Next Generation Partners

Transport in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has strong expertise of assisting clients in the rail industry with matters such as employment issues and commercial contracts. The firm also advises prominent clients in the road and aerospace sectors on matters including development consent orders and air ambulance projects. Team leader Giles Clifford works alongside legal director Dominic Richardson, who has a wealth of experience advising on rail development schemes.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford 

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Richardson


‘The team at Gowlings have an excellent working knowledge of the London transport network and are able to offer timely and constructive advice on legal matters relating to infrastructure protection and delivery of new transport infrastructure.’

‘Giles Clifford can be trusted to get the subtle details and nuances of drafting right, while maintaining overarching awareness of the bigger picture on complex and multifaceted transactions.’

‘Clear and well informed advice with a good view of the underlying technical and operational issues. The firm (in my experience) focuses well on client service, being aware of internal reporting deadlines, supporting with relevant materials. The team is well connected with the wider market and able to share key insights.’

‘A good combination of friendly and very approachable lawyers with good market knowledge and a keen eye for the key legal, commercial and operational issues.’

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

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Office of Rail and Road

Arden Cross Consortium

Railroad Development Corporation

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Arch Co


National Highways (name changed during 2021 from Highways England)

FlyPlymouth Ltd

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Midlands Air Ambulance

Transport for West Midlands

Work highlights

  • Advised 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 development agreement with Delancey for 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  provides a wide range of services to clients in the transport sector, including outsourcing and commercial contracts, employment, property and dispute resolution. Lindsay Ellis , who heads the transport and logistics team, has a broad range of experience in this sector on issues such as IT implementations and transformation projects. Commercial head Pete Maguire leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Pete Maguire

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Ellis; Patrick McCallum

Work highlights