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Spearheaded by Gareth Price and Jeremy Parr , the power team at Allen & Overy LLP handles the full spectrum of projects, financing, M&A and dispute resolution work for a enviable client roster. On the nuclear front, Troy Edwards is collaborating with Price to advise Hitachi and Horizon on the development of a new-build plant in the UK. Internationally, the EBRD and its co-lenders appointed a team led by Lorraine Bayliss and Jaspal Gillar to oversee the financing - some of which through Islamic tranche - of six projects in the Ben Ban development, and Mark Walker acted for the Palestine Energy Transmission Company in the purchase of electricity distributed by a regulated Israeli entity at four connection points in the West Bank as well as the associated PPA. Also notable are John Geraghty , David Lee and Richard Evans who intervened in significant mandates in the renewables space such as the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank. Engie, Macquarie and Goldman Sachs are also key clients.

Ashurst provides  'very commercial, pragmatic and invaluable' advice  underpinned by an 'excellent knowledge of the power sector'. The lawyers in the power team 'are the best at understanding the wider picture and clients' business drivers', with the 'eager, responsive, approachable' Cameron Smith draws particular praise. In recent highlights, practice head David Wadham acted for Banks Renewables on the development and financing of three onshore wind farms, and Antony Skinner advised the Santander, Barclays and others as lenders on the refinancing of solar assets. Recent front-end projects work includes assisting a major global technology company with the restructuring of two Asian projects following the insolvency of its EPC joint venture partner, and Matthew Saunders is defending a heavyweight corporate client in SCC proceedings filed by an electricity distributor in relation to a Swedish law contract. Senior associate Peter Grayson is also a key contact alongside counsel Nicholas Hilder  and newly promoted partner Anthony Johnson .

Clifford Chance LLP is 'excellent across the board' and 'provides an outstanding service on all accounts' through 'responsive, commercial and pragmatic solutions', according to one client. Brendan Moylan recently acted for a consortium in the purchase of renewable assets across a range of jurisdictions from a multinational developer and operator, and corporate partner David Lewis collaborated with finance to handle the auction share sale of an onshore wind farm in the UK on behalf of an American owner and operator. Clare Burgess oversaw the capital markets aspects of the sale of material assets in two separate offshore wind projects on behalf of the bidders, while James Pay and David Metzger oversaw the projects and construction issues respectively. Internationally, Jeremy Connick guided a number of clients through the financing of several large-scale projects in Africa. Finance expert Ashvin Seetulsingh comes heavily recommended by clients and is also a key contact alongside Nicholas Hughes and Nigel Wellings .

The power and renewables team at CMS fields 'very strong partners', stands out by its 'excellent industry knowledge' and is described by one client as 'a clear market leader'. The firm's client roster includes investors, utilities, independent developers and regulators and was bolstered by significant new corporate clients after its merger. In recent highlights, the team - led by Robert Lane - closed a number of power purchasing agreements for household names in the retail and technology space, and is currently advising on numerous energy-from-waste projects. Recent contentious work includes regulatory appeals, commercial and joint venture disputes with regards to the development of large-scale projects, and international arbitration; some of the main names to note in that space include Rob Wilson and Steven Williams .Head of the clean energy focus group Munir Hassan and Charles Currier - who co-heads the UK corporate practice - are also both heavily recommended by clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'one of the best' in the power space, according to one client who values its 'punctual and excellent business acumen, tailored advice and knowledge in the regulatory field'. A team led by Sarah Pollock and Matthew Job continues to assist Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition and development of four biomass plants in the UK with the support of senior associate Hannah Roscoe , and two central UK government entities instructed Stephen Rayfield 's outfit to oversee the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank including the passage of new legislation. The 'approachable and professional' Silke Goldberg is currently advising Aquind on its interconnector project between Lovedean and Le Havre, and Patrick Mitchell teamed up with Job and Catherine Howard to act for a major energy company in its upcoming nuclear projects. The firm's client roster also features BNP Paribas, Centrica, National Grid and Mitsui. Julia Pyke departed the firm to take up an in-house role at EDF.

At Linklaters LLP clients get 'an excellent service all around', 'very good client access and strong continuity which helps with repeat deals'. The department handles a healthy variety of project financing mandates, corporate transactions and disputes, and is currently assisting the central government with its future nuclear strategy. Among the names to note feature the 'very commercial and approachable' John Pickett and the 'formidably bright' infrastructure and projects practice head Jeremy Gewirtz who collaborated with the corporate team to advise Mitsui and ENGIE on the sale of the portfolio containing the Saltend, Deeside and Indian Queens UK power plants to Energy Capital Partners. Richard Ginks recently oversaw a 40% shareholding acquisition in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm on behalf of Equitix while Charlotte Morgan plays a key role in the firm's nuclear offering. Also notable is the 'excellent, solution-driven and commercial' Richard Coar who jointly spearheads the renewables practice with Pickett and is currently leading counsel to the project company on the financing and development of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

Norton Rose Fulbright is currently acting for the lenders to the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project under the leadership of Rob Marsh , and Christopher Down teamed up with EMEA energy head Charles Whitney to lead the advice to Marubeni and JinkoSolar as sponsors on the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV project in the UAE. Daniel Metcalfe and Andrew Hart also handled a number of significant financing mandates. On the capital markets side, Stephen Rigby advised Greencoat on its $340m equity offering as part of its new share issuance programme and plan to acquire several wind farms. JP Morgan appointed Christopher (Chris) Grieves to oversee its acquisition of Infinis' onshore wind portfolio. Richard Hill has a particular expertise in the construction and contractual aspects of energy projects and spearheads the team from London. Nicholas Pincott retired from the partnership.

Richard Blunt spearheads the energy, mining and infrastructure department at Baker McKenzie which was recently strengthened by the arrival of M&A specialist David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . The group recently advised clients on a number of innovative project-financing and high-profile transactions in the power space; Calvin Walker and Marc Fèvre worked with the firm's Frankfurt office to assist Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders on the financing of a solar photo voltaic plant in Egypt, and Charles Whitefoord represented Lightsource in the creation of a strategic platform with Blackrock Real for the acquisition and ownership of UK solar assets. Also notable is Neil Donoghue who recently oversaw all aspects of the chapter 11 filings of a US manufacturing company - which involved significant regulatory issues in the nuclear space. Other notable clients include BP, Suez and Marubeni whom senior associate Tania Arora counselled on the procurement and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana.

The 'easy to work with' and 'competent' power team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recommended by clients for energy-from-waste projects especially with regards to the contractual and construction aspects. The firm acts for clients such as National Grid, Ancala and major retailers in matters across the energy supply chain under the leadership of Adam Dann . Recently, Dann and Kiran Arora advised EDFES - a joint venture between EDF and Dalkia - on its acquisition of Imtech from Endless, and Mark Richards is currently assisting the University of Cambridge with all aspects of utility provision at the North West Cambridge Development. Ed Coulson and Andrew Hockley continue to represent National Grid and Scottish Power in their respective claims for damages arising from alleged overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables following the EU's 2014 cartel decision. The firm's energy disputes practice is spearheaded by Segun Osuntokun while Christian Drage specialises in planning issues.

Dentons is one client's 'go-to choice for financing mandates' and fields a 'huge team' which impresses through its 'excellent service, thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile'. With a particular strength in the solar power space, the group continues to advise a leading international solar farm developers on its strategic partnership with an operator to accelerate the client's expansion overseas through the acquisition of assets across Europe; practice co-head Charles July also acted for Statoil in its first solar project development. Lucille De Silva teamed up with Candice Chapman to handle the acquisition of shareholding in UK renewable companies for a leading Asian utility provider, and the IFC appointed the group to oversee the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia to support the local power utility in the selection of private sector partners to deliver 250MW of solar PV projects. The firm recently completed its merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens which significantly bolstered the firm's presence in the small to mid-scale projects space - particularly regarding onshore wind, hydroelectricity and combined heat and power generation - and in terms of energy regulation.

DLA Piper fields an 'excellent, very personable and commercial' team with 'great sector knowledge across all levels'. Clients especially note the 'effective and practical' Philip Chong who has 'strategic insight, sharp intelligence and good judgment' and heads the international arbitration department in Europe. In recent highlights, Natasha Luther-Jones was recently promoted to global co-chair of energy and natural resources and led the advice to Nord/LB on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden; Dimitri Papaefstratiou was made head of energy and infrastructure projects in London and assisted Mytilineos with the limited recourse vendor financing and contractual documentation for a combined cycle gas turbine plant in Ghana. On the M&A side, Jon Hayes led a multi-jurisdictional team to handle GE's $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. The Manchester-based Darren Walsh is a finance specialist and recently represented clients such as KEPCO KPS and the Liverpool Combined Authority.

The power offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP covers energy generation, regulation, storage, infrastructure and supply on behalf of regulated entities, utility suppliers, distributors and lenders across the full spectrum of sectors. The recently promoted partner Alex Harrison , Nicholas Roberts and Ben Higson were recently appointed as sole legal counsel to the Crown Estate with regards to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios, and Philip Robb recently advised John Laing on all aspects of its new £137m bank facilities for the financing of acquisitions of new renewable assets. Also notable is Adrian Walker 's work for a global engineering company with regards to the development of a new nuclear asset, and a global partnership arrangement with an oil and gas major negotiated by Richard Tyler for a solar asset manufacturer. On the contentious front, Roberta Downey is representing the main contractor of a major offshore wind farm in a number of disputes and arbitration proceedings against a range of parties including an international subcontractor and the project owner. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright and Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

Milbank recently advised K-Exim and other commercial banks on the financing of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi, and Wilmington Trust appointed the group to oversee the financing of a portfolio of six separate solar PV projects sponsored by Scatec. John Dewar heads the practice and led the advice to the credit export agencies and Egyptian lenders for the financing of the Port Said wind farm, while Matthew Hagopian is currently assisting the sponsors with the first stage of the financing and development of a natural gas hub and power project in Brazil. Clive Ransome has particular expertise in the EMEA power space and Manzer Ijaz is currently overseeing a number of LNG-to-power and conventional thermal plant projects. Senior associate Munib Hussain is also a key name to note.

The 'excellent' power offering at Pinsent Masons LLP 'is deeply committed to the success of the industry generally and its clients' business'; its practitioners 'are extremely knowledgeable about the procurement process, construction contracts and they go the extra mile'. Gareth Phillips is currently leading the advice to Orsted on all planning and property matters arising from the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and continues to assist joint venture partners Hive and Wirsol Energy with all planning and property matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park in Kent. A team spearheaded by Peter Feehan is currently overseeing the implementation of electric vehicle charging points across the UK for joint venture Ionity, while Leeds-based and heavily-recommended construction expert Melanie Grimmitt is handling the procurement of an EPC contractor and long-term maintenance arrangements with regards to new CCGT projects at the Eggborough and Kings Lynn B sites. On the corporate front, Carsten Rumberg acted for BayWa in the disposal of its last remaining UK solar assets to a fund managed by Greencoat Capital. Paul Rice leads the practice and is also a name to note alongside Richard Griffiths , the 'technically excellent' Graham Alty and the 'extremely hardworking and committed' Caroline Ramsay .

The 'tremendous' power team at Shearman & Sterling LLP is 'unbeatable for Middle Eastern power projects', according to one client. Known as 'undoubtedly one of the big names in the emerging markets power space', Nicholas Buckworth 'has outstanding gravitas and knows how to drive a big deal to close'; he recently acted for the sponsors in the development of a solar photovoltaic power plant project in Eastern Europe. The team - spearheaded by the 'responsive, knowledgeable and always available' Iain Elder - also represented BTMU and its co-lenders to Marubeni and Jinko with regards to the Sweihan solar project in Abu Dhabi, while practice head John Inglis is currently advising a lender group on the financing of the 1.320MW Balkhash coal-fired thermal plant in Kazakhstan. Also recommended by clients is Sanja Udovicic .

Simmons & Simmons holds a strong track record in the power sector, especially for the financing and development of solar projects in the UK and abroad, and large-scale power projects in the Middle East and Africa. In recent highlights, practice head Patrick Wallace and Andrew Petry advised the lender consortium on the debt financing of the Markbygden wind farm in Sweden, and Iain Duncan continued to assist Mainstream with its renewable energy joint ventures with private equity investor Actis pertaining to its generation plants in Africa and Chile. Also notable are Steven McNab and Adrian Nizzola who handled substantial mandates in the renewables space. The team recently welcomed finance expert Jen Yee Chan and corporate partner David Parkes from King & Wood Mallesons, and real estate and professional indemnity specialist Emily Monastiriotis arrived from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP .

White & Case LLP 's energy practice recently saw the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat and Meredith Campanale 's promotion to counsel. On the project development side, Philip Stopford and Kirsti Massie are currently acting as counsel to the project company and Al Nowais as sponsor with regards to a 2.640 MW coal-fired power plant in Egypt's Ayoun Moussa area, and Caroline Miller Smith and Ellis Baker are advising Star Capital and Eurotunnel on their proposed power 75km-long interconnector project between the UK and France. The team is also representing a contractor in the negotiation of its EPC contract for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Eastern Europe. In terms of brown field M&A, John Cunningham was part of the team which assisted the UK subsidiary of an international energy group with its acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine stations from a leading energy company. Mark Castillo-Bernaus co-heads the London power offering with global head Massie and recently oversaw the granting of a project finance facility for the development of an independent power plant with Jason Kerr and counsel Chris Duncan . Other notable clients include HSBC, Enerjisa and Acergy.

At Addleshaw Goddard , the 'partner-led, very responsive and professional' power offering lets its 'in-depth knowledge of the sector drive its counsel'. Independent developer Harmony Energy Storage appointed a team led by the 'technically excellent' practice co-head Guy Winter to oversee its joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour for the procurement and operation of three separate electric energy storage facilities in England. Rob Thompson 'sets high standards technically' while Leeds-based practice co-head Richard Goodfellow 's 'experience provides valuable perspective'; the pair recently acted for an industrial client in the development of a new merchant energy-from-waste plant Australia. Also notable in Leeds is Paul Dight who has been assisting a major utility distributor with the regulatory issues arising from a procurement contract for IT services, while Angus Rollo handled BP's acquisition of a minor equity stake in Lightsource from the London office. On the contentious front, John Emerton specialises in litigation and represents clients such as SSE, Engie and Yorkshire Water.

The power team at Baker Botts (UK) LLP is headed by Lewis Jones who recently joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP following the departure of former practice head Robin Mizrahi to Covington & Burling LLP . In recent highlights, the practice acted for an energy company in the financing and development of a diesel-fired power station in Africa, and an African energy generation company appointed the group to handle all project and finance documentation related to a hydro power plant. Also notable is the ongoing work for the lenders on a municipal energy-from-waste project in the Middle East, the negotiation of an operation and maintenance agreement for an LNG-to-power project in Europe on behalf of an independent operator, and the procurement of a solar IPP in Northern Africa.

Bird & Bird LLP 'provides a very high level of service'; the 'responsive and dedicated' power lawyers 'care almost about the business of their clients as the clients themselves' and differentiate themselves through a 'genuine understanding of the sector'. Renewables sector head Elizabeth Reid and Matt Bonass  - described by one client as 'a cool customer who works extremely well under pressure' - continue to jointly advise investment fund Bluefield on a number secondary market deals, and acted for Abbey Renewables in its disposal of 14 wind farms across the UK. In the biogas and anaerobic digestion space, Michael Rudd represents funders in all contractual and financing arrangements. Other highlights include handling the negotiation of a long-term contract for the procurement of a combined heat and power plant, counselling the EBRD on the implementation of an enabling legal framework for energy performance contracting in Ukraine, and high-value mandates in the solar power space for clients such as Capital Stage, Green Hedge and Unisun.

The 'excellent' team at Bracewell (UK) LLP is spearheaded by Tracy London who is 'always available, extremely knowledgeable' and 'has deep sector-specific expertise in the power sector' especially with regards to construction issues. The London office is exclusively dedicated to the energy space and recently advised independent developers on their financing of solar projects in the Middle East and Africa. In other highlights, London is currently representing BNP Paribas and Societe Generale as lenders to Engie with regards to their bid for the 300MW Sakaka solar project in Saudi Arabia. Martin Stewart-Smith is also notable and acting for a leading metal and mining company in its role in the procurement and operation of two conventional power projects.

The cross-departmental power team at Burges Salmon LLP 'provides excellent and seamless service, has market-leading knowledge knowledge of the renewables sector and fields sizeable, responsive and innovative resources'. Corporate finance partner Jonathan Eves , construction specialist Lloyd James and Will Woodall 'are all experts in solar PV and energy storage deals' and 'go above and beyond to meet clients' expectations'. Along with highly sensitive and complex new-build nuclear mandates, the team - jointly spearheaded by 'true expert' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter - recently continues to advise Orsted on the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and acted for Maas Capital in its partnership with Solarplicity for the installation of rooftop solar facilities to feed housing associations across the UK. Also notable is Fairley's ongoing counsel to Wave Hub regarding marine, regulatory, real estate, construction, insurance and commercial contracts issues; and Gary Soloman and Julian Boswall continue to represent a local authority in its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station with a new connection grid.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

Fenwick Elliott LLP is a specialist construction firm and 'has an outstanding and well-deserved reputation in this field, especially for international solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectricity projects'. In the offshore wind sector, Tony Francis and Karen Gidwani continue to provide strategic advice to contractors and OFTOs with regards to construction contracts and dispute resolution. Nicholas Gould recently assisted a public sector entity in a delay damages claim against a contractor instructed to refurbish a power plant in Eastern Europe. Clients especially praise 'fantastic strategic thinker and team manager' Richard Smellie and the 'relentlessly hardworking and clear-thinking' Thomas Young ; Lyndon Smith was promoted to the partnership and is currently representing a leading hydroelectric company in arbitration proceedings arising from the contested valuation of variation, delays and disruption costs pertaining to a major infrastructure development in the Middle East.

Derek Goodban leads the power practice at Gowling WLG from Birmingham. In London, Gareth Baker and Andrew Newbery advised Rockfire Capital on all financing aspects of the acquisition of two solar portfolios from Wirsol Energy, and the pair assisted Primrose Solar with the disposal of its last remaining UK solar farms to Equitix. On the contentious front, Daniel Wood represented E.ON in the development of its rectification strategy and ensuing legal proceedings arising from a fundamental failure discovered during the construction of wind turbines at the Robin Rigg offshore farm. The team - led by Birmingham's John Cooper - continues to oversee the implementation of the government's smart meter programme; Cooper also defended the Northern Ireland utility regulator in two separate appeals brought by Firmus Energy and SONI. Other key clients include Octopus, Natixis and Opus Energy.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP recently gained several new high-profile clients such as Trailstone and BB Energy and bolstered its power offering with the hire of Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP . The firm has a strong presence in the renewables space; Anthony Riley advised BlackRock and NextEnergy on their respective acquisitions of operational solar assets in the UK. Bioenergy Infrastructure Group benefited from practice head Matthew Williams ' advice on its acquisition of biomass and energy-from-waste facilities from Macquarie, while Alexander Janes assisted Canadian Solar as borrower with its £41.85m financing from Bayerische Landesbank of a series of solar projects. Edward Humphries represented an investment fund in the purchase of senior notes to refinance several project finance loans and is also a key contact alongside senior associate Rebecca Downes , of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon and John Deacon .

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

Squire Patton Boggs continued to expand upon its energy and natural resources offering in London with the hire of Ian Wood and Rinku Bhadoria from King & Wood Mallesons, Henry Davey from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Peter Wright from Simmons & Simmons . Currently spearheaded by Neil Upton , the team continues to advise the government of Fiji on the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework to enable the corporatisation of the Fiji Electricity Authority, and Calon Energy instructed the group to oversee the development of the Willington green field combined cycle and gas turbine project. In further highlights, Robin Baillie , Trevor Ingle and Leeds-based Matthew Mulqueen are currently assisting Equitix with the equity financing of a new UK energy recovery facility in Warwickshire, and John Danahy is part of the team intervening in the establishment of a portfolio of utility-scale battery storage facilities on behalf of the Volta Energy group. Legal director Sushma Maharaj is also a key name to note.

Trinity International LLP specialises in energy transactions in emerging markets under the leadership of Paul Biggs who has substantial experience in the sub-Saharan sector. A team including Biggs, Kaushik Ray and senior associate Jo Sykes - among others - recently acted for the project company of the Amandi IPP in Ghana, and Simon Norris acted as lead counsel to the project company with regards to the development and financing of the Azura gas-to-power IPP in Nigeria. On the solar front, Fiona Gulliford teamed up with counsel Luke Muchamore and others to oversee the development and financing of the Bangweulu project in Zambia, and Jennifer Gladstone and Conrad Marais assisted the project company of the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia with all issues arising from the development of the project since its inception.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP 'is well-known in the offshore wind sector' and the 'practical, precise and highly responsive' power team has 'second to none knowledge of the sector'. In recent highlights, Lightsource instructed the team to handle its partnership platform with UK Climate Investments to fund the development, acquisition and ownership of a solar power generation asset in India, while partner Evan Stergoulis acted for a group of institutional investors in the long-term financing of its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Also notable is Martin Lucas 's counsel to longstanding client Vattenfall on its acquisition of UK gas and electricity supply company iSupplyEnergy, and c-practice head Henry Stewart 's work for BayernLB and RBS as funders to Canadian Solar's UK portfolio. The team, which is co-headed by Malte Jordan  alongside Stewart, also includes Ravinder Sandhu , Daisy East and Simon Alsey . Paul Doris became a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP .

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP represents developers, major utility companies, leading energy companies such as Vattenfall and Orsted, and independents. Recent corporate highlights include Sebastian Briggs 's advice to longstanding client RES on the sale of the Port Tyne battery storage project, while Simon Hughes oversaw a number of project developments such as the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and associated mandates such as the construction of a landward cable to connect the plant to the National Grid and the real estate aspects the incoming OFTO disposal. Ofgem appointed practice head Chris Towner , planning partner Jon Bower and construction expert Alex Hirom to assess the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets. The dispute resolution offering recently represented an electricity generator in a dispute with a utility provider arising from its SSA under the leadership of Ian Newcombe ; Thomas Williams recently joined the energy disputes team from Boodle Hatfield LLP .

The Bristol-based power offering at Bevan Brittan LLP is led by Nadeem Arshad and advises on district heating schemes, energy-from-waste and innovative projects such as energy storage and smart grids. Supported by recently promoted partner Nathan Bradberry , the group recently assisted Resource Recovery Solutions with the contractual arrangements, intellectual property and funding implications relating to the Derby Waste PPP project following the firm's original appointment to minimise the impact of the insolvency of the project's gasification technology supplier. Sheffield City Council engaged the practice to oversee an interconnector project between the E.ON Blackburn Meadows biomass plant and the client's municipal waste energy recovery facility.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable partners  include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

Clyde & Co LLP 's power team is jointly headed by Clare Hatcher and Mark Walsh who sits in Guildford and was recently bolstered by the arrival of legal director Richard Eglington from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and dispute resolution and international arbitration expert Alejandro Garcia from Winston & Strawn London LLP . On the corporate front, the group recently advised the SIMEC group on its acquisition of Rio Tinto subsidiary Alcan Aluminium which owns two hydroelectric plants in Scotland, and Simon Vere Nicoll teamed up with Hatcher to handle the purchase of Green Highland Renewables from Ancala on behalf of GFG Alliance. Recent project development includes negotiating the development agreement and grid connection for a new wind farm to be developed by SIMEC at Glenshero. Senior associate Mark de la Haye supported Walsh to represent a developer as claimant in a contractual variation dispute against a contractor engaged to procure components of an offshore wind farm.

Chris Pritchett 's team at Foot Anstey was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior manager and tax specialist Rhys Pippard from Pinsent Masons LLP and corporate partner Patrick Somers from DLA Piper . British Solar Renewables appointed the team to handle 'Project Osprey' and 'Project Tyrell' - the sale of major solar parks to asset manager Next Energy and Bluefield Solar, respectively, under the leadership of property expert Stuart Cleak , while Ian Stubbs is currently advising NEC Energy on the design, installation and operation of two battery storage facilities in the UK. Other notable clients include the Eden Project, Arenko, BNRG and Camborne Energy.

HFW 's power offering has a particular expertise in the offshore wind sector where it services clients on the full range of advisory and contentious matters. On the projects side, Max Wieliczko acts as the firm's international head of construction and represents contractors and construction companies in the procurement and development of various generation assets such as waste-from-energy facilities. He is supported by senior associate Richard Booth . Michael Sergeant and consultant Steven Paull feature among the names to note for arbitration work in the industry.

Ince 's power team has a strong track record in the renewables space, particularly in the field of offshore wind power projects, and it recently instructed by a leading Central European utility companies to advise on all the regulatory, due diligence and tender process issues arising from its proposed investment in the UK offshore wind market. A major Chinese power company also appointed Sandgren's outfit - which includes managing associate Nirada Griffiths - to intervene in its acquisition of a large offshore wind farm in Northern Europe. The group was also engaged by five different contractors and suppliers to intervene in four different tender and contract mandates with regards to a single UK offshore wind farm.

Lux Nova Partners Limited 'is a true boutique sector-leading firm', according to one client who values the outfit's ability to 'understand the changing economics of energy schemes and provide commercial insights with practical support to assist transactions'. Tom Bainbridge is recognised by clients as 'a strategic thinker' and collaborated with the 'agile and dedicated' Louisa Cilenti and 'rising star in renewable energy and infrastructure financing' Nikola Zahariev  - who was recently promoted to partner - to advise new market entrant CORE on its acquisition of the Newton Downs solar farm from Good Energy. Also notable is the 'very responsive and knowledgeable' Sandy Abrahams who acted for Mongoose Energy in its acquisition and associate financing of three separate operational operational ground-mounted solar parks with three co-located utility scale batteries.

Counsel David Birchall heads McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's power offering from London and advises clients on the full gamut of mid and upstream energy transactions. His experience includes acting for clients such as InterGen, SSE and Veolio in the procurement and development of solar, wind and conventional power generation assets, as well as restructuring and commercial matters for names such as ADDAX, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He is supported by senior associate Shashank Krishna who focuses on private M&A, financing and project development.

Recently Prospect Law Ltd 's Edward De La Billiere and nuclear expert Claire Harvey led the advice to Huntingdon Ingalls Industries with regards to its market entry strategy to the UK's nuclear decommissioning market, and a Middle Eastern government entity instructed the group to assist with the procurement and implementation of a large-scale renewables program. Edmund Robb is a key contact alongside litigation specialist James Hilsdon . The team recently welcomed environmental law solicitor Andrew Waite from Ashurst and experienced commercial and corporate practitioner Oliver Williams from Hong Kong firm Haldanes, Solicitors and Notaries .

Tim Pharoah and Paul Stacey are among the key power and renewables contacts at Slaughter and May . The team recently assisted Drax with the issuing of $300m senior secured notes, and Impello instructed the group to advise on its sale to The Shell Petroleum Company. Also notable is the work for Innogy with regards to the merger of Npower with SSE's domestic retail operations in the UK.

Stephenson Harwood 's specialist power offering covers the development, financing, disposal and acquisition of projects. Notable clients in the solar space include Lightsource while E.ON and Drax feature among the firm's key with regards to biomass and coal to co-firing conversion schemes. Corporate partner Andrew McLean co-heads the firm's consumer and energy practices. Other notable contacts include Graeme Barton , Rebecca Carter , Jonathan Cripps and Ron Nobbs who specialises in construction and engineering issues - both advisory and contentious - with regards to the full gamut of projects.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP¬†'s¬†Presley Warner¬†and¬†Christopher Howard¬†advised the coordinating committee of bank creditors with regards to the restructuring of renewables company Abengao which had consolidated financial and trade debt of more than ‚ā¨20bn. On the transactional side, Nikolaos Andronikos¬†teamed up with Ben Perry¬†to assist New Energy Investments as selling shareholder on four offerings representing all of its remaining equity in DONG. Also notable are¬†John O‚ÄôConnor¬†and¬†Vanessa Blackmore¬†who acted for Enel in its $5bn three-tranche offering of notes.

Dominic FitzPatrick  - who was recently elected UK senior partner -spearheads the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as the corporate practice at Taylor Wessing LLP while Paul Glass sits in the dispute resolution and investigations department. Matthew Jones and David Quinlan are among the main names to note for construction and engineering matters, particularly with regards to procurement structures for domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. For private equity mandates, clients can rely on James Goold and Robert Vidal is the firm's EU, competition and trade group.

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP the 'expert knowledge is excellent and the teams are always responsive and supportive during complex negotiations'. Christopher Paul 's project-led practice acts for clients across a wide range of jurisdictions but has a particular expertise in district heating mandates. In recent highlights, the team advised Energiesprong - an innovative residential housing refurbishment project in the Netherlands based on the concept of 'zero net energy' - on the structuring of a similar offer in the UK following the European Commission's promise of a grant for such projects. A property developer also appointed the group to oversee its procurement of an independent distribution network operator for the provision of electricity to its multi-phase development, and Megan Coulton supported Paul in his work for public and private sector clients in district heating schemes and utility connection arrangements. Thomas Wigley relocated to the firm's Muscat office and is also a key contact.

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