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PPPs are very technical and complex, with contract design and contracting procedures being of utmost importance. Various documents need to be produced and negotiated involving the different parties, with these all requiring considerable legal input to eventually finalise the highly detailed public/private sector contracts.

This event aims will look at how PPP deals are put together, the different types of contracts that exist, and the manner in which they are developed.  Incorporating key case studies and presentations from influential experts and decision-makers, this forum promises to be an unparalleled source of information on the latest contractual and legal issues in PPP/PFI and will provide excellent networking opportunities.

Programme highlights:

  • Hear the latest legislative updates relating to PPP/PFI – Competitive Dialogue Procedure, LIFT & BSF updates, Joint Venture Companies, refinancing and the secondary market
  • Contract management – change and flexibility, compliance and audit, standardisation issues, operability
  • Discover the nature of the legal challenge in Europe - new legislation and impacts
  • Benefit from case studies in the health, educational and custodial sectors – lessons learnt and overcoming challenges
  • Learn about risk and insurance in PFI – protecting your deals, ownership and management, mitigation, ensuring value for money


Hear from leading industry experts including:

Rob Hann, Director, Legal and Joint Services, 4ps
Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief, Cooperation and Partnerships Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Andrew Caskie, Senior PPP Project Adviser, Scottish Executive
Derrick Conway, Assistant PFI Project Director, Derbyshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew Mowle, PFI Contract Manager, Sussex Police
Jimmy McGuinnes, PPP Project Manager, East Lothian Schools Project
Phyllis Dunipace, Executive Director, Children & Young People’s Service, London Borough of Lambeth
Trevor Payne, Director of Estates & Facilities, The Great Western Hospital, Swindon
Malcolm McKillop, Project Director, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
David Anderson, Legal Director, Carillion Private Finance & Carillion Health
Declan Gillespie, Director, Vita Lend Lease
Sarah Atkins, Director of Legal, London Underground
Norman Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Anthony  Smith

Anthony Smith, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

9:10 PPPs: THE NATURE OF THE LEGAL CHALLENGE IN EUROPE

Geoffrey  Hamilton

Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief, Cooperation and Partnerships section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

·                Negative perceptions and waning enthusiasm for PPPs

·                Is new legislation required to address the problems?

·                Or more transparent institutions in PPPs?

·                Better public expertise?

·                Some recent trends in capacity building in PPPs

9:50 PPP CONTRACTS IN SCOTLAND

Andrew  Caskie

Andrew Caskie, Senior PPP Project Advisor, Scottish Executive

  • Overview of Scottish PPP scene
  • Role of Scottish Executive
  • Development and application of standardisation policies for sectors
  • Current developments in Scottish PPP contracts
  • Differences from other UK areas
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RECENT ISSUES IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR

    Rob Hann

    Rob Hann, Director, Legal & Joint Services, 4ps

  • The impact of the new Public Contracts Regulations – 7 months on
  • The Competitive Dialogue Procedure and PFI
  • The development of the joint venture company model in PPP/PFI procurement
  • LIFT and BSF – updates
  • New horizons for the joint venture company model
  • Refinancing and the development of the secondary market
  • Legal issues in operational projects
  • Increasing use of joint venture companies in the PPP sector - BSF and LIFT etc
  • 11:40 PFI DERBY UPDATE 2006 – IF WE KNEW THEN, WHAT WE KNOW NOW!

    Derrick Conway

    Derrick Conway, Assistant PFI Project Director, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Lessons learned
  • Mistakes made
  • Successes
  • Real meaning of partnership working with the private sector
  • The changing NHS market place
  • Reflections
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CASE STUDY - CUSTODIAL SERVICES IN SUSSEX

    Andrew Mowle

    Andrew Mowle, PFI Contract Manager, Sussex Police

  • Custody in Sussex prior to PFI
  • Why PFI?
  • How the contract underpins Criminal Justice Performance and outcome for victims and witnesses
  • Innovation through PPP
  • Early lessons - interim services
  • The reality – re-negotiation, benchmarking/market testing
  • The ‘One Stop Shop’
  • 14:30 CASE STUDY: MANAGING THE TRANSFER OF A PPP CONTRACTOR TO A NEW CONTRACTOR

    Jimmy  McGuinnes

    Jimmy McGuinnes, PPP Project Manager, East Lothian Council

  • The Fall… into administration
  • The Rise… and the rescue package
  • Issues lurking in the wings
  • VFM… and a Happy Ending?
  • Lessons learned
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LEGAL ASPECTS OF PFI CONCESSION MANAGEMENT

    David Anderson

    David Anderson, Legal Director, Carillion Private Finance and Carillion Health

  • Managing disputes
  • Health and safety
  • Compliance and audit
  • 16:20 MANAGING PFI CONTRACTS

    Phyllis Dunipace

    Phyllis Dunipace, Executive Director, Children & Young People's Service, London Borough Of Lambeth

  • Managing user expectations
  • The role of the Local Authority
  • Why does it go wrong?
  • What to do when it does
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Norman Rose

    Norman Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association

    9:10 PFI IN OPERATION

  • Shared strategy
  • Contract flexibility
  • Clear and consistent approach to monitoring
  • Informed client function
  • Evidence/performance and key performance indicators
  • Benchmarking
  • Trevor Payne

    Trevor Payne, Director of Facilities, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    9:50 GETTING TO FINANCIAL CLOSE

    Malcolm McKillop

    Malcolm McKillop, Project Director, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

  • The contractual and organisational framework for healthcare PFI.
  • What does ‘project specific’ really mean?
  • Negotiating: both the style and the substance
  • Legal clarity: what does it mean?
  • How to control the process and timetable
  • Who really controls deal closure?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RISK OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT WITHIN PFI

    Declan Gillespie

    Declan Gillespie, Director, Vita Lend Lease

  • Précis of operational risks
  • Determining where risks should reside
  • Risk quantification
  • Risk management and mitigation?
  • Optimal alignment of risk between parties
  • 11:40 EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK INVOLVEMENT IN PPP AND PFI

    Stephen Sturmer

    Stephen Sturmer, Senior Counsel, EIB Legal Directorate, European Investment Bank

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DEVELOPMENT OF CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS

    Sarah Atkins

    Sarah Atkins, Director of Legal, London Underground

  • Change/variations
  • Information/progress reporting
  • Direction rights
  • Commercial opportunities
  • Contract remedies
  • Clarity of interface
  • Operability and systems integration
  • 14:30 PPPs TO DELIVER GERSHON EFFICIENCIES

    Alan Aisbett

    Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsents

  • What are shared services?
  • Legal framework
  • Available legal structures
  • Key practical considerations
  • DCLG Strategic Partnering Knowledge Programme
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 VALUING EMPLOYEES: DELIVERING QUALITY SERVICES

    Norman Rose

    Norman Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association

  • Working with Government to implement the Warwick Agreement
  • Breaking down cultural barriers
  • Addressing the pensions minefield
  • Skills for quality
  • 16:20 CHANGES IN INSURANCE IN PPP

    Mark Courtneidge

    Mark Courtneidge, Director, Aon

  • The changes in SoPC3
  • Market application
  • The current insurance market
  • Where do we go from here?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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