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Working in transport and infrastructure means more than just rail, ports, bus and aviation companies.

Efficient and reliable systems are key to a successful economy. But we understand that expanding interests, emerging technology and tougher regulations present real challenges.

We don’t need to tell you that you’re in a tough industry and market, competing with providers from across the UK and Northern Europe. Dealing with customers that are increasingly demanding flexibility, cost savings and responsiveness.

It matters most to us that our clients consider us part of their team. Working together to transform your business and achieve your goals – as well as those of your customers. Over many years we’ve worked with public passenger service providers (rail and bus), freight operators, infrastructure providers/managers (including ports), government bodies and members of the supply chain (including train manufacturers and maintainers). This track record means you can trust us to anticipate your needs and deliver strong, ‘best in class’ advice at every stage. 

Our large sector team comes from across the industry, with a clear understanding of what it feels like to sit on your side of the table. Whether you’re looking for insight into the legal challenges in major infrastructure investment, devolution, alliancing and smart ticketing, or seeking someone to stand by your side during commercial litigation or restructuring. Whether large or small, our team of experts works hard to simplify complex and high profile projects and respond with clear, commercial advice and action.

"I have always received fantastic service and have built up a strong relationship with them. There is a strong team and they are very responsive to any requests, turning work around quickly when needed. I value them for the commercial advice, not just purely the legal points."

"A highly responsive team which provides excellent advice. They have delivered consistently for us."

Chambers 2017

“Our lawyers are praised for being ‘efficient, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Chambers (UK)

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What we do

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure and development projects
  • Franchising and concession arrangements
  • Rolling stock procurement and leasing
  • Commercial and operational matters
  • Regulatory matters
  • Dispute resolution
  • Competition
  • Financing
  • Corporate finance work
  • Rail accidents
  • Health and safety
  • Property and planning
  • Smart technology projects.

Examples of work

  • Advised Govia on its successful franchise bid for the Thameslink Southern and Great Northern franchise (TSGN). The TSGN franchise is the largest rail franchise that has ever been led in the United Kingdom. We advised on the legal strategy, the franchise agreement, the rolling stock and the transfer scheme to acquire First Capital Connect’s business. 
  • Advising a subsidiary of Arriva in its successful claim for abuse of dominance against London Luton Airport Operations. Arriva challenged the exclusion of its bus/coach service to central London and, following a trial, its services have now been restored.
  • Advising a major ports group on a significant acquisition of land adjacent to their existing operations. A complex transaction with multiple facets allowed our client to make significant step forward in their strategic plans for future developments.
  • We have worked with London based train operating companies to support them in their adoption and implementation of smart ticketing and its subsequent development from Oyster to contactless payment. Advising on such contracts requires an understanding of both the technical requirements; commercial objectives and data protection obligations, which must all be balanced to ensure that opportunities in respect of this area are fully optimised.