Transport in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG focuses primarily on assisting clients operating in the railway industry with a range of matters, including station developments, commercial contracts and employment issues. More broadly, the firm advises clients in the aviation sector regarding air traffic control projects and supply contracts, and separately assists companies engaged in major highway developments. Legal director Dominic Richardson is currently engaged in various large-scale transport projects, including Highways England's flagship £1.5bn road tunnel project. Giles Clifford leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Richardson


‘The team (and in particular Dominic Richardson) were instrumental in getting a project over the line, especially as this was a relatively new area for our business. They worked incredibly hard to support us.’

‘Dominic Richardson has a deep understanding of the sector and explains complex projects in a way that makes sense.’

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

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 (MSA) with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.


With particular strength in the aviation, shipping and railway sectors, DWF  handles major transport projects in the region. It is also experienced in insurance litigation, including personal injury and automotive insurance claims. Darren Kenny leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Darren Kenny

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP provides a broad service to clients in the transport sector, encompassing employment law, acquisitions and disposals of land for development, and commercial contracts. Lindsay Ellis has notable expertise in outsourcing arrangements and procurement strategies underpinning transport projects.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Ellis


‘The team truly understand the operational aspects of logistics operations and some of the real world issues. This translates to a pragmatic approach very much tailored to the clients’ specific issues.’

‘The Wright Hassall team are readily accessible and very approachable. They make the effort to act as an extension of the client team and not simply service providers. Regardless of how busy they may be, they always give the impression that your company is their sole focus.’