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Sector expertise

Our dedicated team of lawyers has exceptional experience in all aspects of Scottish transport, and we are well-known for providing innovative solutions to client problems. We act with efficiency, ensuring our clients are responsive, reactive and well-informed about their options for development.

Our long track record in transport originates in rail, with our client history stretching back to pre-privatisation. We also have an impressive history in roads, and have advised clients on a number of large-scale construction projects, in addition to street lighting and roads maintenance contracts.

MacRoberts also has extensive ports and harbours experience ranging from operational issues to contractual terms and charges to the drafting of harbour orders. In addition, our team have also acted for airlines and fuel farm operators, and acted on behalf of the Scottish Ministers in their acquisition of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

“Our Transport team has advised on a comprehensive range of aviation, rail and light rail, roads, logistics, ports and harbours and maritime matters. In particular, MacRoberts has a sterling reputation for our work within the rail industry. The UK’s rail network is fundamental to the effective functioning of the country and all aspects of life – much more so than people care to realise.”

Ian Bowie, Head of Transport

Scotland’s transport system is well developed and continues to evolve with improvements and upgrades across roads, rail, ports, harbours and the aviation industry. With a sector that is so far reaching and fundamental, significant contractual and regulatory complexities are inevitable. To this end, our clients in the transport sector require specialist advice, from lawyers that truly know and understand each and every element of the challenges they face.

The MacRoberts team has a comprehensive knowledge of the transport industry and its contractual and regulatory matrix – having advised on procurement, projects and operational issues concerning infrastructure, passenger and rail freight. Our lawyers regularly work on high-profile infrastructure and road projects throughout Scotland and have recently been involved in a number of large non-profit distributing projects.

We have worked on a number of the high profile transport developments that have taken place in Scotland over recent years, from the purchase of airports to handling employment law issues.

Our team has advised on a comprehensive range of aviation, rail and light rail, roads, logistics, ports and harbours and maritime matters. We can advise you on a wide range of issues, including construction contracts, procurement issues, planning and environmental issues and compulsory purchase issues.

Our clients value not only our expertise and insight into the sector, but our commitment to pro-activity and straightforward advice.

Key contacts

Ian Bowie, Partner

Ian is experienced in a wide range of commercial matters and is particularly active in property development as well as advising insolvency practitioners and others on the property aspects of all forms of insolvency.

Nick Jones, Partner

Nick has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property work including property development, acquisitions, disposals, commercial leasing, security work and investment work.

Our work

  • Acted for a national transport agency on the emergency road congestion relief agreement with Stagecoach for the provision of bus services upon the unscheduled closure of the Forth Road Bridge in December 2015.


  • Lead negotiations for a global engineering company on the Infraco contract for the Edinburgh tram network. We dealt with tram/rail interfaces, including flow down of the terms of the suite of agreements between the authorised undertaker and rail company.


  • Acted for a rail company in the renegotiation of its track renewals contract with Network Rail, covering Scotland and both North East and North West England areas.


  • Represented transport authorities on Scottish Parliamentary matters.
  • Advised a national transport agency on the procurement of the new ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchise contracts.


  • Acted in a claim relating to Whistleblowing and discrimination against a PPP client and its employees. The case was complex. The work done in collaboration between MacRoberts and the client’s HR was very effective and led to a reasonable settlement after many weeks of effort. The partnership between HR and the client in presenting the case was dynamic and harmonious. With our guidance and support the client gained valuable experience from the case in terms of how to manage staff with health issues.


  • Acted for a railway board during rail privatisation and has subsequently acted for a range of other companies on access, regulatory and property matters.



What our clients say about us


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