Waste sector

Since completing our first waste to energy contract in 1995, our team has advised on some of the most significant and complex waste management deals to close in the last twenty years including  circa 50 PFI and PPPs. The team has an enviable reputation nationally.

We advise local authorities (waste collection, waste disposal and unitary authorities) and central government (having drafted the WIDP/PPP standard form and Local Partnerships’ latest AD PPP agreement).

We work with our clients to identify the best and most appropriate procurement strategy and contractual mechanism to ensure projects are delivered economically and efficiently. We provide practical and commercial legal advice and guide multi-disciplinary teams through complex procurement, negotiation and due diligence processes.

We know and understand the waste sector beyond purely the law, keeping a close eye on central government guidance and policy, local authority roles and requirements under statute and statutory guidance, and the private sector’s offering, requirements and commercial stance.

Recent work includes advice on:

  • Restructuring PPP/PFI contracts to deliver operational savings
  • Contracts for design, build, finance and operation of energy from waste facilities, MBT and other alternative treatment technologies including ATT/gasification and AD
  • Contracts for recycling, composting and MRF facilities
  • Procurement of single site and multi-site projects
  • Disaggregated and integrated solutions
  • Contracts for HWRC management
  • Collection and recycling contracts
  • Contracts for waste transfer arrangements
  • Waste policy and government guidance
  • Delivering joined up services across boundaries
  • Partnering arrangements in two tier authorities
  • Impact on waste management arrangements following local government reorganisation

We advise on all the core areas relevant to waste, including procurementreal estateplanningconstruction contracts, structuring and funding of projects.

We can also support you on related aspects, including environmental regulation, employment lawdispute resolution.

  • Our core team has worked together for over 20 years and have acted for local authorities across the country on some of the most complex waste management deals to close in the last decade, including circa 50 PFI and PPPs.
  • Extensive experience advising on waste collection, recycling and street cleansing contracts on behalf of waste collection/unitary authorities across the country, including those in densely populated London boroughs.
  • We have advised NAWDO on waste policy and interpretation issues.
  • We have acted for central government (Defra and HMT) in relation to waste matters.
  • We are joint authors of Defra’s Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme’s Residual Waste Treatment Contract.
  • We were engaged by Local Partnerships to draft its new AD PPP agreement.

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Key contacts:

Partner, Head of Infrastructure
Partner, Head of Strategic Projects and Innovation

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