How to Approach a Complex Project – Case Study


Repeated from East Midlands 

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Sheffield City Council


Presented by Browne Jacobson and Freeths

Seminar overview

This session is aimed at local authority officers who may be involved in the scoping or delivery of major projects (whether capital or long-term service transactions) or who are otherwise interested in an overview of the commercial and legal issues surrounding substantial procurements.

Topics to be covered include:

  • structuring a major project, including the procurement aspects
  • how to prepare tender documentation to reduce commercial and legal risk, including setting award criteria
  • impact of the new procurement directive
  • state aid issues to be aware of in major projects
  • application of PF2 (“the son of PFI”) to local authority projects (if any)
  • overview of TUPE and pensions issues
  • how to manage risk, and risk to insurance and indemnity
  • overview of mutuals, joint ventures and other forms of major project
  • pay and performance mechanisms, and the importance of technical, legal and finance experts working together
  • driving efficiencies from existing PFI/PPP projects, including renegotiation, change and procurement implications
  • the opportunities and challenges of shared service arrangements
  • key issues arising from regeneration projects

Duration: Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker profiles:

Craig Elder, Browne Jacobson specialises in major projects and high-value contracts, and focusses on advising local and central government. Recently, he has worked with the Crown Commercial Service on procurement of major energy frameworks for gas and electricity and is working with Cheshire East Council on its innovative procurement of a partner to deliver a deep geo-thermal scheme. In addition to recent experience of energy schemes, Craig has also advised on a number of waste PFIs and other environmental projects (including some of the highest value schemes in the UK to date), the Ministry of Defence on a £500 million defence procurement and the Cabinet Office on the outsourcing of the UK’s resilience training function. In addition he has experience in the education, leisure and health sectors. Craig speaks regularly on the issues flowing from major projects, and leads Browne Jacobson’s popular Engaging with Public Service seminars for public sector clients.

Stephen Matthew, Browne Jacobson specialises in complex procurements for public and private sector clients. He is currently acting on a number of regeneration projects including social housing schemes, joint ventures and infrastructure investments. He has advised a number of local authorities on major outsourcing deals, including acting for Kent County Council on the outsourcing of its estate-wide facilities management requirements. He is also currently acting for London Borough of Enfield on the Lee Valley Heat Network, a city-scale district heating scheme. This project involves advice on procurement, state aid, and governance (including the setting up of wholly owned companies to deliver the project). Stephen has wide experience in the education sector, advising on capital programmes and development agreements. Stephen has also acted for major corporate clients on large outsourcing and capital projects.

Nathan Holden at Freeths has over 18 years experience of working in-house (5 years as a solicitor/senior solicitor) and in private practice for local authority clients on a range of different types of work. In particular he worked on the first of its type shared services arrangement between a local authority and two health bodies as well advising on commercial arrangements relating to the outsourcing of care homes, the provision of domiciliary care, leisure facilities and a project to facilitate the provision of high speed broadband to schools across the City of Coventry.

Nathan brings a mix of technical acumen and experience of what makes local authorities tick. This means that he is able to ‘hit the ground’ running in identifying the key issues and help anticipate key sticking points and potential problems so that these can either be avoided or their effects limited.

Stephen Pearson, Partner at Freeths, holds The Law Society Diploma in Local Government Law and acts predominantly in the public sector.  Stephen is an expert in EU Procurement law, advising on the procurement aspects of many schemes.  He gives advice on a daily basis to over 50 Council, Education and NHS clients on issues including negotiation of contracts, choice of procedures, contract variations, framework contracts, legal challenges and other issues following the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.  He has recently advised on and created a number of corporate entities such as companies and LLPs for local authority clients including Derby City Council, Milton Keynes Council and Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria and has recently advised on several major State Aid issues. 

How to book

To book a place on this seminar please contact Julie Scheller on 0845 272 5701 or email julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk



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