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Following the merger with Dundas & Wilson, Ann Faulds leads CMS’ Scottish planning and transport team. At the legacy firm, Faulds led advice to The City of Edinburgh Council regarding its proposed redesign of the public road space in Charlotte Square. Trudi Craggs led advice to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport on the procurement of new rolling stock and an integrated signalling system.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP advised Serco on its bid for the Caledonian Sleeper Franchise and Babcock Rail in relation to four major contracts with Network Rail. The team - led by industry expert Sharon Fitzgerald - continues to advise Transport Scotland regarding the Forth Replacement Crossing.

DWF’s clients include Transport Scotland, Babcock Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and Loganair. Neil Amner is the practice head.

Led by Ed Watt, the team at HBJ Gateley has expertise in all aspects of shipping law. In 2013, it advised the purchaser of a company operating a fleet of vessels in the Caspian Sea, and acted for the buyer of a $27m platform support vessel. Gordon Steele joined from the Aberdeen office of Burness Paull, and solicitor advocate Anne Struckmeier now heads up the contentious construction team.

Brodies LLP provides a ‘first-class' service, ‘excellent' levels of knowledge, and ‘very good value for money'. The firm is known for its work in the railway sector, and is advising the developers of the Borders, Airdrie-Bathgate and Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway projects. Odell Milne, ‘for whom no issue is too great or too small', is recommended alongside Alistair McLean, who joined from Dundas & Wilson.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s team is led by Mark Macaulay. In 2013, it advised Network Rail Infrastructure Limited on the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme, and acted for Stagecoach in three mergers.

MacRoberts LLP advised Transport Scotland on its acquisition of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and continues to act for Western Ferries in a state aid and public procurement matter. Allan Mackenzie and David Henderson became consultants in 2013.

Pinsent Masons LLP is acting for the international consortium of construction companies responsible for building the Forth Replacement Crossing, and for the Connect Roads consortium in its bid for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral project.

Anderson Strathern’s clients include Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Highland Council. Alastair McKie is recommended.

Chris Mackay is head of the team at Burness Paull, whose clients include the Scots Roads Partnership Project, Forth Estuary Transport Authority and Scottish Enterprise.

Mackinnons is a specialist maritime firm, where Bruce Craig is head of the team.

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