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CMS acts for public sector bodies, investors and funders in high-profile and complex projects in the transport, education and healthcare areas, among others. Eleanor Lane is the lead adviser to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport on its £300m procurement of a system for the Glasgow Subway Modernisation Project. Amanda Methven is acting for the Canmore Consortium in its bid for the Orkney NPD project. Michael McAuley is another key name. Ailsa Ritchiecommands great respect from her team’.

MacRoberts LLP covers a range of infrastructure projects, including NPD, PPP and PFI projects across Scotland and the UK. Andrew Orr*, Duncan Osler and others recently acted for NHS Lothian in the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NPD project. This included dealing with the delivery of design, construction, funding and services. Another highlight involved acting for AmeyCespa as one of the bidders for the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project. Rod Munro is recommended. *Following publication, Andrew Orr has left the firm.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Stuart Barr was at the forefront of the team’s work for bidders and funders on PPP road projects connected with the Irish government’s Transport 21 infrastructure investment programme. Gillian Frew is ‘intelligent, hardworking and pragmatic’. Michael Watson’s group includes highly regarded practitioner Drysdale Graham.

Burness Paull LLP attracts mandates across a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in transport, education and healthcare. Chris Mackay’s team includes Gavin Paton, who is acting for hub West Scotland in a number of projects concerning the delivery of primary and secondary schools in the Greater Glasgow area.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s Lillian Mackenzie is leading the advice to Velindre NHS Trust on the procurement of a new cancer treatment centre. In another notable highlight, Sharon Fitzgerald and others assisted Serco with its successful tender to operate the 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise. Stuart McMillan has project finance expertise, acting for lenders and borrowers.

Brodies LLP’s strong reputation draws clients such as local authorities, utilities, sponsors and investors. Roger Cotton acted for Aberdeen City Council in the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver a £300m housing project. The firm also handles a significant number of mandates for developers and funders in the project finance arena; Keith Patterson leads the firm’s project finance work in the renewables sector. Michael Stoneham is also recommended.

Harper Macleod LLP has expertise in student accommodation projects procured throughout the UK; Euan Mitchell recently advised Derwent Living on its investment in and operation of a new 850-bed student accommodation scheme for The University of Gloucestershire. Euan Pirie advised Dragados SA on its bid to be the appointed contractor to design and construct the £175m ‘Garden Bridge’ development in central London. John McHugh joined from McClure Naismith LLP in 2015.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP deals with a significant amount of transactional work. Euan Wilson advised Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Limited on its open market offer to invest in the A19 and M6 roads projects. Separately, the firm acts for Aviva Public Private Finance Limited in its hub investments and, in 2015, Wilson assisted the client with its £40m funding of the new Anderson High School, Shetland. Stewart Maciver joined from CMS in 2015.

Shepherd and Wedderburn assists clients with every step of a project, from initial procurement and financial close to the operational stage. It undertakes matters on a UK-wide basis across a wide range of sectors for clients such as sponsors, funders and local authorities. Rhona Harper acted for NHS Dumfries and Galloway on the completion of its NPD project, which will deliver a new hospital to replace the existing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Anderson Strathern has a strong reputation in the Scottish education sector; Karyn Watt and Pat Loftus are advising Fife College on a multi-party project involving a new build. The firm acts for a sizeable roster of public sector clients, as well as private sector entities such as homebuilders and consultancy firms. In 2015, Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP and Martin Whiteford made partner.

DWF’s practice head Suzanne Moir is leading the advice to Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services. Elsewhere, the firm’s transport sector work included handling the re-lets of the Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail franchises for Transport Scotland. David Gilchrist is recommended for energy sector projects, and Martin Gallaher is another key name. Neil Amner, Martin Sales and Robin Corbett joined MacRoberts LLP in 2015.

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