Thirsty work

Malkin, Brendan
March 2005
Lawyer;3/14/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p13
Trade Publication
This article presents information regarding current struggle and future plans of the six-lawyer team of the company, Scottish Water. Debates in the company, Scottish Executive, about whether it should be privatized, concerns about the quality of its water and calls for the overhaul of its ageing infrastructure, reportedly, are some of the latest issues that company's legal head Tom Axford is facing. Scottish Executive requires the company to deliver its services with a 40 per cent cut in costs from four years ago. Since joining Axford has gradually reduced the number of lawyers in his department from 10 to six. At present his department, or the six-layer team, is involved in a massive four-year project involving building new water facilities to replace the existing ones. Scottish Executive has given Scottish Water a budget of £1.8 billion to do the job, which is far short of the £2.3 billion Axford says is required to do it properly. The project, which started in 2002, is due to be completed next year.


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