Airport. She is currently an environment and consents specialist within Ørsted (previously Dong Energy), working on their offshore renewables portfolio.
Solicitor and partner with Burges Salmon LLP
Julian is a solicitor and partner with Burges Salmon LLP.Julian has specialised in infrastructure consenting for over 20 years. He has advised on over 20 DCO schemes since 2009 mostly advising promoters, but also local authorities and affected parties. His experience covers transport, energy and major regeneration and housing schemes. He is regularly involved in complex EIA, Habitats Directive and compulsory acquisition issues, and appears as advocate at DCO hearings. He frequently speaks at industry conferences on infrastructure consenting. He is Chair of the RenewableUK Offshore Consents and Licensing Group.
Associate Director - Project Management (Consultancy) at Mace