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 Wednesday 7 December 2011

09:00 - 13:00

 

About the Masterclass

 

Public-private partnerships have been responsible for the delivery of over 700 large infrastructure projects in the UK over the past 20 years. There is evidence to suggest that the financial crisis of recent years may make PFI-style projects even more attractive to the world's governments, as they seek ways of investing in infrastructure and stimulating growth that do not require immediate expenditure or borrowing. In the UK, however, it is increasingly being suggested that public-private initiatives provide poor value for money to the taxpayer as projects,  often delivered over budget or late,  fail to achieve the savings that were hoped for.

The latest Masterclass in SMi's highly successful PPP/PFI Training Course series delivers an invaluable step-by-step guide through the complexities of a PPP/PFI project, focusing on how to achieve delivery of the project at minimum cost and how variance of contracts can help to achieve significant savings. Providing specialist insight into all the key issues, with an opportunity to ask the experts, you will gain a comprehensive overview of PPP/PFI from a leading law firm in an informal and interactive environment.

 

 Register now and ensure that you have the knowledge and information you need to achieve savings in your public contracts!

 

Key reasons to attend: how you will benefit

A practical Masterclass on all aspects of varying major public contracts:

  • Get practical tips on how to build flexibility and ‘future-proofing’ into contracts
  • Understand the legal and procurement context when varying public contracts
  • Avoiding challenge and delay: Current case law and guidance
  • Maximize the benefits and value from your existing contracts
  • Learn how to conduct a streamlined, compact and cost effective procurement under the competitive dialogue
  • Creating and using frameworks
  • Special Issues in ICT procurement

 

 

Who should attend this event?

 Directors, Heads, Managers and Consultants from:

  • Central government departments
  • Cabinet Office
  • Procurement teams at local authorities
  • Legal Teams at Local Authorities
  • Finance
  • CIOs (Chief Information Officers) at Local and Central Governement level

 

 

 

Who is leading the Masterclass?

 

Roseanne Serrelli, Partner and Head of Projects Department, Sharpe Pritchard

Roseanne acts for the public sector in all aspects of major project work and procurement including drafting bespoke and complex agreements, formulating strategies for projects and negotiating with providers and funders. Roseanne's particular interests include construction contracts, ICT, waste management, social services and leisure.  

 

 

 

Julia Rudin, Partner, Projects Department

Julia specializes in advising the public sector on PPP and PFI projects.  Her advice principally involves guidance on managing major public procurement processes and advising on the contract documentation. 

 

 

 

 

About Sharpe Pritchard

 

Sharpe Pritchard have one of the UK’s largest, busiest and dedicated PPP and PFI practices, advising the public sector on a wide range of complex and innovative projects.  We are an accredited supplier to Catalist’s Lot 7 - Full Commercial and we have a wide public sector client base.

We have extensive experience of advising on a range of different types of agreements and strategies from straightforward bipartite agreements to framework agreements, framework contracts, central purchasing arrangements and major PFI/PPP procurements. The fact that we have advised on so many different forms of contract and procurements means we can add considerable experience-based value in this area.

PPP and PFI sectors in which we have particular expertise and experience include: accommodation, corporate and transactional services, education and BSF, highways, street lighting, leisure, major frameworks, regeneration, shared services, social care and waste.

Chambers UK 2011 ranks the firm as a leader in the field.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising numerous Councils in relation to next-generation broadband and WiFI
  • Advising Central Government departments on major ICT procurement
  • Street lighting PPP/PFI's, including two to have closed in the last 12 months
  • Advising three large authorities on a major strategic services partnering contract for the delivery of a wide range of transactional and corporate services, together with framework arrangements
  • Acting for local authorities and governers on a number of schools' PPPs, Academies and Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects
  • Acting for local authorities (waste disposal and collection authorities and unitaries) on a number of waste PFI and PPP projects, including two to have closed in the last 12 months.

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Refreshments

9:00 Welcome & Introduction

9:10 Legal, procurement and policy context

9:50 How to future-proof new contracts

10:30 Varying existing contracts: practical tips

11:10 Morning Refreshments

11:25 Streamlined procurement

12:05 ICT procurement

12:45 Summary and Conclusion

13:00 Close of Masterclass

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

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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.

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