Five members of chambers (David Elvin QC, Nathalie Lieven QC, Timothy Mould QC, Reuben Taylor and Gwion Lewis) are promoting the Crossrail Bill through Parliament for the Department for Transport instructed by Winckworth Sherwoods parliamentary agents. Commons Select Committee completed during 2007 followed by confirmation of government funding from the Prime Minister in autumn 2007 with commencement of House of Lords Select Committee hearings in February 2008. The Bill gives powers for the largest rail project since the Victorian era and will provide a much needed new railway into and through central London from east to west. It has important implications for the economy of London, the South East and therefore the UK as a whole. It involves a large number of controversial development, compensation and other issues – including noise, settlement, heritage, local communities, transport, and environmental assessment.