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Richard Dyton

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Simmons & Simmons

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Projects/corporate and commercial.


Richard Dyton is a partner in the projects group specialising in infrastructure projects and construction law in the UK and internationally. Richard leads both the waste management and construction groups within the firm and co-ordinates the firm’s PFI/PPP activities. Richard’s recent experience includes: advising SNC-Lavalin on its contractual arrangements for the Ambatovy Mining Project; leading the team advising MVV Umwelt GmbH in relation to the energy from waste CHP facility at Plymouth Royal Dockyard; advising Viridor in relation to its successful bid for the South London Waste Partnership’s residual waste treatment contract; and advising Becton Dickinson on its construction of new plant and facilities.


Joined Simmons & Simmons 1995; partner 1997; accredited adjudicator Institution of Civil Engineers. Richard is one of the authors of the ‘Architect’s Legal Handbook’ (9th edition 2010).


Society of Construction Law.


King’s College, London (MSc in construction law and arbitration).

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Simmons & Simmons is an experienced adviser to the central government on transport, waste, energy and defence infrastructure mandates, but also has international PPP and PFI capabilities. Practice head Richard Dyton is currently acting for Momentum Infrastructure - a joint venture of three leading contractors - in its bid for enabling and civil work contracts on the HS2 network, while Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace are leading to advice to the government of Kenya with regards to the commercialisation of the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin. On the financing side, Adam Cooper assisted a group of lenders including the IFC with the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG. Andrew Petry , Juliet Reingold and managing associate Simon Kenolty are also key names. Other notable clients include the MoD, the EBRD and TfL.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

The 'very responsive and commercial' Richard Dyton¬†heads the transnational team at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in PPP/PFI concessions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Momentum Infrastructure, a JV of three leading contractors bidding for enabling and civil works on the HS2 project, on their bid documents and risk analysis. The team have also provided English law advice to Russian law firm Ivanyan & Partners for their purchaser client, who are under an¬†‚ā¨85m contract for the supply and installation of coal handling equipment at Vanino Port. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Emily Monastiriotis¬†heads the disputes team. James Pollock¬†is recommended. Rob Horne¬†departed in October 2017 for Osborne Clarke.

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