Juliet is a PPP/infrastructure lawyer with many years of experience of transport / logistics, defence, social accommodation, utilities and nuclear decommissioning sectors. Expertise across a wide range of commercial transactions including public sector outsourcings, contractorisations, new business transformational structures, privatisations, PPP’s, private M&A and asset acquisition and procurement. Her practice is both UK and international and her clients are Governments, sponsors, contractors and funds. During her career Juliet has advised UK Central Government Departments at senior level including DfT, MOD, MOJ, Cabinet Office, DCLG, DH and DEFRA as well as Transport for London.
Juliet is a leading rail expert with over 20 years’ experience on major rail projects involving infrastructure assets, operations and maintenance and FM, intermodal transport hubs, health & safety, often working within transport legislation and policy, and applying a commercial awareness of the industry in high profile, political and multi-stakeholder negotiating environments.
Juliet is a leading defence lawyer at the vanguard of providing legal services to the UK defence industry since 1992. She has designed the legal aspects of some of the most complex UK defence PPPs which have shaped opportunities for defence companies. She is expert in Government’s processes, policies and political backdrop behind these procurements and is fully cognisant with defence sector standardised contracts, MoD Pav2, DEFCONs, DEFFORMS.
- Recent Work
- Defence - advised the UK Ministry of Defence on the Logistic Commodities & Services Transformation PPP; Defence Training Review Rationalisation PFI; Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative PPP; Warship Support Modernisation Strategic Partnering; Military Flying Training Systems PPP; the privatisation of the Royal Dockyards; and the contractorisation of the Atomic Weapons Establishment
- Rail - advised on many major UK rail infrastructure projects since the mid-1990s including both heavy and light rail projects and on Europe’s largest high speed railway project — High Speed 2; Sunderland Metro Extension PPP; London Underground PPP; East London Line Integration PPP; Channel Tunnel Rail Link PPP; West Coast Main Line PPP; CrossCountry PPP; Thameslink 2000; Kings Cross Hub; High Speed 1 privatisation; the St. Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet station concessions; national network infrastructure freight haulage arrangements; railway concession structures; train operator track access contractual regime; O&M agreements; station concession contracts; Network Codes; retro-fit programmes; railway performance regimes; health and safety legislation; and cross-industry programmes. Juliet has mainly acted for the network owner (Network Rail) or Government. Also advised a Japanese trading house on the sale of its DLR interests; contractor consortiums; and, internationally, the Abu Dhabi DOT on the proposed Federal Rail Law; and bidders on Middle East railway operator bids
- Roads - advised on the London Congestion Charging Scheme; the Western Extension; the London Low Emissions Zone; and Lorry Road User Charging
- Social accommodation - advised the Ministry of Justice on the multi-billion pound prison privatisation - Competition for Custodial Services
- Logistics - advised UK MOD on the transformational Logistic Commodities & Services Transformation Project (value £6 bn); MOJ on Prisoner Escort Custody Services PPP; various private logistics deals
- Energy - advising an international energy company on its bid to acquire the UK MOD’s gas pipeline and storage system; Cabinet Office on proposals for solar on government estate
- Utilities - advising a successful bidder on a concession to manage Gatwick Airport’s air traffic control services; on the Facilities Management/O&M procurement for pan-TfL estate including London Underground and railway assets; advising on various water/waste transactions for Veolia.
Juliet is recommended for both PPP and transport in legal directories. For her work on major railway contracts Juliet "is a noted name in this area, having been involved in extensive transactional and advisory work, including on matters involving HS1 and the West Coast Main Line” (Chambers 2013). Juliet was shortlisted as Partnerships Personality of the Year at the Partnerships Bulletin Awards 2011. She has been recommended as a leading individual for PFI/PPP in Legal 500 and is described as “very knowledgeable in PPP across different sectors”, “with a really effective personal style that is effective in finding compromise solutions” (Legal 500 2013) and “can explain complex issues in layman’s terms” (Legal 500 2014). Clients cite her ability to “organise the scale of projects effectively” (Chambers 2015). Legal 500 2015 describes Juliet as “exceptional” and Chambers describes her as "personable, confident and very effective". She exhibits "a good balance of leadership and subject matter expertise" that has led to her "quickly gaining the trust of senior project team leaders" Chambers 2016 says that clients point to her "collaborative and non-confrontational approach" to brokering deals as a key strength.
She is qualified as an English solicitor and holds a Law Degree from The London School of Economics and undertook the Law Society finals course at the College of Law, London. Juliet completed a Diploma in Leadership in Law Firms at Harvard Law School, Harvard University (2011).
Juliet has held senior management positions in the firm including London Projects Head, International Head of Projects and Global Head of Energy & Infrastructure Sector (2006 – 2015). She regularly speaks at conferences on PPP, commercial law, defence and transport. She has written many articles on her field of expertise including co-authoring a publication on "Partnering and Alliancing in the UK Nuclear (Decommissioning) Supply Chain".
Juliet is a member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Law Society of England and Wales.
Juliet joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee in 1990 and qualified into the commercial and trade law department at the London office of Simmons & Simmons in 1992 and became a partner in 1998.