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Darren Fodey

T: +44 20 7809 2388 M: +44 7920 201 290 Email Darren | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Rail finance law firm of the year 2017

Rail finance law firm of the year 2017

Band 1 for Rail Franchising

Band 1 for Rail Franchising

Darren Fodey Senior associate

Contact details

Darren Fodey

Darren Fodey
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2388 M: +44 7920 201 290 Email Darren | Vcard Office: London

Darren has worked in the rail industry throughout his legal career and has extensive experience in all areas affecting a railway business – whether a bidder, infrastructure manager, procurer, franchisee or concessionaire. He has particular expertise in relation to franchising and railway regulation – advising on all aspects of how the law impacts on the railway business. In recognition of his breadth of experience, he has been named as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by the Legal 500 directory.
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Darren has a thorough understanding of rail regulation and regulated contracts, together with franchise/concession agreements – and what they mean in practice. In particular, he has been closely involved in the establishment of a new infrastructure management entity for the Crossrail Central Operating Section – Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited – together with the associated regulatory regime and suite of contractual documentation. This has required a "back to basics" approach, with a deep understanding of industry laws, regulation and practice, working closely with other industry bodies such as the Office of Rail and Road. It also involved a contentious application to the regulator for access to infrastructure owned by Heathrow Airport Limited.

Darren has also been involved in a number of bids for franchises/concessions, including most recently for the East Midlands franchise and London Overground concession. This draws on experience advising train operators on the day-to-day operation of their franchise/concession – such as Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern, Northern, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia and c2c. He also has acted for a procuring authority – Rail for London Limited – in connection with the Crossrail concession agreement.

Darren has particular expertise in relation to Alliances between train operators and Network Rail, having been involved in the first "deep" Alliance and, since then, in connection with various "depths" of Alliance between a number of train operators and Network Rail, reflecting increasing governmental direction for closer working between industry parties.

Darren continues to write for various industry publications on some of the latest rail issues – having featured in RAIL magazine and Rail Professional.

“As always, we have enjoyed working with you and we look forward to continuing to do so.” 

Barry Graham, Senior Rail Advisor, Northern Rail Limited, 2015

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Rail contracts

Advising on all aspects of the rail industry, including bids for franchise/concession agreements and the ongoing operation of franchise/concession agreements – such as in connection with the smart ticketing on national rail project.

Rail regulation

Offering tailored advice on the operation of the rail industry and its regulation, including contested applications for access and the development of a new regulatory regime.

New infrastructure

Advising in connection with the development of new rail infrastructure and associated arrangements (including regulatory arrangements).

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Regulation

Advising on all aspects of rail regulation, including Transport for London on the regulatory arrangements for Crossrail and contentious access to Heathrow Airport (together with associated judicial review action) and various incumbent operators on aspects of their agreed and contested (section 17) track and station access arrangements.

Franchising and concessions

Advising on various bids and direct awards for UK franchises and concessions, including East Midlands (Arriva), London Overground 2 (Arriva) and ScotRail (National Express).

Day-to-day operations

Advising incumbent operators (including c2c, Greater Anglia, Arriva Trains Wales, Crosscountry and Chiltern) on aspects of their on-going franchise operations and amendments to those arrangements.

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Awards

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Rail finance law firm of the year 2017

Rail finance law firm of the year 2017

Band 1 for Rail Franchising

Band 1 for Rail Franchising

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