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Burges Salmon LLP

Transport: Rail

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What the team is known for

Outstanding rail practice working with clients across the spectrum of franchising matters. Provides expert representation for joint ventures. Also recognised for its expertise in rolling stock projects and regulatory work. Additionally noted for its strength in rail litigation and arbitrations.

Strengths

One interviewee comments: “Burges Salmon are the go-to firm for us. Their response times and the detail they go into is amazing. In terms of transport they are great.”

Clients say: “They have got a lot of experience and expertise in rail. They are easy to work with and pragmatic.”

Work highlights

Assisted First Group and its joint venture partner Trenitalia with the mobilisation of the West Coast Franchise.

Advised Rock Rail East Midlands on the £400 million financing of new Hitachi trains for Abellio UK’s East Midlands Railway.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's transport team Brioney Thomas regularly advises on infrastructure and franchising projects. She is also experienced in regulatory matters. Her clients include operators, government authorities and rolling stock manufacturers.
"She is very good at franchise agreements." "She is amazing for rail-specific matters."

Chris Jackson is head of the firm's infrastructure team and regularly acts for clients in the rail sector. He advises clients on a range of regulatory and operational issues and is adept at handling contentious matters.
"Chris is an excellent lawyer with outstanding experience in procurement and rail." "He is a really forensic and insightful litigator, and often comes up with creative uses of the law in a way to best defend our interests.”

Simon Coppen has a strong reputation in the sector, with particular expertise in franchising matters. He advises on a multitude of rail matters including contract amendments and regulatory issues and also has experience of infrastructure modernisation projects.
"Simon is top quality. He has been doing this work fantastically for decades." "He is very well respected in the industry."

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Transport: Rail Department

Burges Salmon LLP

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1 Glass Wharf

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS2 0ZX

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Transport: Rail


Brioney Thomas
Band 2
Chris Jackson
Band 3
Simon Coppen
Band 1