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Brodies LLP covers a range of road, rail and water matters. Roger Cotton advised Abellio on its successful bid for the new ScotRail franchise, while shipping practice head Duncan MacLean advised Ferguson Marine Engineering on contracts to build two new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides ferries network.

CMS advises on various transport public procurement procedures. Eleanor Lane assisted Strathclyde Partnership for Transport with the Glasgow Subway modernisation project, and Ann Faulds is advising the City of Edinburgh Council on compulsory purchase powers regarding the Edinburgh Trams.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s work includes public procurement and project issues regarding road, rail and ferry transport. Sharon Fitzgerald advised Serco on its successful bid for the Caledonian Sleeper franchise and Babcock Rail on its bid for the Glasgow Subway modernisation project.

HBJ Gateley has ‘highly-skilled professionals with outstanding knowledge of maritime law’. Ed Watt’s shipping expertise covers vessel acquisition, chartering and marine insurance issues; he advised Caledonian Maritime Assets on procuring ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides network. Ship financing expert Alan Shanks is also recommended.

At Burness Paull LLP, practice head Chris Mackay is advising the Tobermory Harbour Association on becoming a statutory harbour authority, while Gavin Paton advised an unsuccessful bidder for the Glasgow Subway modernisation programme.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises on procurement bids and challenges regarding road and rail transport. Clients include Clyde Gateway Developments, which Mark Macauley advised on a partnership agreement with public bodies regarding upgrades to Glasgow’s buses.

MacRoberts LLP advises on road and rail procurement and contracts, among other matters. Carly Mason, who joined from DWF, advised the Scottish Government on the Scotrail refranchising. David Arnott* is representing Carillion in the Edinburgh trams Inquiry. *David Arnott joined Brodies LLP in July 2016 and Neil Amner has left the firm.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on transport projects in Scotland and beyond. Drysdale Graham advised the Aberdeen Harbour Board on procuring the new harbour at Nigg Bay, while Stuart Barr’s work includes road projects in Ireland. Shipping matters are handled by Gavin Farquhar and new recruit Bruce Craig, who joined from Mackinnons.

Anderson Strathern advises on a range of planning, procurement and compulsory purchase matters. Alastair McKie heads the practice, which includes Audrey Cameron.

DWF advises on rail, road, aviation and shipping procurement matters. Suzanne Moir advised Transport Scotland on rolling stock contracts relating to the new ScotRail franchise, while David Gilchrist’s expertise includes aircraft acquisitions.

Shipping specialist Mackinnons has ‘some of the finest legal minds advising on marine issues’. The practice covers the full range of ship financing, wet shipping disputes and vessel sales. Martin Sinclair is ‘commercially astute, with a good Court of Session track record’ Senior partner Charles Scott heads the practice and is also recommended.

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