Nichola Vine 

Nichola Vine is an experienced lawyer who joined Wright Hassall LLP from West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro,) where she held the post of Head of Legal and Governance (incorporating the departments of Legal, Procurement, Assets, Corporate Risk and Assurance, and, Democratic Services). Nichola has significant experience in setting up and managing the legal aspects of major infrastructure projects on both traditional and bespoke bases.
With previous private practice experience over the past 21 years, Nichola has a wide variety of public procurement, governance and construction experience.

Session title: Governance in major projects –the importance of a strong legal framework.

Synopsis: In this talk, Nichola will consider the importance of ensuring a strong legal framework around your project to drive clarity and avoid disputes.
There is often a difference of opinion as to whether lawyers complicate or clarify projects. Whilst poorly drafted contracts will cause more problems than they solve, the right legal framework will help the entire team to deliver.
Looking at the most common legal routes for setting up and managing a major project and some more bespoke scenarios we will discuss how the contractual matrix can support strong risk management and help to ensure deliverability against the project aims, and how choosing the right procurement route is a fundamental risk management strategy.

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