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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Craig is a Partner in Browne Jacobson’s Government and Infrastructure Team and takes a lead on major projects, procurements and high-value local and central government work. Craig has over fifteen years’ experience advising public and private sector bodies in relation to PFI, PPP and other long term commercial arrangements.



Craig advises government bodies, and suppliers government clients, on projects, complex procurements and high-value contracts. He has particular experience of the waste, energy, leisure, education and social infrastructure projects. He was also recently named as “public sector person of the year” for delivering innovative partnering arrangements with our local authority clients.

Craig works with major government clients including HM Treasury, and Department of Health and Social Care and Natural England on some of their most high-profile projects. He also has experience of PFI arrangements, including some of the highest-value PFI projects to sign in the UK to date. Using this experience, he continues to advise on PFI variations and refinancing.

He also leads on Browne Jacobson’s market-leading partnering arrangements with local authorities, including the London Boroughs of Croydon and Enfield. He is known for providing significant added and social value, ensuring that clients get the best commercial deal from their partnerships with the private sector and working with local authorities to deliver transformational change through their contracts and procurements.

He also has particular experience in the social infrastructure, waste, energy, defence and leisure sectors and of delivering projects under competitive dialogue. For example, advising:  the Ministry of Defence on its £700 million combined aerial target systems (CATS) project (named best UK PPP to sign at the national PPP awards); the Cabinet Office on the outsourcing of the UK’s defence resilience function, and; a number of authorities on some of the largest waste PFIs to date in the UK.

Trained Fox Williams; qualified 1999. Fox Williams, trainee 1997-99. Eversheds, solicitor 1999-2004, associate 2004-2009. Browne Jacobson partner 2010-present.


Collegiate High School, Blackpool; Durham University; College of Law, York. LLB 1996; Legal practice course 1997.


Hiking, cookery, Blackpool FC.

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East Midlands > Projects, energy and natural resources > Private finance initiative (PFI)

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Craig ElderBrowne Jacobson LLP

The government & infrastructure team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on a range of high value transactions concerning the delivery of complex regeneration projects for public and private sector clients. With instructions from major central government clients, the firm has specific experience with environmental projects and waste management. Craig Elder takes the lead on major projects and procurement matters and has deep experience in advising public and private bodies on PFI, PPP and other long term commercial arrangements.

London > Public sector > Local government

The local government team at Browne Jacobson LLP is active across a wide range of mandates, providing very strong advice on major urban regeneration and development projects as well as energy schemes and local authority affordable housing programmes. The team is frequently instructed by local authorities across the country to handle the commercial and regulatory dimensions of procurements and joint ventures, and it is also active on restructuring matters for city and borough councils. The practice is jointly led by Nottingham-based partner Peter Ware and London-based consultant Stephen Matthew, whose public sector expertise makes them highly recommended contacts for commercial/governance matters and large-scale regeneration schemes, respectively. Nick Hurley is a noted contact for his advice on procurements and joint venture developments, while Craig Elder has extensive experience handling PFIs and PPPs. Anja Beriro, who regularly works on projects of importance to the health and care sectors, is also recommended.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development

Browne Jacobson LLP specialises in UK regeneration projects relating to inner-city developments, housing builds, and leisure facilities, working for a variety of government bodies and public authorities. Strong energy and environmental work is evidenced by  waste management and material recycling PFI/PPPs, waste-to-energy development work, and  district heating ventures. Joint team heads Craig Elder  and Stephen Matthew work closely with governmental and local bodies and have a broad practice that encompasses social infrastructure, defence and waste work. Peter Ware  is also a stand-out practitioner for public procurement work.