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Suzanne Tarplee

T: + 44 20 7809 2389 M: +44 7718 247 220 Email Suzanne | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Band 1 for rail

Band 1 for rail

Rail finance law firm of the year 2016

Rail finance law firm of the year 2016

Transport law firm of the year 2014

Transport law firm of the year 2014

Suzanne Tarplee Partner

Contact details

Suzanne Tarplee

Suzanne Tarplee
Partner

T: + 44 20 7809 2389 M: +44 7718 247 220 Email Suzanne | Vcard Office: London

Suzanne is a commercial and regulatory rail expert and advises on all aspects of the heavy and light rail markets, both within the UK and internationally. Her clients include rolling stock manufacturers and maintainers, train operators and the public sector.
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Suzanne has worked within the rail industry for over 15 years (including a train operator and as general counsel for HS2) and really understands the issues faced by her clients and the industry as a whole. Her experience includes providing comprehensive advice on railway franchises and concessions (both in the bidding and operational phases), rolling stock procurements (including all elements of procurement, evaluation, financing, leasing and maintenance of the new fleets) and regulatory matters (including track, depot and station access and new regulatory regimes). Suzanne’s broader experience includes advising on PPP and PFI projects.

Suzanne's recent projects have included advising bidders in all rounds of franchising and concessioning in the UK as well as advising on all recent high profile rolling stock procurements.

The rail team at Stephenson Harwood is a significantly expanding team, noted for its very high-profile instructions across a range of rail issues. Especially noted for its expertise in franchise bids and rolling stock-related issues.

Ranked in Chambers UK where clients commented in relation to the rail team stating: "They're very commercially astute and have made the effort to understand our business."

"She has a very detailed knowledge of the issues and is able to explain the points clearly so that clients understand."
Chambers UK 2015

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Franchising and concessions

Leading lawyer advising bidders in all rounds of franchising and concessioning including bids for West Coast, Scotrail, Great Western, Southern, Thameslink, Crosscountry, Essex Thameside and London Overground. Also advising on a number of direct award contracts.

Rolling stock procurement

Lead lawyer advising on the procurement, leasing and maintenance of new fleets acting for the operator, manufacturers or financiers including on the Thameslink, IEP, TSGN, Moorgate, West Coast, Great Western, Class 380s and Class 350/4s.

Regulation

Working alongside clients in their strategic rail regulation issues. Advising on all elements of rail regulation including the design of regulatory and charging frameworks.

Light rail

Our rail team advises on a number of light rail matters in the UK and overseas, including successful tram procurement bids for Blackpool and Birmingham trams and a bid for Moscow trams.

Operational advice

We work with operators and manufacturers in the operational phase of their contracts, including on contract interpretation, disputes, supply chain arrangements and property transactions.

Competition

UK and EU competition issues are at the top of the agenda in the rail industry.We advise on rail aspects of all competition filings in the UK and EU.

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Awards

Band 1 for rail

Band 1 for rail

Rail finance law firm of the year 2016

Rail finance law firm of the year 2016

Transport law firm of the year 2014

Transport law firm of the year 2014

Latest news & insights

01 Nov 2017

From Insights

DfT Rolling Stock Perspective Policy paper

On 19 October 2017, the Department for Transport ("DfT") published the latest edition of its "Rolling Stock Perspective", the annual policy paper in which the DfT sets..

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20 Jul 2017

From Insights

Great Britain passenger rail: the current expected timetable

We provide a helpful one-page summary diagram of the current expected timetable for Great Britain's passenger rail franchises and concessions.

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29 Jun 2017

From Insights

Rob Brighouse dinner – East West Railway: 10 Key points

Rob Brighouse dinner – East West Railway: 10 Key points

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15 Jun 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood wins place on Department for Transport's rail panel

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP's rail team has been successful in its bid to become legal advisors to the Department for Transport (DfT) on rail matters. The appointm..

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24 Mar 2017

From Insights

Future railway

Top table dinner: Future railway with David Waboso – Wednesday 15 March 2017

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20 Feb 2017

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High speed rail – delivery of professional services to the high speed rail industry

The overall topic for the dinner was how professional services providers can play their part in delivering the ambitions of HS2 in the creation and delivery of skills ..

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24 Jan 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood named 'Rail Law Firm of the Year'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named 'Rail Law Firm of the Year' by Global Transport Finance magazine, for the fourth consecutive year.

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29 Jun 2016

From Insights

Future Shape and Financing of Network Rail; What Next for Network Rail?

This article summarises the main themes from Stephenson Harwood's two breakfast events.

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25 May 2016

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Signal change

Suzanne Tarplee writes for Rail Professional examining the challenges, as well as opportunities, that the introduction of the new digital rail management framework pos..

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06 Apr 2016

From News

Rail industry leaders discuss the future of railway signalling in the UK

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has hosted over 100 delegates at a two day event which brought together the leading voices across the rail industry.

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24 Mar 2015

From News

Stephenson Harwood rail partner seconded to HS2

Stephenson Harwood partner Suzanne Tarplee has been seconded to High Speed two (HS2) Limited to act as interim General Counsel and Company Secretary.

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04 May 2014

From Insights

Media coverage: Railway Strategies - Liberalising European railways

We review the European Commission's Fourth Railway Package and its likely effect on competition within the rail market.

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31 Mar 2014

From Insights

Media coverage: RAIL - The legal side of dealing with train disruptions

We consider some of the legal issues associated with the effect of flooding and climate change on the railways.

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26 Mar 2014

From News

Rail team advise on Northern Rail franchise agreement

Stephenson Harwood LLP advised Northern Rail and its joint venture owners, on the negotiation and signing of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport ..

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06 Jan 2014

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Stephenson Harwood hires new rail partner

Suzanne Tarplee has joined the Rail Team at international law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP. Suzanne joins from Burges Salmon.

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