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Public sector organisations frequently enter into partnerships with the private sector to modernise and reform the delivery of public services. These partnership arrangements may be Public Private Partnerships, Private Finance Initiatives or other forms of public/private restructuring or outsourcing. Examples of these include the Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme and hospital rebuilding programmes.

The public sector considers that the success of these projects depends in part on the treatment of staff transferring from the public to the private sector. It is important, therefore, that private sector contractors entering partnerships with the public sector understand and comply with the relevant pensions protections.  These protections are over and above those imposed in the context of transfers in the private sector.

How we can help

Eversheds Sutherland s' public sector pensions team has extensive experience in all aspects of public/private partnering initiatives, including working on some of the largest and most complex PFIs, PPPs and outsourcings in Europe. Particular examples include:

  • the largest Local Government procurement to date
  • a number of waste sector PFIs, including a joint procurement for a number of local authorities