PFI/PPP - Scotland
Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow and Edinburgh
What the team is known for Part of a strong UK-wide group acting on PPP projects nationally. Advises on Hub and NPD projects in Scotland and possesses experience in sectors such as waste, roads and education.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They are a very capable team, they are very responsive and they are competitive on fees. They spend a lot of time and energy on client care and client feedback, and they are good at developing long-term relationships with clients on an individual basis."
Client service: "I always know I can pick up the phone and speak to someone in a non-jargon sense."
Market standing: "The combined teams are a very good match and the firm is a force to be reckoned with. They are really up there, if not at the top of the tree."
What's new? Pinsent Masons merged with McGrigors in 2012.
Work highlights Advised five local authorities, under the umbrella of the Clyde Valley Waste Partnership, on a waste PPP procurement.
Advised the Connect Roads consortium on a number of NPD motorway projects.
Stuart Barr is a knowledgeable PPP solicitor noted for his work on a number of Hub schemes, particularly waste projects. He recently advised a consortium bidding on the Mersey Gateway bridge project. Sources say: "He is very effective, very hands-on, and does a no-nonsense job."
Drysdale Graham is perceived to be an "unflappable" lawyer, who "cuts through things and does a very good job for his clients." He recently led the team that advised the Connect Roads consortium on its bid for a NPD road project contract.
Department head Michael Watson is a finance lawyer with a great deal of experience in the PFI/PPP sector. According to sources: "He is a very experienced lawyer who is at the forefront of developments in the finance market."
Victoria Miller is a legal director in the infrastructure team. In a recent work highlight, she advised Inverness College on a project to deliver a new college campus. Sources say: "She is very good at breaking down what needs to be done into non-technical aspects so that clients can find out what the risks are."
Significant clients BAM PPP, Viridor Waste Management, Co-operative Bank, Hochtief Concessions, BAA.