Nick Olley was appointed General Counsel at Department for Transport in November 2013.
He was previously a Partner at Burges Salmon LLP, where he led both their Transport Sector Group and Commercial Department.
Since being involved with the privatisation of the UK’s railways in the mid 1990s Nick has worked exclusively with the transport sector. He is one of the country’s most experienced specialist rail industry lawyers, having led large teams advising on franchising, rolling stock procurements and other complex transactions.
The General Counsel contributes to the collective leadership of DfT as an Executive Committee member. The main areas of responsibility are:
- chief legal adviser to DfT and its agencies
- Senior Information Risk Owner for DfT
- policy responsibility for information management and assurance and departmental security