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DLA Piper

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Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Local government

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Robert Smith DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides a ‘high degree of collaboration and very positive support‘ to clients and is particularly active in the transport, regeneration, housing and waste industries. It advises on projects and procurement work,  real estate and planning issues, local government powers, and financing, employment and pension matters. Robert Smith leads the practice, which also includes legal director and transport sector specialist Carla Hancock.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Robert Smith – DLA Piper

Under the leadership of Robert Smith and Petra Billing, DLA Piper handles a wide range of complex and crucial transportation issues for a variety of public sector bodies as well as major corporates within the private sector. The firm has a reputable public transport practice, including handling matters relating to bus and heavy and light rail issues in addition to experience in aviation, roads and highways mandates. It also has strong litigation capabilities and continues to develop its expertise in regulated transport modes such as micro-mobility and taxi mandates.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy

DLA Piper handles high-end energy mandates, particularly in the renewables sector, as well as transport infrastructure projects, as demonstrated by its advice to National Highways on the £7bn Lower Thames Crossing Project. The team is collectively led by global chair of energy and natural resources, Natasha Luther-Jones, Ben Peecock, Teresa Hitchcock, Ian Doig and Robert Smith, who has experience in the transport and regeneration sectors. Luther-Jones advises on the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets, and has been instrumental in spearheading the firm’s corporate power purchase agreement practice. Other key members of the team include Stephen Atkinson and senior associate Jennifer Keogh.

London > Transport > Rail

Robert Smith and Colin Wilson head the practice at DLA Piper that acts for both private and public sector clients in the rail sector on a wide a range of issues. The versatile team is skilled at delivering high-profile rolling stock procurements, advising on rail franchise competitions and on wider infrastructure projects. It has a detailed knowledge of the UK statutory and regulatory regime and is well-placed to advise on many complex matters relating to the regulation of the rail industry in the UK. It also has an excellent planning practice and the group is recommended too for its work on various operational matters such as franchise support and rolling stock leasing in addition to health and safety matters, station and depot leasing and competition law.