DWF advises Transport Scotland on Caledonian Sleeper franchise award

DWF acting for Transport Scotland on renewal of the ScotRail franchise

National business law firm DWF has advised the Transport Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, on the recent award of the contract for the Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise.

This is the first passenger rail procurement directly undertaken by the Scottish Government, and the first time that the Caledonian Sleeper service has been awarded separately from the wider ScotRail franchise.

The award will see new rolling stock being introduced by the summer of 2018. These will be part-funded by a £60m grant from the Scottish Government. 

Transport Scotland was advised by DWF’s Construction, Infrastructure and Projects team led by Glasgow partners Neil Amner and Martin Gallaher. They were assisted by associates Carly Mason and Douglas McLachlan, with further support coming from Wendy Wraight. Specialist support on issues relating to rolling stock, competition law, pensions and employment aspects was provided by Partners Robin Steel, Colin Miller, Colin Greig and Paul Brown respectively.

DWF is also advising Transport Scotland on the procurement of the main ScotRail Franchise, which is also due to commence on 1st April 2015. Additional support will be provided by Suzanne Moir, a partner in DWF’s Edinburgh office.

DWF partner Martin Gallaher said: “We were delighted to be involved in the award of such a significant contract. Not only is this the first passenger rail franchise awarded by the Scottish Government, it will result in a new, modern fleet and an improved passenger experience. We are looking forward to our continued working relationship with Transport Scotland on the ScotRail competition and to seeing the delivery of the innovation and investment in the iconic Caledonian Sleeper service.”

Atkins were the technical consultants and EY the financial advisors for the contract award.

Martin Gallaher


As a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure team, I work for public and private sector clients on infrastructure and project related matters.