Jonathan Smith > DWF > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

DWF
2ND FLOOR CENTRAL SQUARE SOUTH
ORCHARD STREET
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3AZ
England
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Position

Associate

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London > Transport > Rail

Dentons advises clients on the full range of rail industry matters, including franchises and concessions, operations, regulation, rolling stock procurement and maintenance, while also supporting on major disputes. 2020 saw practice head Matthew Hanslip-Ward lead the firm’s team on the renationalistion of the Northern franchise, as well as advising five franchises on Emergency Measures and Recovery Agreements. Christopher McGee-Osborne is a key resource regarding franchise renegotiations and renationalisations, while construction partner Mark Macaulay is an expert in the drafting of high-value infrastructure contracts. Counsel Martin Watt deals primarily in rolling stock, while senior associate Jonathan Smith specialises in franchising, concessions, and rolling stock, as well as railway law.

North > Real estate > Social housing

DWF has a first-class national affordable housing group led by Lee Pickett, with the majority of the firm’s housing specialists being based in Newcastle. The practice is distinguished by the unsurpassed strength of its public sector offering, an area in which its reputation is enhanced by appointments to the panels of clients of the calibre of Homes England. Regeneration scheme and residential development work are also areas of focus for the team. The group also regularly handles contentious issues for registered providers; Jonathan Smith is the key contact in this space. Senior associate Kelly Pearson is adept at advising registered providers on property transactions.