Private finance initiative (PFI) in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a notable reputation in the market as a firm capable of working with both public authorities and private companies on a variety of nationally significant projects. The Nottingham team, which works closely with the firm's London office, assists with initiatives related to housing, regeneration, health and waste treatment mandates. Craig Elder leads the department and has close relationships with councils across the country, which he assists with procurements, commercial arrangements and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, Elder advised Croydon Council on its procurement of a Social Impact Bond with Skill Mill.

Practice head(s):

Craig Elder

Other key lawyers:

Anja Beriro; Alex Kynoch

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Department of Health and Social Care

Watford Borough Council

Local Partnerships

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

City of Lincoln WGC

Herefordshire Council

East Suffolk Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Elmbridge District Council in relation to the procurement of a leisure operator to operate the Xcel Centre, a major leisure facility in Elmbridge.
  • Advising Oxford City Council on its electric vehicle charging superhub project.
  • Advising Rushmoor Borough Council on the procurement of a leisure operator to run its leisure centres, including handling all aspects of the contractual, procurement and property matters.

Prospect Law Ltd

Prospect Law Ltd is recognised at a local and international level for its expertise in renewable and nuclear energy projects. The team also includes experts from various other disciplines including engineers, regulators and economists to provide its clients, which include public authorities and private companies, with advice on all areas of project development matters. Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb lead the team; the former focuses on the regulatory and commercial aspects of international energy projects, while the latter handles contentious issues and has acted in landmark judicial review proceedings relating to solar installations.

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Cowen; Adam Mikula


‘The team is very efficient and very wonderfully reliable.’

‘Edmund Robb is the most dynamic legal advisor that I work with and when we need advice on areas outside of his discipline, he is quick to appoint the relevant expert within their organisation.’

‘Faultless in every way. The advice , communication, professionalism, billing, availability and tone of their offering is without equal in the service sector.’

‘I mainly deal with Ed de la Billiere and have done for nearly six years. I find him to be very responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, well connected and knows exactly which colleague is best suited to utilise both in terms of skill and fit with how I want to work. Rupert Cowen likewise has a depth of experience that shines through and a very pragmatic, down to earth approach. Associate Adam Mikula is also a great asset to the firm and in the couple of years I’ve been dealing with him have seen him grow in stature, maturity and skills. His attention to detail and follow up are commendable.’

‘They are very knowledgeable in the areas of expertise and innovative in their approach.’

‘Our day-to-day contact is Adam Mikula, a solicitor at prospect. Adam has supported us for several years, he is extremely efficient and reliable. He has been especially commendable in proactively bringing issues to our attention that could have otherwise been missed (e.g. aspects of GDPR, public liability, etc).’

‘Prospect Law provides a very flexible approach to providing us with legal support. The team’s strength combines mature experience with youthful enthusiasm. We have never needed to chase Prospect Law for updates and we have confidence that our needs and anxieties on occasion are taken seriously and addressed.’

‘Both Edmund Robb and Edward de la Billiere are extremely visible when it comes to the business, and their clients. Their subject matter knowledge is beyond comparison and they have significant resources when it comes to areas of law where others are better placed to advise.’

Key clients

London Borough of Brent

European Commission

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Brent on a range of planning and environmental law matters concerning development proposals.
  • Providing the European Commission with legal oversight of work to produce a study on the insurance markets in the field of nuclear third party liability for the European Commission.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works closely with the firm's national and international offices to advise on multijurisdictional projects relating to the energy and infrastructure sectors. Mark Dennison is the key name in Nottingham and leads the infrastructure team, which also includes transport specialist William Spickett.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dennison

Other key lawyers:

William Spickett; Mike Turner