Eversheds scoops council PFI deal

The firm went through a two-stage tendering process to win work on the waste management project, beating competition from two national firms and three other City firms.

DLA advised on the original business case for the three councils approximately two years ago, but the firm did not pitch for the project.

As yet, Eversheds is unsure of the total value of the work, although commercial projects partner Michael Grimes said it would be worth “hundreds of millions of pounds”.

Partner Katherine Ibbotson, who is also working on the project, attributed the firm’s success in the tender to fellow partner Grimes, who has worked on a number of major waste management projects, including those for Brighton and East Sussex councils.

The PFI waste management project will see the councils manage 20,000 tons of waste over a period of 25 years in a long-term recycling, waste treatment and waste disposal contract.

Eversheds has also been appointed as legal adviser to Project Unity, the proposed formation of a major new education institution in the North West, through the merger of Manchester University and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

The Lawyer understands that Eversheds pitched against five education specialists for the work, including Addleshaw Booth & Co, Martineau Johnson, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and DLA. If the project goes ahead, the estimated value is around £430m.