Transport

We help companies, investors, and sector bodies navigate fast-changing and complex transport policy and regulation.

Flint advises transport clients on managing risks and seizing opportunity from structural sector reform, decarbonisation, transport funding and finances, and regulation of new modes of transport. Our team has worked within transport authorities, at the highest levels of politics and policy, and at regulators. We advise organisations in the sector on making their voice heard, by crafting commercially informed policy propositions that also benefit consumers and the Exchequer. We advise investors on medium-to long-term trends, likely policy trajectories, political interest in national to local transport infrastructure and risks to transactions.

Flint’s approach

Flint’s expertise spans the full spectrum of transport policy. We offer evidence-based analysis and advice on strategy, engagement, policy positioning and risk management.
Sector reform
Transport is undergoing significant change and reform – from rail concessions to bus franchising and the decarbonisation of vehicles. We help clients horizon-scan and provide authoritative advice to minimise risk and maximise upside.
Emerging modes of transport
While clear markets have been emerging for new forms of transport, such as drones, e-scooters and autonomous vehicles, regulation has been lagging. As regulators begin to mobilise, we help clients build constructive political and regulatory relationships to defend value.
Regulatory challenges
Particularly in the wake of the pandemic, regulated transport operators still face a range of challenges to their operations and business models. We support clients with matters of regulatory compliance, standards and best practice.
Due diligence and transactions
We provide political due diligence and assess risk and opportunity for investors interested in, or making strategic decisions about transport assets.

Case studies

Ukraine’s impact on the aviation sector
Ukraine’s impact on the aviation sector
A major international airline needed advice on the impact of the war in Ukraine on their business.
They asked for an analysis of the situation on the ground, the response from Western countries (incl. sanctions) and the short- and medium-term scenarios.
  • Flint advised the airline on the implications of the crisis on the aviation sector, including the impact on aviation fuels.
  • We also provided insights on the potential trade implications and their spillover effects on travel (business and leisure).
  • Flint's advice helped the Board to prioritise risk and focus resources on the most immediate challenges to their commercial position.
  • Flint assisted the business with a specific sanctions issue that presented a significant commercial challenge and posed a reputational risk.
Policy stocktake and government engagement strategy for national transport operator
Policy stocktake and government engagement strategy for national transport operator
Flint helped a major national transport operator that faced multiple risks around Covid recovery funding and their decarbonisation strategy.

Flint presented to the Managing Director an overview of the political and policy landscape, mapped against the client’s commercial priorities, and recommended specific interventions for the client to undertake to meet their commercial and governmental objectives. The client has since secured the required funding to continue its operations.
Helped the client navigate the complex cross-departmental funding and policy environment by curating a bespoke engagement plan for the client.
Provided strategic recommendations for messaging and suggested interventions in light of the state of play in policy and politics.
Presented to the Managing Director an overview of the political and policy landscape, mapped against the client’s commercial priorities.
The client secured the required funding to help run their operations for a period of at least 6 months.
The client is better able to navigate decarbonisation thinking outside of the Department for Transport and is confident in building relationships outside their home department.
The client has a clear path forward in achieving its government aims.
Provided an independent expert for a major industry review
Provided an independent expert for a major industry review
Flint helped an industry body to lead an independent review of ticketing prices, in the face of industry organisations having significant concerns about the independence and speed of the review.
Provided an independent board member to allay industry concerns on the independence of the review.
Provided expertise from a competition and regulation perspective, while drawing on Flint’s wider transport and rail expertise.
Co-ordinated points made by industry members to help the client come to an informed and balanced view of the situation.
Our expert helped rebuild the industry’s relationship with Government and with the organisations subject of the review.
The client is better able to navigate decarbonisation thinking outside of the Department for Transport and is confident in building relationships outside their home department.
The client has a clear path forward in achieving its government aims.

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Our experts

Katie Wake

Katie oversees Flint’s policy and political analysis work.

Josh Buckland

Josh leads Flint’s work supporting clients on energy, climate and sustainability issues

Jon Sell

Jon supports clients across a range of sectors on technology, innovation, finance, clean growth and regional issues

Adam Marshall

Adam advises clients on policy, reputation and business strategy issues in the UK and globally

Rhys Davies

Rhys advises clients on UK political issues and policy analysis across a range of sectors

Alex Goodwin

Alex is part of the MIA practice, working on issues relating to infrastructure, sustainability and the UK Labour Party

Isabella de Taranto

Bella advises clients on political and policy issues

Philip Wilson

Philip advises clients on politics and policy, particularly Northern Ireland, Brexit, geopolitics and devolution

Simon Maunder

Simon helps clients manage complex competition, regulatory and policy matters in the UK and beyond

James Diggle

James provides advice to clients with an interest in energy and climate issues

James Low

James is part of the MIA practice, supporting clients on energy, sustainability and climate issues

Edward Goodall

Edward advises clients on transport, energy and climate issues.

Let’s discuss

We will be delighted to discuss how Flint could support you and tailor our services to help you deliver commercial success in this area.
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Challenge
A late change to an incoming prudential regime resulted in a client’s international operations being brought in scope, meaning the client would be required to hold significant additional capital. The client needed support to consider the options and make a decision about how best to mitigate the impact of this.
What Flint Did
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