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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) LLP and Pitmans LLP merged on 1 December 2018 to become BDB Pitmans LLP. More details can be found here

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Laura advises on a wide range of public law issues spanning governance of public bodies, constitutional law, public procurement, as well as regulatory and information law including legislative interpretation and proposed statutory amendments.

She also has a keen understanding of issues facing public bodies and experience of Parliamentary processes including both public and hybrid legislation.  Laura’s practice includes environmental and planning law and she regularly acts for both promoters of and opponents to major infrastructure projects. She represents regulator clients before their registration panels and advises on professional conduct investigations. In terms of public procurement she works closely with clients on design and delivery and represents both contracting authorities and bidders in cases where a challenge has arisen.

Laura helps clients develop practical and agile solutions and has the ability to translate highly technical law into meaningful advice which achieves the client’s goal.

Career highlights

Public law

  • Advising a healthcare regulator on procurement issues including design and implementation of procurement processes and defending a challenge from a disappointed bidder
  • Advising a public body in relation to highly sensitive evidence given before a Parliamentary Committee including advising on extensive ramifications of this matter
  • Successfully securing several orders in relation to land drainage schemes

Infrastructure

  • Acted for National Grid in relation to a large new grid connection project, promoting a development consent order
  • Acting for a number of petitioners against High Speed 2

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