Burges Salmon advises Eurostar in high court victory

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04 November 2010

On Friday, Mr Justice Vos sitting in the London High Court rejected an injunction attempt to stop Eurostar finalising its contract with train manufacturer Siemens plc for the supply of new high speed trains. Burges Salmon acted for Eurostar in the case brought against it by ALSTOM Transport which manufactured the trains currently used by Eurostar.  

In declining the application for an injunction, Mr Justice Vos said that the claimant would be unlikely to succeed at a full trial in obtaining a court order setting aside Eurostar's decision to award the new trains contract to Siemens. Permission to appeal was refused.

Burges Salmon advised Eurostar on its successful defence of the application in a hearing that lasted four days. Burges Salmon also assisted Eurostar in drafting the contractual documentation for the new trains. The Burges Salmon team integrated rail litigation and procurement law experts working closely with the Eurostar in house legal team. Chris Jackson, John Houlden and Ann Metherall led a team of 13 lawyers (including Ian Tucker and Richard Binns) working intensively on the High Court application over a period of three weeks. 

A Burges Salmon commercial team led by Simon Coppen and Brioney Thomas and assisted by Debbie Spragg and Stephanie Rickard drafted the contractual documentation for the new trains and their maintenance with Siemens. 

Chris Jackson commented: "We are delighted with the outcome of the hearing, Eurostar can now move forward with this important contract"  says Jackson. “The introduction of the new trains is key to Eurostar's business and will be hugely beneficial to the travelling public.”

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