Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Transport: Rail Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with expertise in complex and high-profile transactions. Handles the full spectrum of franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure matters. Also demonstrates expertise in rail planning and contract work. Clients include leading transport companies and operators as well as rail authorities.

Strengths One client says: "They provide stellar support and are excellent in dealing with very complex matters," adding: "They are excellent lawyers and a joy to work with."

Another reports: “They have a really thorough understanding of our business and core values. They understand the way we do business, they really feel like part of the team. They invest in knowing us well."

"The advice is well thought through and the team are experienced with a strong focus on their clients," notes one interviewee.

Work highlights Represented Govia on the cancelled South Eastern franchise bid and provided advice on rebids, franchise agreements and matters involving rolling stock.

Advised Stadler on its successful bid for the manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock for the Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Continued to advise Network Rail on the redevelopment of Gatwick Airport Station under a joint funding scheme shared with the Department for Transport and Gatwick Airport.

Notable practitioners

David Rewcastle
is head of the firm’s transport and infrastructure group. He is regarded as a leading expert in the rail sector and specialises in franchise agreements, infrastructure projects and rolling stock procurement matters.
“David is absolutely brilliant. He is extremely knowledgeable, well respected in the industry, and his commercial knowledge is second to none.” “He is very responsive, always willing to make himself available and very helpful.”

Kevin Bell
specialises in rail franchising. He has substantive experience advising on all aspects of franchising bids and joint ventures in both heavy and light rail.
"Kevin is very pragmatic when working alongside his clients.”

Paul Coleman
is highly regarded for his expertise in rolling stock and infrastructure projects. He regularly advises on rolling stock procurement and on the financing and construction of maintenance depots among other matters.
“Paul has a very practical approach and is perfectly pragmatic.” “He is brilliant - he has the ability to take complicated legal matters and put them into plain English.”