Addleshaw Goddard offers market-leading experience in dealing with a range of issues arising during the lifetime of private finance initiative (PFI) / public-private partnership (PPP) assets.

With more than 670 operational PFI/PPP assets in the UK, effective legal support in managing operational issues arising over the life of the long-term contracts which underpin them is vital.

Our experience in supporting owners, managers, lenders and procuring clients in dealing with a whole range of operational and asset-related issues across all sectors of the UK PPP market is second to none. From variations to disputes and everything in between, our highly experienced team deals with the whole range of operational and asset management matters that affect and impact on PFI/PPP assets and their investment.


This includes supporting clients with:

  • Variations and change management
  • Market testing and benchmarking
  • Refinancings
  • Equity restructurings
  • Data protection, freedom of information and confidentiality issuesAdjudications, mediations and settlements
  • Employment and HR issues
  • Procurement and public law issues
  • Voluntary and negotiated project terminations
  • Semperian PPP Investment Partners
  • InfraRed
  • Dutch Infrastructure Fund
  • Equitix
  • Innisfree
  • HCP Social Infrastructure UK
  • Kajima Partnerships
  • The Health and Safety Executive
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oldham Borough Council
Extensive experience

Case highlights include:

  • Acting for an infrastructure asset fund in relation to the settlement of project-wide issues and amendments to project documents to return the project to 'steady state' and provide an agreed process to manage the impact and rectification of building defects.
  • Acting for a project company in relation to the provision of further accommodation within a PFI site boundary together with associated infrastructure. The accommodation is funded by the public sector and is essential to the procuring Authority's operations. The procurement and operation of the accommodation has been ring-fenced from the PFI project to protect and preserve project cash flows.
  • Advising an NHS trust on a review and restructuring of the trust's PFI portfolio, with the aim of achieving cost savings by bringing services in-house. As part of the wider restructuring of the portfolio, we have advised on the options available to terminate the existing PFI arrangements. Our work has also included advice on obtaining the regulatory consents required for the restructuring of an NHS PFI arrangement.
  • Acting for an infrastructure asset fund in relation to the insolvency of its facilities management contractor across 11 projects and the appointment of a replacement contractor on new contract terms.

Key contacts

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Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Partner, Head of Manchester office
United Kingdom

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David Hartley

David Hartley

Partner, Infrastructure, Projects and Energy
United Kingdom

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