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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

"We think they are the best in the industry," reports one client, adding: "They have a fundamental understanding of rail contracts, a breadth of practice and are practical and hands-on."

Sources note: "They are one of the most significant players in the rail market and have a very strong practice."

Another says: "The rail sector is a particular longstanding strength of the firm, and we have had a very positive experience."

Work highlights

Advised the Welsh government and Transport for Wales on its acquisition from Network Rail of track, railway assets and other infrastructure for the South Wales Metro project.

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.
"Brioney Thomas is really bright and someone you trust to have in your corner."

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.
"He is really good in the litigation field."

Head of rail Ian Tucker regularly advises government operators and transport companies on procurement matters and contentious issues within the industry.
"Ian Tucker is an excellent lawyer, with a great ability to identify the core features of a case and predict how a judge would approach them." "He is fantastic, he knows the intricacies of rail law incredibly well. Ian will come up with an innovative solution and will fight your corner."

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 has such an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rail industry."

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Transport: Rail

Burges Salmon LLP

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Location

1 Glass Wharf

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS2 0ZX

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK-wide

Transport: Rail


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