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Paul Irving

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Local and Central Government & Transport and Infrastructure

Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2017Paul Irving - Chambers UK 2016

Paul specialises in advising on and drafting legislation relating to railways, harbours, energy schemes and other public infrastructure. He also advises on negotiations and drafting of protective provisions and undertakings for both promoters and objectors and has extensive knowledge of transport, human rights, planning, compulsory purchase, compensation and environmental law.

Relevant work also includes drafting byelaws and advising on constitutional matters for harbour authorities and other statutory bodies.


Recent experience

  • Having led the team acting for the Department for Transport on the Hybrid Bill to authorise the Crossrail project, continuing to advise Crossrail Limited and the Department on the implementation of the Crossrail Act powers
  • Acting for Network Rail in connection with the implementation of their powers for the Reading Station improvement proposals, and on their current application for a development consent for their Ipswich Chord proposals
  • Acting on the promotion of the proposed Croxley Link extension of the London Underground Metropolitan line
  • Acting for Associated British Ports in the authorisation of harbour projects at Hull, Grimsby and King's Lynn and for the Port of London Authority in promoting legislation to revise their powers to regulate the river Thames
  • Acting for the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive in authorising and implementing promoting extensions of the Midland tram system

Professional memberships

Law Society of England & Wales
Society of Parliamentary Agents (Secretary 1996 to 2002, President, 2004 to 2006)

Work history

1992 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
1992 Roll A Parliamentary Agent
1991 Re-qualified as a Solicitor
1986 Joined Winckworth Sherwood
1985 to 1986, Pupillage with David Oliver QC & John Martineau at 13 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn

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Social Housing Annual Conference 2017

Thu 09 Nov 2017

200 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HD

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The ‘smart and creative’ team at Winckworth Sherwood is particularly well known for specialist ecclesiastical charity work, and acts for seven major Church of England dioceses, often in matters of significant value.

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