Legal solutions for the mobility sector
The mobility sector is continuously evolving and organisations require business-driven legal solutions. Our lawyers help front runners in the industry make the most of the opportunities that come with change.
We advise our clients on everything from traditional transport matters through to the latest in mobility innovation, including mobility-as-a-service, electrification, air mobility, connected and autonomous mobility solutions and last mile logistics. Our expertise includes emerging business models, payments, data, consumer law, investment and financing and leasing, as well as competition and procurement, real estate, regulation, tax, planning and litigation.
The businesses we work with include mobility providers, public bodies, OEMs, suppliers and new technology entrants.
There is a growing need for more rolling stock, light rail projects in urban areas, greener mobility and digitalisation in the rail industry. We advise organisations across the sector and having a view from all perspectives allows us to provide flexible, informed advice.
We work across all legal disciplines, advising on rail regulatory issues, franchise/concession bids and mobilisations and fares and ticketing projects. We support clients on rolling stock procurement and associated maintenance and technical support, modifications and maintenance programmes. Our expertise in trade union and industrial relations can help defuse potential disputes, while our experience in regulatory matters (including domestic and EU rail regulation, competition, and health and safety laws) helps our clients avoid regulatory pitfalls.
Our clients include domestic and international rail and bus operators, regulatory bodies, infrastructure operators and their contractors, freight and rolling-stock operating companies, manufacturers, public transport authorities and engineering and technology companies.
Our broad experience and tech pedigree make us the lawyers of choice for clients at the cutting edge of developments in the motor industry. We frequently advise on connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, telematics and the application of automotive technology to intelligent transport systems.
We work with leading businesses in the sector. Our clients include Tier 1 suppliers, technology service providers, vehicle or spare-part dealers. We also work with businesses in adjacent sectors such as franchised dealer associations, telcos or motor insurance. They all benefit from our experience in resolving competition, compliance and product safety issues, advising on distribution, advertising, IP, access to technical information and in-vehicle data or mergers and acquisitions.
Our Automotive team has a truly international perspective. We have particular expertise in helping companies expand internationally, guiding them through multi-jurisdictional transactions. We regularly advise on the EU framework for the distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts across Europe.
Advised leading automotive dealer Autotorino S.P.A on the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Roma S.p.A. from Mercedes-Benz Italia S.p.A.
Advised the world's leading ferry aggregator, Direct Ferries, on its reinvestment and its international growth strategy across its consumer, B2B and Freight channels.
Advised KPIT Technologies Ltd, a global partner to the automotive and mobility ecosystem for making software-defined vehicles a reality, on the acquisition of cloud-based vehicle diagnostics specialist SOMIT solutions.
Advised Eversholt on new build rolling-stock projects, re-leasing of rolling stock fleets, maintenance arrangements, health and safety, cyber security, IT contracting and commercial matters.
Advised Beacon on rolling stock projects and new build projects (such as the negotiation and agreement of terms) with Clayton Equipment Limited for the manufacture and supply of fifteen battery-powered shunters.
Department for Transport
Advised the Department for Transport on the expansion of contactless ticketing around London, as well as other complex contracting and rail regulatory matters.
Advised Bolt on various aspects of its European expansion, including the roll-out of its scooter service in Belgium.
Advised Liberum Capital on CT Automotive Group plc's £75.4m AIM IPO and associated £33.6m institutional placing.
Clean Growth Fund
Advised the Clean Growth Fund on a £6m co-investment with Gulf Oil in Indra, the UK's leading smart charging technology company.
Advised Flock on its US$17m fundraise led by Social Capital to reinvent insurance for connected vehicles.