Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Transport in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Possessing broad expertise in the transport sector, Gowling WLG‘s practice is particularly strong in the rail space, as well as on interface agreements, logistics and roads matters, to name a few. Joint practice head Giles Clifford specialises in infrastructure, while co-lead Dominic Richardson has notable expertise of rail and rail-related development schemes. Richard Green has particular experience of new station developments, alongside advising on construction and engineering contracts; Toni Weston’s strengths lie in compulsory purchase law issues, alongside more niche expertise regarding road, tunnel, bridge and flyover structures; Sarah Riding advises on supply chain and logistics arrangements, as well as more general commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford; Dominic Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Green; Toni Weston; Sarah Riding


‘Very friendly and approachable team, with a depth of knowledge and experience to match.’

‘Good market knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Always very easy to work with, focusing on the key issues with an eye on what the business needs to achieve.’

‘Knowledgeable team, good client care and reasonable prices.’

‘The diverse, creative and highly competent team provide a very strong service in all aspects of negotiation relating to transport infrastructure.’

‘Giles Clifford has a unique ability to rapidly decipher and break down complex legal scenarios and to identify strategies through which solutions can be reached.’

Key clients

Transport for London

London Underground Ltd

Crossrail Ltd

Docklands Light Railway Ltd

Rail for London Ltd

London Bus Services Ltd

London Borough of Barnet

National Highways

The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Birmingham Airport Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for West Midlands

Bedford Borough Council

Arden Cross Consortium

West Midlands Air Ambulance

Railroad Development Corporation

CRRC Corporation

Arch Co


FlyPlymouth Ltd

Office of Rail and Road

Work highlights

  • Advised the London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including construction of the new Brent Cross West Thameslink station, the first major new mainline station in London in over a decade.
  • Advised Transport for London on a development agreement with Delancey for the construction of a new London Underground station entrance as part of the major mixed-use redevelopment of the former Elephant & Castle shopping centre site.
  • Acted as Bombardier’s Legal adviser on the renegotiation of its Manufacture and Supply Agreement (MSA) with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP advises on various contracts, strategic alliances, procurements and contracts; the team also handles contract disputes, for both third party logistics providers and customers. Peter Maguire spearheads the practice, possessing considerable experience in the logistics, security, catering and support services sectors, handling the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing and commercial contracts. Lindsay Ellis‘s key experience includes advising on contentious exits, transformation projects and IT, alongside outsourcings and procurements. Associate Patrick McCallum routinely advises on commercial contracts for suppliers and customers.

Practice head(s):

Peter Maguire

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Ellis; Patrick McCallum

Work highlights