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Eleanor Lane


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Eleanor Lane is a partner in CMS UK’s Infrastructure & Projects Team. She has particular expertise in the transport and maritime sectors, often advising on projects of unusual complexity and/or national importance. This includes public service concessions and strategic outsourcing projects as well as PFI and NPD.

Eleanor has considerable experience of public procurement processes and has advised the Scottish Government on some of the biggest and most high-profile roads, rail and ferries projects to come to the market in recent years, often working within multi-disciplinary teams.

Eleanor also advises on a range of shipping and aviation matters including sale and purchase, charterparties and leases, financing, port access arrangements, airport operating agreements, shipbuilding and FPSO contracts. Highlights include advising on the transfer of the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott from Scottish Water to a newly established charitable trust, and (on a pro bono basis) the transfer of the MV Balmoral, registered as part of the National Historic Fleet, to her current owner.

She has also advised on a significant number of fuel supply contracts and energy projects including the Steven’s Croft Biomass Power Station near Lockerbie, a 44 MW biomass power station and the biggest of its kind in the UK at the time (this won the best renewable project award at Scotland’s Green Energy Awards in December 2007) as well as various off-shore acquisitions and refinancings such as the Seven Heads Gas Field.  

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"a good, sensible practitioner who does a lot of rail work."

Chambers 2018

Eleanor’s "capacity for leading major projects stands out"

Chambers UK

Relevant experience

  • Scottish Ministers under a joint mandate on the DBFO procurements of (i) the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements (c.£500m) and (ii) the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie-Tipperty (£600m), and separately on the £345m M80 Stepps to Haggs DBFO project.
  • Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited on the construction contract, operating lease and charterparty of a £42m Stornoway/Ullapool ferry and its subsequent inclusion in the 2015 Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services procurement.
  • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport on the c.£300m procurement of an entire system for the Glasgow Subway Modernisation Project comprising rolling stock, signalling, control system, platform screen doors, a depot for a new driverless underground system and technical support.
  • Sevan Marine ASA on charterparties, services agreements, IP licences and Duty Holder contracts for their patented circular FPSOs including in relation to the Huntington, Western Isles and Catcher Fields, as well as advising on contractual structures for Sevan’s patented LNG technology.
  • Scottish Ministers on restructuring of Caledonian MacBrayne and the subsequent procurement (including public service contracts and charterparties) of the Clyde & Hebrides ferry and harbour services.
  • Scottish Ministers on (i) the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (prior to its cancellation) and (ii) the transfer of the Borders Railway project to Network Rail following cancellation of the proposed NPD procurement.
  • Public sector on procurements of ferry projects including the Northern Isles Ro-Ro freight and passenger services; Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services; 2 proposed cross-Forth ferry services; Gourock-Dunoon passenger service; Malta - Gozo; and a proposed freight service from Galway to the Aran Islands.
  • Anonymised client on a range of maritime issues including ship finance, vessel sale and purchase, charterparties, refit/tow contracts and arrangements with port authorities.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on (i) the refinancing of a fleet of workboats providing naval and offshore support in the UK and Northern Europe (ii) on the financing of a fleet of tugs involved in refinery support work in the Thames Estuary and (iii) most recently on the acquisition financing of a fleet of fishing vessels some of which are flagged outwith the UK.
  • Major utility a range of transportation and shipping contracts, harbour access agreements with various UK ports, stevedoring and storage / warehousing services. 
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  • 1999 – Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 1998 - Law, LLB, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 1994 - BA (Hons) Theology, University of Durham, Durham
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13 February 2019
In­tel­li­gent Trans­port
Trans­port for the North sets out £70bn vis­ion
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Feb 2019
Smart Mo­bil­ity
In­fra­struc­ture for our 'Con­nec­ted Fu­ture'
Oil & Gas: Im­plied con­tract for de­mur­rage out­side BP Terms
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13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
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The Acon­cagua Bay – “al­ways ac­cess­ible”
On 26 March 2018 the Com­mer­cial Court ruled, in an ex­tremely suc­cinct de­cision, that a war­ranty in a voy­age charter­party that a berth is “al­ways ac­cess­ible” en­com­passes both entry to and exit from the berth.
Oil & Gas Ship­ping Agree­ments: Is a wait­ing on or­ders claim sub­ject...
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Bare­con 2017 - Ringing in the Changes
BIMCO re­cently pub­lished an up­dated ver­sion of their widely-used BARE­CON 2001. Whilst it largely fol­lows the same format, BARE­CON 2017 takes ac­count of a num­ber of leg­al and com­mer­cial changes and has been de­scribed by BIMCO as “a new lean­er ver­sion” which.
From 1 Janu­ary 2018 large ships must mon­it­or and re­port CO2 emis­sions
As of 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) be­came sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried with­in all ports un­der the jur­is­dic­tion.
Oil & Gas Ship­ping: a Venezuelan de­ten­tion
In ST Ship­ping and Trans­port PTE Ltd v Space Ship­ping Ltd [2017] EWHC 2808 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court re­jec­ted an ar­bit­ra­tion ap­peal that sought to ar­gue that the ac­tions of the Venezuelan courts, in openly not fol­low­ing Venezuelan law, broke the chain of.
Oil & Gas: Off-spec de­liv­er­ies – up­hold­ing the con­trac­tu­al mech­an­ism
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