Joint ventures are essential for public sector organisations such as local authorities and housing associations who want to innovate and improve services, protect frontline services and access new resources. But with so many legal complexities to navigate, it can be tough to know where to begin.

That’s where our Legal Guide to Setting up a Joint Venture course comes in. With expert guidance and practical advice, gain the skills you need to navigate intricate contract and procurement law, find the best joint ventures for your unique needs and transform your services.

Leave the day with a powerful action plan for setting up a successful joint venture.

Please note this course is aimed at housing associations and local authorities.

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Peter Collins
Partner - Sharpe Pritchard

Peter is a corporate lawyer who specialises in creating commercial delivery structures for public sector clients including through subsidiary companies, collaboration arrangements, partnerships and joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on public/private sector joint ventures relating to property assets in the context of land development and regeneration.

Peter also acts for clients on company acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments, fundraisings, group reorganisations and corporate governance.

As part of his corporate work, Peter advises clients on public procurement and State aid matters. He is regularly asked to advise accountable bodies on the terms of ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Identify what type of joint venture you would like to establish
  • Take back an action plan to successfully set up a joint venture
  • Identify and overcome the complexities of contract and procurement law
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the law around setting up joint ventures
  • Understand the different models used for joint ventures and how they can be structured
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Understand the different types of joint ventures

  • Identify the necessary legal powers, including exploring the relevant provisions of trading legalisation, including the Localism Act 2011
  • Explore the rationale for setting up joint ventures and the appropriate delivery structures, including shared services, regeneration schemes and land development
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Joint ventures: key legal practical considerations

In this session, consider some of the key issues, including:

  • Deadlock
  • Reserved matters
  • Termination, exit and expiry
  • Key provisions of the JV agreement
  • The importance of the business plan
  • The need (or otherwise) for a public procurement exercise
12:00 - 13:00

Develop Your Understanding of Contract and Procurement Law

  • Competitive procedure with negotiation or competitive dialogue?
  •  Learn about the contractual arrangements when setting up a joint venture
  • Understand the regulation on procurement of joint ventures with the private sector
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Setting up a Joint Venture

  • Overcome governance issues
  • Learn from best and bad practice case studies
  • Mitigate the risk and liability on your organisation
  • Create an action plan to help your local authority set up a joint venture
  • Gain a firm understanding of company/partnership law when it comes to joint ventures
  • Understand your liability as a Company Director or LLP management board representative
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close