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Martin Fleetwood

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate – Transport & Infrastructure Group


Martin is a highly experienced projects lawyer and a lead member of the firm’s Transport and Infrastructure Group. He has advised bidders for both heavy rail franchises and light rail operating concessions as well as the Department for Transport on direct awards and competed franchises. His work has included providing advice on joint venture agreements for bidding consortia, contracts for support services and systems as well as advice on specific rail regulatory matters.  He is a leading expert on the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. 

He has assisted new entrants to the UK and European rolling stock leasing market as well as advising existing players, drafting rolling stock lease agreements, maintenance agreements and advising on relevant regulations. He has advised on a number of leading projects in the rail sector including Crossrail, the London Underground PPP and the reorganisation of Eurostar. Within the light rail sphere he has advised on many UK tram projects including Nottingham Tram, Manchester Metrolink and DLR. 

Outside rail, Martin has experience of advising on bidding for as well as selling bus companies. He has advised banks on the financing of projects in the UK and Ireland as well as infrastructure projects including PPP and PFI schemes.


Martin joined Shoosmiths as a Partner in June 2015



Chartered Member of the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers

Current directorships:  Independent board member of UK Tram

Publications of note:  Martin is a regular contributor to Rail Professional magazine and RailReview.

London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing

Within: Asset finance and leasing

Despite the departure of Chris McClure to the in-house legal department of Porterbrook Leasing in February 2018, Shoosmiths LLP still handles a significant amount of finance work in the rail industry largely as a result of Martin Fleetwood's reputation in the sector. Southampton-based senior associate Sarah Fairweather also regularly handles rail finance work, as well as work in the aviation sector. Clients include Hitachi Rail Europe, Stagecoach Group and Porterbrook Leasing.

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Shoosmiths LLP is regularly instructed by a range of rolling stock manufacturers, leasing companies and operators on matters including rolling stock procurement, ticketing, manufacture, supply, real estate, franchising, and health and safety issues. Porterbrook Leasing Company, East Midlands Trains and South West Trains are clients. Martin Fleetwood is experienced in light rail matters, Southampton-based Joanne McGuinness handles real estate matters in the rail sector and Roy Tozer in Birmingham handles health and safety issues. Ursula Gould has joined Addleshaw Goddard and former department head Chris McClure has joined Porterbrook Leasing Company.

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South East: Transport


Within: Aviation

The aviation practice at Shoosmiths LLP handles cross-border transactions for aircraft, engines and helicopters in Europe and the US, as well as advising banks and investors on deal financing. Partner Martin Fleetwood and associate Sarah Fairweather further specialise in the application of the Aircraft Protocol to the Cape Town Convention, in addition to other security interest protections available to lessors and financiers. Team lead Chris McClure assisted key client Swiss International Air Lines with the multi-million-pound leasing of Airbus A319 aircraft from Clariden Aircraft Leasing, and represented the same client again in the termination of a lease of an Airbus A330 from GECAS for operational reasons. Other team members to note in Southampton include partner Joanne McGuinness and associate Emily Stocker. Manchester Airport, Blue Islands, National Air Traffic Services and Thomas Cook can also be found in the client base.

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