Giles Clifford > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Work Department

Real estate.


Partner in the real estate group, with responsibility for the firm’s regeneration team, and a member of the cross-firm energy, projects and rail teams. I am responsible for the real estate aspects of our relationship with Transport for London as a panel firm, which covers all work for Transport for London and it subsidiaries, (including London Underground and London Bus Services) and the for the Greater London Authority and its subsdiaries. I am also lead partner for the firm’s relationship with Crossrail Limited. My practice covers a wide range of complex projects, including various forms of urban regeneration, transport and energy infrastructure. I have more than 15 years’ experience of acting for London Underground and Transport for London on projects for the construction of new assets and protection of existing infrastructure, including, for example, that between London Underground’s assets and Network Rail’s Thameslink upgrade programme. I am currently acting on the Crossrail overstation development programme, as well as on projects for London Underground and Transport for London. I also advise commercial and public authority clients on various agreements with Network Rail in the context of developments, both of transport assets, and on other developments adjacent to the railway. In my role as a member of the firm’s energy team I also act for renewable energy developers on projects for the development of renewable energy projects using a variety of technologies, including wind, solar and anaerobic digestion. My wider projects experience includes a variety of PFI projects across a number of sectors, and various forms of affordable housing project.


Trained Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer); qualified 1994; partner 2012. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: trainee solicitor 1992-4 (including secondment to the Bank of England 1993-4); solicitor 1994-2002. Manches LLP: solicitor 2002-3 (including secondment to London Underground Ltd 2002-3); partner 2002-2012. Wragge & Co LLP: partner May 2012 onwards. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Eton College; Oxford University, (Merton College) MA, Modern History 1985; The College of Law, Common Professional Exam 1991, Law Society Finals 1992.


Running, skiing, painting.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Giles CliffordGowling 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.

London > Transport > Rail

Giles Clifford heads the practice at Gowling WLG that is recommended for its work in diverse areas such as rail station development and station upgrades as well as overstation and over track development. It supports rail freight operators and users and has extensive experience of acting for developers and operators of logistics facilities. Its pensions and employment practices are also skilled at advising on the Railways Pensions Schemes. Dominic Richardson continues to be involved in numerous rolling stock transactions. Richard Green and Sarah Riding are among the other key members of the practice at a senior level.