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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



Sarah specialises in infrastructure planning. She has over 10 years of experience in advising a wide range of public and private sector clients, helping them to secure the special consents they need to successfully deliver railway, highway, energy, flood defence and other major projects.

She offers expertise in drafting legislative instruments, public inquiry work, securing compulsory purchase powers, drafting and negotiating agreements and advising generally on planning, environmental and heritage issues.

Sarah also has a keen interest in public law and regularly advises public bodies on a wide range of issues relevant to the lawful exercise of their functions.

Sarah is dual qualified in Scots and English law and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on current issues in her areas of expertise.


Career highlights

  • Advising Transport for London on its major infrastructure projects, including the £30 billion plans for Crossrail 2, the £1 billion Northern Line Extension and the £600 million Victoria Station Upgrade projects
  • Advising the Environment Agency in respect of a range of fisheries matters and in respect of major flood defence schemes, including the £100 million Boston Barrier and the £60 million Ipswich Barrier projects
  • Advising HS2 Limited in respect of the early development of its proposals for a new high speed rail network
  • Acting for National Grid in respect of its Hinkley Point C Grid Connection Development Consent application
  • Advising Able Humber Ports Limited in respect of its planned Able Marine Energy Park

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