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SAE Media Group are proud to present their summer master class...

In association with:
Simmons & Simmons

Following the eminent success of our December 2008 class, we are proud to introduce once again our PPP/PFI Training Course, held by expert law firm Simmons & Simmons. This master class will take you through the key aspects which need to be covered in a PFI/PPP project. By attending you will gain a comprehensive overview of PFI/PPP from one of the leading law firms acting in this area and make the most of the networking opportunities posed by an afternoon in the presence of fellow industry members.
Now in its fifth season this is a popular course - please book early to avoid disappointment.
This essential course includes:
• A detailed introduction to PFI/PPP including an explanation of the different structures, an outline of a typical PFI project, potential advantages and disadvantages of PFI and the state of the PFI/PPP market.
• A look at the financial drivers including value for money and cashflow, a basic explanation of project finance, step-in rights and Direct Agreements and refinancing and secondary markets.
• An analysis of the procurement process including the tendering process, a summary of the Procurement Directives and different procedures.
• A focus on service commencement and performance levels including services and specifications and importantly the consequences of poor performance, remedies for this and dispute resolution.
• And much more...including mechanisms for dealing with change, project/contract management and termination.

We regret we are unable to accept registrations from law firms other than Simmons & Simmons. Please contact us for details on alternative non-restricted courses.

 About the organisation:

Simmons & Simmons has a fully integrated, international PFI/PPP practice, which has advised on some of the largest, most innovative and complex transactions. They advise clients on all legal aspects of the structuring, financing, construction and operation of PFI Projects and were awarded the 'Projects/PFI Team of the Year' by The Lawyer magazine for 'outstanding achievement' and 'most innovative approach in Projects/PFI'.

Masterclass programme

12:00 Registration & Coffee

12:30 Introductory Session

13:15 Financial Drivers

14:00 The Procurement Process

14:45 Afternoon Tea

15:15 Service Commencement & Performance Levels

16:00 Other Contractual Aspects of a PFI

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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