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2015 highlights for Arthur Cox Belfast’s projects practice included advising key client arc21, which is the waste management group for six councils in east of Northern Ireland, on a £1bn energy-to-waste project. Other clients include University of Ulster, for which the practice is advising on all of its procurement activities, including a project for a new campus in Belfast. William Curry is the key name.

Adrian Eakin leads the team at Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP, which is noted for its particular expertise in infrastructure projects. The group is advising EEW Energy on its bid for the arc21 waste treatment PPP project. Other clients include Queen’s University Belfast and Balfour Beatty. Stuart Cairns has joined Bird & Bird LLP.

A&L Goodbody has worked on a number of PPP projects throughout 2015, including acting for the Irish Football Association on the redevelopment of the new national football stadium. The firm is also advising on a new development and procurement project for a local council. Mark Thompson and Mark Blair are the key names.

Carson McDowell LLP’s sector expertise encompasses education, hospitals and roads. The team is advising Amey Roads on operational issues arising from the client’s role as concessionaire on the DBFO 2 roads scheme. Practice head Gerard Armstrong is noted for his ‘commitment to his clients, which is second to none’.

At Tughans, managing partner Patrick Brown has particular expertise in procurement disputes and has represented major electronics companies. On the non-contentious side the team continues to act on the GAA Casement Park project for Ulster County Council.

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