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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.

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