Penny Rinta-Suksi

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07795 495646

01865 253257

She has strong experience in the leisure, housing, education and health sectors.”

Legal 500 2018

Penny is a commercial lawyer and an OxLEP non executive director. She leads Blake Morgan’s Local Government England team with over 19 years’ experience in advising private sector clients, funders, public sector and third sector on major projects and commercial contracts.

Main areas of practice

Penny’s experience ranges from structuring and implementing complex major procurement projects to commercial contracts, warranties, guarantee and performance arrangements. Penny has a specialty in helping clients to achieve effective corporate and contractual ‘partnering’, finding the right solution to achieve the commercial objective. Penny works with her team to implement the solution, dealing with all commercial issues including finance, security, IP and IT, construction, procurement, employment, pensions and property. Penny has an overview of the entire transaction at any one time and coordinates the team to input efficiently, at the right times and within the available budget.

She has strong experience in the leisure, culture and housing sectors and sound working knowledge of education, health, financial, manufacturing, waste and energy markets. Penny leads on combined housing, leisure and civic infrastructure projects, working on innovative regeneration models to include joint venture vehicles and private sector partnering and contracting.

Significant experience

Leisure and Culture

  • Recently appointed critical friend to a District Council prior to award of contract to its preferred bidder.
  • Advising a City Council on competitive dialogue procurement for a leisure operator on a new Passivhaus leisure centre – first in the country.
  • Advising a Borough Council on its leisure design build operate and maintain (DBOM) project being procured using Competitive Dialogue – at ISFT stage.
  • Advising a London Borough Council on a contract variation to lock in £1m service savings. Reappointed to secure build of new leisure centre and vary the existing operational contract for the incumbent operator to run such centre.

Joint Venturing

  • Lead advisor to a University on its new build halls projects with private company using institutional investment.
  • Lead advisor to a University on sports campus joint venture with local authority.

Housing and Regeneration

  • Private sector housing trust – lead advisor on a £billion housing zone project, advising on the negotiating and drafting of the grant agreement, funding agreement and council infrastructure agreement (and related heads of terms).
  • Major housing company – supporting on a defence and counterclaim of a housing PFI contract running through a Special Purpose Vehicle contracting with a major London Borough.

Technology IP/IT

  • Advised a global corporate group on the migration of its IT systems to a cloud-computing provider based outside of the EEA.
  • Advised a global corporate group on the cross-border procurement of website design and software development services.
  • Advised a University on the complex outsourcing of its obligations owed to the MOD and Capita for an Application and Training Modules, to a down-stream IT company.
  • Complex framework agreement for a small cloud solutions IT company on a contractual framework which referenced the ‘build up’ of a service solution with additional services being called off as that service solution was formulated.
  • Trademark licence review and re-draft, acting for the licensee, ensuring license had licensee-friendly terms and plenty of allowances and flexibility for our client.
  • Review of a sponsorship agreement between our client and a major racing team for 2016 Championship sponsorship with particular advice on: exclusivity; marketing rights; concerns re IP and sub-licensing of the sponsor’s marks; and liability.

Private Sector Partnering and Contracting

Penny has significant experience in the negotiation and drafting of complex partnering and contracting arrangements, for example:

  • Joint venture agreement with major local contractor in relation to a contract the parties won (tendering jointly) to a large water company.
  • Refinancing of 5 solar energy sites, worth £20 million – acted for the Lenders, a significant international bank.
  • Heads of Terms and Conditional Consent Agreement between a significant Oxford operator and a wind turbine company.
  • Terms of Business for serviced apartments for a business with both a consumer and a corporate target audience.

Publications

  • Wrote a legal article on the subject of health and social care and joint commissioning for Lexis Nexis’ 2016 update on this area of law
  • “A Contintental shift – is this your Pangaea?” – 2015
  • “Second Chances” – Inside Housing November 2013
  • “The return of PFI” – Inside Housing May 2013
  • “Local authorities build on recession” – Housing Landscape 2009
  • “Housing PFI credits are not the only jewels in the crown” – Housing Landscape 2009

Expertise

Career

Penny joined Blake Morgan in October 2013.  Prior to that she worked within Bevan Brittan’s local government outsourcing team and headed up their leisure, culture and housing regeneration teams.  She gained a 2:1 LLB in Business Law at the London Metropolitan University and after completing her Law Society Finals at Guildford College of Law, and training contract at Amery Parkes, qualified as a solicitor in 1995.

Contact details

07795 495646

01865 253257

Quotes


Penny Rinta-Suksi has notable expertise in the leisure sector.”

Legal 500, 2017

What I particularly valued was Penny’s deep knowledge of all matters contractual and the speed with which Penny and her team were able to respond to our questions.”

Mr L, 2017

"It was one of the more painless contract experiences I've had. I was really impressed with how [Penny] kept pushing it on!"

Private Sector Leisure Operator

Insights by Penny


newsletters

30 July - Penny Rinta-Suksi

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newsletters

26 March - Penny Rinta-Suksi

With reduced central funding for local authorities, the need to maintain spending across essential services, and media attention on increases for tax payers, we're taking a closer look at some...

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articles

4 February - Penny Rinta-Suksi

This year there have been some interesting cases looking at the conduct of local authorities and creditors when commencing bankruptcy proceedings or serving court documents on debtors.  It is important...

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