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Arthur Cox Belfast provides ‘a very effective, thoroughgoing and timely service’ to a client base of public bodies and government departments, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, energy and real estate spaces. Highlights included advising the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service on a joint procurement with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for a new command and control IT system for monitoring emergency calls, dispatch and co-ordinating responses to incidents; and representing Ulster University in the ongoing development of a new campus in the centre of Belfast as part of the Greater Belfast Development programme. The firm is also assisting the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs with the procurement aspects of implementing a new IT system to record and track the movements and health of food animals in Northern Ireland. The ‘exceptionally helpful’ practice head William Curry is widely recognised for his expertise in procurement matters. Associate James Flanagan is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP has an established reputation for its infrastructure expertise and acts for bidders and government departments in procurement issues. London-based partner Adrian Eakin, who is well known for his experience in project work, is leading the advice to the Education Authority of Northern Ireland on all operational matters pertaining to the £500m Belfast School Strategic Partnership Project, being the first PFI project to use the strategic partnership scheme. Amber Infrastructure is another key client for the firm. Director Ciara Seymour is well known for her expertise in PPP work and represents clients across the range of private and public sectors.

A&L Goodbody is well known for representing banks and investment funds in traditional project finance matters, and has seen an uptick in instructions relating to the financing of solar and wind farms. Recent highlights include finance partner Ciaran McAlinney advising the Royal Bank of Scotland as the lender on the project financing of the 5MW Finvoy and 22MW Maghaberry solar farms, and assisting the First Trust Bank with the project financing of the 25MW Castlecraig wind farm. Other key clients include Ulster Bank, Brookfield Renewables and Bank of Ireland.

Carson McDowell’s team has a solid track record in representing contractors in PPP mandates; the team is assisting McLaughlin & Harvey as a member of the Creating Connections (C3) consortium which was awarded the contract for the Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus NPD project. On the project finance side, Neasa Quigley is leading the advice to Belfast Power on the £280m financing of a 480MW combined cycle power plant in Belfast Harbour. Practice head Gerard Armstrong is widely recognised for his PPP/PFI expertise.

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