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Pinsent Curtis and Denton Hall have been selected to advise the Departmentof Environment, Transport and the Regions' (DETR) private finance unitafter undergoing a five-month tendering process.The two firms will advise the DETR unit on public private partnerships,wider markets initiatives and private finance initiatives under athree-year framework contract, with a possible two-year extension.Crispin Tuckley, head of the private finance unit at the DETR, says theunit has used legal advisers before but says: "This is the first time theyhave been used on a framework basis."He says that a framework contract is not confined to one project but willmean that the appointed firms will be providing support on a range ofissues.Tuckley adds that Denton Hall and Pinsent Curtis' appointments will notaffect any other existing contract the unit has with other firms.Andrew Walsh, head of the major projects group at Pinsent Curtis' Londonoffice, says: "This was an appointment we were very keen to get and we arevery pleased to be selected. It was quite a long haul."We don't know exactly what throughput of work there will be yet - there'sa meeting next week and we will have a better idea of workflow then."Ed Marlow, head of Denton Hall's project finance group ,says that thedecision is an endorsement of the firm's project finance work.The firm also works for the Highways Agency at the DETR and has so farcompleted eight projects for the unit.
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