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Tobias Shaw Paul


Tobias Shaw Paul supports clients on all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase, environmental and highways law, undertaking a wide variety of residential, commercial and infrastructure work: from garden sheds to nuclear power stations.

Tobias is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Scotland - as well as being a notary public and Affiliate Writer to the Signet - which enables him to assist clients across the whole UK. He has particular experience supporting clients in the licensed trade and hospitality sectors and in relation to the development and restoration of heritage assets such as listed buildings.

Tobias's work builds on his previous roles as a consultant to both the UK and Scottish governments as well as his knowledge and prior experience in the specialist fields of local government, ecclesiastical and international law.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Advising East West Railway Company Ltd – a wholly owned body of the Department for Transport – on the preparation of a development consent order application for a new railway line between Oxford, Bedford and Cambridge, including in relation to: environmental impact assessment and habitats assessment; land acquisition strategy in collaboration with the client's land referencing consultants; land access and survey licensing (including use of statutory powers); and stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • Acting for the Department for Transport with respect to airport capacity enhancement and UK airspace modernisation including freedom of information compliance, advice on handling of blight notices and purchase notices and commercial advice regarding the client's relationship with Heathrow Airport Limited and other key stakeholders.
  • Supporting Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Ltd – a subsidiary of Halton Borough Council – on all aspects of land acquisition, valuation, compensation and operational arrangements for the Mersey Gateway Bridge under the applicable Transport and Works Act Orders and the Transport Act 2000, including implementation of General Vesting Declarations, notices to treat and associated compensation negotiations and conduct of Upper Tribunal proceedings.
  • Assisting High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd on the construction of Phase One of the route between London and Birmingham, including regarding compulsory purchase compensation obligations, operational use of highways and subsequent reinstatement and the exercise of statutory powers for the temporary use of land, and a 100% record of success managing Schedule 17 planning appeals and connected litigation.
  • Successfully securing a development consent order for Ineos Group to authorise a circa £1billion underground gas storage facility including significant associated on-shore linear infrastructure and connections with a major emphasis on agreeing timely and effective statements of common ground with key stakeholders and landowners and demonstrating the client's ability to satisfy the public interest and financial requirements to obtain and exercise powers of compulsory acquisition.
  • Acting as solicitor to a private street works authority in relation to the exercise of statutory powers to undertake works in the relevant streets and highways, negotiating and securing appropriate protective provisions and indemnities from statutory undertakers (including obtaining and granting associated deeds, wayleaves and licences) and recovery of costs and expenses under the applicable statutory codes.
  • University of Cambridge, BA
  • University of Law, LPC - Distinction
Tobias is an active participant in the firm's Head Start programme, mentoring talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to support them in accessing higher education and the professions, and – away from the office – is a freeman and guild brother of the City of Glasgow.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Scotland
  • Affiliate Writer to the Signet
  • Notary Public