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  1. Transport: Other
  2. Leading lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • David Blair - McCarthy Tétrault
    • Rui Fernandes - Fernandes Hearn LLP
    • Gordon Hearn - Fernandes Hearn LLP
    • Forrest Hume - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • Ian MacKay - Conlin Bedard LLP

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP houses a ‘first-class rail practice’, with market-leading expertise in regulatory and contentious matters. Vancouver-based group head Forrest Hume is a noted specialist and successfully represented Univar Canada in litigation against the Canadian Pacific Railway concerning a damaged bridge. Vancouver-based senior counsel John Landry is also recommended.

Toronto-based transportation boutique Fernandes Hearn LLP is highly regarded for both rail and road work, with name partners Rui Fernandes and Gordon Hearn both well versed in the industries. The firm acts on a wide range of regulatory, transactional and contentious work¬¬ – with a strong showing in insurance – for clients including rail carriers, road carriers, freight forwarders, warehouse owners and insurers.

McCarthy Tétrault’s national transportation team focuses exclusively on the rail, bus, truck and taxi industries and it has notable experience in regulatory issues, procurement (both private and public sector), infrastructure projects and litigation. Quebec City-based David Blair is a ‘leader in the area’ and counts Via Rail Canada, Greyhound Canada Transportation and Aéroport de Québec as clients.

Highlights for Dentons’ transport team included advising TIP Trailer Services on the acquisition of Train Trailer Rentals – Toronto-based group co-chair Michael Ledgett was the lead. Co-chair Alex MacWilliam is based in Calgary. Other representative clients include Thomson Terminals, Network Rail Consulting and Via Rail Canada.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong rail practice that is particularly noted for its infrastructure expertise. In addition, its merger with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP added weight to its road practice. Montreal-based transport lead Alain Ricard advised CDPQ Infra on its project agreement with the government of Quebec for a light rail project in Montreal.

More efficient than its peers’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP earns praise for its ‘large office network’ and ‘client-focused service’. The team has a strong focus on contentious matters, but also routinely advises on regulatory matters and infrastructure projects. BC Rail, Infrastructure Ontario and Trinity Rail Leasing 2012 are on the firm’s books.

At Conlin Bedard LLP, Ian MacKay is the key contact for transportation matters and advises on the full spread of Canadian rail regulation and compliance issues. Insurance and liability, level of service obligations, and rates and costing matters are all areas of expertise. Key clients include BNSF Railway and the District of West Vancouver.

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