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Martin Gallaher

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As a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure team, I work for public and private sector clients on infrastructure and project related matters.




My expertise includes PPP/PFI, rail and infrastructure contracts and public procurement.



Within: Transport

DWF is noted for ‘great transport industry knowledge’, which is complimented by ‘good response times and appropriate advice’. ‘An excellent advisor’, team leader Martin Gallaher has extensive expertise in procurement, where he has assisted local authority clients with Wi-Fi and advertising concessions. He also led the team which advised Transport Scotland on the procurement and mobilisation of the £7.7bn ScotRail franchise and the £462m Caledonian Sleeper franchise. Suzanne Moir leads the projects team and handles transport matters for a variety of domestic and international clients. The group continues to act as the sole legal advisor to Loganair, and advises the airline on all operational matters including aircraft purchases and leases.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

DWF has a number of practitioners located in Scotland with expertise in EU/UK competition law and regulatory matters. Colin Miller assists clients with CMA cartel investigations, merger control, and EU public procurement challenges and processes. Martin Gallaher is knowledgeable about EU public procurement rules and state aid. Another key figure is Euan McSherry, who represented Serco in its challenge of the decision by Glasgow City Council to award a £400m contract to CGI UK under the Public Contracts legislation. Miller was the lead adviser to global rum producer Angostura on competition issues associated with its distribution strategy in the EU, China, Hong Kong and Macau, among other territories.  The firm is also a leading adviser to the Scottish Government on the competition aspects of major projects; Gallaher and others advised the client on the roll-out of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme in 2017. Howard Cartlidge, who is the firm's London-based head of EU competition, has experience of handling competition law matters in Scotland.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Projects

DWF has a particularly first-rate reputation in Scottish and UK waste and transport sector projects, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in areas such as telecommunications, education and health. Recent highlights included department head Suzanne Moir and others acting for Dundee City Council and Angus Council in their joint procurement for residual waste management services. In addition, Moir and associate Wendy Wraight advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy from waste development in Aberdeen. Martin Gallaher, who has 17 years of experience of high-profile infrastructure projects, is leading a team which is acting for the Scottish government in the rollout of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Robert Gordon University, Serco Plc and Emovis are among other clients. Consultant and special adviser David Nash joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Scotland: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DWF has particular clout in IT infrastructure projects, in addition to advising on the establishment of NPDs, including ALEOs for the delivery of leisure and culture services. Martin Gallaher, who is ‘an excellent’ commercial lawyer, ‘combines an eye for detail with extensive experience in public procurement’. ‘Good at seeing the bigger picture’, Suzanne Moir provides ‘pragmatic and very commercial advice’. The group continues to advise Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services, which is currently at the dialogue phase. It has also supported Dundee City Council in connection with the sale of Dundee Energy Recycling, which involved a complex restructuring of the company and extensive tax advice. It is also advising the Scottish Government on the delivery of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme (DSSB) in connection with the investment of capital contributions from multiple Scottish local authorities. In another highlight, the group advised Angus Council on two school design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) projects.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DWF is noted for its expertise in jurisdictional patent, trade mark and copyright portfolio protection and management, with particular strength in the food and drink, pharmaceutical, transport and energy sectors. Its client base includes a number of HE and FE establishments, for which it handles the range of IP work. Practice head Colin Miller advised Whitbread and Morrisons on separate brand protection matters relating to procurement contracts for water and waste services. He also advised Angostura on the protection of its product recipes and proposed distribution agreements in China. Martin Gallaher is advising the Scottish Government on the identification and protection of underlying intellectual property rights created by contractors working on the R100 broadband project. Paul Mason assisted Monsoon Accessorize with trade mark and copyright registrations following the appointment of the client as a concessionaire in both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

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