Robbie Owen, Pinsent Masons

Company | Pinsent Masons
Job Position | Partner


Robbie is Head of Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs at Pinsent Masons.

He has over 30 years' experience of promoting and opposing a wide range of nationally significant and major transport and other infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients, including in the heavy and light rail, urban transit, roads, ports & harbours, aviation, water and waterways sectors.

He is also a "Roll A" Parliamentary Agent: one of a small number of practising lawyers authorised by the Westminster Parliament to act as agent for those promoting and opposing Private and Hybrid Bills in Parliament.

Most of Robbie's work relates to the planning and consenting process for large UK infrastructure projects, whether through Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, Hybrid Bills or other means. He is widely regarded as one of the top five UK infrastructure planning lawyers in the market and was recognised in Planning magazine's 'Planning Power 100' list in 2013.

Robbie’s ongoing projects include the promotion of planning and other consents for Heathrow’s Expansion and for Tilbury2.

Over the last few years he has advised on a broad range of projects which have included the promoters of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel in London, recently consented and now in procurement; the promoters of London’s Northern line extension to Battersea and the A14 improvement scheme in Cambridgeshire, now both under construction; the promoters of London Gateway Port and Park and the Nottingham Express Transit extensions and Workplace Parking Levy scheme, all now operational; and various public bodies, landowners and others on the High Speed 2 Phase 1 proposals.

Robbie is the founder, a Board member and Secretary of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA). He advised the Armitt Infrastructure Review between 2013 and 2015, including drafting the Draft Bill that the Review published and consulted on. He was a member of the Executive Group for National Needs Assessment: A Vision for UK Infrastructure set up in summer 2015 and which reported in October 2016. He is a member of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission’s Expert Advisory Group and is also regularly active in a number of other infrastructure bodies and groups.

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