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Gowling WLG’s strength in the defence and security sector was in evidence once again, with practice head Stephen Kenny advising the Ministry of Defence on the appointment of a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services. In another important piece of work, director Dominic Richardson assisted Amey LG with its successful bid for the provision of waste collection and other public services across Trafford. Kenny divides his time between Birmingham and London.

Didar Dhillon’s team at Pinsent Masons LLPknows the waste sector really well’ and is acting for two local authorities in South Wales on an anaerobic digestion waste PPP. The ‘solution-focused’ Dhillon is also advising Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on all aspects of the Knowsley Industrial and Business Park Energy Network Project. Other key players are construction specialist Nigel Blundell and highly recommended senior associates Oliver Mangiapane and Gemma Glasspole.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, construction specialist Martin Cannon focuses on PFI dispute resolution and is advising Blackpool Metropolitan Borough Council on ongoing contractual issues and PFI disputes relating to the installation and maintenance of street lights. Cannon has also been busy in areas such as PFI refinancing and the conversion of state schools to academies.

Freeths’ practice is particularly known for secondary-market transactions, with one recent example being advising International Public Partnerships on its acquisition of an additional 40% interest in the Lewisham Building Schools for the Future Project from Babcock Project Investments. Practice head James Larmourdelivers a high-quality service across a wide range of market sectors’.

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