The Institution of Civil Engineers has recognised the contribution of a leading infrastructure lawyer with an invitation to Fellowship. Adrian Eakin, a Partner at Pinsent Masons specialising in the infrastructure sector has accepted a Presidential Invitation from Professor Lord Robert Mair to become a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The Presidential Invitation is a special route to Fellowship, offered selectively to people of prominence who have made a strong contribution to the sector.
Founded in 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineering is the oldest civil engineering institution in the world and represents civil engineers with over 90,000 members in more than 150 countries around the world. Many of the profession’s greatest engineers have served as President of ICE including Thomas Telford, Robert Stephenson and Sir William Halcrow.
Adrian Eakin said, “As a non-engineering professional, to be recognised with this prestigious accolade is a great honour, and one I am delighted to accept. Having advised on major projects across the UK and Ireland, I am aware of the esteem in which ICE is held as a professional body. This award comes on the back of a successful year for the Infrastructure Team at Pinsent Masons where we have picked up awards for Global Construction Law Firm of the Year (Who’s Who Legal), Energy & Infrastructure Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards) and Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer Awards).
“At Pinsent Masons our strategy is built upon our sector-based approach, with Infrastructure being one of those five key areas (also Advanced Manufacturing & Tech, Energy, Financial Services and Real Estate). That allows us to build deep knowledge and develop outstanding client relationships including renewing our ‘sole supplier’ arrangement with Balfour Beatty, and advise on projects of national and international significance such as HS2 and the expansion of Heathrow.
“That strategy is delivering significant growth, with global turnover up to £450m for FY17/18 whilst at the same time investing in new offices and markets such as Madrid and Perth. On a personal level I’m particularly encouraged by our recent opening in Dublin, allowing us to capitalise on opportunities in Ireland’s booming infrastructure sector.”