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  1. Energy
  2. Leading individuals

DLA Piper UK LLP has ‘a first-class energy practice’ that is ‘excellent’ on energy projects. It advised the Stobart Group on its strategic investment in a series of energy infrastructure projects, and advised Investec on the financing of the Levenseat EfW plant in West Lothian, Scotland. Standout figures include Darren Walsh, who is ‘a great guy to work with’, Andrew S. Davies and consultant Nigel Proctor.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on a range of domestic and international energy projects. Highlights included advising Watt Power on the procurement of two newbuild gas plants, and acting for NNB Generation Company on the procurement of Hinkley Point C. The team is headed by Graham Alty and Mark Job (who is ‘very good at negotiating complex issues’), and includes the ‘excellentScot Morrison.

Clients rate the ‘knowledgeable’ team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP for its ‘pragmatic’ advice. Highlights included advising SSE on the £1bn CCS Peterhead project to capture and compress carbon dioxide, and in judicial review proceedings issued by RWE Npower. Michael O’Connor leads the team, which includes legal directors Rob Thompson and Peter Jones, and managing associate Nancy Walmsley.

DWF acts for clients including ScottishPower Group, Sinopec, Aecom and United Utilities. Recommended individuals include Catherine Haslam, who leads on solar matters, water team head Steve Morris, nuclear specialist Chris White, who splits his time between London and Manchester, and Andrew Symms, who heads the energy and industrials team and is based in Manchester and Leeds.

David Harries heads the energy team at Aaron & Partners LLP. Richard Forrester is also active in the sector.

Project finance and PFI

Index of tables

  1. Project finance and PFI
  2. Leading individuals

Addleshaw Goddard LLP stands out for its ‘good client service’ and ‘in-depth PFI knowledge’. Highlights included advising The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust on the construction of a £25m laboratory, and assisting the Treasury with its equity interests in the Priority Schools Building Programme. Team head Michael O’Connor is ‘practical and commercial’.

Noted for its ‘good industry knowledge’, DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice is advising the Welsh Government and various procuring authorities on the Welsh NPD Programme, and is assisting a consortium led by Galliford Try on the North East batch of the Priority Schools Building Programme. It is also acting for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, and Talanx Asset Management on the Irish Courts PPP project. Key figures include ‘excellent’ team head Liam Cowell, Nick Helm, who is ‘an effective relationship builder and works collaboratively’, Andrew S. Davies, Darren Walsh and consultant Nigel Proctor.

Pinsent Masons LLP advised the EPC contractor on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia, and acted for the Cayman Islands government on the structuring of new procurement models for its infrastructure investments. Graham Alty, Scot Morrison and Mark Job are all recommended. Chris Hallam joined Nabarro LLP in March 2016.

The ‘responsive’ team at Eversheds LLP includes Jackie Heeds, who specialises in PFI and PPP work. It is acting on the Metrolink PPP Project for Transport for Greater Manchester. Kuljeet Gill is also active in this area.

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