Rail Law

Our rail team not only understands the complexities and challenges faced by the industry but shares its enthusiasm for a bright future for our railways.

We regularly advise the UK rail industry’s major players. Speaking regularly at industry events we seek to add value as the rail industry debates and shapes its future so that we remain best placed to provide the solutions you need.

We can help you with the law, strategy, public policy, public affairs and communications issues in relation to:

Infrastructure Enhancements

We have been involved with virtually every contemporary railway and light railway project in England and offer the very best experience of major project promotion.

Our specialist team can guide you through a myriad of issues including consultation, planning, environment, public procurement, rail regulation, project finance, commercial, construction, real estate and parliamentary procedure.

Whether you are a network owner/operator, a train or freight operating company, a local authority, a PTE, a government agency, a developer or a heritage railway, we are ready to help you plan and deliver your railway project.

Industry Reform

Rail policy is entering a period of change that is, arguably, the most significant since privatisation. 2011’s McNulty report called for a reform of rail franchising and to ‘rebalance’ the funding relationship between the tax-payer and the fare-payer.

Not only is there a significant emphasis on cost reduction but an increase in new forms of relationships. With our specialist public policy and public affairs practitioners we can advise you on the evolving policy landscape, its implications for your business and how you can seek to contribute to this process.

Employment and Industrial Relations

Maintaining good employee relations is essential for the success of any business. Doing so can be challenging when implementing change. Industrial action can have serious implications for an employer’s business and reputation. Preventing it requires rapid specialist legal action by experienced lawyers. Equally, protecting employers against the ever changing demands of employment laws demands robust and practical legal advice set in the context of the industry.

Our recent work includes:

  • Advising on the TUPE implications of changes to railway franchises
  • Advising on numerous employment and industrial relations issues for ATOC, various train operating companies and network operators

Whilst we are well known for injuncting industrial action, our wider aim is to help you achieve and maintain practical employment structures and good employee relations.

‘The team has a high level of expertise in the specialist fields of parliamentary proceedings and infrastructure projects.’
Chambers & Partners UK 2018

Noted for its ‘specialist sector knowledge’
Legal 500 UK 2017

‘A strong team with good knowledge and understanding of the railway industry. Their knowledge of both formal and informal processes of petitioning Parliament was excellent.’
Chambers & Partners 2017