Legal support for the rail industry
Hugh James has a dedicated rail team which supports rail operators and the wider rail industry on a broad range of areas involving their commercial activities, infrastructure projects, workforce and real estate. Our team comprises experts from across our specialist legal teams, all of whom have considerable experience representing major operators, franchises and contractors.
The rail sector has experienced significant transformation over the last few decades and will see considerable change in the years ahead as the industry embraces new infrastructure and technology, as well as increasing passenger numbers and economic challenges. The rail industry needs lawyers who understand the unique environment in which they operate and can provide clear, commercial advice which helps them to solve problems.
Our approach to working with rail clients is to immerse ourselves in our clients’ organisation to ensure our understanding of their commercial activities and challenges is as thorough as possible. In the past we have done this in a variety of ways, often by placing secondees within our rail clients to ensure knowledge sharing between us and our clients is seamless. This approach helps us to add value by ensuring we can provide dedicated support from lawyers who are always fully up to speed. Importantly it also helps us build effective and trusted relationships which are vital when it comes to partnering on complex and demanding projects.