Deryn Rees


+44 (0)7970 458 274
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Deryn qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes before moving into law, which has helped her advise clients on commercial projects involving substantial financial provision, unusual funding issues or where considerations are finely balanced between legal, commercial and financial concerns.

Deryn has acted for public and private sector clients on a variety of commercial schemes in the following sectors: health, police authority, fire authority, residential care services, waste handling, recycling and disposal services, central government (MOD), highways infrastructure provision and maintenance, university and school accommodation, urban regeneration and leisure facilities.

She also has particular experience in projects which involve innovative or potentially complex PFI/PPP type funding structures, including 'hybrid' structures that mix public funding (including Prudential Funding) and private sector finance.

  • Commercial contract – advising on commercial contract issues, drafting, negotiation and variation of contract terms
  • Waste sector – advising on commercial contract issues arising in the context of waste services and procurement of waste facilities/services
  • Procurement – advising on issues arising in the conduct of and participation in public sector procurement including procurement challenge
  • Public law – advising on issues of public law and governance, local authority statutory powers and obligations, including public sector trading powers and trading vehicles
  • Education sector – advising on conversion of PFI schools to Academy Truste
  • Advising on the variation and consolidation of a substantial PFI/PPP Defra-funded contract to incorporate multiple variations to standard form and bespoke contract documentation
  • Advising a local authority on the conversion of three new schools procured under the Private Finance Initiative to Academy Trusts
  • Advising a local authority on a number of inner city regeneration projects in its role as accountable body to the regional growth fund, including advice on state aid and financial security
  • Advising a local authority on the restructuring of its waste management arrangements, including the winding up of a local authority trading vehicle and re-procurement of waste management services
  • Advising a local authority on the structuring of a project, involving the regeneration of an inner city site and the injection of funding into the development of a shopping and restaurant complex with state aid implications
  • Assisting in the provision of procurement advice and contract drafting support to an English local authority in the procurement process of a contract for the treatment and disposal solution for the refuse derived fuel output from an MBT facility operated on behalf of the Council