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.
The members of Atkin Chambers have extensive experience in advising both public bodies and the private sector in both fields. Their projects experience spans major road building, power stations, waste management, hospitals, schools, rail infrastructure investment, and water and waste treatment.
The contractual complexities created by the involvement of many parties with competing economic interests frequently give rise to complex legal disputes about risk allocation. Members have significant experience in managing such disputes and in securing commercially acceptable outcomes for clients which avoid the need for litigation.
Where litigation cannot be avoided, members have acted in some of the major cases reported in this sector:
- Colas Ltd & Ors v Transport for London  EWHC 831 (TCC)
- Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v Birmingham City Council  EWCA Civ 264
- Jacobs UK Ltd v Skanska Construction UK Ltd  EWHC 2395 (TCC)
- Connect Plus (M25) Ltd v Highways England Co Ltd  EWHC 2614 (TCC)
- Amey LG Ltd v Cumbria County Council  EWHC 2946 (TCC)
- Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited v Healthcare Support (Newcastle) Limited  EWHC 2595 (TCC)
- Portsmouth City Council v Ensign Highways Ltd  EWHC 1969 (TCC)
- Midland Expressway Ltd & Secretary of State for Transport v Carillion Construction Ltd  EWCA Civ 936
- Yorkshire Water Services v Taylor Woodrow  EWCA Civ
- Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales Transport & Security   EWHC 149 (TCC)