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Despite the economic crisis PPP is still a great source of investment if approached in the right manner. In order to ensure success in this area however you must have a firm grasp of all the issues you may face in creating a secure contract and an ultimately outstanding product.

Under the guidance of a highly acclaimed expert from Berwin Leighton Paisner this skilfully developed workshop will bring to light the most important of these enabling you to enter the PPP world with greater confidence and understanding. The key areas which will be examined are: variations, benchmarking and market testing and other common issues.

Through an intensive one-to-one half day session you’ll have the attention of one of BLP’s most experienced partners and all for a great price!

 

 

Meriel Bennett, Partner


Meriel is a partner in the Projects team at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).  She trained at BLP and has worked in the infrastructure sector for over twelve years.   She primarily advises sponsors and lenders on PPP projects in a range of sectors but also advises central government on strategically important PPP procurements.  Recently she has also advised on a number of high profile secondary markets deals.  Meriel is rated as a PFI/PPP expert in the latest edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.   
 

  Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is a full service City law firm with over 1,300 staff, including 730 lawyers.  We have 190 partners, and our turnover in 2007/08 was £185m.
As well as our office in London, we have offices in Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Moscow, Paris and Singapore. We have non-exclusive, proactively managed relationships with over 100 preferred firms in more than 65 countries around the world.
Our clients are diverse and include major corporate organisations and financial institutions through to government, prominent public sector bodies and individuals.
 

 

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

Meriel Bennett

Meriel Bennett, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

9:00 VARIATIONS

Meriel Bennett

Meriel Bennett, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

• Ensuring the process is flexible
• The contract… and the reality
• Providing value for money
• The EU Procurement angle
• Q & A
 

10:00 BENCHMARKING AND MARKET TESTING

Meriel Bennett

Meriel Bennett, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

• Which offers better value for money?
• The contract… and the reality
• How can public authorities get the most out of the process?
• Practical implications of market testing
• Q & A
 

11:00 Morning Coffee

11:30 OTHER COMMON ISSUES: DISPUTES, REFINANCING AND THE SECONDARY MARKET

Meriel Bennett

Meriel Bennett, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

• Disputes:  Who are we in dispute with?   How can we resolve our dispute and remain a “partnership”?
• Secondary Market:  Issues for the public sector on a transfer of equity.  The implications of portfolio sales
• Refinancing:   Issues for public authorities on a voluntary refinancing
 

12:30 Conclusions and Close of Workshop

Meriel Bennett

Meriel Bennett, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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