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Stefan Eilts

T: +44 20 7809 2169 M: +44 78 9481 9951 Email Stefan | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Rail finance law firm of the year 2019 - sixth consecutive year

Rail finance law firm of the year 2019 - sixth consecutive year

Stefan Eilts Associate

Contact details

Stefan Eilts

Stefan Eilts
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2169 M: +44 78 9481 9951 Email Stefan | Vcard Office: London

Stefan is an associate in the award-winning rail team. Stefan offers a unique perspective to public and private sector clients in the railway industry, gained from his experience working in-house at the Department for Transport (DfT) and at one of the UK's leading rail operators. 
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Stefan's government experience included advising on the direct award and mobilization of the West Coast rail franchise. Stefan was also involved from an early stage in advising the DfT on the former East Coast franchise. For his work advising on the replacement of that franchise and the mobilization of LNER, Stefan received the Government Legal Department's Choice Award. Stefan also advised on the 2017 judicial review and underlying contractual issues in connection with the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise.

Since joining Stephenson Harwood, Stefan has been involved in advising on the submission and negotiation of a number of bids for rolling stock competitions, including the procurement by HS2 to deliver trains for the UK's future high speed railway.

Stefan has also worked in-house at a large train operator, where he advised on all aspects of franchise management and railway regulation, while also supporting procurement teams in the preparation and management of commercial contracts. Stefan has written about issues of franchise management and railway regulation in the Rail Professional.   

Stefan is dual-qualified and, prior to his work in the UK, practiced as an attorney at several law firms in New York.

  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology
  • Data protection and information
  • Projects and infrastructure

General commercial contracts

Advising a large train operating company on a wide range of commercial contracts, including software agreements and complex framework agreements.

Rail franchise agreements

Advising the government on the development and management of rail franchise agreement, including terms for the delivery of Wi-Fi and other IT systems.

Concession agreements

Advising a train operator on the call of a priced option in its concession agreement.

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Data protection

Advising a large train operating company on compliance with data protection laws in its commercial contracts

Freedom of Information

Advising the DfT on the handling of Freedom of Information requests.

Governance and control

Advising the government on the development of policies for the protection and management of commercially sensitive information in the procurement sphere.

Rolling stock

Advising a rolling stock manufacturer (CAF) on the manufacture and maintenance arrangements for various UK bids.

Rail contracts

Advising the DfT and train operating companies on all aspects of the rail industry, including franchise competitions and direct awards and the on-going operation of franchise agreements.

Regulation

Advising the DfT and train operators on compliance with the Railways Acts, EU procurement law on rail franchise procurement (Regulation 1370), and the Equality Act 2010.

  • Government and public sector
  • Rail

Judicial review

Advising the DfT on the judicial review brought by the Association of British Commuters into the Secretary of State's handling of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise.

Public procurement

Advising the government and train operators on compliance with EU Regulation 1370/2007 and the Utilities and Contract Procurement Regulations.

Regulation

Advising the DfT on the performance of its statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010, the Railways Acts, and related secondary legislation.

More: Government and public sector

Day-to-day operations

Advising the DfT on contractual and commercial management of rail franchises, including the West Coast and East Anglia franchise, as well as the East Coast franchise during its operation by Stagecoach. Also advising train operators on contractual matters related to their rail franchises and supply agreements.

Direct awards

Advising the DfT on the 2018 award of the Intercity West Coast franchise.

Rolling stock

Advising a rolling stock manufacturer (CAF) on the manufacture and maintenance arrangements for various UK bids, including the HS2 rolling stock procurement.

Regulation

Advising the DfT and train operators on the full range of laws and regulations governing the railway industry.

Franchise competition pre-qualification

Advising the DfT on various aspects of the "Passport" system of pre-qualification of bidders in rail franchise competitions.

More: Rail

Awards

Rail finance law firm of the year 2019 - sixth consecutive year

Rail finance law firm of the year 2019 - sixth consecutive year

Latest news & insights

22 Feb 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises CAF on transformational Welsh project

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) on a transformational rolling stock project for Wales.

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