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Ben Morton

Legal Director
About

Ben Morton advises procuring authorities, sponsors, funders and key supply chain members on major PPP, project finance and other forms of infrastructure projects.

His work spans the transport (roads and bridges), social infrastructure (health, education and emergency services) as well as the energy sector, including nuclear. Many of the transactions Ben has worked on have been innovative in the relevant sector, of particular note are the Mersey Gateway Bridge PPP and Long Beach Court House PPP, California.

Ben has particular experience in not only closing major infrastructure projects, but also advising on the long term operational aspects and issues concerning such projects.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

EXPERIENCE

  • Mersey Gateway Bridge PPP - advising the procuring authority, Halton Borough Council, on the Mersey Gateway project. The project is a major scheme to build a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey that will relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge. The scheme has a capital cost in excess of £500 million and will be the first new road in the UK funded through open road tolling. It was innovative in many ways, including the approach to project insurances, the use of the UK Guarantee finance product and the dual procurement of the infrastructure and the associated tolling services and a forerunner for the implementation of PF2, the UK Government's revised approach following its call for evidence for privately financed projects
  • Central Manchester Hospitals PFI - advising the sponsors on the 1500 bed Manchester Central Hospital PPP Project (moving onto a single site the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Children's Hospital (the largest pediatric hospital in the UK) and Women's Hospital). Capital value £414 million
  • Long Beach Court House PPP, California - advising the Senior Lenders (North American and European banks) to financial close on the first availability and performance based social accommodation PPP project in the US. The award winning US$490 million Long Beach Courthouse PPP project in California closed in December 2010. The new facility included custody facilities, court rooms, offices, retail and car parking
  • Bradford BSF Phase II - advising the sponsors on the largest schools PFI phase to close to date (£220m). The scheme close in 2009
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Police PFI - advising the funders on this police scheme which close in 2010
  • Avon and Somerset Police PFI - advising the funders on this police scheme which close in 2012
Education
  • University of Sheffield, Law L.L.B. (Hons)
  • College of Law, Chester, Diploma in Legal Practice (L.P.C.) Distinction

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Law Society

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