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Irwin Mitchell’s team, which ‘has extensive expertise in respect of the international transport conventions’, acted in some very high-profile cases, including in group actions brought about by the Costa Concordia sinking and the Shoreham Airshow disaster. Practice head Clive Garner has ‘a fantastic legal brain’.

DWF’s department is jointly led by Caroline Coates, who heads the firm’s automotive sector offering and specialises in product liability, and CMR expert Darren Kenny. The team advised on matters relating to the Birmingham New Street station development.

Eversheds LLP’s practice covers all aspects of aviation, rail, roads and shipping. Cardiff-based Helen Thomas is head of the national practice. Anne Harris is a name to note in Birmingham.

Gowling WLG’s team has a focus on rail and aviation, with clients including Transport for London, London Underground and Thai Airways. Giles Clifford leads on rail-related matters, while James Gordon is the key contact for aviation.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s clients include J Sainsbury, Diageo and Interserve, and a recent highlight for the team was undertaking loss recovery work for a large car rental company. Logistics specialist Kevin Nagle is group chair.

Wright Hassall LLP has eight fee-earners in its team, which is led by Lindsay Ellis. The team specialises in commercial contracts, employment issues, dispute resolution and property matters relating to transport and logistics. Christine Jackson is recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP advises haulage and logistics companies as well as major manufacturers and retailers on a variety of transport matters. Kevin Lawson is the key contact.

Cartwright King’s team focuses on road transport. A recent highlight for the team was advising a commercial client that lost its operating licence due to a regulatory breach. A team led by practice head Simon Clarke won an appeal allowing the business to continue. Andrew Brammer ‘inspires confidence’.

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