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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Project finance and PFI
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

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DLA Piper UK LLP 's projects, energy and infrastructure team handles a raft of local, national and international projects. It stands out for its expertise in transport, health, education, energy, nuclear, waste and water sector projects and it is engaged by sponsors, funders and procuring authorities. PPP and PFI projects and disputes are also a key area of expertise. Team head Andrew S. Davies stands out for his waste and water sector expertise, while Liam Cowell regularly handles infrastructure projects. Legal directors Ben Morton and Sidrah Arif, who is experienced in project finance transactions, are also noted, as is senior associate Lorna Pattison.

Practice head(s):Andrew S. Davies

Other key lawyers:Liam Cowell; Darren Walsh; Alison Fagan; Ben Morton; Sidrah Arif; Lorna Pattison


'Alison Fagan provides high-quality and timely advice.'

'Darren Walsh has outstanding energy sector knowledge.'

'Andrew S. Davies' knowledge of the PFI sector, particularly in the waste and water sectors, is pretty much unparalleled.'

'Lorna Pattison has a superb eye for the detail and is always brilliantly prepared and has a pleasant demeanour but can be tenacious when called for.'

'The team has a responsive and pragmatic approach.'

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Vital Energi

Sellafield Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Kelda Water Services Limited

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

InfraRed Capital Partners

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

Dalmore Capital


Liverpool Combined Authority - Mersey Tidal One


London Energy

Brookfield Asset Management

Avrenim Facilities Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Kelda Group on its exit from the PPP sector through the disposal of its non-regulated projects portfolio.
  • Advised the Greater Manchester Combined Authority  on the re-procurement of waste management services across Greater Manchester following the termination of its existing waste PFI project.  
  • Advised the Welsh Ministers in relation to the procurement of the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of Sections 5 and 6 of the A465.
  • Advising Sellafield on its procurement for the provision of circa £1bn of 3m3 boxes to facilitate the storage of retrieved nuclear waste.
  • Advised Vital Energi Solutions on the district heat and power network for the Manchester Civic Quarter.  

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of national and international development, construction and infrastructure projects and is particularly noted for its experience in energy, waste, transport, health, education and real estate projects. The team is adept at handling joint ventures, PPP and PFI work across a range of sectors. Graham Alty heads the firm's nuclear practice and Scot Morrison is noted for transactional work.

Other key lawyers:Graham Alty; Scot Morrison; Nick Ogden; Ian Fairclough; Steven Ovenden

Addleshaw Goddard's infrastructure and projects practice is strong on PFI and PPP work where it acts for NHS Trusts and private sector investors and developers in the healthcare sector.  Transport is also a key area where the team is adept at handling rail, aviation and ports projects. In the renewables space, the team handles solar, waste-to-energy, wind, and biomass projects. Michael O’Connor heads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group; Andrew Pettinger, who is based across Leeds and Manchester, handles major regeneration projects as well as PPP and PFI work; and legal director Rob Thompson handles complex contract and procurement work.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Rob Thompson; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres; David Hopkins


'The willingness of the key individuals advising to get stuck in and to immerse themselves in the work is a major strength.'

Key Clients

Kajima Partnerships

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management

Imagile Group


Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships


InfraRed Capital Partners

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Muse Developments

North tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leeds City Council in relation to the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey owned project company, under which the project company will retrofit 40,000 street lights with LEDs.
  • Appointed to advise Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme, which we originally advised on in 2002/2003.
  • We are advising The Council of the City of Salford on a significant remediation programme to remedy defects and ensure the towers comply with fire safety requirements.
  • Advising Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in respect of the major rectification works programme, circa £20 million to its housing stock by Oldham Retirement Housing Partnership Limited as these works are coming to a conclusion.

CMS is engaged on a raft of local and national projects and is regularly instructed on large redevelopment and regeneration projects. The team is instructed by sponsors and lenders on project finance and refinance mandates across the energy, health, education, defence, waste, regeneration, housing, IT, telecoms and transport sectors. The team is also noted for its PFI expertise and the team is also engaged on PFI disputes. Chris Hallam leads the energy, projects and construction group in the North and Nigel Lewis leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:David Turner; Nick Case; Charlotte Eccles

Key Clients

U + I

Public Health England


Muse Developments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Dobson Babcock

Cavendish Nuclear


Renaker Group

Marcus Worthington Group

Sheffield City Council

Ipsen Pharma

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, on procurement and construction matters in relation to a new circa £400m laboratory and public health campus which is being built in Harlow, Essex.
  • The team is advising the Mayfield Partnership (which comprises U+I, the London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester) on the transformation of a 22 acre brownfield site  into a new urban neighbourhood and riverside public park.
  • The team is advising Renaker Build on a project which involves the redevelopment of brownfield land on the edge of Manchester City Centre.
  • The team was instructed by Viridor Laing in relation to the Greater Manchester Waste PFI Project.
  • The team is advising National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission, which have come together in a joint venture to build the Western Link, a project which will help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP, PF2 and joint ventures. Its expertise spans the health, energy, waste, accommodation, transport, housing and regeneration sectors and it is instructed by public and private sector clients, and lenders. The team works closely with colleagues across the UK and overseas to handle on domestic and cross-border work. Jackie Heeds, Kuljeet Gill , Chris Pickens and Phillip Tunney, who is UK head of the chemicals sector group, are key figures in Manchester.

Other key lawyers:Jackie Heeds; Kuljeet Gill; Chris Pickens; Phillip Tunney

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn




Pensions Infrastructure Platform




Rwanda Development Board


Work highlights

  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the Rwanda Development Board on the negotiation of the concession for the country’s new international airport, Bugesera International Airport. It advised on the construction contract entered into by the airport company, Bugesera Airport Company; and advised on the the shareholders agreement.
  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the IFC on the implementation of the Philippines Health PPP, for the delivery of a new cancer treatment centre at the Philippine General Hospital.  
  • Advised the client in respect of property arrangements to be put in place in support of an innovative restructuring and financing to be provided to the client.

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors and sub-contractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes. It is active on social infrastructure, transport and energy projects and also acts for developer clients on battery storage and gas peaking projects. The team is able to utilise the expertise across its national and international network of offices to advise on high-profile mandates. Nick Helm heads the team and is ably supported by Julian Scott.

Practice head(s):Nick Helm

Other key lawyers:Julian Scott; Amy Scott


'The team is small compared to many of its peers, but its expertise is strong, as is the partner involvement.'

'Nick Helm is a trusted pair of hands who is able to turn his skills to many different sectors and issues.'

Key Clients


Galliford Try Investments

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Vital Energi

Gresham House


Keele University


Peel Developments

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)


Work highlights

  • The team advised GTI on separate disposals of interests in 2 PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.
  • Represented the sponsor group on three linked major Healthcare PFI schemes, the Arden/Three Shires Batch, in respect of issues related to the failure of Carillion.
  • The team advises Magnox on a wide range of strategic and operational issues.

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