Stephenson Harwood beats Eversheds to £3bn waste procurement project

Stephenson Harwood has taken the rare step of announcing that it has beaten Eversheds to a mandate after a “robust” competitive tender process with a pitch whose “quality and cost” impressed the client.

Projects and infrastructure partner Jonathan Cripps, who transferred from Eversheds last year (11 March 2011), has won a role acting for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) on its £3bn waste procurement project, one of the largest such projects in Europe.

The NLWA previously used Eversheds, where Cripps was the relationship partner, but Stephenson Harwood confirmed in a statement that the projects and infrastructure partner had won the instruction after a pitch process against his former firm.

Stephenson Harwood environmental law head Andrew Wiseman and projects partner Rebecca Carter were also involved.

NLWA procurement director Tim Judson said the instruction followed “a robust competition for the appointment”, adding that the organisation was “impressed by the quality and cost of Stephenson Harwood’s proposal”.

Cripps said in a statement: “This project is one of the most high profile in the sector and we’re looking forward to working with the authority’s team to take it to financial close.”

The project, for which submissions came in from October last year, is aimed at creating a network of refurbished waste treatment plants in north London and set up another facility for recovers energy from fuel. The preferred bidders for the project will be selected in December, with financial close in June 2013.

A spokesperson for Eversheds said: “We were told that we couldn’t be faulted on the quality of our work but that the winning team offered a capped price contract for the project, which given our extensive experience in this sector, we didn’t feel was appropriate for a project such as this. We, of course, wish the authority and their team well with the completion of the project.”

Trowers & Hamlins also pitched for the work.