Transport in West Midlands


DWF's team has extensive expertise in all modes of transport, notably road, rail, air and sea. Its varied workload covers some of the largest transport-related development projects seen in the Midlands, as well as advice to clients on the impact of disruptive technologies on the transport sector, insurance work (including personal injury and automotive insurance claims) and dispute resolution. Darren Kenny is an expert in the CMR Convention (also known as Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road).

Practice head(s):

Darren Kenny

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG draws upon strengths across multiple areas to advise clients on a wide range of transport-related issues. Giles Clifford heads up the multidisciplinary group, whose expertise includes technology, governance, construction, public procurement and planning. Its work is notably prominent in the rail, road, aerospace and aviation, and logistics arenas. The firm is advising Goodman Shepherd on the proposed development consent order for the East Midlands Intermodal Park. Principal associate James Barr is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford

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

Arden Cross Consortium

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Arch Co


Highways England

FlyPlymouth Ltd

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including the new Thameslink station.
  • Advised Transport for London on a development agreement with Aviva for the Crossrail and London Underground lines at Liverpool Street.
  • Acted as Bombardier’s legal adviser on the renegotiation of its manufacture and supply agreement with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's market-leading international personal injury team, which is led by Clive Garner, is notably strong in representing victims and families in claims arising from road traffic, marine and aviation incidents occurring globally. It has an outstanding track record in individual and group action claims. In 2019, Philip Banks assisted an individual with settling a claim against a French insurance company following his involvement in a road accident in Greece.

Practice head(s):

Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:

Philip Banks


The transport team at Irwin Mitchell consists of very committed and skillful lawyers who know every trick of the trade. They are used to dealing with very difficult cases and do not shy away from any challenges.

The king of cross-border litigators is Clive Garner whom I have known for over 20 years. He won the most difficult cases for his often severely injured clients and he really cares about them. Similarly, Philip Banks is on the top of the game, a dedicated tenacious lawyer who always gets the best for his clients.

In-depth knowledge of the sector and expertise in the legal position. Tenacity and willingness to pursue meritorious cases to conclusion notwithstanding firm defence positions.

Jatinder Paul is highly knowledgeable and expert, approachable, commercially minded and with good sense of client care.

There are a number of standout practitioners. The team is led by the extraordinarily knowledgeable and highly respected Clive Garner, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field. I have the very greatest of respect for Phil Banks who has a fantastic case load, is wonderful with clients and opponents alike and is a joy to work with. Rising stars are Jatinder Paul and Chrissie Wolfe, who are ones to watch going forward.

The team has a long-standing presence in the aviation and cruise line (personal injury) sectors. There is considerable strength and depth on a UK-wide basis. The transport team work very efficiently alongside the well-established and market-leading international travel litigation group.

Key clients

Boeing Max




Wendy Brown


Dana Air

Airbus Helicopter

Wahid family

Ronald Jervis

Katie Dawson

Work highlights

  • Representing the families of British victims killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Mac crash, which occurred in March 2019.
  • Representing an English client left tetraplegic and with life changing injuries following an accident on a tour bus in Malta in April 2019.
  • Representing an individual and his family in their claims for damages following a road traffic accident whilst they were on holiday in Malta.

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP advises third-party logistics providers and customers in the transport sector on property matters, dispute resolution, commercial contracts (outsourcing and procurement) and employment issues. Lindsay Ellis is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Pete Maguire