Our Transport lawyers offer the strongest understanding of the legal, regulatory and commercial challenges facing transport, civil construction and logistics companies. We act for statutory authorities, local and national government entities, developers, investors, and regulators in this sector. We have a particular expertise in public private partnership projects.
Ours areas of expertise include:
- Financing and construction of transport infrastructure
- Contract drafting and negotiation
- Sectoral regulation
- Critical infrastructure (the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006)
- Planning applications
- Environmental impact assessment
- Public private partnerships
- Public procurement tendering under EU and Irish rules
On the commercial side we take a hands-on approach to working with clients on issues arising in the running of their businesses. We can assist with out-sourcing, logistics, confidentiality agreements, e-commerce, and general transactional advice around buying and selling.
Where things go wrong we work with our colleagues in Litigation & Dispute Resolution, advising in relation to Alternative Dispute Resolution and possible Court challenges.
As a full service legal firm we are able to provide the transport sector with access to expertise on a range of corporate issues including, corporate structuring, funding, venture capital, joint venture arrangements, employment & pensions, and tax.
Our experience includes advising/acting for:
The Commission for Aviation Regulation in relation to a successful defence of claims by Ryanair; and in relation to various travel agencies’ Commercial Court Appeals against the refusal of their operating licences.
Board of the Railway Procurement Agency, on various aspects of the LUAS, Dublin Light Rail project.
Railway Procurement Agency on a long-term project including multi-year agreement with IBM for the build, support and maintenance of Ireland’s new Integrated Ticketing System (similar to London’s Oyster card); procurement advice on tender for Operation of ITS; drafting contract for Operation of ITS; drafting contract for participant transport operators of ITS; contract for procurement of ITS Equipment.
Railway Procurement Agency advising on e-money matters; leading discussions with the Central Bank and the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority; this is the first time these bodies have had to consider whether travel smartcards constitute e-money.
Mubadala Development Company PJSC (investment company owned by the Abu Dhabi government) on the Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of the aircraft maintenance company, SR Technics.
Moonduster Limited on the Irish and multi-jurisdictional merger control aspects of its €703m bid for Irish Continental Group plc, a major Irish shipping company.
Macon Consortium (Blackshore Holdings and Oyster), a short-listed bidder, for the structured financing and development of the Motorway Service Areas PPP Project.