• I am a commercial lawyer with over a decade of experience advising on UK infrastructure projects (particularly PPP/PFI projects) across a wide variety of sectors (including healthcare, education, accommodation, social care, custodial, economic infrastructure and waste).

    I have been the lead associate on a number of significant PPP/PFI projects and have developed a very strong expertise in the asset management of PFI projects during the operational phase – in particular in relation to variations to complex PFI documentation (including extensions to project facilities and the resulting interface with the existing project facilities and services, major changes to the services provided within the project, saving initiatives and the replacement of subcontractors) as well as many other issues which arise within the operational phase.

    I have provided training sessions to clients on managing variations to PFI contracts and have had a number of articles and commentaries published in industry publications (including Partnerships Bulletin and Construction News). I have also recently spoken at industry wide events, including the Major Projects Association’s 2018 annual conference and the 2018 Construction News Summit.

    • Lead associate advising the new operation and maintenance contractor on the acquisition and novation of the M40 operation and maintenance contract, following Carillion’s liquidation.
    • Lead associate advising various higher education establishments on the implementation of numerous goods and services contracts.
    • Lead associate advising the SPV on various operational PFI / asset management aspects in respect of healthcare and education projects.
    • Lead associate advising the successful shortlisted FM contractor on Irish Schools PPP Projects (bundles 1 and 2).

Senior Associate Olivia Blessington is thorough, reliable and a pleasure to work with

Legal 500, 2020