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Overview

Our road transport lawyers provide expert advice across the entire transport sector and understand the unique challenges within it. We have experience of advising on the legal aspects of road planning and construction, the manufacturing of smart vehicles, vehicle retail, the bus and coach sector, taxi law and motorsport. Our strength in the wider transport sector gives us the cross-modal experience to tackle complex issues of road transport law.

Our road transport lawyers advise a range of clients, including operators, supply chains, large manufacturers, insurers, local and central government. Working closely with planning and construction lawyers within our firm, we advise on consenting (including NSIPs), procurement and contracting for road construction projects.

Our road transport lawyers are at the forefront of new transport technologies, including driverless cars, alternative fuel vehicles, smart roads and digital passenger information. This enables us to provide our clients with specialist advice on road transport law and the future of the transport sector.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in highways and road transport includes the following:

  • Advising on road construction projects.
  • Advising insurers on various new transport technologies.
  • Health and safety compliance.
  • Joint ventures in infrastructure projects.
  • Specialist construction law disputes.
  • Consumer and franchise engagement.
Experience

Advising Highways Agency/Highways England and Department for Transport on the formation and structuring of Highways England and its separation from government.

Advising Highways England on planning and compulsory acquisition for A19/A1058 and M20 Junction 10a NSIPs.

Participating in Venturer and Flourish the two consortia trialling controlled and autonomous vehicles (CAV/driverless cars) cars (including Williams Advanced Engineering, BAE Systems and AXA).

Advising Isle of Anglesey Council on planning, highways, CPO and procurement for major highway works to facilitate £multi-billion Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Advising the Costain JV on the early contractor involvement development of the £750 million M4 corridor around Newport project for the Welsh Government.

Advising FirstGroup plc on bus regulatory and commercial issues including complex projects and corporate transactions.

Advising RAC on multiple projects relating to telematics and in-car connected solutions.

Advising First Greater Western successfully on the defence of a Court of Appeal case pursued by taxi drivers relating to the legal position on alleged taxi rights.

Advising Mitsubishi/Colt Cars on distribution agreements, consumer issues and disputes.

Advising motorsports clients including Prodrive and Force India on disputes including injunctions.

Appointed by Highways England in 2016 as one of three firms to its complex commercial projects.

Meet the team
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson Partner

  • Head of Transport
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Health and Safety
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Rupert Weston

Rupert Weston Partner

  • Corporate
  • Hotels
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Brian Wong

Brian Wong Legal Director

  • Rail
  • Highways and Road Transport
  • Judicial Review and Public Law
Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb Legal Director

  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
  • Banking Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution

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They handled the complex negotiations really well.

Chambers UK 2015