Transport and infrastructure

Transport and infrastructure

"Shoosmiths have "Significant breadth and depth of knowledge of the rail industry""

Legal 500

Our transport and infrastructure group has expertise built on many years of involvement with the transport industry, and a clear understanding of how the various parts of a transport system work together.

With a strong team of lawyers, a number of whom have been involved in the transport sector since the privatisation of the UK rail industry, the group is able to provide sector specific expertise in public transport on land or in the air. This means that we are equally at home finding solutions for clients where projects raise new issues for their industry as we are working on a more straightforward transaction.

The group has particular expertise with respect to heavy rail, light rail and aviation matters. It acts for a wide range of rail industry bodies, such as manufacturers, lessors and operators plus public sector bodies procuring services in their areas.

Our work has included:

  • procurement of new railway rolling stock (passenger stock, locomotives and wagons) and ticketing and gating equipment (including in connection with EU procurement legislation)
  • rebuilding of stations to produce transport interchanges
  • rail franchising
  • extensions to an existing tram scheme
  • procurement of tram operation concessions
  • finance and leasing of assets for use in the rail and aviation sectors
  • complete reviews and updates of standard form aviation leasing agreements
  • health and safety issues
  • property and construction matters (including projects for extensions to existing rail depots and the construction of new depots)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Rail Europe on the contracts with the Department for Transport for the Intercity Express Project (IEP). The IEP provides a new fleet of electric and bi-mode trains to replace the current fleet of 'Intercity 125' trains for operation on the Great Western and East Coast main lines.
  • Advising East Midlands Trains on the renegotiation of its rolling stock leases to cover the period of its new Direct Award.
  • Advising Porterbrook Leasing on its procurement of new fleets of Class 387 trains from Bombardier to be used on the Southern, Govia Thameslink and Great Western Franchises.
  • Advising Swiss International Air Lines on the replacement of its Avro RJ100 fleet with Bombardier C-series aircraft.
  • Advising a leading aircraft lessor on the review of its standard terms and conditions for the financing of aircraft, including the application of the Cape Town Convention following the UK's adoption of the Convention in its domestic law.
  • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro) on the extensions to its tram system in Birmingham and Wolverhampton to allow the system to directly serve both Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton railway stations.
  • Advising¬†West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro) on the rebuilding of Wolverhampton railway station site to deliver an interchange hub for passengers moving between trains, buses, trams, cars and bicycles as well as upgrading pedestrian access.