Fladgate has been advising clients in the rail sector since the beginning of the railway era. In the nineteenth century we acted for the Victoria Station and Pimlico Railway Company in obtaining Parliamentary powers, including the compulsory purchase of land for what is now London’s Victoria Station.
Nowadays we continue to act for clients involved in all aspects of rail projects and are currently instructed on many high profile rail projects, both in the UK and internationally. With record usage and investment levels plus increased health and safety requirements, our long experience provides clients with a safe pair of hands when embracing the complexities and opportunities presented by the rail sector.
Our expertise ranges from UK domestic rail projects and associated issues to international rail projects procured under project finance models in relation to both light and heavy rail, which have become the benchmark for procurement models on the projects that followed.
Not only are we familiar with the NR 12 and other forms of Network Rail standard contracts and procedures from our work within the rail industry, but we also regularly advise on other standard forms relevant to, and used within, the sector for procurement of associated works and services. Members of our team were involved in a number of the published updates issued prior to the 2011 rebaseline to bring the agreement into line with developing case law and legal updates. We continue to advise these organisations on related issues.
Our reputation for providing cost-effective, practical advice allows us to make a meaningful contribution, assist in minimising risk and help the project team meet their budget and completion requirements.
Where rail disputes are unavoidable, we are experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR.
We also help clients working in the rail sector to understand their health and safety liabilities, for example through targeted workshops for senior executives and advice on compliance with health and safety law. Where rail related health and safety issues arise, our team provides timely and expert support, particularly in respect of ORR prosecutions.
Areas in which we act include:
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“The team provides a quality service and understands the importance of timely advice, pragmatic solutions and cost certainty.”
“With Fladgate we can rest assured that each area of legal and contractual exposure has been methodically reasoned with appropriate advice and implementation.”
‘Response times and value-for-money are very good’ at Fladgate LLP, where the team continues to undertake a range of instructions in key sectors. Practice head Alan Woolston who is a ‘commercially astute, technically excellent lawyer’, advised Go-Ahead Group on a range of construction works as well as professional appointments related to the infrastructure for various well-known Go-Ahead brands, including Southeastern trains and Brighton & Hove buses.
Digby Hebbard and David Weare were also active in contentious matters, where work included representing contractors on various energy-from-waste project disputes, and acting for John Laing Investments on potential claims relating to the design and upgrade of Aylesbury Park railway station.
“The team provides a quality service and understands the importance of timely advice, pragmatic solutions and cost certainty.” “With Fladgate we can rest assured that each area of legal and contractual exposure has been methodically reasoned with appropriate advice and implementation.”
Alan Woolston engages in both contentious and non-contentious work, with particular specialisms in PFI/PPP schemes and offshore energy projects. One client is “impressed with his focused attention to detail and ability to understand every potential trajectory of decisions that he has considered and created a strategy around.”
A wide practice particularly active in waste-to-energy projects, property development for retail, hotels and student accommodation, and construction-related health and safety issues. “We’re very pleased. They worked very hard – they worked all hours to make it happen, and were very on top of it.” “Good solid team, quite specialist, and they know what they’re doing.”