Transport and automotive

Movement becomes a revolution.

From open transport data to autonomous vehicles and intelligent transport systems, new technologies and business models are changing the way we explore our cities, and the wider world. We are at the forefront of change, helping our clients in the individual and mass transport sectors anticipate innovations and navigate an increasingly complex regulatory landscape.

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Aerospace and defence

Our aerospace and defence team supports clients in supply chain management, regulatory and ethical compliance, and regulated and single source procurement law.

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In an increasingly fast moving Automotive sector, we advise technology providers, suppliers, aftermarket operators and associations on everything from CAVs and EVs to cross-border distribution systems, from M&A and competition law to data, IP, product safety and cyber security.

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New technologies and business models are driving change across the logistics industry. We act for clients across the supply chain and can help you take advantage of traditional logistics models and new trends such as drones, intelligent transport systems and new forms of last mile delivery.

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Rail and bus

We advise a broad range of clients at the forefront of international passenger transport on their biggest commercial challenges, from RailTech, asset finance, infrastructure and rail franchise projects to regulatory matters and industry disputes.

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Babcock Defence and Security

Provided Babcock Defence and Security with ongoing regulated procurement law support in relation to its Defence Support Group contract for the UK Ministry of Defence.

AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters)

Assisted AugustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) with complex issues arising from a specialised logistics contract.

The AA

Advised on a multiparty international telematics joint venture.

City Car Club

Advised on the sale of the business to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Eversholt Rail Group

Advised on the €600m procurement of two substantial new fleets of CAF-built Civity UK rolling-stock units to serve the Northern passenger rail franchise.


Advised on rail franchise bids and mobilisations, as well as providing wider support to the Arriva business from across our legal disciplines.

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We secured merger clearance for the £1.1bn takeover of the UK's largest rail franchise

Transport and automotive


UK competition authority proposes new guidance on assessing rail franchise awards

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published for consultation draft guidance on its approach to assessing rail franchise awards under its merger control powers. The CMA is inviting comments

Written on: 31st Oct 2017

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Generic clauses for assignment of employees’ image rights incorporated into employment contracts

In the case in question, it is debated as to whether the inclusion of a generic clause in employment contracts by which the employee expressly consents to the transfer of

Written on: 24th Oct 2017

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On the horizon | New rules for mergers will impact the defence sector

Businesses operating in the UK defence & security sector are the focus of the UK government’s consultation on proposed new merger control rules, announced on 17 October 2017. This article

Written on: 18th Oct 2017

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