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Backhouse Jones  is one of the premier firms for dealing with road transport and regulatory work. Key contacts are James Backhouse , Jonathon Backhouse  and Andrew Woolfall . The road transport regulatory team undertakes a broad range of work from complicated license applications and restructures to advising on a diverse range of regulatory breaches. Clients include major bus and haulage operators in the UK. The firm has particular expertise in public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner (or one of the deputies). The group is well placed to represent clients where there has been, for example, a failure to manage compliance systems (such as maintenance related issues) or where there are environmental issues – such issues are particularly associated with the HGV sector. The team is well versed in all aspects of transport regulatory law. It is also equipped to represent transport operators at every judicial level all the way up to the European Court of Justice.

At Hill Dickinson LLP the ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ Adrian Marsh ‘leads the team from the front and provides excellent support to his clients. He is extremely competent, efficient and personable’. Caroline Bridge has a ‘detailed knowledge of global logistics’. Senior associate Ed Locke  is ‘really coming into his own showing confidence in his work’. The team advises on a wide range of matters that arise from the carriage of goods by sea, air, road and rail. It has particular expertise in multimodal transport. Clients include Aviva, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Zurich and Tokio Marine Kiln. The team also provides a full range of dispute resolution services both in the UK and overseas covering litigation, arbitration as well as mediation.

The 'simply outstanding' Phil James heads the marine practice at Weightmans LLP   that regularly acts for ship owners, ports, fleet hauliers and their specialist insurers and related industry organisations. Mike Burns  is a key partner in shipping, marine insurance and commercial litigation and his 'maritime expertise is second to none'. Burns is experienced at handling high value and complex litigation in the Admiralty and Commercial Courts, as well as the Mercantile Courts and in London arbitrations. His expertise includes advising on the carriage of goods by sea, multimodal transit, freight forwarders’ liability and other areas such as subrogated recoveries. The team is representing Peel Ports in the aftermath of a major casualty in December 2017 concerning the vessel ‘V Due’ and the carriage of over-heating bulk biomass. In this matter there are multiple parties involved including vessel and charterers’ interests and related underwriters, cargo owners as well as underwriters. Oceanic Marine Management, Champion Tankers, Essar Oil UK and Isle of Man Steam Packet Company are all clients.

At BLM Ruth Graham has ‘experience and knowledge that is second to none and nothing is ever too much trouble’. The ‘very experienced’ Andrew Millen  ‘always offers sound advice’. Graham oversees the transport team and specialises in catastrophic injury claims arising out of bus and coach accidents at home or abroad and is currently handling two claims in excess of £4m arising out of a coach crash. She is the client partner for a number of leading bus, coach, rail and tram operators as well as their insurers, brokers and claims handlers. {Joanna Peters} specialises in rail claims. Key clients include the National Express, Metrolink, Anderson Travel and Trathens/Parks of Hamilton.

Newly-promoted partner Emma Rice  at Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘formidable litigator’. Rice is ‘pragmatic when it comes to managing costs and her work is always of a very high standard’. Robert Muttock represents insurers and large self-insured private and public sector transportation corporations in the defence of a wide range of matters. The Manchester team excels in cargo claims, freight liability, marine subrogated, personal injury claims in addition to shipping and yacht insurance issues.

The transport sector at DWF is organised into subsectors dealing with automotive, marine and trade, road haulage and logistics as well as rail. Vikki Woodfine heads the regulatory team and is the international head of the road haulage and logistics sub sector. Woodfine is adept at advising on a broad range of matters from operator licensing, clandestine entrants/vehicle seizures/smuggling to representing companies and individuals facing CPS/HSE prosecutions following serious incidents. The firm also boasts a team of motor fraud experts. The group has an impressive roster of clients such as First Group, Booker, Ageas Insurance and Insure-the-Box.

Dyne Solicitors Limited fields an ‘experienced and professional’ team that ‘does what it promises to do when it says it will. The team has a calm and reassuring attitude’. It is ‘particularly strong for road haulage issues’. Jared Dunbar 's ‘attention to detail is outstanding. He is totally committed to his cases and has an amazing work ethic’. His main area of expertise is in operator licensing and public inquiries as well as defending DVSA prosecutions. He has represented hauliers throughout the UK and Ireland and is experienced at representing operators at public inquiries. The team acted for an abnormal load operator and its driver to appeal against the fines and sentence for an overload. The operator’s fine was substantially reduced on appeal and the driver’s fine was quashed. The team also acts as legal adviser to the Heavy Transport Association and the Batched on Site Association. John Dyne  is also recommended.

Tim Culpin   at Aaron & Partners LLP  has ‘many years of knowledge and a great understanding of the legal aspects of the transport sector’. Culpin is an experienced advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at the Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries. He has built up significant experience in dealing with regulatory authorities and in reviewing existing compliance management. Simon Edwards  is a legal advisor to the UK Warehousing Association and Nick Clarke has a wide range of experience in the logistics sector especially in drafting warehousing and distributions contracts and liens. The specialist team routinely advises on other issues such as contracts with customers and suppliers, disputes and other advice about land and buildings and on environmental matters.

DLA Piper UK LLP's team is headed by Liam Cowell, who specialises in infrastructure and project finance transactions. Clients include some of the biggest commercial airlines, asset finance firms, distributors, public sector authorities as well as infrastructure investors and contractors across the UK and internationally. In a major project the team is acting for Welsh Ministers to advise on a forthcoming roads PPP project. This will be a road dualling project in relation to sections 5 and 6 of the A465.

David Glover  at Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt  advises clients in the UK and overseas on all aspects of transport law and routinely represents clients at public inquiries and at the Magistrates’ Court. The team advises on a broad range of matters from operator license applications, variations and appeals, to DVSA investigations, interviews under caution to advising on clandestine entrants. Other areas of expertise include regulatory advice relating to over-loading and tacograph. It is also skilled at advising on disputes with the HMRC and on roadside stop issues. Nicholas Marshall  is another key contact.

JWK Solicitors has considerable experience in the aviation sector. Ian Gee has represented clients at the Magistrates’ Court in relation to Civil Aviation Authority prosecutions and at the Civil Aviation Authority. He has also been busy advising on other matters such as aircraft sale, purchase, lease and financing transactions as well as advising on hangar leases, accidents and on employment contracts for crew.

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