Ashurst advises Crossrail on £1bn Bombardier contract

Ashurst picked up the mandate to advise Crossrail on its decision to award a £1bn contract to Bombardier UK.

The transport provider – Britain’s only train builder – will provide 65 trains for the Crossrail service, which is due to open in 2018.

Bombardier, meanwhile, is believed to have referred the deal to its in-house department, which is led by Daniel Desjardins in Canada. 

Ashurst’s energy, transport and infrastructure global head Mark Elsey and partner Terence van Poortvlient led the team advising Crossrail on the deal. The firm has been involved in the project since 2010, when it triumphed in a competitive tender to advise on the procurement of rolling stock for Crossrail (29 March 2010).

Bombardier Transportation UK’s former contracts and legal adviser Jane Mee, who advised on the original bid for the huge Crossrail mandate last year, left the company last October (11 October 2013). She spent about 18 months at the train-making company, before becoming UK head of risk and contracts at the WSP Group – the structural engineers behind the Shard in London.

It isn’t the only major corporate to keep significant contracts in-house in recent months. Last month, Balfour Beatty kept all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground within its own legal team (8 January 2014).

The gargantuan BT Sport-Uefa football deal also the work of each side’s in-housers. In June 2012, BT Sport handed over nearly £900m for a three-year deal that saw European football move away from Sky and ITV (2 December 2013).