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Home / News and Insights / Press / Leading energy and transport infrastructure lawyer, Duncan O’Connor, rejoins BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans LLP has further strengthened its market leading infrastructure team with the addition of Duncan O‘Connor, who re-joins the firm as a partner from Pinsent Masons. A specialist in securing consent for major infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors, Duncan brings a wealth of experience and expertise in these key areas for the UK’s economic recovery and climate change targets.

Duncan is a highly respected lawyer in his field and brings considerable experience in securing consents for major infrastructure projects. Previously an associate who trained at the firm, Duncan has over 12 years’ experience acting for public and private sector promoters of major projects. He successfully spearheaded advice to TfL on the £1 billion Silvertown Tunnel scheme, and advised Heathrow Airport on the surface access strategy for its third runway project. He is currently acting on the promotion of the Northumberland Line – a flagship rail scheme within the government’s project speed initiative.

He has acted on several nationally significant energy projects including National Grid’s Nemo Link interconnector (UK-Belgium), the Cory Riverside Energy Park and Tata Steel’s 150MW generating station at the Port Talbot steelworks.

Andrew Smith, Managing Partner at BDB Pitmans, comments:

‘Duncan’s reputation in the energy and transport industries precedes him – he has a proven track record of securing the best outcomes for clients involved in major infrastructure projects. He will no doubt be instrumental in boosting our already strong reputation for energy infrastructure and we are really excited to welcome him back to the firm.

Growth in this sector will be a key pillar of the UK’s plan for economic recovery, particularly as the government looks to drive regeneration and the levelling up agenda – with a commitment to investing £600 billion over the next five years. Our sector-leading team is perfectly positioned to offer expert advice to public and private sector clients in the delivery and implementation of these projects.’

Duncan O’Connor, Partner at BDB Pitmans, comments:

‘The BDB Pitmans team has an outstanding reputation in the market and it is with great pleasure that I am returning to the firm. I am looking forward to expanding the firm’s footprint in the energy and transport sectors specifically, and supporting clients to deliver the infrastructure that will help to decarbonise the UK’s economy and better connect our regions and cities.’

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