Our lawyers can apply lessons and business models that are sensitive to the risk profile and available investment returns in any location across any industry:


DLA Piper has extensive experience in the aviation and airport sector and has advised clients in relation to numerous complex transactions globally in this sector. We provide support in all areas where the law touches aviation, with particular reference to regulation, liability and risk, commercial disputes and air finance.

Our lawyers are recognised as being highly skilled and accomplished in these areas of law. Our lawyers' wide range of experience covers both greenfield development and rehabilitation of existing facilities, acquisition and sale, operational and aviation aspects, airport concessions and airport financings, including all aspects of project financing and financing of operational requirements. We have advised governments and local authorities, sponsors and lenders in a number of transactions in the UK and internationally.


We regularly advise transport authorities (including passenger transport executives) on matters relating to the delivery of bus services. In the UK, we have particularly strong experience of advising on scheme delivery under the Transport Act 2000, including advising authorities regarding the legal and strategic implications of implementation of quality contracts. We have direct experience of advising authorities both practically and legally on the implementation of: quality partnership schemes; voluntary partnership arrangements; qualifying agreements between operators; and ticketing schemes.

Heavy rail

What really sets us apart in the heavy rail sphere is the range of our experience – we act for rail operators bidding for franchises, existing franchisees, passenger transport authorities, freight operators, rolling stock leasing companies and promoters of infrastructure projects.


Working with both authorities, sponsors and funders of highway infrastructure projects we have worked on road, bridge and tunnel concessions. We have experience across the full range of payment mechanisms – real toll or shadow toll, payments based on availability of the enhanced and existing infrastructure, safety enhancement and performance based regimes.

Light rail

Affordability and creating innovative funding solutions are at the heart of delivering a successful light rail project. With a team that has worked on many such schemes, at all stages, from feasibility to design, construction, financing, vehicle procurement, operations and maintenance, we offer support on issues such as funding and procurement strategy, the requirement for statutory powers, the acquisition of land, and the appropriate allocation of risk.


Our marine team has been providing a pragmatic, cost effective, speedy and responsive service to its clients for over 100 years. Our team has been appointed to the legal panels of a number of marine insurers, P&I clubs, port authorities across Europe and the Far East and a UK government agency. Our international coverage means we can also draw on a worldwide team of experts who have first-hand understanding of specific marine markets. This means that we can provide detailed, high quality local advice whilst avoiding the duplication of effort (and cost) that often happens when instructing outside lawyers.


We understand the risks associated with having fixed assets in a global market and offer legal advice delivered within a strong commercial framework wherever your business operates. We advise port operators – including the world's largest ports company – specialist port and dredging contractors, shipping companies and insurers. Through our international offices we provide local knowledge about the rapidly changing worldwide market, requirements to comply with increasingly stringent environmental controls, and the requirements of competition law in various markets.