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Brodies LLP advised new client Abellio on its successful £7bn bid for the ScotRail franchise, with Roger Cotton leading on the matter, and on mobilisation prior to the April 2015 handover. The ‘first-class’ team has industry knowledge that is ‘second to none’. Odell Milne, recognised for her ‘knowledge, speed and can-do attitude’, is recommended alongside Alistair McLean.

CMS covers road, rail, shipping and aviation matters, and was involved in large transport projects. The firm advised Transport Scotland (and its agent Aberdeen City Council) on the procurement of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. Ann Faulds, who has expertise in planning, transport and public law, heads the department. Trudi Craggs is a specialist in planning large-scale infrastructure projects and in commercial disputes.

The ‘pragmatic and commercially aware’ team at DLA Piper Scotland LLP advised Serco on its successful £1bn bid to operate the 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise. Sharon Fitzgerald is ‘more than a legal adviser; her industry knowledge and commercial awareness are highly impressive’.

Praised for its ‘high level of professionalism’, HBJ Gateley’s lawyers possess ‘advanced knowledge in shipping law’. Headed by Ed Watt, who has ‘deep knowledge of the shipping industry’ and operates to the ‘highest standard’, the group advised on international transactions and offshore renewables matters. Anne Struckmeier leads on contentious construction work, and James Lowe is a key contact for shipping and disputes.

Burness Paull represents clients in the aviation harbour, road, rail and tram industries. The practice acted for Cromarty Firth Port Authority on all aspects of its major redevelopment.

Suzanne Moir heads the practice at DWF, following Neil Amner’s departure to MacRoberts LLP. The team is well regarded in the rail and bus sectors.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is led by construction specialist Mark Macaulay, and is known for expertise in major infrastructure projects, EU and competition work, and regulatory matters. Clients include Network Rail, Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s clients include Bilfinger Berger, Transport Scotland and European Investment Bank. The practice has a strong track record in rail matters. Michael Watson leads the practice, and Drysdale Graham is recommended.

Anderson Strathern is ‘excellent in all areas, offering quick and practical advice’. Alastair Mckie heads the planning and environment practice, and led on three national rail projects in Scotland.

Mackinnons is a specialist maritime firm and acts for clients including GulfMart, Aberdeen Harbour Port and Schlumberger. Bruce Craig heads the practice.

MacRoberts LLP advised Network Rail Infrastructure on a variety of over- and under-bridge agreements. Duncan Osler leads the practice.Neil Amner joined from DWF.

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