Was it the bankers, the builder, the facility manager or the government? The anatomy of a public private partnership dispute

BARTLETT SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES AND CIBSE SCHOOL DESIGN GROUP request the pleasure of your company to a lecture to be delivered by

 

Melissa Kirby

Honeywell, Australia

on

 

Was it the bankers, the builder, the facility manager or the government? The anatomy of a public private partnership dispute.

 

Public private partnership (PPP) is a government procurement model that became popular in the early 1990s under the John Major conservative government.  Since then, the model has spread to Canada, Australia and India and has been used to procure numerous public infrastructure projects.  One of the defining features of PPPs is the long term contract with the facilities management company; a contract that is usually 25-30 years long.  The length of these contracts and the complexity of the infrastructure projects mean that the facilities management (FM) provider must have a high degree of corporate reliability and credibility as well as a significant depth of operational expertise in order to provide the services needed.  Due to such lengthy terms, the FM provider also builds a large store of implicit knowledge about the site and a web of informal networks that inform and influence how the site is run on a day-to-day basis. 

This presentation will explore a case study of the near-termination of an FM provider and how factors such as the negotiations between the government and the bankers, the design and construction of the building, the political backdrop and the stores of implicit knowledge and informal networks all had an impact on the situation and its resolution.  It will also demonstrate practical approaches that professionals in the built environment sector can implement to manage and mitigate risks in complex contractual environments and how disputes can become the foundation to stronger and healthier operational relationships. 

on

01st December 2011, 5.00pm

at the

Bartlett Central (Room G01)

UCL Central House

14 upper Woburn Place

London WC1H 0NN

 

About Speaker:

Melissa Kirby is Associate General Counsel at Honeywell, advising its Automation and Control Solutions business group in the Asia Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East regions.  Honeywell is a global manufacturing and technology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Prior to joining Honeywell, Melissa headed up the legal, regulatory and compliance department of a major Australian utility company.  She has been in private practice in the English law firm Clifford Chance and the New York law firm White & Case specializing in cross-border dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region. 

Melissa graduated from the Australian National University with first class honours in law, a degree and scholarships in Asian Studies and is admitted to practice in England and Wales, Victoria and New South Wales.  Melissa is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has functional capability in French.  Melissa is also a qualified company director.

 

 

This is a public lecture and all are welcome ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, NO REGISTRATION, ALL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF CIBSE SCHOOL DESIGN GROUP BULLETIN No. 4

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