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Transport and, in particular, aviation, rail, ship finance and bus are industry sectors in which we have a great deal of experience.  We pride ourselves on our genuine interest in  these industries. We know that a full understanding of how the industry works is one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to provide the advice and support our clients are looking for.

A number of our lawyers have worked in-house and on secondment with major airlines, aviation finances, and train operating companies. Also, members of the group have worked in-house and on secondments within DG Transport at the European Commission. We are able to supplement this core group with other lawyers specialising in areas including competition, tax, technology and employment who are familiar with and understand the transport sector.

Our cross-practice and cross-office Transport Group handle the full range of work to support our industry sector clients.


  • commercial matters
  • corporate
  • dispute resolution
  • operational matters
  • regulatory and competition
  • airports
  • aircraft acquisition, finance and lease
  • infrastructure

Expertise - Aviation

  • The purchase, leasing and chartering of commercial and corporate aircraft
  • The financing of new and used aircraft from both lender and borrower and enforcement of security and related dispute resolution
  • Airline alliances, franchises and code-sharing
  • Charter agreements involving the tourism industry
  • Airport slot arrangements including slot exchanges
  • Ground handling and ground support services
  • Aviation liability and insurance issues, including claim handling
  • Airport funding, construction, licensing, development and State aid schemes
  • Airline licensing and traffic rights
  • Corporate work for airline clients including refinancing and insolvency issues

Expertise - Rail

  • UK rail franchising
  • European high speed networks regulatory and operational issues
  • Track, station and depot access agreement
  • Rolling stock purchase, leasing and sub-leasing both in the UK and continental Europe
  • Railway property leases, including stations, depots and construction projects
  • UK Railways Pension Scheme issues and employment matters
  • Passenger, non-passenger, station and depot licensing
  • Carriage of goods including liability and carriage of dangerous goods