Transport: Rail: Franchising - UK-wide
What the team is known for
Ashurst has noteworthy expertise across the board in rolling stock, franchising and infrastructure projects. It also excels in complex rail M&A. The firm is frequently sought out by an enviable client roster featuring some of the largest players in the rail space to advise on high-value and high-profile projects. The department possesses a strong light rail practice, which sees its lawyers advising on operational and infrastructure matters.
"Ashurst have an exceptionally proactive, pragmatic and commercial approach to what are often complex, challenging and politically sensitive issues."
"The team are able to deliver no-nonsense, focused legal and commercial solutions to help clients deliver their services."
"They have a broad experience base due to their wide and varied work for operators, procurers, manufacturers and financiers."
Ashurst acted as legal advisers to the Department for Transport in relation to the design, development, refinement and testing of the 'root and branch' reforms to the rail industry in the UK as set out in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.
Naomi Horton is a highly regarded practitioner with enviable expertise in the rail industry. She represents key clients in infrastructure projects, rolling stock procurement and commercial contracts. Horton also advises on franchise bids and mobilisation. "She is an absolute expert in her field. Naomi is super responsive, presents her advice really well and always ensures it is to the point and concise."
Terry van Poortvliet advises on a plethora of rail matters and has particular expertise in project financing. He also advises on rolling stock procurement and sale and leaseback, as well as rail-related M&A. "It is always a pleasure working with Terry - he is very approachable and always seems to find time to take a call or respond to requests." "He produces first-class work and is a very collaborative lawyer; he understands what we are looking to do and always knows how to do it."
Mark Elsey has significant experience working on large-scale infrastructure projects. His clients include government bodies, local authorities and private companies.
Senior associate Rachael Chapple has considerable experience of the rail industry, having completed a two-year secondment at the Department for Transport. She advises on matters including franchising, rolling stock and financings. "Rachael stands out because she knows what the public sector is looking for and is able to deliver in the private world."
James Illingworth is recognised for his broad knowledge of the rail industry. He is experienced in franchising and rolling stock matters, among others.