White & Case scoops rail regulator

The UK’s last rail regulator is joining White & Case’s London office.

Tom Winsor, a former legacy Denton Hall partner who was appointed UK rail regulator and international rail regulator in July 1999, will return to private practice on 5 July, a day after his term finishes.

Winsor, who is joining White & Case’s energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance practice, will be the UK’s last rail regulator after the post is abolished on 5 July. The duties and functions will then be transferred to an independent regulatory board called the Office of Rail Regulation.

The Prime Minister, on the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments approved Winsor’s move subject to a number of conditions.

These include Winsor being prohibited from provide legal advice “for three months to any client in respect of any aspect of GB railways”, and “for six months to any train or freight operating company with any GB railway interests”.

Also he cannot provide legal advice “for 12 months to any company in whose favour Mr Winsor has, as rail regulator, determined a legal appeal: and for two years to Network Rail or any of its subsidiaries.”