We have one of the largest Projects practices in the South West, regularly acting for local authorities, other public sector entities, major international sponsors, project companies, sub-contractors and lenders in relation to some of the most significant infrastructure and outsourcing projects undertaken in the UK. The team also advises on procurement whether from a public or private sector perspective, public sector vires and governance issues and State aid and associated competition law matters and we have recently been awarded a place on the Government Procurement Service Legal Services Framework.

Our projects experience covers a range of sectors including Local Government, Waste and Energy, Education, Health, Defence, Technology, Roads, Airports and Regeneration Schemes.

We understand that achieving value for money in purchasing legal services is a key consideration for any participant in a major project. Our policy of guaranteeing dedicated partner-led resource to each project together with our ability to offer genuine "regional" rates whilst maintaining a "City quality" service means we add value to every transaction.


  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Technology Projects
  • Public Sector Outsourcing
  • Procurement
  • State Aid

They are finally here! Three New Procurement Directives are to be implemented this year!

In March this year three new procurement directives were published in the OJEU: a public procurement directive, a utilities procurement directive and a directive to regulate the award of concession contracts.

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Public Private Partnership

A Public-Private Partnership should bring the best of both sectors together to deliver high class services. They can often involve a Private Finance Initiative or Special Purpose Vehicles.

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Special Purpose Vehicles

A Special Purpose Vehicle often forms part of Public-Private Partnership or joint venture and can be a useful tool for projects involving public funds.

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The success of outsourcing services often depends on having a solid contract. Making sure that all parties understand their obligations under the terms of a contract is essential to securing the proper provision of a service.

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Private Finance Initiative

A Private Finance Initiative has two sides, providing a bridge between the public and private sector over the provision of services. Often a PFI will form part of a Public-Private Partnership.

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The joy of working at Ashfords is that there are groups of individuals who work creatively with the law and that we always focus on providing solutions for our clients.

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