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DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, ‘ability to deliver to tight and challenging deadlines’ and ‘excellent track record in highly complex projects’. The team acts for energy and infrastructure sponsors, developers and investors on the bid, financing and operational issues related to complex projects, both nationally and internationally. The public sector is a key area of focus and the team advised the Welsh Government on its forthcoming road PPP project relating to sections 5 and 6 of the A465. Balfour Beatty Investments, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Kelda Water Services and Mersey Gateway Crossing Board are also key clients. Team head Darren Walsh  is regularly engaged by energy sector clients on project finance matters. Liam Cowell is a ‘good project lead’ and is praised for his ‘ability to give a good steer and overall direction to a project’, particularly large-scale infrastructure projects.  Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Davies , who is ‘very practical, approachable, hardworking and committed’, and consultant Nigel Proctor, who  is ‘very experienced and is able to give valuable insights’, particularly in owner-funded and project-financed infrastructure projects; Proctor also has particular expertise in the procurement of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Other key figures include contentious construction lawyer Alison Fagan handles PFI and PPP projects and disputes, and legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is engaged in banking and project finance transactions, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted.

With a ‘fantastic reputation’, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP works closely with its national and international network of offices to deliver advice on national and international development, construction and infrastructure projects across the energy, waste, transport, health, education and real estate sectors. The team is advising Sellafield on £10bn of projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria, which includes a £4.5bn PPP programme, and advised the London Borough of Wandsworth on the establishment of a joint venture between it and a private sector partner for the delivery of a regeneration scheme in the Winstanley and York Road Estates adjacent to Clapham Junction Station in London. It is also advising the Ministry of Justice on its PPP modelled £1.3bn Prison Estate Transformation Programme and on the procurement of a long-term framework arrangement for construction works. NuGeneration, Homes England, Council of the City of Manchester, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Lendlease Construction (Europe) and Cayman Islands Government are also clients. Head of projects Graham Alty has ‘in-depth experience’ across energy, infrastructure and construction projects; head of structured solutions Scot Morrison is experienced in PPP joint venture vehicles and partnership structures involving public sector bodies; UK head of construction and engineering Mark Job specialises in the procurement and implementation of construction and related contracts for major energy, infrastructure and building projects; and UK head of infrastructure Nick Ogden, who is based across the London and Manchester offices, and legal directors Ian Fairclough, who is experienced energy and large infrastructure projects and Stephen Ovenden, who recently joined from Foot Anstey, are also key members of the team.

Addleshaw Goddard acts for private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers on project finance, PPP and PFI matters. The healthcare sector is a particular area of focus and the team advised The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on a £100m cancer centre in Liverpool city centre, which included the establishment of a strategic partnership with PropCare. Elsewhere, the team advised Leeds City Council on the promotion and procurement of a £30m district heating scheme in Leeds, advised Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey and advised Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI scheme. The transport, renewables, housing, care, technology and education sectors are also key areas of focus for the team. Legal director Rob Thompson handles a range of energy, infrastructure, and PPP projects and is particularly experienced in waste-sector mandates. Andrew Pettinger, who operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, acts for public and private sector clients on regeneration, PPP and PFI projects. Michael O’Connor leads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced across public, private and project finance transactions across the healthcare and transport sectors. Managing associates Stephanie Townley and Philip Dupres are active on a range of local government projects, as is associate David Hopkins.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active across infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors and often utilises its national and international network of offices to advise on domestic and cross-border mandates. Jackie Heeds is a partner in the firm’s international infrastructure group and is experienced on infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP and joint ventures and led advice for the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority regarding a review and updates to the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI. Heeds is also instructed by Transport for Greater Manchester on its project to restructure the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system and procure a new operator-maintainer, and is acting for London and Continental Railway on the Mayfield Regeneration Project, a £550m development in the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester. Chris Pickens is part of the firm’s construction and engineering group and advises on major infrastructure projects and Kuljeet Gill handles a range of regeneration and development projects.

CMS regularly acts for developers, investors and contractors in major projects across the energy, health, education, defence, waste, regeneration, housing, IT, telecoms, and transport sectors. The Manchester team also works alongside its other UK and international offices on key projects, and has a notable track record in PPP and PFI disputes. Projects, energy and construction group head Chris Hallam specialises in the structuring, negotiating and drafting of contracts for construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and is advising U+I plc, alongside colleagues in the real estate team, on its joint venture with The Mayfield Partnership regarding the development of the former Mayfield railway station in Manchester. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Select Property Group, Public Health England and the Education and Skills Funding Agency are also key clients. Nigel Lewis, who joined in 2017 from Gowling WLG, leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team, which includes associate David Turner. Arwyn Jones recently joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, funders and the public sector on project finance and PPP schemes across the education, energy, defence, healthcare, social housing and emergency services sectors. The team is advising the three project companies and investor group, which includes Equitix, on its batched Healthcare PFI scheme, in relation to the Carillion liquidation. Team head Nick Helm is ‘knowledgeable, keen, responsive, helpful, courteous and is always interactive with clients’ and joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP. Julian Scott is active on battery storage and gas peaking projects.

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