Burges Salmon rail lawyer Tarplee quits for Stephenson Harwood

Burges Salmon has witnessed the departure of legal director Suzanne Tarplee, who has jumped ship from its rail group to Stephenson Harwood.

Tarplee’s exit marks the second from Burges Salmons’ rail group in four months, following former transport head Nick Olley who left to become the Department of Transport’s general counsel in September 2013 (13 September 2013). 

Since joining Burges Salmon in 2008, Tarplee has worked on various high-profile rail deals including advising First ScotRail on the procurement, leasing and maintenance on a new fleet of trains and First Capital Connect on the multibillion pound Thameslink trains programme. 

At Stephenson Harwood, she will be reunited with former colleague Tammy Samuel who joined the firm from Dentons’ London office last year (1 May 2013). The pair previously worked together in the rail team at legacy Denton Wilde Sapte, where Tarplee spent several years. 

Tarplee, who becomes the firm’s rail team’s sixth partner, said in a statement: “I see significant synergies between my client base and the work the rail team at Stephenson Harwood has undertaken. I am delighted to be re-joining former colleagues in this acknowledged market-leading team and helping to develop the work undertaken by the group in the rail sector.”

The firm’s global head of rail Graeme McLellan added: “Suzanne has a very strong reputation in the rail sector, advising on a number of high-profile projects in both the UK and overseas.” 

The group’s clients include Abellio, Hitachi, National Express and Stagecoach.