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Ailsa Ritchie

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English
Infrastructure & Projects

Ailsa Ritchie is a partner with extensive experience in advising on a wide variety of high value, large scale complex projects.

She advises public sector bodies, investors and funders in relation to infrastructure projects using a range of delivery models.

Ailsa has been involved in innovative deals structured to extract added value through partnership and joint working and is experienced in advising on projects from initial procurement to financial close and into the operational phase. She is praised for finding solutions that work for both sides.

Prior to joining private practice, Ailsa worked as an in-house lawyer in the energy industry.

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"...her steely intellectual rigour gets things done for her clients"

Chambers, 2012

"Ailsa is highlighted for her "solution focused" approach and strong ability "to understand clients' requirements"."

Chambers, 2014

"commercial and assertive without being aggressive – she’s good at finding ways though things"

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Health - The Laing O’Rourke/Aberdeen Asset Management consortium on their successful bid to design, construct, finance and maintain a new GBP 220m acute hospital in Dumfries, funded by EIB and Aviva and procured through the Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model.  
  • Regeneration - Glasgow City Council on its regeneration of Sighthill, Glasgow. The project involves remediation of contaminated land, the provision of new infrastructure, 600 new homes and the construction of bridges over the M8 linking Sighthill to the city centre. 
  • Waste - Local authorities, investors and funders on various different types of waste projects, including the design, build and financing of energy from waste facilities, landfill diversion contracts, recyclates contracts and offtakes.
  • Housing - Helping Scottish Futures Trust develop the pathfinder National Housing Trust - a Scottish Government initiative which involves a partnership between the public and private sectors for the provision of over a 1000 new affordable homes.
  • Schools - Funders and local authorities on the design, construction, financing and operation of new schools being delivered through the hub programme. 
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Education

  • 1993 - Dip LP, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1992 - LLB (Hons) , University of Dundee, Dundee
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Public Procurement

Ailsa Ritchie is a partner with extensive experience of pre-procurement planning and strategy, running high profile procurement, drafting of procurement documentation including tenders and evaluation criteria and bid evaluation.

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"...her steely intellectual rigour gets things done for her clients"

Chambers, 2012

"Ailsa is highlighted for her "solution focused" approach and strong ability "to understand clients' requirements"."

Chambers, 2014

"commercial and assertive without being aggressive – she’s good at finding ways though things"

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • A client on its competitive dialogue procurement for the design, construction and financing of new hospital, including pre-procurement planning and strategy.
  • A client on its project to secure treatment of residual waste procured through the restricted procedure. Reviewing and drafting PQQ, ITT and evaluation criteria and methodology. Bid evaluation.
  • Various clients on their bids for waste projects. Advising on bid compliance and bid submissions and strategy, debriefs and possible grounds for challenge.
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Education

  • 1993 - Dip LP, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1992 - LLB (Hons) , University of Dundee, Dundee
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May 2018
CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able...
10/06/2019
Scot­tish In­fra­struc­ture - What's Next?
Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pre­vi­ously stated that an­nu­al in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in Scot­land will be 1. 56 bil­lion high­er in 2025/25, than the £5. 2 bil­lion be­ing in­ves­ted in 2019/20. Tasked with ex­amin­ing the op­tions for de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture, Scot­tish.
18/03/2019
Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment lowers Pro­ject Bank Ac­count thresholds from 19...
Pro­ject Bank Ac­counts (PBAs) are ring-fenced ac­counts that see pay­ments made dir­ectly and sim­ul­tan­eously by pub­lic sec­tor cli­ents to mem­bers of the con­struc­tion sup­ply chain. They were in­tro­duced as Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment policy in 2016 to fa­cil­it­ate prompt con­tract.
19/07/2018
Up­date to the hub Stand­ard Form DB­FM Agree­ment - SFT Stand­ard Form...
Scot­tish Fu­tures Trust (SFT) have re­leased their first up­date of the Stand­ard Form DB­FM Agree­ment since Novem­ber 2016.   The DB­FM Agree­ment is the stand­ard form of doc­u­ment for the design, build, fin­ance and main­ten­ance of pro­jects de­livered through the Scot­tish.
30/04/2018
In­fra­struc­ture – is the price of low cost too high?
The need for in­vest­ment in the UK’s in­fra­struc­ture is uni­ver­sally ac­cep­ted, with the means of fund­ing the in­vest­ment in these cash straitened times hotly de­bated in polit­ic­al circles.   The Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion (NIC) pub­lished its first An­nu­al.
06/03/2018
Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act in force next week - Are you ready?
The Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016 comes in­to force fully on Monday 12 March 2018. From this date, any face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion which you or your busi­ness have with mem­bers of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment or oth­er lis­ted in­di­vidu­als may con­sti­tute lob­by­ing with con­sequen­tial.
01/11/2017
The Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016
The Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016 re­ceived Roy­al As­sent on 14 April 2016 and comes fully in­to force in Scot­land on Monday 12 March 2018. The Act cre­ates a “lob­by­ing re­gister”, which will provide more clar­ity to the gen­er­al pub­lic on the lob­by­ing of vari­ous in­di­vidu­als.
17/10/2017
MIM’s the word
With a total cap­it­al value of over £1bn, the three schemes set to be pro­cured by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment through its Mu­tu­al In­vest­ment Mod­el are catch­ing the eye, es­pe­cially in the ab­sence of a pipeline of PF2 schemes.