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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 over 20 years’ experience advising on high value, large scale complex public procurement and joint ventures, infrastructure projects structured to extract added value through partnership and joint working.

She advises public sector bodies, investors and funders on PPP/PFI, revenue financed projects and strategic partnerships in the education, health, housing and regeneration waste and defence sectors.

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, UK

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

Chambers, UK

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

Chambers, UK

Relevant experience

  • Glasgow City Council on its regeneration of Sighthill, Glasgow. The project involves remediation of contaminated land, the provision of new infrastructure, retail/commercial space and 600 homes for private sale.
  • FCC on its Energy from Waste project at Millerhill, Edinburgh.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council on the negotiated termination of its waste PFI contract.
  • Laing O’Rourke/Aberdeen Asset management consortium on the design, construction, financing and maintenance of Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, funded by EIB and Aviva and procured through the NPD model.
  • Multiple hub projects – DBFM and DBDA projects for the provision of new educational and health facilities across Scotland, including new schools in Shetland, Oban, Campbeltown, Elgin, Dalbeattie and Dunoon and new wards at Stobhill and health centres at Greenock.
  • Scottish Futures Trust on the development of its pathfinder National Housing Trust – a Scottish Government initiative which leverages in private sector funding and council borrowing to deliver over 1000 new affordable homes.
  • Investors, Funders and local authorities on various types of waste projects including the design, build and financing of new waste facilities, landfill diversion and recyclate contracts and offtakes.
  • Babcock in relation to the outsourcing of certain services by MoD at HM Naval Base Clyde.
  • Sponsors, Funders and procuring authorities on PFI/PPP contracts in the education, streetlighting, health, defence and waste sectors.
  • Sponsors, public sector bodies and contractors on projects in the construction and operational phase including variations, refinancings and disputes.
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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 over 20 years’ experience advising on high value, large scale complex public procurement and joint ventures, infrastructure projects structured to extract added value through partnership and joint working.

She advises public sector bodies, investors and funders on PPP/PFI, revenue financed projects and strategic partnerships in the education, health, housing and regeneration waste and defence sectors.

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.

more less

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

Chambers, UK

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

Chambers, UK

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

Chambers, UK

Relevant experience

  • Glasgow City Council on its regeneration of Sighthill, Glasgow. The project involves remediation of contaminated land, the provision of new infrastructure, retail/commercial space and 600 homes for private sale.
  • FCC on its Energy from Waste project at Millerhill, Edinburgh.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council on the negotiated termination of its waste PFI contract.
  • Laing O’Rourke/Aberdeen Asset management consortium on the design, construction, financing and maintenance of Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, funded by EIB and Aviva and procured through the NPD model.
  • Multiple hub projects – DBFM and DBDA projects for the provision of new educational and health facilities across Scotland, including new schools in Shetland, Oban, Campbeltown, Elgin, Dalbeattie and Dunoon and new wards at Stobhill and health centres at Greenock.
  • Scottish Futures Trust on the development of its pathfinder National Housing Trust – a Scottish Government initiative which leverages in private sector funding and council borrowing to deliver over 1000 new affordable homes.
  • Investors, Funders and local authorities on various types of waste projects including the design, build and financing of new waste facilities, landfill diversion and recyclate contracts and offtakes.
  • Babcock in relation to the outsourcing of certain services by MoD at HM Naval Base Clyde.
  • Sponsors, Funders and procuring authorities on PFI/PPP contracts in the education, streetlighting, health, defence and waste sectors.
  • Sponsors, public sector bodies and contractors on projects in the construction and operational phase including variations, refinancings and disputes.
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Education

  • 1993 - Dip LP, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1992 - LLB (Hons) , University of Dundee, Dundee
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30 October 2020
Guide to the pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules in Scot­land
This Guide provides an over­view of the pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules in Scot­land. It is in­ten­ded as an in­tro­duct­ory guide for law­yers, pro­cure­ment of­fi­cials and policy makers. It is not in­ten­ded to be re­lied...
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Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment - What's this all aboat?
On 9 Novem­ber 2020 the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Rur­al Eco­nomy and Con­nectiv­ity Com­mit­tee pub­lished its re­port on the “Con­struc­tion and pro­cure­ment of ferry ves­sels in Scot­land”. While the re­port primar­ily...
24 September 2020
Part­ner­ing with the pub­lic sec­tor - Op­por­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges
In 2019, the UK pub­lic sec­tor awar­ded con­tracts worth over GBP 93 bn. That num­ber will al­most cer­tainly be ex­ceeded in 2020, giv­en spend­ing on the NHS and COV­ID meas­ures. This already sig­ni­fic­ant mar­ket...
17 November 2020
Is the pro­vi­sion of loc­al au­thor­ity sports and leis­ure fa­cil­it­ies out­side...
Back­ground A dis­pute arose between coun­cils across the UK and HM­RC in re­la­tion to VAT li­ab­il­ity of charges paid by mem­bers of the pub­lic for ac­cess to sports and leis­ure fa­cil­it­ies provided by those au­thor­it­ies...
5 March 2020
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: Scot­land
This art­icle first fea­tured in The Sunday Times, 1 March 2020.In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS, in part­ner­ship with The Times and Sunday Times (Scot­land), is bring­ing a range of thought-lead­ers to Glas­gow...
30 September 2020
Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment sets out £24bn 5 year In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan
With COV­ID-19, curfews and loc­al lock­downs largely dom­in­at­ing head­lines, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has quietly pub­lished its £24bn draft In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan (IIP) after a par­lia­ment­ary an­nounce­ment...
November 2019
CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
Pub­lic pro­cure­ment is the largest single glob­al mar­ket­place, ac­count­ing for around one-fifth of world­wide GDP. In this in­creas­ingly in­ter­na­tion­al mar­ket­place, com­pan­ies need to have con­fid­ence that pub­lic...
24 September 2020
Scot­tish court con­siders wheth­er re­dac­tion of doc­u­ments by loc­al au­thor­ity...
A re­cent de­cision of the Sher­iff Court in Scot­land is a re­mind­er that the mundane and of­ten te­di­ous task of doc­u­ment dis­clos­ure can come with sig­ni­fic­ant risks. The an­onymised judg­ment in Re XY which...
5 November 2019
Scot­tish Tour­ist Tax: Solu­tion or Set­back?
The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has opened con­sulta­tion on its pro­posed tran­si­ent vis­it­or levy, or “tour­ist tax”, un­til 2 Decem­ber 2019. Al­though Scot­land has em­braced its status as a centre for tour­ism...
03 September 2020
Power to the people: re­cent guid­ance on sec­tion 104 of the Com­munity Em­power­ment...
In the re­cent ju­di­cial re­view ap­peal of Guild v An­gus Coun­cil [2020] CSIH 50, the In­ner House con­sidered the ap­plic­a­tion of sec­tion 104 of the Com­munity Em­power­ment (Scot­land) Act 2015, which deals with...
14 February 2020
More guid­ance for Scot­tish Loc­al Au­thor­it­ies on Com­mon Good Land
A re­cent case has provided ad­di­tion­al guid­ance for Scot­tish loc­al au­thor­it­ies in re­la­tion to com­mon good land and the duty to se­cure best value in dis­pos­ing of land. Facts of the Case An­gus Coun­cil...
21 January 2020
In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion for Scot­land pub­lishes first re­port in­to the...
The In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion for Scot­land (ICS) has pub­lished the first in a series of re­ports in­to the fu­ture of in­fra­struc­ture with­in Scot­land. The ICS, es­tab­lished in early 2019 after the re­lease...