Giles Clifford Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1994 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Giles Clifford

Giles Clifford is a highly experienced partner with more than twenty years' experience in helping clients to understand and manage risks, protect their interests and achieve their goals in the delivery of complex infrastructure and real estate development projects.

Giles heads our transport practice, which supports a wide variety of clients, many for whom transport is a core function, and others for whom interaction with the transport sector is sporadic. This group provides a co-ordinated group of legal specialists who are familiar with and committed to the sector.

With a particular specialism in rail stations and other transport-related development he derives much satisfaction from involvement in projects that lie at the heart of the economic and social functions of the urban environment.

Giles is also a leading member of our public sector team. His work is often at the interface between public and private sector worlds, and between commercial bodies and infrastructure operators and providers. Those involved often have very contrasting goals and mindsets. His appreciation of this has been helped by two significant secondments to major public sector clients and the experience of an earlier career in industry. Giles has seen a wide variety of projects that deal with those challenges, including both negotiating and supporting the operation of a significant number of PFI and PPP projects across a range of different sectors.

Giles has spoken publicly on a variety of legal subjects, including renewables project delivery, legal issues around the 'greening' of buildings, and the use of the contract as a risk management tool in complex projects, and runs the training programmes for the sector groups of which he is a member.


Working for Transport for London and London Underground on their interfaces with a number of commercial property developments. For both operational rail and bus networks, this involves establishing arrangements to enable development to proceed whilst ensuring the safety and operation of the transport system, passengers and staff is fully protected.

Working for Transport for London and Crossrail Limited on the programme of commercial development of the overstation sites on the Crossrail line, helping to implement developments to realise the project's wider urban development and regeneration aims and to contribute to the funding of the project.

Supporting a number of clients on their own development projects with an interface with Network Rail's operational infrastructure. In these situations, using my considerable experience of acting for transport entities, my role is to help the client understand the proper requirements of the railway and to formulate arrangements and agreements that respect those needs, whilst within those constraints achieving the client's commercial aims.

Helping renewable energy developers on site acquisition for the set-up of projects for the development of solar PV and anaerobic digestion facilities, co-ordinating the team effort to pull together the full set of legal arrangements needed for project delivery and in some cases helping the clients to sell the projects on as shovel-ready projects for next stage investors to build out.

Advising a local authority client on the arrangements for the development of a new station on the national rail network as part of the major regeneration project; helping to co-ordinate a range of different railway-related procedural and legal requirements, and resolve commercial issues with multiple stakeholders.

Working on a variety of other development projects, many involving complex land assembly and programming, and unusual types of infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, road and rail infrastructure, including a number of landmark projects in central London, helping clients to structure their involvement to manage risk and achieve desired outcomes.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Transport
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      Wragge and Co LLP, partner
  • 2003

    • Career
      Manches LLP, partner
  • 2002

    • Career
      Manches LLP, associate
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Freshfields, solicitor
  • 1992

    • Career
      Freshfields, trainee solicitor
  • 1990

    • Career
      College of Law, Lancaster Gate, Common Professional exam and Law Society Finals
  • 1982

    • Education
      Oxford University, BA Modern History