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Colin Wilson

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DLA Piper LLP (US)


Colin is a partner, with over 20 years’ experience, and the head of the UK Projects Team in DLA Piper. He specialises in major infrastructure projects, financings and large commercial transactions, particularly cross border joint ventures, outsourcings and Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) projects. Colin regularly acts for financial institutions, corporates and Central Government. Colin has been the lead lawyer on, most notably, several high profile and complex healthcare, transport, defence, security, technology and accommodation projects. Colin spent time on secondment with the Defence Procurement Agency’s Private Finance Group (part of the UK MOD) at Abbeywood in Bristol where he advised the UK MOD on several significant PPP projects. Colin was highly commended in the prestigious Lawyer of the Year category by the Legal Business Awards 2013 for his work leading the DLA Piper team on the £5.7 billion Intercity Express Programme – advising the Hitachi/John Laing consortium, Agility Trains. This project for the provision of rolling stock to the Great Western and East Coast mainlines secured several notable awards including European PPP Project of the Year (PFI Awards), European Rolling Stock Project of the Year (Project Finance Magazine), Transport Project of the Year, Pathfinder Project of the Year and Global Grand Prix Project of the Year (Partnership Bulletin), European Rail Deal of the Year (Infrastructure Journal), Global Project Finance Deal of the Year Europe (American Lawyer). Colin’s team also won Partnership Bulletin Legal Adviser of the Year, 2013 and the prestigious Lawyer Award for Infrastructure and Projects team of the year 2013. Colin has recently advised Babcock Defence on its multi-billion pound acquisition of the Defence Support Group and the entering into of a long term PPP contract. In addition, Colin has this year advised the Government of Kenya on its high-profile and innovative $500m Medical Equipment Services Project, the first of its kind in East Africa.


Trained: DLA Piper; qualified: 1995; made partner 2001.




College of Law, York and Nottingham Trent University;n LSF and LLB (Hons).


Family, friends, my dog, rugby, Formula 1.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Clients praise DLA Piper for its 'excellent response times, high industry knowledge, strong team and great depth'. The group acts for an enviable client roster in high-profile domestic and international infrastructure mandates such as franchise agreements for East Anglia and South-Eastern and a major coal-fired power station and coal mine in Zambia. Practice co-head Colin Wilson is currently advising the UK Department for Transport on the Airport Capability Programme which could lead to the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, and continues to represent Agility Trains in a number of operational of ongoing operational matters arising from the Intercity Express Programme. In Manchester, Liam Cowell assists the Welsh Ministries with its incoming road PPP project, and the Edinburgh-based Lillian Mackenzie  is currently handling the procurement of a new cancer centre in South Wales. The name to note in Leeds is Robert Smith and Maria Pereira guided CAE Training Services through the transformation of its PFI contract with the MoD for the provision of synthetic aircrew training to the RAF. Clients also recommend the 'strategic, direct, personable and knowledgeable' Alison Fagan .

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

DLA Piper acts for private and public sector clients on a range of matters including rolling stock procurements, franchising, operational matters and infrastructure projects. The team continues to advise HS2 Ltd on the planning and real estate aspects of HS2; is advising Merseytravel on the legal and commercial aspects of a multimillion pound investment in fleet and depot improvements; and is advising Abellio East Anglia on property issues relating to its station and franchise portfolio. It is also advising the DfT on a range of matters including the East Anglia rail franchise, the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project and Crossrail. Agility Trains, Hitachi Rail Europe and ABC Electrification are also clients. Colin Wilson and Robert Smith head the team, which includes Sharon Fitzgerald, legal director Parwana Zahib-Majed, and senior associates Carla Hancock and Rachel Crosier.

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