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Public Private Partnership

Public Private Partnership

The leading public sector practice acting for over 200 public authorities across the UK

Our nationally recognised team has an extensive proven track record of advising both public and private sector clients on all aspects of the transactions and regularly achieves financial close on these projects in the UK. 

We advise over a wide range of sectors, including education, waste, housing/regeneration, local government, leisure and health and care sector projects.  Increasingly we have become more involved in delivering innovative Public Private Partnerships projects –usually involving new approaches to risk allocation and funding.  In particular, we have experience of them addressing difficult funding markets through construction finance solutions with public authorities using their borrowing powers to refinance during the operations period.

We help our public sector clients navigate the procurement process from pre-procurement, during the bid stages and evaluation, negotiating contracts and closing the project.  Our team focusses on delivering practical, commercial, solution based legal advice which maximises competition but moves projects towards successful completion.  We have significant expertise in using standardised documents and liaising with central government departments such as HMT for approvals for derogations.

We also regularly act for the private sector in these partnership projects, assisting with the analysis of commercial risks in project agreements, the development of sub-contracts, finance documents, equity structures and driving the process efficiently to close.  Our private sector clients appreciate our pragmatic commercial approach and in depth knowledge of the the market.

As well as advising on the procurement of projects, we also regularly advise on the variation of the operational aspect of the projects.  We provide commercial advice about structuring the variation in the most efficient manner, taking account of EU procurement requirements and the requirements of stakeholders including banks and sponsors.  We are experienced in revising project agreements, subcontracts and obtaining funder consent to effectively implement the variation. 

Our  team includes experts advising on construction, operation and engineering contracts, project finance, employment and pensions, intellectual property, environmental law (including permits and contamination), planning, property acquisitions, disposals and compulsory purchase orders and other issues which can arise during the course of a project, including dispute resolution, judicial review and procurement challenges

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