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            The rail sector has a complex and evolving contractual and regulatory matrix. We know our way around the maze and the issues. We won't leave you going round in circles.

            Our team of rail experts has advised on passenger rail franchise procurement and delivery, infrastructure bills and delivery contracts, track access and regulatory reviews, new and refurbished rolling stock, rail freight terminals and grants, tram schemes, station and maintenance depot developments and leases, retailing, ticketing and transport integration.

            "A top quality team, particularly in the field of marine insurance."
            – Chambers & Partners and Legal 500

            Our team has also handled contract disputes, high value claims for personal injury, line trespass and for damaged rolling stock, as well as HR, trades union and rail pension scheme matters.

            Our international team provides decisive, expert direction in an approachable way. We are recognised for our exemplary service, understanding your commercial needs as well as the complex legal framework surrounding your industry. Praised for our innovative and energetic solutions, we pride ourselves on our collaborative approach in applying them.

            DWF is delighted to have been appointed to the Crown Commercial Services framework for 'Wider Public Sector – Legal Services' (RM3788). This means that if you are a public sector organisation and you qualify to use this CCS framework, you can now appoint us through the contract. Find out more and download our prospectuses.

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            State aid law: European Commission amends COVID-19 Temporary Framework to faciltate recapitalisation aid and subsordinated debt awards

            15 May 2020

            In a move which is likely to facilitate multiple European government bail outs of airlines, sports, leisure and hospitality companies and possibly even carmakers and others under the most acute pressure from the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has further amended its State aid Temporary Framework to allow for recapitalisation aid and subordinated debt instruments.  The new rules contain limitations on dividends and acquisitions by businesses who benefit from recapitalisation aid and include a requirement for conditions relating to climate change and the digital agenda to be reported to the European Commission.  While the UK remains in the Brexit transition period (currently due to expire on 31 December 2020), these rules apply to it as well.

            Martin Gallaher

            • Partner // Head of Public Sector (Scotland) // Head of Projects: Road, Rail and Aviation

            Ali Boroumand

            • Partner // Head of Mining & Minerals

            Jean Francois Mercadier

            • Partner // Managing Partner (France)
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