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Bircham Dyson Bell’s Real Estate and Infrastructure teams shortlisted for two prestigious awards

News and ViewsNewsBircham Dyson Bell’s Real Estate and Infrastructure teams shortlisted for two prestigious awards
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Managing Partner

Angus Walker

Angus Walker


BDB’s renowned real estate and infrastructure teams have been shortlisted for not one, but two awards:

  • Solicitors Journal ‘Property Team of the Year’ – celebrating their 160th year of publication, Solicitors Journal announced the inauguration of The Solicitors Journal Awards: Recognising brilliance in a changing legal world. Judges’ comments included ‘the judges singled out the unheralded approach to client communication. Acclaim was also reserved for the breadth of cross-departmental work, which demonstrates talent, skill, and dedication’. Winners to be announced 25 May.
  • The Lawyer Awards ‘Infrastructure Projects Team of the Year’ – the awards celebrate excellence across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar. Now in its 22nd year, The Lawyer Awards has established itself as the leading awards initiative within the legal sector and it is unquestionably the biggest night of the year for the profession. Winners to be announced 29 June.

The teams’ work on the  proposed  electricity connection from the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station was the principal project for which the firm has been shortlisted, and was the flagship project for National Grid being the largest new electricity transmission project proposed in decades. The project is both the longest and one of the largest to have been considered under the development consent regime. The examination included months of hearings taking place and repeated rounds of written questions being posed, including a record breaking 857 written questions from the five Planning Inspectors.

Andrew Smith, Head of Real Estate commented:

‘We were particularly pleased to note the judges’ comments regarding client communication and cross-departmental work.  Projects of this scale can only be delivered through the client, lawyers and other consultants all working together as one team, which was certainly the case here.’

Angus Walker, Head of Government and Infrastructure team and author of the Planning Act Blog said:

‘We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award and I pay tribute to my colleagues’ ability to handle one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country so successfully’

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