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Eversheds Sutherland global rail practice

Eversheds Sutherland’s global rail practice prides themselves on a deep understanding of the rail industry. Over the last 20 years, we have played key roles in major commercial, infrastructure and regulatory projects that have supported the growth of private and public-sector management and investment in the global rail and light rail industries. Combining legal know-how with experience in the field, our lawyers are ready to help you.

Rail industry developments

The global rail industry continues to develop and innovate, whilst facing ongoing challenges of infrastructural investment, financing and sustainability. Asia, the Middle East and Africa are experiencing substantial growth and investment in transportation networks, notably rail. Such ambitious integrated transportation projects can deliver wider social and economic benefits, particularly through associated real estate development and capacity-building in new rail markets.

Rail industry law experience

Our global rail practices bring together knowledge from our projects, procurement, real estate, tax and construction teams to offer you a seamless cross-border service. Whether you want to find new routes to market, set up a manufacturing facility or navigate the complexities of competition/antitrust law, we have a team available to advise you.

We work with international clients across the industry. They include governments, national transport infrastructure authorities, private rail operators, bidding consortiums and rolling stock manufacturers.

Many members of our team are recognized in independently produced legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500. Our lawyers are passionate about the rail industry and focused on delivering results for you.

Our rail industry legal services

Key areas of our rail practice include:

  • procurement, leasing and financing of rail rolling stock and other assets
  • advising the rail industry supply chain, including signaling and train- control issues
  • rail regulation, including regulated agreements for access to rail infrastructure
  • the development and operation of underground, metro, light rail and other rapid transit projects
  • infrastructure enhancement projects (including private-public partnership)
  • rail passenger concession and franchise agreements
  • rail procurement law and competition law issues
  • smartcard and electronic ticketing systems
  • rail legislation, regulations and standards
  • obtaining planning powers for rail projects
  • rail freight and related logistics, freight depot and interchange issues
  • employment and industrial relations

We advise clients around the world. Whatever your rail-related legal need, in whichever jurisdiction, we are here to support you.

Contact our rail industry team

If you would like any further information or need advice relating to rail, please contact our legal team.