News in brief

Lovells and CMS Cameron McKenna are advising the preferred bidders selected by the Government last week to help run London Underground in a public-private partnership (PPP). Consortia advised by Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Ashursts were all knocked out of the race to run the two deep-line segments of the Tube. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is advising the Government. Lovells is advising Tube Lines, which was chosen for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Camerons is advising Metronet, selected to run the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines. An appointment for the subsurface lines is still to be made.