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Public Private Partnerships

Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Public Finance Initiatives (PFIs) transactions have become a common approach in recent years, helping to facilitate new infrastructure and service improvements in the public sector and across a variety of industries. We have been involved in numerous PPP projects since the beginning of the concept and we have extensive experience of operating in the many related structures that preceded and continue to operate alongside PPPs including DBOs, BOTs and DBFMs.

Whether you’re a funder, insurer, investor, developer, contractor, local or national authorities or consultant, we have the expertise and innovation to ensure you are well placed to share risk, secure revenue and resolve disputes.
Why choose us
From identifying risk to agreeing terms and conditions we can devise and negotiate agreements that focus on delivery and reward. Our advice can help you develop the best contractual framework according to industry standards and the demands of your sectors.

PPP Expertise

PPP/PFI is one of our principal areas of expertise. Throughout its history, the practice has advised on traditional infrastructure projects for governments and PPPs. Our European team is a leading player in the expanding PFI/PPP market, having worked on numerous projects in the UK and across Eastern Europe – several of which have been ground-breaking projects.

Our team advises on all aspects of PPP/PFI transactions and contains individuals with significant experience in a number of key sectors including healthcare, social housing, education and transport. At the forefront of legal developments in these areas, we have consolidated our position as a leading practice in the field.
We also advise project sponsors or awarding authorities and, in this sense, we are perceived as a practice genuinely focussed on PFI/PPP. The team also has a successful track record in advising on the funding of projects, acting for both lenders and borrowers.

An Individual Approach to PPPs

There is a broad spectrum of possible structures for these partnerships, but the objective of all of them is to utilise the technical knowledge, economies of scale and financial resources of the private sector to construct, maintain and operate such systems. Our lawyers have substantial experience in analysing and implementing PPPs, new construction, concession mandates and management contracts.

We do not treat PPPs as projects. Instead, we treat them as lasting businesses that require long-term attention throughout their lifecycle. In particular, we focus our expertise on variations, refinancing, market testing and other operational activities, and deal with secondary investments in projects by investors, investment funds and or pension funds, enabling us to stand alongside our clients throughout the PPP lifecycle.

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  • Advising the Olympic Delivery Authority regarding delivery of London 2012 and in particular advice in relation to the velodrome, main stadium, Aquatic Centre and secondary venues project and the preparation of a bespoke form of contracts for civil engineering and transportation consultancy services. 
  • Advising ABB Combined Heat & Power Limited in relation to various contracts in the public and private sector, as the provider of energy services. Some of these contracts were based upon the NHS Model Form of Contract Version 3 including a project at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust. 
  • Advising the Carbon and Energy Fund in conjunction with various hospital trusts in relation to the £1.2 billion fund regarding energy services and related construction contracts across the NHS estate. 
  • Acting for the contractor on the development of new schools under a £30 million PFI contract including negotiation and completion of the design and build contract. 
  • Acting for Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology regarding their £70 million co-location development in Shrewsbury. 
  • Advising a UK Government authority, Coventry City Council, in relation to the construction of an energy centre (CHP) and related district heating scheme using the NEC Option A contract. 
  • Representing the owner of the Phoenix Coyotes National Hockey League team in negotiations with the city of Glendale, Arizona for the development, financing, construction, leasing and operation of a new multipurpose sports and entertainment centre and surrounding site. 
  • Advising a US based engineering firm in relation to a PFI deal in respect of hospital upgrade works in Scotland. 
  • Advising Serco in relation to various PPP schemes in the leisure sector including with Sport England in relation to construction works and Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall. 
  • Advising the private sector participants on each of the NHS Express LIFT Projects procured under the Express LIFT National Framework at Cumbria and West Sussex. 
  • Advising Compass UK on the Ministry of Defence £3 billion PPP project at the Royal School of Military Engineering. 
  • Advising Compass UK on the £350 million Greater Peterborough NHS Hospital PFI Project.