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Transport: Rail

5 ranked lawyersBand 1UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Noteworthy expertise across the board in rolling stock, franchising and infrastructure projects. Also excels in complex rail M&A. 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. Also maintains a light rail practice, advising on operational and infrastructure matters.

Strengths

Sources say: "They have their finger on the pulse and protect their clients' interests."

One client notes: "The team are truly on your side, and want to work collaboratively with you and your stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes. They are willing to step into the client’s shoes to fully understand our concerns and priorities and will always work with us to try and find a path through knotty legal issues."

Another adds: "They are always on hand to assist and mobilise their wider teams as required including at short notice. They provide practical advice and offer solutions to problems and novel situations."

Work highlights

Advised the East West Railway Company on its development and delivery of proposals for a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with central, southern and western England, and in particular the development and operation of a new line linking Oxford and Cambridge.

Advised City of Edinburgh Council on all matters relating to the revision of the operating arrangements for the Edinburgh tram system and the extension of the system from York Place to Newhaven.

Advised Transport for London on the sale and leaseback of 70 Elizabeth Line Class 345 trains to a rail leasing consortium.

Notable practitioners

James Illingworth is recognised for his broad knowledge of the rail industry. He is experienced in franchising and rolling stock matters, amongst others.
"James adds value and is very bright and agile in his thinking." "He is very considered and always provides pragmatic advice."

Jonathan Turner possesses deep expertise in the rail sector. He regularly advises on franchising and rolling stock matters as well as M&A transactions.
"Jonathan is a pragmatic lawyer."

Mark Elsey has significant experience working on large-scale infrastructure projects. His clients include government bodies, local authorities and private companies.
"Mark is very commercial and clever, he has a strategic mind and works hard for his clients." "He is excellent technically and has a commercial and solutions-driven approach."

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. She also advises on franchise bids and mobilisation.
"Naomi’s negotiation style is one where nothing is left to doubt."

Terry van Poortvliet advises on a plethora of rail matters, with particular expertise in project financing. He also advises on rolling stock procurement and sale and leaseback, as well as rail-related M&A.
"Terry is collaborative and engaged and takes the time to really understand client priorities and the context in which he is advising. He is excellent technically, with an in-depth understanding of the industry and is adept at finding innovative and robust solutions to tricky issues."

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Transport: Rail


James Illingworth
Associates to watch
Jonathan Turner
Band 3
Mark Elsey
Band 2
Naomi Horton
Band 1
Terry van Poortvliet
Band 1