Suzanne Tarplee


Suzanne is a commercial and regulatory rail expert and advises on all aspects of the heavy and light rail markets, both within the UK and internationally. Her clients include rolling stock manufacturers and maintainers, train operators and the public sector.

Suzanne has worked within the rail industry for over 15 years (including a train operator and as general counsel for HS2) and really understands the issues faced by her clients and the industry as a whole. Her experience includes providing comprehensive advice on railway franchises and concessions (both in the bidding and operational phases), rolling stock procurements (including all elements of procurement, evaluation, financing, leasing and maintenance of the new fleets) and regulatory matters (including track, depot and station access and new regulatory regimes). Suzanne is interested in supporting clients to navigate the decarbonisation of the railway and has hosted a thought leadership session which focussed on the role that rolling stock has to play in a green future for the railway – in particular hybrid, battery and hydrogen powered products.

She works incredibly hard and is superb on the relationship side. You really feel that she is on our side and guiding us in the best way possible.

Chambers UK 2022