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  2. Leading individuals

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Burges Salmon LLP advises on all aspects of rail transport including regulatory, commercial, safety and strategy issues. Clients include train operating companies and rolling stock manufacturers such as Eurostar International, Northern Ireland Railways Company, Transport for London, Association of Train Operating Companies and Travelers Insurance Company. Head of Rail Brioney Thomas led on advising Abellio on its bid for the west midlands rail franchise, this was a joint venture that included JRE and Mitsui and was worth £1b. Simon Coppen led on advising FirstGroup on a joint venture with MTR Holdings to acquire the South Western franchise, this deal will involve £1.2b of investment over seven years. Another highlight includes acting for Transport for Wales in relation to its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government, this deal is worth between £3b and £5b. Philip Beer is head of rail infrastructure, Ian Tucker was promoted to partner, Edward Barratt was promoted to legal director, he has ‘commitment, transparency and wide and deep subject knowledge’. Chris Jackson heads the transport sector and specialises in industry policy and strategy developments. Ann Metherall specialises in health and safety matters. Chris Simms joined as legal director from Abellio. The team provides ‘a very high quality of service, promptly turning work round to support the pace of active negotiations with broad knowledge and tailored advice’.

Osborne Clarke advises manufacturers, rolling stock leasing companies and train operating companies on issues such as procurement, leasing, corporate and commercial issues, public law and pensions. Lara Burch heads the team and led on advising Cross Country Trains in the award of the Cross Country rail franchise and subsequent implementation in a deal worth around £1.5bn. Another highlight includes providing day-to-day advice to Eurostar, dealing with employment tribunals and also Eurostar’s multijurisdictional IP portfolio. A further highlight includes advising Eversholt Rail Group on new build rolling stock projects involving multi-party negotiations with train operators, manufacturers and stakeholders. The firm also advised Ricardo Rail’s commercial team on collaboration, sales, supply and maintenance arrangements with another rail technology company in relation to marketing and provision of on-board rail asset monitoring equipment. Jeremy Godley deals with franchise bids, rolling stock procurement and rail regulation. Simon Smith deals with corporate issues. Catherine Wolfenden specialises in procurement, she is ‘very responsive’ and has ‘a great knowledge of her practice area’. Clive Smith left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard.


Shipping

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  1. Shipping
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Jo Pummery - Bartons

Next generation lawyers

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    • Cory Cuff - Bartons

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Ashfords LLP advises on the full range of shipping and marine law. Key client sectors include the fishing industry, ship owners, port and harbour authorities, and national and international banks. Areas of expertise include shipping-related injuries and fatal accidents, high-value demurrage, shipbuilding, ship sale, purchase disputes, international arrests and cargo claims. It also advises on non-contentious issues such as fleet purchases. Highlights include acting for the owners of the the Bugaled Breizh a French fishing vessel that sank in 2004 with the loss of all five crew members, an inquest will take place in 2018 and the matter is estimated to be worth between £10m and £15m. Another highlight includes advising Hastings Harbour Quarter in relation to a coastal regeneration project with a gross development value of £500m. A further highlight includes acting for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with regards to its marine licensing requirements for all of is existing infrastructure in the UK, this involves 10 year regional multi-site marine licenses. Charles Hattersley heads the marine team and specialises in marine and transport litigation. Senior associate Lara Moore specialises in marine regulation. Ieuan Jones is also recommended. Clients include Exe Shipping, Offshore Marine Management, Waterdance, Shoreham Port Authority and Tor Bay Harbour Authority.

‘One of the best in the region’ Bartons focuses on marine-related litigation for claimants and defendants. Areas of expertise include surveyors’ negligence, personal injuries, fatalities, marine insurance disputes, ship arrests and detentions, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) prosecutions and defences, employment issues, pollution, salvage, ship sale, fishing licenses, shipbuilding and marine finance. The firm mainly works with marine insurers and claims around fishing vessels, passenger vessels and yachts. All solicitors in the team are qualified as RYA accredited Day Skippers. ‘True specialist’ Lee Hassall is managing director. Jo Pummery heads the team and is ‘one of the best known lawyers in the field, enormously experienced and technically savvy’. ‘Very competent’ barrister Tristan Harwood deals with prosecution and defence work. Assistant solicitor Cory Cuff is also recommended. The firm ‘punches above its weight’, has ‘very few comparables’ and is ‘very prompt in responding to complex enquiries’. Clients include UK and international insurers, protection and indemnity insurers, ship owners and operators, yacht clubs, local ports and harbours, marine related businesses and the fishing industry.

BLM deals with all aspects of marine casualty work with particular emphasis on P&I and freight demurrage and defense matters. Clients include owners, charterers, operators, brokers and insurers from a range of countries. Areas of expertise include personal injury, fatalities, accidents involving cargo ships and passenger ships including personal injury, medical negligence and class actions arising out of illness and disease outbreaks. The firm advises clients on health and safety matters, policy and risk management and also all aspects of of charter parties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods. Gemma Pearce heads the team, she focuses on shipping, marine, and non-marine insurance, international trade, travel and cruise sectors. All-round shipping lawyer Stephen Favali specialises in complex recovery actions with cross-border aspects. The firm has recently been working more with main stream insurers trying to break into the shipping sector.

Dorade Law Dorade Law specialises in the superyacht sector, port and harbour law and also private aircraft such as fixed wing and helicopters. Clients include European shipyards, ship managers, and port and harbour authorities. Nick Horton heads the team, he specialises in superyacht contracts such as ship construction, ship refit and related commercial and insurance contracts and also strategic advice in yacht related litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Gus Lewis joined as a director in February 2017, he previously worked in-house at the Royal Yachting Association. Highlights include negotiating ship refit contracts for Pendennis Shipyard. Another highlight includes advising International Committee of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) on the finalisation of the revised standard refit contract that is used by shipyard members of the group in Europe and elsewhere. Other clients include Compositeworks, Ice Marine, and Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority.

Nash & Co advises the fishing industry, harbour commissioners, shipping companies, boat owners, marine insurers, port authorities, marina operators, racing sailors and high-net-worth individuals. Areas of expertise include boat buying, fishing offences, accidents, pollution incidents, personal injuries and death, professional negligence, marine mortgages and dispute resolution. Guy Walker heads the team.


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