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Energy, Transport and Infrastructure


Jonathan is a senior associate in Dentons’ Energy, Transport and Infrastructure practice, based in the London office. He specifically works within the Rail team and has advised on franchise bids, rolling stock procurement and infrastructure projects. Clients include MTR Corporation, CAF, GB Railfreight and Network Rail.

Jonathan has previously completed two secondments: one to ABN AMRO Bank within their Energy, Commodities and Transport team and his second at Dentons’ Muscat office within the Projects and Banking practice.

Jonathan has also advised clients in the defense, nuclear and postal sectors, including the Ministry of Defence, Royal Mail and the Low Level Waste Repository.


  • Senior Associate, Dentons (2016 to date)
  • Associate, Dentons (2014 – 2016)
  • Lawyer, Dentons (2011 – 2014)
  • Trainee, Dentons (2009 – 2011)


  • Young Rail Professionals Committee Member


  • College of Law, Birmingham, 2008, LLB (Hons)
  • University of Warwick, 2006, BSc, (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Rail

(Rising stars)

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The first-rate team at Dentons advises on all aspects of the rail industry from passenger and freight to infrastructure development and operations. It also excels in light rail and trams as well as regularly advising on a whole host of other issues from franchises and concessions, stock procurement and maintenance to financing, technology and safety matters. It fields a large UK rail team that has a national coverage with significant international capabilities. Matthew Hanslip-Ward heads the team – he has continued to lead on various matters in the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic affecting the UK passenger industry and has been involved in several highly strategic projects. Christopher McGee-Osborne also plays a pivotal role in the department while Mark Macaulay is adept at advising on major infrastructure contracts. Counsel Martin Watt has particular expertise in rolling stock matters and senior associate Jonathan Smith’s work spans franchising, concessions and rolling stock.