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Martin Fleetwood

Martin Fleetwood

Martin Fleetwood

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Martin is a highly experienced projects lawyer who specialises in the transport sector.  He has advised bidders for both heavy rail franchises and light rail operating concessions as well as the Department for Transport on direct awards and competed franchises.  His work has included providing advice on joint venture agreements for bidding consortia, contracts for support services and systems as well as advice on specific rail regulatory matters.

Martin has assisted new entrants to the UK and European rolling stock leasing market, including drafting rolling stock lease agreements and advising on relevant regulations.  In addition he has advised on manufacturing and supply agreements for new trains as well as on rolling stock maintenance agreements, both for train manufacturers and leasing companies.  Martin has advised various parties in a number of leading projects in the rail sector including Crossrail, the London Underground PPP, London Overground, Eurostar reorganisation and HS1.  Within the light rail sphere he has advised on most of the tram projects in the UK including Nottingham Tram, Manchester Metrolink and Docklands Light Railway.

Outside of the rail sector Martin has experience of advising on bidding for as well as selling bus companies.  He has advised banks on the financing of a number of roads projects in the UK and Ireland as well as in financing other infrastructure projects including through both PPP and PFI schemes.  In addition, he has also advised on leasing of aircraft engines and the chartering of ships.

Examples of Martin’s work include acting for:

  • the Department of Transport on its involvement in Crossrail and on rail passenger franchising
  • Transport for London on the structuring of its London Overground passenger concession
  • London Underground through a secondment to manage the team advising on the interfaces between the rail networks of London Underground and Network Rail
  • a successful franchise bidder on the provision of high speed rail services and the interface between the Network Rail network and the HS1 network
    - two overseas transport companies on the establishment of a joint venture bidding company for UK rail franchises and on their subsequent bids for franchises
  • a freight company on the successful application to gain access to sidings operated by a third party
  • a major finance group on the setting up of a rolling stock leasing company and the establishment of standard terms for leasing rolling stock in the UK and European markets
  • a manufacturer on the supply of over £1 billion of new rolling stock to franchise operators together with associated ongoing maintenance contracts
  • a contractor on its bids to upgrade sections of the UK rail network
  • an international transport operator on a joint venture agreement to operate and maintain a UK light rail system following a successful bid
  • an international transport operator on a number of bids to operate light rail systems in the UK
  • a joint venture of two international transport operators on bids to operate UK light rail systems
  • UNIDROIT on the development of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol and the negotiation of the contract for the establishment and operation of the International Registry for railway rolling stock
  • an international transport operator on its sale of a UK bus company subsidiary

Martin is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and sits on its Strategic Rail Policy Group.  He is also Secretary of the Rail Working Group which supports the implementation of the international legislation contained in the Luxembourg Rail Protocol.  He speaks at conferences and writes on matters relating to both light and heavy rail.

Martin has been recognised in the Legal Directories for his work in this sector.  The Legal 500 describes him as “widely respected” while in Chambers and Partners he is noted for his “broad experience in the rail industry”.