Mike is a recognised leading local government and projects lawyer, with a specialisms in all aspects of local government law and public procurement. Mike has led major PFI/PPP projects in all sectors, including waste, schools and police accommodation.
Mike is recognised by by Legal 500 2012 and Chambers and Partners' guide to the Legal Profession 2013 as a leading individual in local government law and more particularly by Chambers for his public procurement expertise. The 2010 edition praises him for leading a team which is "highly skilled at running a procurement from start to finish" and for being able "to cut to the chase quickly".
Mike brings a deep understanding of local government law and practice, having worked in local government for 11 years. Since joining the private sector, Mike has continued to advise on some of the most complex and innovative deals, including the first ever local government PFI scheme, for the London Borough of Lambeth and the landmark Greater Manchester Waste Project. However, through all this, Mike is praised by clients for being pragmatic and practical.
As well as advising on Projects, Mike regularly advises local authorities on issues relating to shared services and collaboration, the outsourcing of services and Strategic Partnerships. In particular, Mike has given generic and project specific advice to many authorities on their powers to enter joint arrangements.
Mike is a regular speaker and writer on public procurement and local government, writing for journals such as the Partnerships Bulletin and Public Finance. Mike is particularly expert on the new Remedies Directive, having delivered training to over 400 public sector representatives last year, with specific sessions for the North West Improvement and Efficiency Programme and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.