Rail dispute resolution

Our team prides itself on creating effective dispute management strategies at the outset of a problem in order to narrow the issues and promote an early resolution of the dispute.

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We have a track record of winning the most complex and difficult cases and doing so quickly and efficiently. Our team prides itself on creating effective dispute management strategies at the outset of a problem in order to narrow the issues and promote an early resolution of the dispute. We have a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving.

We advise on disputes across all areas of the industry and act for a wide range of train operators (TOCs), rolling stock manufacturers, public bodies, main contractors and sub-contractors. We are experienced in using alternative dispute resolution techniques alongside arbitration and litigation as well as under the Access Dispute Resolution Rules and the Rail Industry Dispute Resolution Rules.  

Our team has extensive experience in advising on rail infrastructure and projects disputes, as well as those arising from the construction and refurbishment of stations and depots and the landlord and tenant issues that arise in connection with them.  We are also relied upon by clients during the construction phase to manage problems on live projects and to prevent disputes arising.

Our specialists also have many years of experience of advising public and private entitles on public procurement challenges within the rail industry including High Court litigation under the regulations and judicial review proceedings. 

We regularly advise a number of TOCs (both with franchises and concessions) in relation to complex and high value disputes arising from their agreements, as well as on track access issues, rolling stock issues, property disputes and a range of general commercial disputes, both large and small, arising from their day-to-day rail operations. 

We advise rolling stock manufacturers on a wide range of claims relating to the manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock, bringing together both our construction and rail specialist knowledge and expertise.

“An experienced team from the partners to the associates who know and understand the rail industry and apply that knowledge in a balanced, pragmatic and commercial way."
The Legal 500 UK 2022

Infrastructure and construction

London Underground

Advising ABB, one of the world's largest engineering contractors, in defending a £70 million claim by its subcontractor BAM Nuttall in relation to alleged variations and delays to power upgrade and cabling works on the London Underground network. 

Cabling and integration works

Advising a sub-contractor in multiple adjudications against its main contractor in relation to its scope of work and the valuation of Compensation Events under NEC3 in relation to cabling and integration works at a London tube station.

M&E works

Advising a main contractor in arbitration proceedings against its M&E sub-contractor in relation to re-cabling works at four mainline stations.

Franchise agreements

Fares Indexation

Advising a TOC in relation to a significant multi-million dispute arising out of the impact of a change in government fares regulation policy including which fares were affected, the TOC's obligations as a result of the change and modelling the impact of the change.

Revenue Indexation

Advising a TOC in relation to a £9 million claim relating to the amounts attributed to staff costs and how those staff costs were to be indexed under the franchise agreement.



Advising a TOC in relation to a disruption claim as a result of the redevelopment of a main line station.


Advising a TOC in relation to a claim that its ticketing policies amount to disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

Track access

Heathrow Airport

Advising Transport for London in relation to a regulatory dispute with Heathrow Airport in relation to terms of access to the track and stations comprised in the Heathrow spur. The dispute was before the Office of Rail and Road ("ORR") as arbiter.

Timetable Planning Rules

Advising in relation to a dispute under the Access Dispute Resolution Rules arising out of proposed changes to the Timetable Planning Rules that had a detrimental impact upon the proposed services.

Delay attribution

Advising a TOC in a dispute with its alliance partner arising from the proper attribution of delay.

Rolling stock

New fleet

Advising a leading rolling stock manufacturer in relation to issues arising out of a Manufacture and Service Agreement for the design and manufacture of a new fleet of passenger coaches including alleged defects, the testing regime and the provision of depot facilities.  


Advising in relation to a fees dispute with the architect for the proposed construction of a new purpose built maintenance depot for rolling stock.

Defects claim

Advising a train manufacturer in relation to a defects claim caused by changes in the operating requirements for the rolling stock. 


Judicial review

Advising TfL on aspects of judicial review proceedings brought by Heathrow Airport against the ORR in connection with Heathrow Spur access charges for Crossrail services.

HS2 rolling stock

Advising a train manufacturer in a High Court challenge to the decision by HS2 not to shortlist them for the £2.75 billion rolling stock supply and maintenance contract.

Franchise competition

Advising a TOC in judicial review proceedings and a subsequent appeal brought by a London Borough in relation to a rail network franchise competition.


Dilapidations claim

Advising a TOC at the end of its franchise in relation to a substantial dilapidations claim made by Network Rail across a portfolio of stations and depots.

Repair work claim

Advising a TOC on its rights to force Network Rail to carry out structural repairs to a number of stations.  

Latest news & insights

26 Mar 2021

From Insights

High Court comprehensively rejects Bechtel’s procurement claims against HS2

In the recent High Court judgment Bechtel Ltd v HS2 Ltd [2021] EWHC 458 (TCC) delivered on 4 March 2021, Mr Justice Fraser ruled that HS2 did not breach the Utilities ..


01 Apr 2020

From Insights

COVID-19: Force majeure in the rail industry

As the impact of COVID-19 builds every day, supply chains are being significantly disrupted and businesses' rights and obligations under contracts are coming into shar..


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