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About Paul

Paul specialises in advising on and drafting legislation relating to railways, harbours, energy schemes and other public infrastructure. He also advises on negotiations and drafting of protective provisions and undertakings for both promoters and objectors and has extensive knowledge of transport, human rights, planning, compulsory purchase, compensation and environmental law.

Relevant work also includes drafting byelaws and advising on constitutional matters for harbour authorities and other statutory bodies.

Recent Experience

  • Having led the team acting for the Department for Transport on the Hybrid Bill to authorise the Crossrail project, continuing to advise Crossrail Limited and the Department on the implementation of the Crossrail Act powers
  • Acting for Network Rail in connection with the implementation of their powers for the Reading Station improvement proposals, and on their current application for a development consent for their Ipswich Chord proposals
  • Acting on the promotion of the proposed Croxley Link extension of the London Underground Metropolitan line
  • Acting for Associated British Ports in the authorisation of harbour projects at Hull, Grimsby and King’s Lynn and for the Port of London Authority in promoting legislation to revise their powers to regulate the river Thames
  • Acting for the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive in authorising and implementing promoting extensions of the Midland tram system

Professional Memberships

Law Society of England & Wales
Society of Parliamentary Agents (Secretary 1996 to 2002, President, 2004 to 2006)

Career Experience

1992 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

1992: Roll A Parliamentary Agent

1991: Re-qualified as a Solicitor

1986: Joined Winckworth Sherwood

1985 to 1986: Pupillage with David Oliver QC & John Martineau at 13 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn

‘Paul Irving remains without equal in this field – his quiet almost self-effacing manner belies his longstanding expertise and impeccable judgement.’

Legal 500 2022

Paul Irving stands out for his “endless knowledge, analytical ability and impeccable judgement.”

Legal 500, 2017

“You can count on him for top-rate guidance – he is a quiet man but he never wastes a word.”

Chambers and Partners UK

Sources view him as “clearly the top man for parliamentary agency work.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2016