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DLA Piper Scotland LLP represented Secro in its successful bid for the Northern Isles ferry service, and continues to advise Transport Scotland on all land acquisition matters arising from its road and rail projects. Sharon Fitzgerald heads the practice.

DWF Biggart Baillie acted for Transport Scotland in connection with the refranchising of the ScotRail passenger rail franchise. Other clients include Babcock Caledonian Maritime Assets and Loganair. Neil Amner heads the department, which includes the ‘pragmatic and helpful’ Martin Gallaher.

Dundas & Wilson CS LLP’s highlights included advising Transport Scotland and Halcrow in their review of the structures and processes for maintaining roads in Scotland. The team is also acting for the city of Edinburgh Council in connection with the creation of bye-laws for the regulation of the new Edinburgh tram network. Ann Faulds is recommended.

Shipping and marine specialist HBJ Gateley handles the sale, purchase and registration of commercial vessels; banking and corporate transactional work; and shipping litigation. Highlights included advising Topaz Energy and Marine on various complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions. It also advised Norwegian Hull Club and Clydeport. David Horne and Ed Watt are recommended.

Brodies LLP is active in the road, rail, shipping and aviation sectors. 2012 saw the firm act for Scottish Borders Council in connection with the Borders Railway project, and Caledonian Maritime Assets in relation to shipbuilding contracts for two hybrid ferries. Karen Hamilton is recommended for her ‘in-depth knowledge and technical understanding’.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP acted for Network Rail and Transport Scotland on a range of matters. Other clients include Stagecoach Group and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. David McGrory and Michael Dean are recommended.

MacRoberts LLP is active in the rail sector. In 2012, the firm advised Western Ferries in connection with a public services contract for the provision of passenger-only lifeline ferry services between Gourock and Dunoon.

Pinsent Masons LLP is acting for the Connect Roads consortium in its bid for the M8, M73 and M74 motorway improvements project. Michael Allen and Kenny Valentine are recommended for their ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘honest’ advice.

Anderson Strathern is representing Carnbroe Estates in connection with the proposed expansion of the Mossend rail international freight hub, and was recently re-appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council to its transport law framework panel. Practice head Alastair McKie is recommended.

Burness Paull & Williamsons has been advising Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles at all stages of the mediation process arising from the Edinburgh trams project. Chris Mackay heads the department.

Bruce Craig heads the practice at specialist maritime firm Mackinnons, which handles ship sales and purchases, shipbuilding and finance matters, and contentious maritime and criminal advice.

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