This cross-firm team of experts has advised governments, operators, banks and other public and private sector clients on all aspects of railway law for over 20 years. The team comprises specialists in rail planning, PFI/PPP, projects, procurement and competition, property, construction, litigation, track access, joint ventures, station developments and franchises.

The multi-disciplinary team provides a full service in railway law. It has advised on all types of railway contracts, international freight groups, passenger franchises, access agreements, access options, construction, engineering, operation and maintenance of networks and trains, employment and union matters, signalling and technology, regulation, competition law and disputes.

Key areas include the development, construction and operation of rail freight terminals, new stations, and access and new train contract disputes. It has advised on freight operating strategies, construction and maintenance agreements for infrastructure and whole-life performance related service contracts for new trains. In addition it has worked on international rail concessions, access agreements and access options.

Due to the regulatory pressures and political issues, the railway industry is complex and difficult to navigate. Compliance and guidance is a priority for clients. The team knows the rail industry inside out. It regularly liaises with many of the regulatory bodies and participates in rail industry groups to ensure the team is aware of issues affecting the industry and is equipped with the latest knowledge.

With a wealth of know-how, the team is well placed to provide clients with cutting-edge strategic advice. Highlights include advising BAA on many aspects of the Crossrail project and completing the first rail privatisation for Kenya.

David Fennell leads the team. Clients include British Airport Authority, Railway Systems of Zambia, Access Disputes Committee, Associated British Ports, John Laing Projects & Developments.

For more information on rail, contact David Fennell (david_fennell@wragge.com).