Franchising and concessions
Leading lawyer advising bidders in all rounds of franchising and concessioning. This includes bids for East Coast, West Coast, Northern, Great Western, Southern, Scotrail, CrossCountry, East Anglia Docklands Light Railway and London Overground. Also advising on a number of direct award contracts.
Rolling stock procurement
High profile rolling stock procurement is a key strength. Acting for manufacturers or financiers including Caledonian Sleepers, Javelins, Thameslink, IEP, South West Trains, TSGN, Moorgate, West Coast, Great Western and Northern Rail as well as PRASA in South Africa.
Working alongside clients in their strategic rail regulation issues. Advising on all elements of rail regulation including the design of regulatory and charging frameworks (in the UK and internationally).
Advising 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.
Part of the internal team helping operators and manufacturers in the operational phase of their contracts, including on contract interpretation, disputes, supply chain arrangements and property transactions for clients such as Northern Rail and Great Anglia.
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.