Andrew Hirst > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Projects and procurement


Andrew is a projects and procurement lawyer advising on public sector contracts and public procurement. His areas of focus are PFI handback, heat networks / decarbonisation, leisure and waste.

Examples of experience include advising:


  • on PFI handback arrangements in order to maximise the benefits for clients and mitigate procurement and contractual risk
  • on the renegotiation of a number of major PFI contract
  • funders to the successful bidders on a number of PPP schemes
  • a bidder on its bid for a PPP in central Europe (the first PPP in the country)
  • a bidder on its successful bid to deliver a private patient unit within an NHS hospital

Heat Networks and Decarbonisation

  • the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on guidance for local authorities on the procurement of finance for heat networks
  • a number of local authorities on the procurement of heat networks including advice on procurement and commercial structuring
  • a local authority on its park and ride contract including the introduction of ultra-low emission buses


  • City of York Council on its award winning community stadium project and transfer of number of leisure facilities
  • Barrow in Furness Borough Council and South Holland District Council on the transfer of their leisure services
  • a range of local authorities on managing the impact of COVID-19 on their leisure arrangements


  • Hereford and Worcester Councils on a variation to their circa £900 million waste PFI scheme to deliver an EfW facility
  • Wrexham County Borough Council on a variation to its waste PPP in order deliver savings and higher recycling rates
  • a middle eastern municipality the structure and contract for its EfW PPP.


Qualified year 2007; associate – principal associate, Eversheds, 2007 – 2017; managing associate, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2017 – 2021; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2021.


Law Society; Procurement Lawyers Association

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Local government

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s client portfolio includes central government departments, agencies and public bodies, as well as third sector and private sector clients. The practice covers a range of matters, from procurement, real estate, planning and project mandates, to regulatory work and litigation; the team also has specific knowledge of energy matters. In Leeds, the key contact is Andrew Hirst, who is well versed in leisure projects and the waste sector, while Vicky McCombe covers transactional construction work. Newcastle-based Iain Greenshields leads the team.