Rachel is an associate in the Infrastructure, Projects and Energy team, who has assisted with a broad range of matters, including many major commercial transactions and contractual matters within the rail, health and local government sectors.

Recent examples include acting for:

  • United Utilities – advising United Utilities in relation to the £750m+ replacement of the 109km drinking water pipeline, Haweswater Aqueduct. DPC is a new model of project finance and this project is the first of its kind;
  • West Midlands Combined Authority, Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Tram Extension – advising the Combine Authority on all rail legal / property aspects involved with its proposed 11km expansion of the Midland Metro tram system, including various complex rail regulatory issues, real estate aspects and a suite of asset protection and other agreements with Network Rail. The agreements need to be flexible enough to accommodate possible future proposals to reopen the rail corridor for shared tram / freight train use;
  • West Midlands Combined Authority, Stations Programme – working as part of the co-located Rail Programme Team, advising in relation to the delivery of WMCA's ambitious stations programme that involves a combination of 7 new or majorly refurbished stations. Including advice regarding the required Network Rail documents (e.g. Asset Protection Agreements), funding documents and co-ordinating the inclusion of specialist teams from elsewhere in our firm;
  • Department for Transport, West Coast Partnership – advised the Department for Transport in relation to and drafting various elements of this headline new franchise agreement;
  • Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust – advising the Trusts on their merger via the acquisition of Basildon and Mid-Essex by Southend. Specifically our role was supporting in respect of the due diligence exercise and the management of interim governance and management arrangements as well as leading on documenting the transaction in line with the relevant legislation;
  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council – advised the Council in relation to a second generation ICT Outsourcing contract to replace its existing arrangement. This included taking the lead on all drafting matters and working up the commercial position with the Council, preparing a detailed services contract to reflect the Council's specific requirements and giving detailed advice on complex interface issues.