Transport and Logistics

Our leading clients in this sector include Global Infrastructure Partners, Manchester Airport Group and Associated British Ports. We also advise major transport operators including British Airways, Orient Overseas (International) Limited and FirstGroup, and logistics groups such as Royal Mail.

Long-standing relationships with our transport and logistics clients has given us a deep understanding of their commercial, regulatory and legal issues, standing us in a strong position to provide expert legal advice.

Our work in this sector forms part of our extensive Infrastructure practice, which covers the following areas:

  • airports
  • ports
  • rail and road
  • logistics

We are renowned for our Sectoral Regulation practice where we have a strong track record of advising governments and industry clients on restructurings, regulatory initiatives and transactions in the sector, particularly with regard to airports, air traffic services, rail and ports.

Partner Contacts

Our key experience includes advising:


Manchester Airport Group on the acquisition of Stansted Airport for £1.5 billion.

Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisitions of London Gatwick, London City and Edinburgh Airports.


Associated British Ports Holdings on numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of American Port Services and Ipswich port and its takeover by Admiral Acquisitions UK.

Orient Overseas (International) on its share swap for a minority interest in European Container Terminals in Rotterdam.

and Road:

MTR Corporation in relation to the construction and commissioning of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The project is one of the largest public infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Hong Kong.

FirstGroup on its offer for GB Railways Group and the disposal of GB Railfreight. We also advised on its issue of £325 million 5.250% bonds due 2022.

a consortium of investors in their bid of HS1, the railway between St Pancras, London and the Channel Tunnel.

European Investment Bank on road projects such as the N6, N4, M7/M8 and N8 Irish PPP projects; the M80 Scottish Road PPP project; and the M25 widening UK PPP project.


Royal Mail in relation to corporate, financing, regulatory and pension matters.

SDV on the acquisition of Bernard Group plc.

Our clients include:

  • 3i Infrastructure
  • Aeroports de Paris
  • Associated British Ports
  • BBA Aviation Plc
  • British Airways/International Airlines Group
  • Cathay Pacific Airways (HK)
  • Department for Transport
  • Edinburgh Airport
  • FirstGroup
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Liberty Holding Company Limited
  • London Regional Transport
  • Manchester Airport Group
  • MTR Corporation Limited (HK)