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Transport plays a crucial role in today’s economy and society, directly impacting growth and employment. Market conditions, environmental issues, and investment in infrastructure continue to challenge the sector.

Our multi-disciplinary team of legal experts – with extensive industry experience and knowledge – represent both public and private transport operators on planning, infrastructure, sales and purchases.

We offer a full legal service, focused on your business objectives. Our breadth and depth of experience means, whether you’re on land, air or sea, we understand your world and can use our expertise to keep you moving.

Work highlights by members of the team
  • Acting in the first cartel investigation under the Competition Act 1998
  • Developing Statutory Quality Partnership Schemes and Voluntary Partnering Agreements
  • Advising on precedent-setting High Court litigation including Chester City Council-v-Arriva and Arriva the Shires-v-Luton Airport
  • Successfully preventing numerous calls for industrial action including through the use of injunctions
  • Successfully obtaining an injunction to prevent unlawful picketing
  • Successfully defending Employment Tribunal claims, including advocacy, across England, Wales and Scotland
  • Successfully representing several operators, including advocacy, at the Employment Appeal Tribunal
  • Advising PD Ports on the acquisition of Groveport
  • Acting for a public transport provider in all aspects of its property requirements. Including the development of a new transport interchange in the heart of a busy town centre working in partnership with the local council and its appointed development partner; acquisition of depot facilities; disposal of surplus land; landlord and tenant matters in respect of its varied retail portfolio; and assisting with estate management matters in general
  • Acting for a large hauliers in respect of operational land acquisitions; disposal of surplus land; landlord and tenant matters relating to its portfolio of properties; and assisting with estate management matters in general
  • Successful challenge on behalf of a Polish carrier of notification from HMRC of intention to charge unpaid excise duty and wrongdoing penalty following discovery of contraband totalling £577,031 on the basis the carrier was not the “holder” of the goods for the purpose of Regulation 13 of the Excise Goods (Holding, Moving and Duty Point) Regulations 2010 and therefore not liable to pay the duty demanded
  • Successful defence on behalf of a UK carrier of a claim by cargo owners in the French Court of Appeal in respect of theft of part of a consignment of MP3 players from the performing carrier’s vehicle whilst parked overnight
  • Recovery action against a major waste disposal company for the delivery in of contaminated waste to client’s facility (live ammunition)
  • Supply chain dispute following the supply of contaminated food ingredients to a major UK restaurant group
  • Acting on behalf of a global drinks manufacturer following the recall of promotional tea mugs in packaging in a multi-million pound action against the product supplier
  • Defending a major construction company in an action by a local authority following failure of a sewer upgrade scheme
  • Developing and managing infrastructure damage recovery programmes on behalf of a number of major construction highways companies and local authorities.

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Alex Cox

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3530

+44 (0)787 219 0881

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Alex Wright

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3537

+44 (0)752 590 3433

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Neil Smith

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3536

+44 (0)773 846 1919

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Edward Nuttman

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3166

+44 (0) 759 018 2771

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Stephen Lewis

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3334

+44 (0) 773 268 8265

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  • Edward Nuttman has gained a great deal of experience from advising organisations in the domains of healthcare and transport.

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