PFI/PPP - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- Offices in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.
What the team is known for Advises the public and private sectors on PFI/PPP mandates throughout the UK and further afield. Active in sectors such as waste, transport, health, housing and education.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are always willing to provide advice and consider points commercially as well as legally. Very quick to respond, and extremely open communicators."
Commercial awareness: "I like working with them because I get them; they are not too lawyerly, commercially minded, and they get on and take initiative."
Industry knowledge: "A good team, they are very knowledgeable, they have done lots of these projects and they know the issues and how to explain them to their clients."
Work highlights Advised a special purpose vehicle, set up by Vinci Concessions and Barclays Infrastructure Fund, on a 25-year highways maintenance PFI project in Hounslow.
Advised a group of lenders in relation to a social housing development project in Lambeth.
Kate Orviss is a partner in the firm's Leeds office. She heads the firm's housing PFI group, and was involved in advising the funders on the Lambeth housing PFI project. Sources say: "She is down-to-earth, responsive, tactical and pragmatic."
Barry Francis is an experienced PFI lawyer, particularly noted for his knowledge of the health sector. Sources say: "He takes a very mature approach and has a sufficiently deep understanding to cut through to the commercial issues."
Jonathan Hart is a well-known PPP and infrastructure lawyer, with a particular focus on the transport sector. He advised the bidders on two successful UK highways maintenance PFI tenders. Sources describe him as a level-headed lawyer who is popular with his clients.
Stephen Tobin is a finance lawyer, experienced in the projects and PFI sectors. Sources say: "He is a banking partner who is able to apply a solid understanding of project risks to finance and security documentation."
Simon Mumford is a partner with a great deal of PFI and PPP experience, notable for his work in the waste sector. Sources say: "He has lots of loyal clients," and "is constructive not argumentative."
Catherine Workman advises the public and private sectors on PFI projects, largely focusing on waste and transport matters. Sources say: "She is very creative, very flexible, very client-centric and takes a pragmatic approach – a pleasure to work with."
Significant clients Viridor, Veolia, European Investment Bank, Balfour Beatty, Covanta Energy.