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.
On the 29 June 2020, there was welcome news for many organisations which have previously been rejected from obtaining public funding due to the inclusion of the "undertaking in difficulty" test in the State aid Temporary Framework, which has meant that those not satisfying this test as at the end of December 2019 were excluded from support.
The contract for the largest infrastructure project signed! Construction of the third section of Rail Baltica E75 Czyżew-Białystok is starting.
As the market's response to COVID-19 is starting to take shape, we review some of the potential issues that PLCs may encounter when using share schemes.
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.
The latest National Audit Office report on HS2 reveals the consequence, in terms of increased project costs, of the excessive allocation of risk to contractors and the resultant procurement changes now enacted to maintain engagement with the industry.
A key summary by Babita Ambekar, Head of India: Corporate at DWF, on the latest proposals raised by Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, with respect to the further opening up of select industry sectors to additional foreign direct investment.
Global legal business, DWF, has been appointed as legal advisor on a major project to redevelop Birmingham International Station and transform it into a transport exchange linked to the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull.