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Social housing, Charities, Corporate, Procurement
Patrice is very well respected and acknowledged as an expert in his field. His knowledge of the social housing sector is unrivalled in Scotland. Often called upon to prepare high level Options Appraisal Reports on issues such as corporate governance; group structures – including mergers, amalgamations, consolidation and joint ventures; charity law and the ever-growing management matters that are relevant to RSLs and charities. Particularly adept at dealing with issues relating to contracts, EU Procurement and State Aid. He has assisted clients in the UK in successfully challenging awards of contracts under the old procurement regime as well as under the new procurement regime. Patrice acts for a number of well-known charitable organisations and charitable RSLs, advising on funding models, policies and ongoing legislative and regulatory changes. In addition, Patrice advises on all matters relating to funding, including bilateral loan agreements, syndication, re-finance and lending through trust fund managers.
Trained Dundas & Wilson; qualified 1991; In-house solicitor, Scottish Homes, then Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP (2000).
Publications of note: ‘Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill’, Housing Scotland Magazine (December 2013); ‘What to expect from EU Procurement Reforms’ Business Insider (October 2013); ‘Registered Social Landlords and EU Procurement Regulations’ Scots Law Times Issue 24: (July 2011).
Edinburgh University, (1990 LLB Dip LP; 1987 MA (Hons)).
Wine tasting, cycling and traditional fiddle music.
Scotland: Private client
Charities and not-for-profit
Within: Charities and not-for-profit
BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent and very professional’ team advises on charity constitutional matters, funding agreements and employment issues. Practice head Patrice Fabien advises Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Family Support.
Scotland: Real estate
Within: Social housing
BTO Solicitors LLP’s team acts for a significant number of registered social landlords, including Clyde Valley Housing Association, Berwickshire Housing Association and Parkhead Housing Association. In a recent highlight, it advised Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership on the sale of properties earmarked for disposal under the New Supply Shared Equity scheme. Patrice Fabien, Karen Brodie and Marion Davis are ‘knowledgeable and personable’.