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Alastair Lewis

Senior Partner

Alastair is the head of the firm’s parliamentary and planning teams and a Parliamentary Agent, one of a very small number of lawyers entitled to promote and oppose private and hybrid legislation in Parliament. He acts for clients in the public and private sector in promoting and opposing Parliamentary Bills, development consent orders, harbour orders, transport and works orders, byelaws and other secondary legislation.

His work includes the promotion of and opposition to major infrastructure projects, which in turn requires specialist knowledge of planning law, compulsory purchaseenvironmental and highways law and practice. He also promotes legislation for public bodies who require additional statutory powers, requiring knowledge expertise in all aspects of public law and regulatory work.

Alastair qualified at Sharpe Pritchard and has practised in the Parliamentary and Planning team since then. He has promoted more Bills in Parliament than any other agent in that time and has acted on most of the major infrastructure projects that have attracted parliamentary scrutiny.

Alastair advises clients in a wide range of sectors including central government, local government, real estateregeneration and transportation.

Alastair has been ranked in the top tier of the parliamentary section in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 for a number of years.

Membership of relevant organisations: Alastair is a former honorary secretary and president of the Society of Parliamentary Agents and is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

Publications: Alastair is the editor of the parliamentary section of Halsbury’s Forms and Precedents.

Qualified
1992

Joined Sharpe Pritchard
1992

 

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Recent work

  • acting for a large number of petitioners on the HS2 hybrid bill, including most of the local authorities and a number of significant landowners;
  • promoting Bills for the London Borough Councils and Transport for London in 2012 and 2013;
    promoting six other private bills for a bank and other local authorities since 2012;
  • acting for the opponents to the Rookery South Development Consent Order in the Special Parliamentary Procedure and for the government in the promotion of the two other most recent SPP orders;
  • acting for landowners affected by Crossrail Line 2 and for a large number of significant petitioners on the original Crossrail Bill;
  • acting for a number of clients in drafting amendments to government legislation in the current and recent sessions, a number of which have been taken up.

 

What others say

Alastair Lewis “is well versed in the promotion and opposition of all kinds of legislation including that relating to major national infrastructure projects.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Alastair Lewis is "always extremely knowledgeable, accessible and good on customer care."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"very client-friendly, a good communicator, responds in a very timely manner, and has lots of expertise." 
Chambers and Partners 2016.

Alastair Lewis is ranked as a 'leading individual' for his skills "not only as a very sound adviser but also a sympathetic advocate and very experienced all-round Parliamentary lawyer.” 
Legal 500 2016.

Lewis and Emyr Thomas win praise for their "expert knowledge and experience on Parliamentary matters".
Legal 500 2016.

Practice head Alastair Lewis is a "parliamentary star"
Legal 500 2016.

“The most popular Londoner in the county”
HS2 client.

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