Overview

Our team of specialist projects lawyers is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. Combining market-leading industry sector insight with the highest level of legal expertise, our projects team delivers clear, effective solutions to our clients.

We provide a seamless service throughout all stages of the project life cycle – from financing, planning and real estate through to construction and operations. We understand the legal and commercial challenges inherent in any project and are renowned for our creative approach to problem solving.

Our projects lawyers have a proven track record of successful project delivery in a range of key infrastructure and wider sectors including energy, transport, defence, rail and education. We advise bidders, developers, investors, regulators, finance parties and the private and public sector.

In public sector projects our work has earned us appointment to Tier 1 of the government's Crown Commercial Service (CCS) General Legal Services Framework (RM3786). The 12 Tier 1 firms are the preferred suppliers for government. We are also on legal panels for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Costain Limited, Highways England, Ministry of Defence, Welsh Water, Green Investment Bank and Hochtief.

Areas of focus

Our projects expertise includes the following:

  • Running complex and highly regulated procurement projects as well as advising bidders on major projects.
  • Projects under English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish law.
  • Consenting large infrastructure.
  • Community and social infrastructure arrangements.
  • Rolling stock.
  • Commissioning and operational issues within asset and service delivery projects.
  • Financing structures and contractual arrangements.
  • Regulatory and compliance matters.
  • Onshore and offshore outsourcing.
Experience

Advising Costain as EPC contractor on the Greater Manchester waste PFI. We have advised a number of local authorities on the procurement of their waste PPP projects – including the Isle of Wight Council's 25 year integrated waste PPP, Devon County Council's Exeter city EfW and Gwynedd Council's 25 year anaerobic digestion waste treatment project.

Advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the Magnox/RSRL PBO competition, the largest decommissioning contract being let in the world and valued in the region of £6 billion.

Advising the developer on the 300MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm, the largest onshore wind farm ever built in England and Wales.

Advising the developer on the consenting and procurement of the world's largest tidal stream energy project.

Advising a Spanish train manufacturer on a £1 billion+ contract to provide trains and depots for Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project. This is the largest single contract on the Crossrail project.

Advising on a landmark £1 billion deal to transform Royal Albert Dock into a world-class business and technology zone, in one of London’s largest regeneration projects.

Advising a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International on a ground breaking PFI/PPP project to provide the UK military with flight training.

Advising Babcock on its successful bid to Devon County Council in relation to a joint venture for the procurement of school improvement services.

Advising Foresight on all elements of a £110 million Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Widnes, Merseyside.

Advising all of the UK's rail freight operating companies in connection with the procurement and implementation of the ETCS Freight Project. ETCS is an essential component of a Europe wide project to enhance cross-border interoperability by creating a single standard for railway signalling.

Advising the Ministry of Defence on the outsourcing of search and rescue helicopter services for the Falkland Islands.

The Metropolitan Line Extension (formerly known as the Croxley Rail Link) is a project to extend the Metropolitan Line to Watford mainline railway station. We acted for LUL in negotiating the transfer of all aspects of the project from HCC including significant changes to the property, funding and construction arrangements.

Meet the team
Ian Salter

Ian Salter Partner

  • Head of Nuclear
  • Projects
  • Environment
Brioney Thomas

Brioney Thomas Partner

  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
  • Commercial
  • Rail
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Oil and Gas
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Environment
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Keith Beattie

Keith Beattie Partner

  • Projects
  • Aviation
  • Defence
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson Partner

  • Defence
  • Business Transformation
  • Central Government
Matthew Ramus

Matthew Ramus Partner

  • Head of Education
  • Defence
  • Transport
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water
Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis Partner

  • Banking
  • Projects 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Simon Coppen

Simon Coppen Partner

  • Rail
  • Transport
  • Projects
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Simon Tilling Partner

  • Environment
  • REACH, Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Energy, Power and Utilities

What others say...

They are a knowledgeable team, they don't try to reinvent the wheel. They are sensible about saying 'we have done this before.'

Chambers UK 2016