For the second year in succession, the law firm Bevan Brittan LLP has been shortlisted as ‘legal adviser of the year’ at the Partnerships Awards.
Now in its 20th year, the Partnerships Awards is the largest event recognising and rewarding the best in ‘PPP’ (public-private partnerships) - public infrastructure schemes that use private finance in a long-term partnering agreement.
Bevan Brittan is at the forefront of innovative, national PPP work, advising the private sector (contractors, funders and investors), as well as public sector organisations from across its four UK offices in London, Leeds, Bristol and Birmingham. The firm has been advising the UK PFI/PPP sector since its creation, and over the last 12 months has advised on more than UK 50 PFI/PPP projects. Its areas of particular focus include waste, energy, health, education, badged services, highways, leisure, rail, social care and university accommodation.
Bevan Brittan has also applied the knowledge, experience and "lessons learnt" from more than 20 years in the PFI/PPP sector to innovate and create both new delivery models and the delivery of new government PPP programmes and bespoke JV arrangements.
Key Bevan Brittan team members are:
- Nadeem Arshad (Partner) leads the Energy & Resources Team and is a nationally recognised expert on Waste and Energy PFI/PPP projects. He advises on project structures, contract documentation, funding, waste and energy issues. In the last 12 months, he has advised on over 10 major UK Waste PFI/PPP projects, involving Energy from Waste plants in Derby, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cheshire and Bristol – the value of the Energy from Waste plants exceeds £1 billion
- David Hutton (Partner) has been at the forefront of UK PFI/PPP for over 20 years. He is experienced in a number of social accommodation and infrastructure sectors, including education, leisure, badged services, highways, regeneration and social care. In the last 12 months he has been advising the private sector on PFI/PPP projects, as well as creating new PPP models for both Northamptonshire and Surrey Councils
- Rosemary Jago (Partner) leads the new health infrastructure PPP Team. She has extensive experience of leading and advising on complex health PPPs. She leads work in the structuring and delivery of new health infrastructure PPPs and innovative joint venture arrangements. With a background in PFI and NHS LIFT, Rosie leads on the delivery of new national initiatives for delivering health infrastructure, PPPs, Strategic Estate Partnerships and other bespoke joint venture arrangements.
- Sharon Renouf (Partner) leads the UK Health PFI/PPP Team. In the last 12 months she continues as one of the leading UK Health PFI specialists acting for NHS Trusts on their Health PFI projects. Sharon was also the lead legal adviser to Leeds Teaching NHS Trust on the £261M bond financing of their Health PFI. Sharon advised on other forms of PPP for the delivery of health infrastructure, notably recently advising on Strategic Estates Partnerships
- Louise Robling (Partner) leads the PFI/PPP Disputes Team – she is one of the most experienced lawyers in the country dealing with complex PFI and PPP disputes across a wide range of sectors including health, waste, energy and education. Chambers & Partners comment that Louise has a "strong market profile for her work focusing on disputes arising from large PFI projects"
Rosemary Jago, Partner, Commercial & Infrastructure, said:
"Naturally, we are delighted to have been shortlisted again as finalists for this award, that recognises both our depth and breadth of experience advising the public sector, private sector and funders on national innovative and complex PPP projects across a range of sector. We have worked closely with some tremendous clients, and our thanks go to team members and everyone who have helped us to reach this point."
Nadeem Arshad, Partner, Commercial & Infrastructure, said:
"We are really pleased to have been shortlisted for the second year in a row. Over the last year, we have been advising across a wide range of PPP sectors on both transactional and litigious issues. This shortlisting is an absolute credit to everyone in the firm working on these high profile and complex PPP deals.”