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Craig Elder

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Craig is a partner in Browne Jacobson’s Government and Infrastructure Team and takes a lead on major projects, PPP and PFI work. He has over ten years’ experience advising public and private sector bodies in relation to PFI, PPP and other long term commercial arrangements.

He has particular experience in the waste, energy, defence and leisure sectors and of delivering projects under competitive dialogue. Craig therefore has a long-track record of effectively advising on the procurement structure of complex and high-value procurements for local and central government. He has particular expertise in structuring, and leading, on projects for major public sector clients. 

The highlights of Craig’s recent work include: 

  • Advising Cheshire East Council on its innovative procurement of a partner to exploit geo-thermal resource in the north west.

  • Advising a government department on its high-value, strategic procurement of a private sector partner to deliver solar energy projects across government estate.

  • Advising a government executive agency on its key, strategic framework procurement of energy and gas supplies for all public sector bodies in England and Wales.

  • Advising Serco Leisure Operating Limited in relation to its successful tender to Birmingham City Council to design, build, operate and maintain leisure facilities in Birmingham.

  • Advising Wiltshire County Council on its innovative procurement of a social impact partner to deliver and improve health outcomes.




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.

East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)

Within: Private finance initiative (PFI)

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong public sector focus and acts for high-profile private sector clients as well as central government agencies such as the Crown Commercial Service, the Ministry of Justice and NHS England, and local authorities. Led by practice head Craig Elder, a cross-disciplinary team composed of construction, property, employment and pensions specialists recently advised a county council on a regional procurement process. Peter Ware, the head of the government and infrastructure department, is also recommended.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†impresses with its ‚Äėexcellent service level‚Äô and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware¬†and Richard Barlow¬†‚Äėare able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way‚Äô. Craig Elder¬†and associate Alex Kynoch¬†¬†are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Browne Jacobson LLP 's client roster includes both central and local government entities in the health and social infrastructure spaces. Nick Hurley recently advised the borough of Watford on the redevelopment of the Watford Health Campus via an asset-backed vehicle, and acted for the government of Malaysia on the procurement of a £100m waste-to-energy incinerator in Kuala Lumpur. On the property side, Nottingham-based Craig Elder collaborated with Neil Walker for the procurement of a long-term operator of several leisure centres on behalf of the borough of Dacorum. Stephen Matthew heads the practice and is currently assisting a number of local government authorities with urban regeneration and district heating schemes. Also notable are Anthony Nagle who represents the UK Debt Management Office, Peter Ware and Anja Beriro .

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