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Infrastructure and PFI/PPP

Public private partnership infrastructure projects bring unique challenges. Disputes arising out of long-term collaborative agreements between public authorities, major private sector infrastructure providers and financiers require an understanding of the technical complexities of constructing projects and an appreciation of the financial implications arising out of failures in, or changes to, ongoing service provision.

We have extensive experience in advising both public bodies and the private sector in both fields. Our projects experience spans major road building, power stations, waste management, hospitals, schools, rail infrastructure investment, water and waste water.

The contractual complexities created by the involvement of many parties with competing economic interests frequently give rise to complex legal disputes about risk allocation. We have significant experience in managing such disputes and in securing commercially acceptable outcomes for our clients which avoid the need for litigation.

Where litigation cannot be avoided, we have acted in some of the major cases reported in this sector:

  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited v Healthcare Support (Newcastle) Limited [2014] EWHC 2595 (TCC)
  • Portsmouth City Council v Ensign Highways Ltd [2015] EWHC 1969 (TCC)
  • Midland Expressway Ltd & Secretary of State for Transport v Carillion Construction Ltd [2006] EWCA Civ 936
  • Yorkshire Water Services v Taylor Woodrow [2005] EWCA Civ
  • Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales Transport & Security [2013]