PFI and Projects Disputes

We act for investors, project companies, facilities managers and service providers in relation to many of their most complex and high value assets and portfolios.

We advise on the full range of disputes arising in the context of private/public partnerships and privately financed projects and infrastructure, including:

  • design and construction defects and deficiencies;
  • payment mechanisms, payment adjustments and deductions;
  • financial modelling;
  • service benchmarking and market testing;
  • variations;
  • self-monitoring and reporting;
  • key performance indicator failures;
  • service and maintenance failures;
  • lifecycle;
  • insurance;
  • termination; and
  • project expiry.

Our clients operate across a wide range of sectors, including government buildings, hospitals, schools, university accommodation, roads and waste facilities.

As well as advising in relation to the complex provisions of project agreements, building contracts, facilities management contracts and cooperation agreements, we help our clients to navigate difficult and multifaceted disputes involving investor/shareholder agreements, loan/financing agreements and parent company guarantees.

What people are saying


"The team is noted for its handling of… significant PFI disputes."

Chambers 2023

"Macfarlanes' grasp of complexities and strategies is outstanding."

Chambers 2023

"The team have been professional and attentive, and they go above and beyond expectations to deliver a great service."

Chambers 2023

"Clients describe Macfarlanes as “an excellent firm with innovative ways of dealing with client issues."

Chambers 2022

"The team has excellent litigation experience, particularly in the infrastructure space. Key personnel are excellent communicators"

Legal 500 2021

"They are a very efficient team and they tend to approach issues slightly differently to many other firms, which gives them an innovative advantage."

Legal 500 2021