The PFI/PPP Training Course takes you through the key aspects which need to be covered in a PFI/PPP
project. By attending you will gain a comprehensive overview of PFI/PPP from one of the leading law
firms acting in this area.

Now in its sixth season this is a popular course - please book early to avoid disappointment.


This essential course includes:

• A detailed introduction to PFI/PPP including an
explanation of the different structures, an outline of
a typical PFI project, potential advantages and
disadvantages of PFI and the state of the PFI/PPP

• A look at the financial drivers including value for
money and cashflow, a basic explanation of project
finance, step-in rights and Direct Agreements and
refinancing and secondary markets

• An analysis of the procurement process including the
tendering process, a summary of the Procurement
Directives and different procedures

• A focus on service commencement and performance
levels including services and specifications and
importantly the consequences of poor performance,
remedies for this and dispute resolution

• And much more...including mechanisms for dealing
with change, project/contract management and




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Your masterclass leader, Simmons & Simmons has a fully integrated, international PFI/PPP practice, which has
advised on some of the largest, most innovative and complex transactions. They advise clients on all legal aspects
of the structuring, financing, construction and operation of PFI Projects and were awarded the 'Projects/PFI Team
of the Year' by The Lawyer magazine for 'outstanding achievement' and 'most innovative approach in


About your leaders:


Richard Dyton
Partner, Projects

Recent work
• Leading a team of lawyers advising on the restructuring of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project (capital value
£5.3bn) on behalf of Railtrack PLC for which the team was presented the Legal Business Construction Team of the
Year award in 1999
• Advising the Department of Enterprise in Ireland on framework guidelines for Irish rail public private partnerships
• Major construction arbitration on behalf of international clients
• Pathfinder PFI Project in the Netherlands advising on shadow toll road.

General experience
• Richard specialises in projects law and contentious and non - contentious construction law in the UK and
• He particularly focuses on the construction and engineering sectors.
• In addition to being a member of the Society of Construction Law, Richard is also an accredited adjudicator at the
Institution of Civil Engineers. He holds an MSc in construction law and arbitration from King's College, London.
• He is one of the authors of "Architect's Legal Handbook" (7th edition - 2000) and has been a partner since 1997.


 Ann Marie Davies
Associate, Projects

Ann Marie is an Associate in the Simmons & Simmons' Projects Group. Ann Marie has a range of experience in the
PFI/PPP, particularly in the waste sector.

Recent experience
• Advising an energy supplier on a nuclear power plant project.
• Advising the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to its military flying training scheme.
• Advised Cheshire County Council on procurement matters and contractual structures in respect of their proposed
£1 billion county wide PFI/PPP project.
• Advised a bidder in relation to Shropshire County Council’s waste PFI contract.
• Advised Essex County Council and Oxfordshire County Council in relation to their waste PFI contracts.
• Advised Northamptonshire County Council on it’s £200m grouped schools PFI project.


Masterclass programme

12:00 Registration & Coffee

12:30 Introductory Session

Richard Dyton

Richard Dyton, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

• Introduction to PFI/PPP
• Explanation of different PFI/PPP structures
• Outline of a typical PFI project
• Potential advantages/disadvantages of PFI
• State of the PFI/PPP market
• The contractual framework
• Outline of the principal documents
• Overview of the Treasury and other sector specific
• Compliance with the Treasury Guidance

13:15 Financial Drivers

Iain Duncan

Iain Duncan, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons

• The economic drivers of - value for money and
• Basic explanation of project finance
• Step-in rights and Direct Agreements
• Refinancing and secondary markets

14:00 The Procurement Process

Ann Marie Davies

Ann Marie Davies, Associate, Simmons & Simmons

• Explanation of the tendering procedure and
procedural aspects of the procurement process
• Summary of the Procurement Directives and the
different procurement procedures - Sector-specific
• Consequences of infringing the Procurement

14:45 Afternoon Tea

15:15 Other Contractual Aspects of a PFI

Simon Kenolty

Simon Kenolty, Associate, Projects, Simmons & Simmons

• Mechanisms for dealing with change
• Project/contract management
• Sub-contracting & assigning
• Termination: - consequences of termination

16:00 Service Commencement & Performance Levels

Helen Forsey

Helen Forsey, Associate, Simmons & Simmons

• Services and specifications
• Performance regimes and payment: -consequences
of poor performance -incentives for good
• Dispute resolution

16:45 Questions and Answers

Richard Dyton

Richard Dyton, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Ann Marie Davies

Ann Marie Davies, Associate, Simmons & Simmons

17:00 Close of Masterclass


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