Hitachi Rail Europe appoints six firms for inaugural panel

Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has become the latest company to launch an inaugural legal panel, picking six firms for its roster (see story here).

The appointment of Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood comes less than six months after the company hired DLA Piper lawyer Rachel Crosier as its first in-house legal head.

Indeed there is a strong DLA link on the panel. As well as the firm itself winning a place, it is understood that Addleshaws won its spot after the hire of DLA partner Paul Hirst earlier this year. Hirst acted for Hitachi Rail at his old firm, and brought the relationship with him.

Crosier says the panel was put in place to slim down the company’s use of firms. It previously had 11 or 12 regular advisers, and 13 firms bid for panel spots. The successful six will act as an extension of her team as Hitachi Rail expands its investment in the UK.

But they will have to stay alert – Crosier also says she will review constantly, with the panel up for renewal in just two short years.

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