The transport sector is well known for its intricate procedural nature and legislative complexity which leaves many companies at risk.

The transport sector is well known for the complexity of its consenting regimes, which requires specialist advice if companies are to minimise their risks of time and cost delays.

Transport underpins all industries and the recent government investment will see fundamental changes to support much needed development for transport infrastructure. Moreover, transport issues continue to dominate national and local media. An in-depth understanding of key industry issues is vital to our delivery of services to our transport clients.

We advise on the statutory authorisation of transport projects and have significant experience and expertise in promoting Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders and Harbour Revision Orders as well as hybrid and private bills. We also have extensive experience across planning and environment more generally.

Our wider team can advise you on matters such as procurement, drafting commercial contracts, exercising compulsory acquisition powers, employment issues and outsourcing.

“Some firms swan in and tell you how it’s done, whereas BDB works really well with you as a member of the team.”
Chambers & Partners UK 2014

Aviation >

Our team of over 34 lawyers and other professionals has extensive and varied aviation experience having advised airport owners, operators and objectors on a range of airport related issues.

Rail >

Our rail team understands the challenges faced by the industry, as well as sharing its enthusiasm for a bright future for our railways. As demand for rail investment continues to grow, we can help with all aspects of major rail projects.

Road Infrastructure >

Road building will undergo a significant change over the coming years. The sector faces advanced technical, financial and network ownership changes; our leading highways practice can advise on all aspects of road infrastructure issues, including consents, commercial and property agreements, Highways Act agreements, procurement and road user issues.

Urban Transit >

Public transport, whether by road or rail, is central to successful cities and a dynamic urban environment. We are experts in securing authorisations for urban transit schemes in the UK. Our team’s experience includes bus (and guided bus) schemes, tramway, rail, trolley vehicle and other rapid transit schemes.

Ports and Harbours >

Ports and harbours in the UK are a very diverse but important part of our economic and transport. We understand harbour legislation and the relevant UK and European regulatory regime and can advise on all manner of ports and harbours issues. We can help with statutory powers, port development including dredging, the port marine safety code, port state control or other aspects of the regulatory or environmental regime.