Transport (Including aviation and shipping)

Bolt taxi

Senior Revolut lawyer jumps to taxi app Bolt

Revolut senior counsel Alex Wong has moved to Bolt as its new head of legal, as the ride-hailing app looks to grow in London. Wong joined Revolut in September 2019 from Amazon, where he was corporate counsel. Having trained at Shoosmiths in 2006, he also spent time in-house at Wiltshire Council and Capita, where he […]

Slaughter and May

Slaughters supports UK Government on Covid freight deal

Slaughter and May advised the Department for Transport on a £600,000 mandate around a financial package to protect freight routes during the Covid-19 pandemic, building on a string of profitable public work mandates. A response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that the firm advised on a £35m financial aid package approved by […]

airplane

Supreme Court allows BCLP’s Heathrow runway appeal

The Supreme Court has handed down its second landmark judgment this month, ruling in favour of BCLP and Heathrow Airport in a dispute of plans to build a third runway. This rolled-up case was an amalgamation of five separate claims against the Secretary of State for Transport over plans to build a third runway at […]

trains

Linklaters cashes in £1.5m for emergency Covid rail advice

Linklaters is set to cash in around £1.5m after winning a mandate from the Department for Transport (DfT) into recovery measures for the embattled rail industry. The magic circle firm has been advising on the replacement of agreements that were put in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The mandate, according to public records, is worth […]

Abu Dhabi

Ince to launch consulting venture in Abu Dhabi

The Ince Group is expanding its consulting business in the Middle East with the opening of a new office. The listed firm is debuting a consultancy in Abu Dhabi, complementing an existing legal outpost in Dubai. It marks the second consulting opening after a similar launch in Hamburg in 2016. Working alongside Ince’s partners, the […]

Uber taxi

Hogan Lovells secures victory for Uber as court grants new London licence

The High Court has ruled that Uber can continue with its London operations, almost a year after Transport for London rejected its licence application. TfL had banned Uber in London last year after identifying a pattern of failures linked to passenger safety. The ride-hailing app instructed Hogan Lovells’ Charles Brasted in its appeal. Westminister Magistrates’ […]

Slaughter and May

Double win for Slaughters as firm nabs new Government mandates

Slaughter and May has won two lucrative UK Government contracts for mandates to help the rail, and TV and film industry, worth a combined £3.7m. The firm has won the two separate contracts in a matter of months. The first one will see Slaughters advise the Department of Transport on an international rail project, the […]

A better future – What next for the Thames Valley?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

airplane

Linklaters secures settlement for airlines after quarantine challenge

Following the UK Government’s highly-anticipated air-bridge announcement, Britain’s three major airlines have reached a settlement regarding their challenge to the quarantine rules. With the help of Linklaters, British Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir have put an end to their combined battle against the previous 14-day quarantine, successfully calling for the blanket policy to be removed. The […]

trains

HSF and Ashurst lose out in railway tussle with DfT

The High Court has dismissed claims brought by Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst in the rail franchise litigation. The case, which featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2020, was a mammoth rolled-up claim against the Department of Transport. Last year, the separate claims brought by West Coast Trains, Stagecoach and Arriva Rail were rolled […]

trains

Ten firms secure places on HS1 panel

Ten firms have secured a place on High Speed 1 (HS1)’s £15m legal panel. Linklaters, DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms that have been appointed to the rail operator’s new panel, worth between £10m and £15m. The framework is divided into eight lots with Linklaters appointed to two lots, […]

EasyJet

EasyJet hit with billion-pound claim over data breach

A claim has been issued against EasyJet by PGMBM, formally known as SPG Law, after it emerged that nine million people’s data was accessed from the airline’s servers. The firm has instructed barristers from Serle Court – who are also working with the firm on its claim against British Airways for its data hack a […]