Transport (Including aviation and shipping)

Rachel Ford, Gatwick

Gatwick Airport appoints new GC

Gatwick Airport has hired a new general counsel from London-based consulting company Capita. Rachel Ford previously spent more than three years at Capita and held the role of chief of staff and group legal director. She spent a decade as in-house legal counsel at Thomson Reuters and served as the business’ assistant general counsel and […]

Network Rail GC stands down to focus on O-Shaped Lawyer

Network Rail’s general counsel is stepping down from the role after more than fifteen years in the rail business. Dan Kayne is expected to have his last day at the Network Rail today (14 April). He is responsible for managing a team of twenty lawyers and providing a full range of legal services for Network […]

The Hot 100 career quiz: Birmingham Airport GC Fiona Penhallurick

  Name: Fiona Penhallurick Organisation: Birmingham Airport Role: General Counsel and Company Secretary Based: Birmingham Trained at: Pinsent & Co (Now Pinsent Masons) Year qualified: 1992 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Learning by observing from one of the most intelligent and generous men I have met […]

High Speed train

Panel firms ranked in latest UK Government tender

A scorecard evaluating four law firms involved in a UK Government mandate has been disclosed in public records. An award letter seen by The Lawyer for a £1.5m contract around the rail reform programme laid bare the score attributed by the Department for Transport to Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds Sutherland and Linklaters as part of […]

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow hires new GC from Virgin Media

Heathrow has appointed Mine Hifzi as its new general counsel after Carol Hui departed in August. Hifzi’s new role is due to take effect in July 2022. Since Hui stood down, Mark Oliver, deputy GC has served in the position for the interim. Hui was one of three people who left Heathrow, including chief strategy […]

Bolt taxi

Bolt gears up for first formal panel review

Bolt is embarking on a wide-scale panel review as it expands into new regions and business verticals. Having put a mini panel in place in May this year, the Tallinn-headquartered ride-hailing app will begin looking to assemble a formal panel in early 2022. Though the current panel is largely UK and Western Europe-focused, the new […]

Addleshaws boosts transport practice with DP World hire

Addleshaw Goddard has gone in-house for its latest recruit, bringing in a ports and terminals specialist from Dubai Ports (DP) World. Ian Le Pelley joins the firm’s transport team in Edinburgh. He was previously group deputy GC at DP World, an Emirati multinational logistics company based in Dubai, until 2018. Between then and now Le […]


Trainline appoints new legal chief

Trainline has appointed a new general counsel as its current GC steps down after 16 years at the business. James Hanratty succeeds Neil Murrin in the top legal post at the online train and coach booking platform. Hanratty joined Trainline as senior legal counsel in 2009 and was appointed head of legal in 2013, then […]


Ashurst replaced by magic circle firm on UK Government aviation roster

Ashurst has lost its spot on a UK Government panel aimed at supporting the aviation industry through Covid-19, after the places were retendered this year. Linklaters has bagged the panel spot and will net £750,000 to provide legal services as part of the legal roster of Project Spring. This is a Department of Transport initiative […]

Bolt taxi

Bolt kicks off inaugural panel amid growth plans

Bolt is set to launch an inaugural legal panel as it fires up expansion in London and Western Europe. The panel process is being carried out by new head of legal Alex Wong, who joined the ride-hailing app from Revolut last month. He will appoint up to three firms, made up of one main provider […]