Skip to main content
CLOSE

Charities

Close

Corporate and Commercial

Close

Employment and Immigration

Close

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance

Close

Fraud and Investigations

Close

Individuals

Close

Litigation

Close

Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration

Close

Public Law

Close

Real Estate

Close

Restructuring and Insolvency

Close

Energy

Close

Entrepreneurs

Close

Private Wealth

Close

Real Estate

Close

Tech and Innovation

Close

Transport and Infrastructure

Close
Home / Expertise / Services / Public Law / Parliamentary Agency

Parliamentary Agency

We have practised as Parliamentary Agents for around 250 years.

  • Contact us
Public Law

What are Parliamentary Agents?

 

 

We advise on:

  • the promotion of Private Bills and Hybrid Bills;
  • petitioning against Private Bills and Hybrid Bills;
  • all aspects of Parliamentary procedure, including advising on appearing before select committees and special parliamentary procedure orders;
  • drafting primary legislation and secondary legislation, as well as byelaws, rules and regulations; and
  • drafting, or obtaining, Legislative Reform Orders and other statutory instruments

Our clients include a cross-section of Government departments, legislatures (including the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Government of Gibraltar), public sector bodies, charities, individuals and other organisations. We work with our Public Affairs colleagues to successfully navigate the intersection of law, politics, and policy. We can help with formulating government policy and delivering or changing legislation to achieve our client’s objectives.

Our team includes five “Roll A” Parliamentary Agents, more than any other firm, and a Principal Parliamentary Clerk. Our Parliamentary Agents and Principal Parliamentary Clerk are all actively involved in the promotion of and opposition to local and hybrid legislation.

Our Parliamentary team is closely integrated with our infrastructure team and secures harbour orders, transport and works act orders and development consent orders to implement nationally significant and major infrastructure.

Our experience helping Promoters

We have an extensive breadth to our experience advising local authorities, charitable trusts, corporate bodies, conservators, and other organisations in the promotion of Private Bills. In total, we have been involved in the promotion of 41 Private Bills – more than any other Parliamentary Agency –  since 1991.

Our recent Bill promotion work includes acting on: the Highgate Cemetery Bill on behalf of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust; the Middle Level Act 2018 on behalf of the Middle Level Conservators; the Humber Bridge Act 2013 on behalf of the Humber Bridge Board; as well as Private Bills for various local authorities.

 

Our experience helping Petitioners

We have also assisted over 100 Petitioners who have objected to the recent hybrid bills for Crossrail, HS2 Phase 1 and HS2 Phase 2a.

Please see our HS2 page for more information.

 

Our legislative drafting experience

We have drafted and advised on:

  • Public Bills, including for Government departments, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Government of Gibraltar;
  • amendments to Public Bills including for charities, private companies and individuals;
  • Private Bills and Hybrid Bills (see above);
  • Private Member Bills for MPs, charities and other bodies;
  • Secondary legislation (including harbour orders, transport and works act orders and development consent orders); and
  • Other legal instruments such as safeguarding directions, byelaws, regulations and road user charging orders.

Related Services and Sectors

Services
Sectors
""

Our Offices

London
One Bartholomew Close
London
EC1A 7BL

Cambridge
50/60 Station Road
Cambridge
CB1 2JH

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
4 Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

 

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
4 Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

  • Lexcel
  • CYBER ESSENTIALS PLUS

© BDB Pitmans 2024. One Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7BL - T +44 (0)345 222 9222

Our Services

Charities chevron
Corporate and Commercial chevron
Employment and Immigration chevron
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance chevron
Fraud and Investigations chevron
Individuals chevron
Litigation chevron
Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration chevron
Public Law chevron
Real Estate chevron
Restructuring and Insolvency chevron

Sectors and Groups

Private Wealth chevron
Real Estate chevron
Transport and Infrastructure chevron