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Mark Bassett

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Mark is a senior member of the procurement and public law team. Mark has extensive experience of public sector and utilities procurement having worked for various government departments, as well as in local government. He has provided procurement advice in the context of high-value transactions in a number of sectors including regeneration projects, defence, IT and telecommunications, as well as rail and transport infrastructure. In addition to procurement expertise, Mark has a strong understanding of public law issues (including FOI and EIR) and frequently advises on complex state aid matters.


Trained Cobbetts, qualified 2003; made partner in 2014 before becoming counsel 2018.


University of Leeds (BA Hons 1998).

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

The 'dedicated' infrastructure team at Dentons is 'a top choice for PFI or PPP work'. While traditionally focused on Africa, the firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens significantly enhanced the its offering in Scotland and its presence in the domestic infrastructure market. Practice co-head John Woolley is currently advising Gulf Energy on the delivery of Kenya's first coal power plant as part of a scheme to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with a rail, fibre-optic, road and pipeline corridor. He is also handling the project financing of a new international airport in Rwanda on behalf of joint venture Bugesera under a PPP structure. On the domestic front, Mark Bassett acted for the Greater London Authority in the redevelopment of former Ford industrial site Beam Park, and Richard Budge assisted Doncaster iPort with the construction and planning aspects of a new logistics facility for Amazon. Rail expert Matthew Hanslip-Ward is guiding MTR through its bid for the Wales & Border grant agreement for the upgrading of the Core Valley lines. Dominic Spacie co-leads the department with Woolley and is also a key name to note alongside David Moore .

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Christopher McGee-Osborne and Catherine Bingham co-head the government sector group at Dentons which serves an impressive roster of governmental, regulator and corporate clients. Multi-disciplinary teams advise on procurement, environmental and other areas in addition to the public and administrative law, especially in the telecoms sector. It has been appointed to a number of government panels, including the central government General Legal Services Panel. Recent work includes advising the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other government entities on the procurement of their global fixed and mobile voice and data telecoms network and services. It is also advising Ofgem on a range of matters including  an offshore transmission asset licensing process. Other noted contacts include Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Specialists at Dentons provide expertise on housing, transportation, planning, procurement and environmental issues and the team stands out for the scale of the urban regeneration work that it attracts. Virginia Glastonbury, Stephen Ashworth, Mark Bassett, and Roland Gray are some of the key partners handling such work. It is advising Essex, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils on their  proposals to create a number of garden communities which will provide thousands of homes; it is advising on planning policies, development vehicles as well as the delivery of commercial spaces and infrastructure. It is also advising the Greater London Authority on the complex redevelopment of Beam Park, a former Ford industrial site which would deliver thousands of homes, leisure areas and a new rail station.

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