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Blake Morgan LLP

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Simon McCann

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Blake Morgan LLP

Work Department

Corporate commercial.


Simon specialises in public procurement and major projects including construction, development, transport infrastructure, IT, energy, public-private partnerships, joint ventures and similar projects. In addition, he advises on bringing and defending procurement challenges under the public sector and utilities procurement rules. Before joining Morgan Cole, Simon led the health legal team in the National Assembly for Wales.

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Blake Morgan LLP's projects practice provides 'a very good service - response times and value for money are particularly strong areas'. Headed by Penny Rinta-Suksi (who 'knows her subject area well and provides proactive and commercial advice'), the practice has an extensive track record handling leisure, housing, health and education PFI and PPP projects, as well as advising on secondary market work. Recent highlights include acting for Places for People Leisure on the development of new software with its software partner to enable better tracking of users of the client's leisure facilities; and advising Fenland District Council on a leisure management procurement for four sites, which is being undertaken under a PPP solution. Other key figures include Stephen Tainsh, who is noted for his healthcare-sector expertise, Bruce Potter, who advises a number of public-sector entities, and Simon McCann, who splits his time between Reading and Cardiff and has more than 20 years' experience advising local government and public-sector bodies.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Praised for its 'supreme level of knowledge', Blake Morgan LLP 's cross-disciplinary 21-partner team has deeply entrenched public sector relationships and as well as handling practice specific work affecting those entities (including as they relate to corporate, real estate and commercial work), the team is also recognised as a 'market leader' for pure public law matters including Welsh constitutional law issues, where the 'vastly experienced'Emyr Lewis  is a leading light. Team head Eve Piffaretti 'has extensive knowledge and understanding' of health care law and the regulatory issues impacting on the healthcare sector, advising UK-based entities across a range of matters including on judicial reviews, fitness to practice, freedom of information, and human rights and equality issues. Employment law experts Paula Kathrens and Matthew Smith are also noted for their expertise within the healthcare sector, particularly in relation to handling the disciplining and dismissal of doctors under the NHS Wales disciplinary procedure. The 'very knowledgeable' Simon McCann has vast experience at handling procurement matters where he is admired for his 'can-do attitude'; he recently advised the Welsh government on the procurement of fisheries enforcement vessels and is acting for Transport for Wales in relation to the procurement of South Wales Metro and Wales and Borders rail franchises. LitigatorAllan Wilson is noted for his 'excellent work' on behalf of public sector clients, both in relation to judicial review and procurement challenges. 'Very down-to-earth and effective' senior associate Kevin Manship has a strong reputation handling judicial review work. Former head Christopher Williams joined Geldards LLP in December 2017. Clients include Cardiff University, Newport City Council, Welsh Government and NHS England.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Blake Morgan LLP regularly handles projects-related work, usually in the context of advice on the procurement process. The 'very approachable and commercial' Simon McCann is praised for his ability 'to explain complex parts of law into an understandable way'. With assistance from 'very pragmatic' solicitor Charlotte Cheetham, McCann has led the team's work for Swansea City Council on the procurement issues associated with the city centre regeneration project.

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Wales: Real estate


Within: Construction

The 'responsive, knowledgeable and experienced' two-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP provides contentious and non-contentious expertise to public and private sector clients across a broad range of construction mandates including retail and leisure, energy, health and education projects. The 'very professional and personable' Rachel Gwilliam  has 'extensive industry knowledge' and is particularly accomplished at handling adjudication work. Gwilliam recently secured a notable victory at adjudication for United Welsh Housing Association in a claim brought against the contractor regarding latent defects to the Association's office headquarters in Caerphilly. 'Very knowledgeable in her field', Joanna Rees  handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is appreciated by clients for her 'clear and precise advice' and 'ability to work well under pressure'. Aided by the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Simon McCann on the procurement front, Rees is advising Transport for Wales on the production of a bespoke suite of construction contracts for use in connection with the extensive rail infrastructure improvements that will be central to the new Wales and Borders rail franchise, which is due to be awarded later in 2018, and the South Wales Metro programme. Associate Kate Howell is also recommended.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Now led by Emyr Lewis following the departure of Justin Harrington in January 2018 to Geldards LLP, Blake Morgan LLP's technology and outsourcing team has broad-ranging expertise at executing complex projects in both the public and private sector. Simon McCann continues to advise Greater Manchester Police on the transformation of its IT services programme - work which has recently included advice on all aspects of the procurement, both of the strategic development partner and the various IT contractors for specific work packages. Other highlights include Penri Desscan's work for Cardiff University on the procurement of a network refresh. As well as his commercial contracts expertise in relation to the IT and e-commerce sectors, senior solicitor Jon Belcher also has niche expertise advising public sector entities on compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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