Rail organisation set to form first legal panel
Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) is in the process of creating its first-ever legal panel.The organisation, the delivery vehicle for the Crossrail project, began the tendering process at the beginning of September and is expecting to appoint a panel of between two and four firms to deal specifically with land acquisitions.The organisation currently has no formal panel for its general legal work but works regularly with Ashurst.The advisers will help CLRL purchase the land necessary to complete the development of the new rail routes. CLRL head of legal Mark Fell said: "CLRL is about to commence the task of acquiring over 13,000 interests in land pursuant to the powers granted by the Crossrail Act. He added: "We are committed to performing this function... in an efficient and cost effective manner to enable the construction works to proceed to programme. We will be looking to our external lawyers to support us in meeting those objectives."The panel is expected to be completed early next year. In addition to Ashurst, which was appointed as an adviser to the organisation in February 2002, CMS Cameron McKenna also has ties to the organisation as it advised the UK Government on the funding of the project.Crossrail is a 50/50 joint venture between Transport for London and the Department for Transport. Once completed, new rail links will run through London from Maidenhead to Shenfield and Abbey Wood via both Liverpool Street and Heathrow Airport.
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