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  1. Energy
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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DLA Piper UK LLP fields a ‘quality’ team that acts for sponsors, developers and funders on projects and disputes(often with an international element) in the nuclear, embedded generation, renewables and energy from waste arenas, acting. The team advised Vital Energi Solutions on a series of energy efficiency schemes, which includes a £50m district heat network and energy efficiency project in Manchester’s Civic Quarter and a £26m energy efficiency project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. The team also represented Severfield (UK) on a £14m claim against contractor, Duro Felguera UK, in relation to the Carrington Combined Cycle Gas Technology Power Station Project and advised Stobart Biomass Products on operational issues at a 40MW biomass facility at the Port of Tilbury. Andrew Davies is experienced in the waste and energy sectors where he handles project finance mandates. Also recommended are legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is ‘responsive, and proactively seeks solutions to issues’ and has solar industry expertise, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted. Contentious construction lawyers David Moss and Paul Giles, who heads the national contentious construction team, are key members of the department, as is consultant Nigel Proctor, who is regularly instructed on energy projects, and has particular expertise in the procurement of all types of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Darren Walsh leads the energy sector team.

Pinsent Masons LLP demonstrates a ‘good level of industry knowledge and commitment to the sector’ and clients particularly praise the team’s ‘detailed knowledge’ across national and international energy projects. Highlights include advising Sellafield on more than £10bn of projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria, which includes a £4.5bn PPP programme and advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi on an EPC contract for the construction of a rail network as part of the establishment and expansion of the Jubail Industrial Cities project in Saudi Arabia. NuGeneration, York Potash, United Utilities and Viridor Laing are clients. Head of projects Graham Alty handles matters across the nuclear, oil refining, power and road sectors and is a ‘knowledgeable, responsive and highly capable individual who clearly makes a personal commitment to the success of projects’. UK head of construction and engineering Mark Job advises on the procurement and implementation of construction contracts for major energy projects. Legal director Ian Fairclough  is active across nuclear, conventional energy and renewables mandates, while Anthony Bradley, who delivers ‘great strategic advice, and has very good business acumen’, and legal director Sian Hughes, who is ‘quick in developing and analysing documents’, handle energy-related disputes. Legal director Stephen Ovenden recently joined the team from Foot Anstey.

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘responsive’ team demonstrates ‘clear industry knowledge’, delivers ‘pragmatic advice’ and is particularly noted for its experience in waste and energy infrastructure projects. The team, which works closely with its national network of offices, is advising NWE2 on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways (NTPG) infrastructure development project, which would involve the development and construction of a series of tidal barrage systems across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. The team also advised Somerset County Council on a £200m long term waste treatment contract with Viridor and advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the establishment of its Evergreen 2 and Low Carbon funds to apply European Regional Development Funds to North West projects. Michael O’Connor heads the projects, infrastructure and energy group and is experienced across PPP and project finance matters. Legal directors Rob Thompson, who is active across energy and waste sector mandates, and Julie Hodkinson , who is noted for renewable energy projects, are key members of the team. Andrew Maskill and Rebecca Williams handle banking and finance transactions in the energy sector, and Paul Dight, who is also based in the firm’s Leeds office, specialises in the development of energy infrastructure and advises on energy regulation. Corporate partner Michael Birchall is also active in the energy sector.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at DWF is noted for its energy and renewables expertise and operates closely with its colleagues across the firm’s international network. Electricity, gas, water, renewables and nuclear work are key areas of focus. The team is advising ScottishPower on the £650m 1800 MW combined cycle gas turbine project in Kent. Vensys Energy and United Utilities Renewable Energy are also key clients. Andrew Symms heads the energy and industrials sector team and is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices. Catherine Haslam heads the solar team and is experienced in renewable energy projects, while head of water Steve Morris acts for energy and utility companies on a range of disputes, and James Lupton is part of the firm’s procurement group. Renewables team head Christian Hellmund operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, as does EU and competition head Jonathan Branton. Michael Mousdale joined Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2018.

Aaron & Partners LLP displays ‘stellar expertise across planning, environment and energy’ mandates. The team advised developer Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on a range of matters relating to the development of six large scale wind turbines in Powys, which included complex planning matters, and advised Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on an appeal against the Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven. The team also acted for North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on its proposed development of a tidal lagoon. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Hendy Wind Farm and Mynydd y Gwynt are also clients. David Harries is praised for his ‘strategic view and his sharp analysis of the risks and opportunities’ and heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory practice. Corporate head Stuart Scott Goldstone, senior associates Keith McKinney, who is ‘brilliant’, Jamie Hawley and Andrew Lees are key members of the team, as is consultant Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters.

The team at CMS operates as part of its international and national energy group and is noted for its experience in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. The team advised Zeus Renewables on the construction of a £100m energy from waste plant in Wales and advised Viridor Laing in relation to the (now terminated) Greater Manchester waste PFI project.Chris Hallam  leads the energy, projects and construction team and Nigel Lewis, who joined in 2017 from Gowling WLG, heads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team. Associates David Turner  and Elizabeth Ormesher, who handle non-contentious mandates, recently relocated to the Manchester office. Arwyn Jones joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2017.

For energy mandates, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP operates closely with its national and international colleagues and is experienced across planning and projects work, often with a cross-border element, in the energy sector. Environment head Elizabeth Shepherd has advised on high-value cross-border energy-related mandates. Construction and engineering partner Chris Pickens is also a key contact for energy-related work in Manchester.


Project finance and PFI

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  1. Project finance and PFI
  2. Hall of Fame
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DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, ‘ability to deliver to tight and challenging deadlines’ and ‘excellent track record in highly complex projects’. The team acts for energy and infrastructure sponsors, developers and investors on the bid, financing and operational issues related to complex projects, both nationally and internationally. The public sector is a key area of focus and the team advised the Welsh Government on its forthcoming road PPP project relating to sections 5 and 6 of the A465. Balfour Beatty Investments, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Kelda Water Services and Mersey Gateway Crossing Board are also key clients. Team head Darren Walsh  is regularly engaged by energy sector clients on project finance matters. Liam Cowell is a ‘good project lead’ and is praised for his ‘ability to give a good steer and overall direction to a project’, particularly large-scale infrastructure projects.  Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Davies , who is ‘very practical, approachable, hardworking and committed’, and consultant Nigel Proctor, who  is ‘very experienced and is able to give valuable insights’, particularly in owner-funded and project-financed infrastructure projects; Proctor also has particular expertise in the procurement of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Other key figures include contentious construction lawyer Alison Fagan handles PFI and PPP projects and disputes, and legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is engaged in banking and project finance transactions, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted.

With a ‘fantastic reputation’, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP works closely with its national and international network of offices to deliver advice on national and international development, construction and infrastructure projects across the energy, waste, transport, health, education and real estate sectors. The team is advising Sellafield on £10bn of projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria, which includes a £4.5bn PPP programme, and advised the London Borough of Wandsworth on the establishment of a joint venture between it and a private sector partner for the delivery of a regeneration scheme in the Winstanley and York Road Estates adjacent to Clapham Junction Station in London. It is also advising the Ministry of Justice on its PPP modelled £1.3bn Prison Estate Transformation Programme and on the procurement of a long-term framework arrangement for construction works. NuGeneration, Homes England, Council of the City of Manchester, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Lendlease Construction (Europe) and Cayman Islands Government are also clients. Head of projects Graham Alty has ‘in-depth experience’ across energy, infrastructure and construction projects; head of structured solutions Scot Morrison is experienced in PPP joint venture vehicles and partnership structures involving public sector bodies; UK head of construction and engineering Mark Job specialises in the procurement and implementation of construction and related contracts for major energy, infrastructure and building projects; and UK head of infrastructure Nick Ogden, who is based across the London and Manchester offices, and legal directors Ian Fairclough, who is experienced energy and large infrastructure projects and Stephen Ovenden, who recently joined from Foot Anstey, are also key members of the team.

Addleshaw Goddard acts for private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers on project finance, PPP and PFI matters. The healthcare sector is a particular area of focus and the team advised The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on a £100m cancer centre in Liverpool city centre, which included the establishment of a strategic partnership with PropCare. Elsewhere, the team advised Leeds City Council on the promotion and procurement of a £30m district heating scheme in Leeds, advised Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey and advised Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI scheme. The transport, renewables, housing, care, technology and education sectors are also key areas of focus for the team. Legal director Rob Thompson handles a range of energy, infrastructure, and PPP projects and is particularly experienced in waste-sector mandates. Andrew Pettinger, who operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, acts for public and private sector clients on regeneration, PPP and PFI projects. Michael O’Connor leads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced across public, private and project finance transactions across the healthcare and transport sectors. Managing associates Stephanie Townley and Philip Dupres are active on a range of local government projects, as is associate David Hopkins.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active across infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors and often utilises its national and international network of offices to advise on domestic and cross-border mandates. Jackie Heeds is a partner in the firm’s international infrastructure group and is experienced on infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP and joint ventures and led advice for the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority regarding a review and updates to the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI. Heeds is also instructed by Transport for Greater Manchester on its project to restructure the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system and procure a new operator-maintainer, and is acting for London and Continental Railway on the Mayfield Regeneration Project, a £550m development in the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester. Chris Pickens is part of the firm’s construction and engineering group and advises on major infrastructure projects and Kuljeet Gill handles a range of regeneration and development projects.

CMS regularly acts for developers, investors and contractors in major projects across the energy, health, education, defence, waste, regeneration, housing, IT, telecoms, and transport sectors. The Manchester team also works alongside its other UK and international offices on key projects, and has a notable track record in PPP and PFI disputes. Projects, energy and construction group head Chris Hallam specialises in the structuring, negotiating and drafting of contracts for construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and is advising U+I plc, alongside colleagues in the real estate team, on its joint venture with The Mayfield Partnership regarding the development of the former Mayfield railway station in Manchester. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Select Property Group, Public Health England and the Education and Skills Funding Agency are also key clients. Nigel Lewis, who joined in 2017 from Gowling WLG, leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team, which includes associate David Turner. Arwyn Jones recently joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, funders and the public sector on project finance and PPP schemes across the education, energy, defence, healthcare, social housing and emergency services sectors. The team is advising the three project companies and investor group, which includes Equitix, on its batched Healthcare PFI scheme, in relation to the Carillion liquidation. Team head Nick Helm is ‘knowledgeable, keen, responsive, helpful, courteous and is always interactive with clients’ and joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP. Julian Scott is active on battery storage and gas peaking projects.


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