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Particularly strong in litigation’, DWF’s team is jointly headed by Darren Kenny, who ‘has a great understanding of the commercial position of his clients and builds good client relationships’, and insurance specialist Caroline Coates. The practice acts for a range of transport clients including Virgin Trains, Zurich and JLR. In the aviation sector, Kenny acted for Air Finland on the enforcement of a €3m judgement against a Turkish airline, and is defending Aerotransleasing in a dispute with the MoD regarding refusal to pay the client in return for the leasing of a military aircraft and the subsequent refusal to return the aircraft. Andrew Leach acted in a complex claim in the aerospace sector involving allegations of breach of contract, and supported Kenny in advising a group of investors on the regulations applicable to the issuance of bonds in an international privately-owned freight car lessor. The team is also prominent in the shipping sector, where Kenny assisted a large client with a dispute against a supplier involving international trade terms.

Clive Garner (who ‘has a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost lawyers in this area’) heads Irwin Mitchell’s ‘ground-breaking and leading’ international personal injury unit in London and Birmingham, which represents clients in high-value catastrophic injury cases concerning aviation, bus and maritime accidents, as well as terrorist attacks. The ‘considerate, approachable and creativePhilip Banks attracts praise for his ‘calm and wise head, even in the most complex cases’; he acted alongside senior associate and ‘superb attorney’ Lesley Edwards for an English national involved in a car accident in France. Banks and Edwards also acted in a claim against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau on behalf of a man who sustained serious injuries in a road accident in Greece while driving a vehicle insured by a Greek company which went into insolvency before correct proceedings could be brought against it. Amandeep Dhillon (a ‘great and strategic team player’) successfully acted for a claimant who was diagnosed with haemolytic uraemic syndrome upon their return from an all-inclusive package holiday. Other key contacts include Suki Chhokar, who handles group claims against UK-based tour operators and defendants abroad; Elizabeth Tetzner; associate Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, who ‘builds very good trust with her clients and has good judgement’; and Jatinder Paul.

Under the leadership of Giles Clifford and Clark Sargent, Gowling WLG’s transport team services client such as Transport for London, CRRC and Goodman. Sargent leads the aviation sub-team. Other key transport figures include senior associate James Barr. Recent highlights include advising Barnet Council on the closure of existing rail freight facilities and the delivery of new facilities as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood rejuvenation project, and on the aviation side, a team led by Sally Mewies and supported by director Richard Smith acted for an international airline in connection with the outsourcing of its passenger services system requirements to a global provider. Dispute resolution expert Helen Davenport was also part of the team handling this matter, and acted alongside Anna Fletcher for a railway manufacturing client on key pension and employment issues. Also recommended are Richard Lee, who heads the firm’s HR solutions team, and construction specialist Richard Green, who has experience in the development of new stations.

Clients find the team at Wright Hassall LLPexcellent and quick to respond’. Christine Jackson, who handles international carriage, cross-border distribution, general haulage agreements, and RHA issues, is singled out for her ‘personable, professional manner and understanding of transport contracts’. Lindsay Ellis heads the transport and logistics team and advises clients on procurement and outsourcing contracts, while John Dormer specialises in advising logistics clients on cost-saving projects. Pete Maguire reviewed a Dutch material supplier’s compliance with UK legislation and assisted the client with all necessary amendments to its contracts, and continues to work alongside Ellis advising a drinks distribution service on its various agreements, including IT provisions. The team acts on a wide range of contract disputes, especially with regards to early exits and commercial negotiations, and was engaged by an online retailer in connection with a potential claim against a logistics provider.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s main contact for work in the transport is catastrophic injuries expert Kevin Lawson, who advises clients with regards to employers’ and public liability claims while also leading on the commercial insurance casualty strategy for the firm. He has acted for insurers with regards to a high-profile road traffic accident involving multiple fatalities and over 50 injured individuals.

Cartwright King boasts an international client list and continues to expand its business in Europe. The team, led by consultant and barrister Simon Clarke in Nottingham, specialises in road transport, acting for clients with regards to vehicle seizures and handling high-value litigation cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeals. Past highlights have included representing an international hauling business in connection with civil penalties imposed by the Home Secretary when illegal immigrants were found aboard one of the client’s trucks. Andrew Brammer heads the firm’s business regulatory defence team and is also a key contact.

Anne Harris is a key contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s multi-disciplinary transport team, which handles non-contentious as well as contentious matters, including disputes arising from delays, cost overruns, and bid protests. She has particular strength in the railway sector, and has advised on facility access agreements, development projects and regulatory issues.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Kevin Nagle heads the transport group from Birmingham, which includes Eddie Flanagan, who focuses on the automotive and asset finance industry, Alan Dark and Michael Hibbs, whose track record includes a range of disputes. Mark Merrell has handled loss recovery work.

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