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Rail industry lawyers

Our global Rail practice combines a deep understanding of the rail industry with extensive legal know-how in the field. Over the last 20 years, we have played key roles in major commercial, infrastructure and regulatory projects that have supported the growth of private and public-sector management and investment in the global heavy rail and light rail industries.

We bring together knowledge from our rail lawyers on projects, procurement, real estate, tax, employment/pension and construction teams to offer you a seamless cross-border service. Whether you want to find new routes to market, set up a manufacturing facility, procure new rolling stock (or modify existing rolling stock) or navigate the complexities of procurement, competition/antitrust law, we have a team available to advise you.

Our rail industry law services

Many members of our team are recognized in independently produced legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500. Our lawyers are passionate about the rail industry and focused on delivering results for you. The services we provide include:

  • procurement, leasing and financing of rail rolling stock and other assets
  • advising the rail industry supply chain, including signaling and train- control issues
  • rail regulation, including regulated agreements for access to rail infrastructure
  • the development and operation of underground, metro, light rail and other rapid transit projects
  • infrastructure enhancement projects (including private-public partnership)
  • rail passenger concession and franchise agreements
  • rail procurement law and competition law issues
  • smartcard and electronic ticketing systems
  • rail legislation, regulations and standards
  • obtaining planning powers for rail projects
  • rail freight and related logistics, freight depot and interchange issues
  • employment and industrial relations

We advise clients around the world. Whatever your roads or rail-related legal need, in whichever jurisdiction, we are here to support you.

Experienced rail industry lawyers for your project

We work with international clients across the industry. They include governments, national transport infrastructure authorities, private rail operators, bidding consortiums and rolling stock manufacturers.

Key areas of our global rail practice include advising:

  • the UK Department for Transport and its agencies on the letting of more than 15 rail operating concessions since the privatization of the UK rail network in 1997
  • Light Rail Manila Corporation on its procurement of light rail vehicles in the Philippines and supporting contractual arrangements
  • DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH on its bid for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Doha Metro and Lusail network in Qatar
  • African Development Bank on the restructuring of the Transrail railway concession between Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali
  • Crossrail Limited on its £15 billion rail infrastructure project
  • the Road & Transport Authority of Dubai on the extension and renegotiation of the O&M concession for the $8 billion Dubai Metro system
  • High Speed Two Limited on matters connected with the delivery of the HS2 high speed line in the UK - one of the most complex and challenging rail infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in the world

Contact a rail industry lawyer today

If you would like any further information or need advice on rail industry law, please contact our legal team.