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This highly successful Master Class delivers an invaluable step-by-step guide through the complexities of a PPP/PFI Project. Providing specialist insight into all the key issues, with an opportunity to ask the experts, you will gain a comprehensive overview of PFI/PPP from a leading law firm in an intimate and interactive environment.






      This Essential Course Includes:


·         A detailed introduction to PFI/PPP including an explanation of the different structures, an outline of a typical PFI project, potential advantages and disadvantages of PFI and the state of the PFI/PPP market

·         A look at the financial drivers including value for money and cash flow, a basic explanation of project finance, step-in rights and Direct Agreements and refinancing and secondary markets

·         An analysis of the procurement process including the tendering process, a summary of the Procurement Directives and different procedures

·         A focus on service commencement and performance levels including services and specifications and importantly the consequences of poor performance, remedies for this and dispute resolution

·         And much more...including mechanisms for dealing with change, project/contract management and termination


          Please view the agenda here

Your Master Class Leaders:


Richard Dyton


Richard is a Partner in the Projects Group specialising in infrastructure projects. He leads the Waste Group within the Firm and coordinates the Firm’s PFI/PPP activities. He has extensive experience of advising UK and international sponsor clients together with overseas central and local government. He is consistently recommended as a PFI expert in Legal 500 and Chambers.


Recent Experience:

  • Leading a team of lawyers advising on the restructuring of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project (capital value
  • £5.3bn) on behalf of Railtrack PLC for which the team was presented the Legal Business Construction Team of the Year award in 1999
  • Advising the Department of Enterprise in Ireland on framework guidelines for Irish rail public private partnerships (IR£3.4bn)
  • Major construction arbitration on behalf of international clients
  • Pathfinder PFI Project in the Netherlands advising on shadow toll road.

Ann Marie Davies


Ann Marie is a Solicitor in the Projects Group at Simmons & Simmons international law firm and has led successful workshops for SMi Group in the past.  Ann Marie specialises in Projects law and waste PFI contracts in particular.  She has extensive knowledge of waste procurement with five years experience working in the sector, advising upon both public and private sector clients.


Recent Experience:

  • Advising an energy supplier on a nuclear power plant project.
  • Advising the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to its military flying training scheme.
  • Advised Cheshire County Council on procurement matters and contractual structures in respect of their proposed
  • £1 billion county wide PFI/PPP project.
  • Advised a bidder in relation to Shropshire County Council’s waste PFI contract.
  • Advised Essex County Council and Oxfordshire County Council in relation to their waste PFI contracts.
  • Advised Northamptonshire County Council on it’s £200m grouped schools PFI project.

Simon Kenolty


Simon is an Associate in the Simmons & Simmons Projects Group and is experienced in advising both the public and private sector on commercial and projects work. Simon specialises in projects, particularly in the defence and public authorities sectors. Simon has provided advice and assistance in relation to procurement projects for a number of public authorities, including central government departments and emergency services authorities as well as advising private sector clients on general commercial work.


Recent Experience:

  • Transport for London in relation to various elements of its congestion-charging service procurement
  • The UK Ministry of Defence as a secondee. His role includes reviewing and advising in relation to the Department’s major procurements, including PFI projects, providing legal advice in relation to PFI/PPP policy within the Department and revising the Department’s standard form PFI contract
  • The UK Ministry of Defence in relation to various defence procurement projects including elements of the DTR training project and the UK Military Flying Training System
  • A major water and wastewater treatment supplier as an inhouse secondee over a period of 5 months, in relation to numerous PFI and PPP structures covering the tendering, construction and operations phases.
    Iain Duncan


Iain is a Managing Associate in Simmons & Simmons' Projects Group in London. He has over 8 years of experience advising on transactions around the world in the energy and infrastructure sector. He has provided advice and assistance in relation to PPP/PFI projects and other strategic partnering arrangements, acting for both public authorities (including government departments) and private sector clients.


Recent Experience:

  • Advising the MoD in relation to the Defence Training Rationalisation Programme PPP/PFI, one of the largest and most complex defence infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the MoD
  • Advising Network Rail in relation to various contractual matters including, most recently, advising in respect of the infrastructure arrangements relating to the interface between and operation and maintenance of NR’s rail network and the High Speed rail network in the South-East of England
  • Advising Transport for London (TfL) in relation to the London Congestion Charging Scheme, the Western Extension Zone, the London Low Emissions Zone and the Lorry Road User Charging Scheme in connection with strategic, structuring, contractual negotiation and drafting issues in respect of TfL's arrangements with its private sector partners
  • Advising the Energy Technologies Institute (a public-private corporate joint venture, that creates clean energy projects) upon the structuring of its contractual arrangement
    Helen Forsey


Helen is an Associate in the Simmons & Simmons' Projects Group. She practises all aspects of Projects work, including PFI/PPP and commercial work, with a developing focus on the defence and transport sectors.


Recent Experience

  • Advising the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to a £14 billion armed forces training PFI.
  • Advised a bidder in relation to Derbyshire County Council’s waste PFI contract.
  • Advised the project company in relation to a trans-European gas pipeline.
  • Advising HM Prisons Service on the outsourcing of Retail Prison Shops.
  • Advising a railway infrastructure company in relation to complex commercial contracts and re-negotiations.


 In association with:


Your masterclass leader, Simmons & Simmons has a fully integrated, international PFI/PPP practice, which has
advised on some of the largest, most innovative and complex transactions. They advise clients on all legal aspects
of the structuring, financing, construction and operation of PFI Projects and were awarded the 'Projects/PFI Team
of the Year' by The Lawyer magazine for 'outstanding achievement' and 'most innovative approach in



Masterclass programme

12:00 Registration & Coffee

12:30 Introductory Session

13:15 Financial Drivers

14:00 The Procurement Process

14:45 Afternoon Tea

15:15 Other Contractual Aspects of a PFI

16:00 Service Commencement & Performance Levels

16:45 Questions and Answers

17:00 Close of Masterclass


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