Rail Legal Services

Rail-specific legal advice only for Department for Transport, covering rail franchising. Not for use by the wider public sector. Replaces part of RM919.


This agreement is designed for the Department for Transport’s rail division to provide specific legal advice for rail services, in particular rail franchising. The agreement replaces part of expired framework RM919. Although the agreement is designed for the DfT, other central government departments and arms-length bodies may be able to access the suppliers.

This agreement is not available for use by the wider public sector.


  • Designed by suppliers and customers
  • Access to market specialists
  • Small volume of suppliers reduces complexity of agreements
  • Support cross-government collaboration.

Products and suppliers

There are 8 suppliers on this framework

Lot 1 : Rail Legal Services Tier 1


4 suppliers

Lot 2 : Rail Legal Services Tier 2


4 suppliers

How to buy

DfT customers should initially contact the DfT strategic relationship manager Giles Price (Giles.Price@dft.gsi.gov.uk) who will help prepare and present potential requirements. If you’re not in DfT the agreement is self-service, but permission to access the suppliers should still be sought from Giles Price.

Read both the customer guidance document and panel agreement. See the attached documents. The panel services document provides details on core and non-core specialisms of the suppliers.

Direct award

To use the direct award facility you should read the supplier prospectuses and ordering procedure which can be found in panel schedule 5.

Further competition

Read the guidance in schedule 5 of the panel agreement. You will need an eSourcing portal, such as the CCS eSourcing portal, which contains competition templates. When using the CCS portal consult the customer guidance for registration and navigation.


The agreement is made up of 1 lot divided into 2 tiers. Work that could be allocated to either or both tiers includes instructions in relation to:

  • Passenger franchise direct awards
  • Rolling stock arrangements (eg procurements, maintenance and finance) for fleets used by a single franchisee.