Expertise

Mike is the Head of the firm's Manchester office and also heads the firm's sector focus teams which specialise in health, inward investment and regeneration.

With 30 years' experience in the field, Mike is recognised as a leading expert on public-private and project finance transactions, working for a wide range of public sector procuring bodies, private sector sponsors and funders with a particular emphasis on health, inward investment, regeneration, rail infrastructure and waste projects. His work in this field ranges from procurement and state aid advice, contractual structuring of complex capital and revenue projects through to representing consortia of sponsor groups, subcontract arrangements, refinancings and project finance.

Experience
Health

Mike has advised:

  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on the ground breaking termination of its acute hospital private finance initiative scheme at Hexham
  • NHS Trust Development Authority on the demerger of Liverpool Community NHS Trust
  • On the acquisitions of Trafford Healthcare Trust by Central Manchester and of North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • The NHS North of England on a scheme of 25 transforming community service agreements transferring community services to provider bodies
  • On shared services schemes between an NHS trust and a foundation trust and on alliancing arrangements between three NHS trusts
  • Vanguard arrangements for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Transport

Mike has advised:

  • The Department for Transport (DfT) on the franchise competition for West Coast Main Line (2015)
  • The DfT on the direct award of the InterCity West Coast rail franchise in 2014 to Virgin Trains
  • Transport for Greater Manchester on a highways shared services initiative
Waste

Mike has:

  • Advised sponsors Global Renewables and Bovis Lend Lease on the £330 million Lancashire Waste Project
  • Led a team and advised the senior funders – on the complex £750 million Greater Manchester Waste Project
Inward investment

Mike has advised:

  • Beijing Construction & Engineering Group (BCEG) on its joint venture with Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Rowsley Limited at the £150 million hotel scheme and St Michael's Manchester
  • BCEG on its participation in the joint venture at Manchester Airport City
  • Manchester City Council on its £1 billion joint venture with Abu Dhabi United Group to develop private rented schemes in Manchester
  • On the inward investment into Manchester by EON Reality, a digital technology provider based in California
Regeneration

Mike has advised:

  • The Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the establishment of the Evergreen 2 Regeneration Fund for the North West of England, including various investments made by the Evergreen Fund and on the establishment of a bio-campus regeneration scheme at the MediPark in South Manchester
  • On various loan investments made by the Evergreen Fund to developers in the Greater Manchester area
  • On the establishment biocampus regeneration scheme at the MediPark in South Manchester and the Accelerator at Royal Liverpool
Professional memberships
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
Education
  • Law Society qualification date: 1989
  • Durham University - BA (Hons) Classics