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The ‘first-class class’ team at Brodies LLP is ‘very focused’ and ‘provides to-the-point advice even under extreme pressure’. Recognised for its broad transport sector expertise, the team handles shipping, road, rail and aviation work, advising clients on the development of national transport infrastructure, the building and financing of new vessels and vehicles, rail franchising and ferry contracts, among other matters. ‘Commercially minded’ shipping and marine team head Duncan MacLean (who ‘knows the shipping market inside-out’) is continuing to advise Ferguson Marine Engineering on major equipment and supplier contracts for the construction of two 100-metre dual-fuel ferries capable of carrying up to 1,000 passengers. In another highlight, Odell Milne, who is singled out for her ‘incredible personal drive’, acted for Network Rail Infrastructure and Scottish Borders Council in a number of matters pertaining to the £300m Borders Railway, which opened in September 2015. Roger Cotton advised Aberdeen International Airport on the implementation of its surface access strategy, including advising on competition law and procurement law compliance, while Jackie McGuire assisted Renfrewshire Council with a number of issues pertaining to its proposed Glasgow airport tram link. Other key figures include ‘professional, courteous and diligent’ planning expert Karen Hamilton, managing associate Scott Logan, and new recruits David Arnott, who joined from MacRoberts LLP, and Drysdale Graham, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Addleshaw Goddard entered the Scottish legal market in June 2017 with the merger of HBJ Gateley, bringing with it a transportation practice which is praised for its ‘deep shipping sector expertise’. The team, which is led by the ‘responsive and practicalEd Watt, who attracts praise for his ‘impressive industry knowledge’, has a strong profile in international transactional shipping work, ship finance and registration and contentious matters. Highlights for Watt’s team included advising Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) and the Scottish government as its shareholder on matters pertaining to the construction of two dual-fuel ferries. Briggs Marine is another client. Alison Sim left for an in-house position, while Sarah Baillie joined from Anderson Strathern.

CMS has a strong emphasis on road and railway work and advises its clients on procurement, construction, traffic order, regulatory and haulage matters, among others, as well as handling shipping and aviation work. The team advised the City of Edinburgh Council on the delivery of the Edinburgh tram project, including compulsory land acquisitions and traffic regulation issues, while Eleanor Lane assisted Edinburgh Trams with its operating agreement. In other work, Lane advised Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) on the contracts for the MV Loch Seaforth, the new ferry operating between Ullapool and Stornoway. The firm also acted for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) on its procurement of a rail system for the Glasgow subway modernisation project and assisted St James Edinburgh with road matters pertaining to its redevelopment of the St James Quarter including traffic regulation orders. Ann Faulds heads the planning and transport team. Trudi Craggs left for an in-house role.

Noted for its ‘very good industry knowledge’, Pinsent Masons LLPprovides an excellent service level’ and ‘good, pragmatic and commercial advice’ on major infrastructure projects, acting for procurers, bidders and lenders in the rail, road, shipping and aviation sectors. Michael Allan advised the Aberdeen Harbour Board on the construction of two breakwaters and a new deep quay berthing space for oil and gas renewable sector vessels as part of the Aberdeen harbour expansion project, while Gavin Farquhar assisted CalMac Ferries with its successful re-tender for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services. Kevin Devanny advised Ferrovial Aeropuertos on the proposed acquisition of Glasgow and Aberdeen airports from Heathrow Airport. In other work, the team continues to advise the City of Edinburgh Council on a range of matters pertaining to the Edinburgh tram project and is acting for the client in the Edinburgh tram inquiry. The ‘focusedBruce Craig has ‘exceptional client-handling skills’, and Stuart Barrmarries an incredible intellect with a down-to-earth style’. Drysdale Graham moved to Brodies LLP.

Burness Paull LLPprovides clear advice’ on a range of procurement, regulatory and construction matters, and also represents clients in inquiries and disputes. The team’s transport expertise spans road, aviation, shipping, tram and underground matters. Chris Mackay advised Scrabster Harbour Trust on the public procurement process of a replacement ice plant to improve the facilities it provides for the fishing industry. In another highlight, the practice assisted Tobermory Harbour Association with a range of matters pertaining to the client seeking official harbour authority status, which involved preparing the draft order and handling a number of objections.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP is noted for its ‘deep understanding of maritime and rail transport matters including rail franchising’. The firm handles a steady flow of rail, ferry and road transport instructions, including public procurement work. ‘Very dedicated and customer-focused’ team head Sharon Fitzgerald ‘has a deep understanding of how the Scottish government works in procurement’ and is noted for her ‘vast experience advising on rail franchises and the procuring of new rolling stock’.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP regularly advises clients on rail transport matters arising from major urban and general infrastructure projects. Mark Macaulay advised Network Rail on rail regulation, construction and engineering matters, as well as leasing and planning issues pertaining to the planned extension of the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre adjacent to Queen Street Station in Glasgow. He also drafted asset protection agreements for the same client related to negotiations with Scottish Water following the water services company’s construction of a 3.1-mile waste water tunnel in the south of Glasgow, which passes underneath the railway in three separate locations. In other work, the team acted for Network Rail in the public inquiry into its application for an order – under the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 – for powers required to redevelop Queen Street Station in Glasgow.

Anderson Strathern’s team handles a steady flow of planning and construction-related matters as part of major infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, the team is experienced in handling objections to major infrastructure projects, including compensation claims. Team head Alastair McKie acted for the executors of the estate of Charles Hynman Allenby of Balblair in an objection to the compulsory acquisition of the client’s land following the construction of a new length of the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness Trunk Road and the Nairn by-pass. He also advised South Ayrshire Council on roads and infrastructure agreements. Director Neil Amner joined from MacRoberts LLP.

DWF’s ‘extremely pragmatic, efficient and professional’ team has a ‘good understanding of the industry, the market and its complexities’, while also being ‘easy to work with and quick to respond’. Team head Martin Gallaher, who is noted for his ‘good in-depth knowledge of the private and public sector and expertise in transport infrastructure projects’, advised Caledonian Maritime Assets on matters pertaining to the procurement of a harbour operator for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services, including negotiating the harbour operating agreement and terms and conditions of harbour use. The team is advising Transport Scotland on the procurement, mobilisation and operation of the ScotRail franchise and the Caledonian Sleeper franchise, which included advice on contractual terms, compliance with EU requirements and state aid matters. Suzanne Moir is ‘extremely knowledgeable, friendly and pragmatic’.

Mackinnonsprovides pragmatic and commercial advice’ to Scottish, UK and international shipping companies, marine transportation operators, onshore haulage companies and port and harbour authorities, with emphasis on fisheries law and marine insurance matters. Clients regard ‘very experienced’ key contact and ‘good communicatorKeith MacRae as ‘the number one shipping casualty lawyer’. He is recommended alongside Graham Jones, who is ‘a powerhouse when it comes to shipping transactions’, and Martin Sinclair. Charles Scott retired.

MacRoberts LLP regularly handles road and rail transport work, including disputes and inquiries, as well as maritime matters. The team represented Carillion Utility Services in the Edinburgh tram inquiry, which has been set up to establish the reason for incurred delays, significant overspend and under-delivering against projections. The team also advised Claymore Roads on a claim against a design and build contractor regarding surface defects on the A92 dual carriageway from Dundee to Arbroath. Duncan Osler advised Western Ferries on procurement, public law and state aid considerations pertaining to the Gourock-Dunoon route. Team head Ian Bowie is also recommended. David Arnott joined Brodies LLP and director Neil Amner joined Anderson Strathern.

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