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  1. Energy
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its expertise across new nuclear build and decommissioning, renewable energy and embedded generation mandates and it is instructed by sponsors, developers and funders.  The team has also advised waste contractors and investors on waste projects and is able to handle contentious work in the energy sector. The team is engaged on local, national and international energy mandates. Darren Walsh heads the team and Andrew S. Davies is active in the waste and water sectors. Legal director Ben Morton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Darren Walsh

Other key lawyers:Andrew S. Davies; Paul Giles; David Moss Ben Morton

Testimonials

Darren Walsh has vast knowledge of the energy sector

Key Clients

Kelda Water Services

Sellafield

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Rolls-Royce

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management Ltd)

Vital Energi Solutions

LondonEnergy

Liverpool Combined Authority - Mersey Tidal One

Pilkington

Ansaldo Nuclear

Innasol

Nu-Generation

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

United Utilities

GE / Alstom Power

BAM Nuttall

BAM Infra

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of Westinghouse Electricity Company.
  • The team is advising KEPCO on the development, financing, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a nuclear power plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • The team is advising Chinese General Nuclear Global Uranium on a number of contracts for the book transfer of uranium assets and the provision of enrichment services.
  • The team is instructed by Sellafield on various matters relating to the national and international transportation of nuclear materials.
  • Advised Mettis Aerospace on an energy supply contract to install operate and maintain a natural gas powered combined heat and power plant at Mettis' aerospace manufacturing facility.

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a raft of national and international projects in the energy sector and acts for large energy organisations, public sector clients, owners, developers, operators, funders and utilities clients. The nuclear, thermal power, oil and gas, biomass, solar and wind, waste management and mining sectors are key areas of focus for the team. Graham Alty  heads the transactional construction team in Manchester and  Mark Job leads the transactional construction and engineering team in the UK. Legal directors Ian Fairclough, who is experienced in nuclear, conventional energy and renewables projects, and Sian Hughes, who handles disputes, are also noted.

Practice head(s):Mark Job; Graham Alty

Other key lawyers:Anthony Bradley; Katherine Sneddon; Ian Fairclough; Sian Hughes; Simon Stubbs

Testimonials

Sian Hughes is able to identify key strengths and weaknesses with a strong commercial sense

They are not only very bright lawyers, they are also very commercially astute, outstandingly good at handling clients and at managing cases, and are very easy to work with

They team is keenly attuned to the commercial objectives of the client and is highly skilled at devising the strategies by which such objectives might be achieved

Anthony Bradley is an outstanding lawyer who commands the absolute confidence of his clients, and is hugely conscientious and hardworking

 

Key Clients

Sellafield

Johnson Matthey

United Utilities

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Balfour Beatty

Laing O'Rourke

Centrica

Work highlights

  • The team advises Sellafield on more than £15bn of capital projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria.

Addleshaw Goddard's energy and utilities sector team is able to utilise its network of offices to advise on a range of domestic and international projects covering the oil and gas, renewables, power, water and waste sectors. The team in Manchester is experienced in is public-private and project finance transactions for public sector procuring bodies, private sector sponsors and funders. The team also handles real estate, outsourcings, procurement, state aid, contractual matters, re-financing and project finance matters in the sector. Manchester office head Michael O’Connor, who leads the infrastructure, projects and energy group, and legal director Rob Thompson head the team.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Pettinger; Julie Hodkinson; Andrew Maskill

Key Clients

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

National Grid Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) on the procurement for the supply, installation and operation of EV charge point network in the West Yorkshire region.

DWF stands out for its experience across electricity, gas, water and renewables, nuclear, district energy and heating and battery storage projects. It acts for public and private sector clients including developers, funders and investors, on domestic and international mandates. The team also handles energy sector disputes as well as EU and competition matters in the sector. Catherine Haslam is head of solar and Andrew Symms, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices, handles energy sector projects.

Practice head(s):Andrew Symms; Catherine Haslam; Steve Morris; Christian Hellmund; Jonathan Branton

Other key lawyers:James Lupton

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group (including ScottishPower Energy Retail, ScottishPower Energy Networks, ScottishPower Generation and ScottishPower Renewables)

Whitbread Group

Gildemeister energy solutions (part of the DMG Mori Group of Japan)

Vensys Energy

Essar Oil

Soventix

Canary Wharf Group

Discovery Park

United Utilities Renewable Energy

Yingli Green Energy Europe (part of Yingli Green Energy of China)

Yingli Namene Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised ScottishPower on the 1800 MW ‘Damhead Creek Unit 2’ combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) project in Kent.
  • The team advises Vensys Energy on all UK and Irish onshore wind projects.
  • The team continues to act for Whitbread on construction matters, including managing the framework agreements for its team of consultants and contractors.

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for non-plc energy developers, operating across wind, hydro power, solar, biomass and biogas, and battery storage industries, and the team has experience in cutting-edge projects such as pumped storage hydro and tidal energy. The team advises on land issues, planning, accreditation, regulatory requirements, grid connections, power purchase agreements, acquisition, financing, investment and disposals, and also handles disputes. The team is also instructed by landowners where developers are seeking to use their land. David Harries has 'fantastic knowledge of the energy sector'.

Practice head(s):David Harries

Other key lawyers:Stuart Scott-Goldstone; Jamie Hawley; Keith McKinney; Andrew Lees

Key Clients

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Hendy Wind Farm

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Work highlights

  • Advised Hendy Wind Farm on a planning case after Powys County Council refused planning consent for Hendy Wind Farm. As a result it was recovered to the Welsh Ministers who granted permission as a DNS (Development of National Significance) project following a lengthy public inquiry.
  • Advising Hendy Wind Farm on numerous planning and environmental issues to ensure the swift commissioning of the wind farm.
  • The team defended Hendy Wind Farm on a section 288 challenge of grant of planning permission for Hendy Wind Farm; and the team also defended it on an application for interim injunction.
  • The team continues to advise NWTE on all aspects of its proposed development of a tidal lagoon.
  • Advised on Developments of National Significance (DNS) applications for six wind farms, plus a grid connection.

CMS is active across the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors and the Manchester team has a developing nuclear practice. The team acts for construction and engineering contractors, utilities, banks, investment companies, national and local government clients, manufacturers and industry bodies on a range of mandates. The team also handles energy sector disputes. Chris Hallam the energy, projects and construction group in the North and Nigel Lewis heads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:David Turner; Charlotte Eccles

Key Clients

NG Bailey

Veolia

Balfour Beatty

Laing O’Rourke

Viridor Laing

Altrad

Cavendish Nuclear

Doosan Babcock

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Manchester Airport Group

Work highlights

  • The team is advising NG Bailey on a dispute concerning energy sector services.
  • Advised Viridor Laing in relation to the Greater Manchester Waste PFI Project.
  • The team is advising a client which is developing two energy from waste facilities.


Project finance and PFI

Index of tables

  1. Project finance and PFI
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

DLA Piper UK LLP 's projects, energy and infrastructure team handles a raft of local, national and international projects. It stands out for its expertise in transport, health, education, energy, nuclear, waste and water sector projects and it is engaged by sponsors, funders and procuring authorities. PPP and PFI projects and disputes are also a key area of expertise. Team head Andrew S. Davies stands out for his waste and water sector expertise, while Liam Cowell regularly handles infrastructure projects. Legal directors Ben Morton and Sidrah Arif, who is experienced in project finance transactions, are also noted, as is senior associate Lorna Pattison.

Practice head(s):Andrew S. Davies

Other key lawyers:Liam Cowell; Darren Walsh; Alison Fagan; Ben Morton; Sidrah Arif; Lorna Pattison

Testimonials

'Alison Fagan provides high-quality and timely advice.'

'Darren Walsh has outstanding energy sector knowledge.'

'Andrew S. Davies' knowledge of the PFI sector, particularly in the waste and water sectors, is pretty much unparalleled.'

'Lorna Pattison has a superb eye for the detail and is always brilliantly prepared and has a pleasant demeanour but can be tenacious when called for.'

'The team has a responsive and pragmatic approach.'

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Vital Energi

Sellafield Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Kelda Water Services Limited

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

InfraRed Capital Partners

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

Dalmore Capital

Equitix

Liverpool Combined Authority - Mersey Tidal One

KEPCO

London Energy

Brookfield Asset Management

Avrenim Facilities Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Kelda Group on its exit from the PPP sector through the disposal of its non-regulated projects portfolio.
  • Advised the Greater Manchester Combined Authority  on the re-procurement of waste management services across Greater Manchester following the termination of its existing waste PFI project.  
  • Advised the Welsh Ministers in relation to the procurement of the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of Sections 5 and 6 of the A465.
  • Advising Sellafield on its procurement for the provision of circa £1bn of 3m3 boxes to facilitate the storage of retrieved nuclear waste.
  • Advised Vital Energi Solutions on the district heat and power network for the Manchester Civic Quarter.  

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of national and international development, construction and infrastructure projects and is particularly noted for its experience in energy, waste, transport, health, education and real estate projects. The team is adept at handling joint ventures, PPP and PFI work across a range of sectors. Graham Alty heads the firm's nuclear practice and Scot Morrison is noted for transactional work.

Other key lawyers:Graham Alty; Scot Morrison; Nick Ogden; Ian Fairclough; Steven Ovenden

Addleshaw Goddard's infrastructure and projects practice is strong on PFI and PPP work where it acts for NHS Trusts and private sector investors and developers in the healthcare sector.  Transport is also a key area where the team is adept at handling rail, aviation and ports projects. In the renewables space, the team handles solar, waste-to-energy, wind, and biomass projects. Michael O’Connor heads the national infrastructure, projects and energy group; Andrew Pettinger, who is based across Leeds and Manchester, handles major regeneration projects as well as PPP and PFI work; and legal director Rob Thompson handles complex contract and procurement work.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Rob Thompson; Stephanie Townley; Philip Dupres; David Hopkins

Testimonials

'The willingness of the key individuals advising to get stuck in and to immerse themselves in the work is a major strength.'

Key Clients

Kajima Partnerships

Fulcrum Infrastructure Management

Imagile Group

Semperian

Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Funder

Meridiam Infrastructure Fund

GB Partnerships

Equitix

InfraRed Capital Partners

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Muse Developments

North tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The Council of the City of Salford

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leeds City Council in relation to the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement with an Amey owned project company, under which the project company will retrofit 40,000 street lights with LEDs.
  • Appointed to advise Stoke City Council in relation to a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme, which we originally advised on in 2002/2003.
  • We are advising The Council of the City of Salford on a significant remediation programme to remedy defects and ensure the towers comply with fire safety requirements.
  • Advising Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in respect of the major rectification works programme, circa £20 million to its housing stock by Oldham Retirement Housing Partnership Limited as these works are coming to a conclusion.

CMS is engaged on a raft of local and national projects and is regularly instructed on large redevelopment and regeneration projects. The team is instructed by sponsors and lenders on project finance and refinance mandates across the energy, health, education, defence, waste, regeneration, housing, IT, telecoms and transport sectors. The team is also noted for its PFI expertise and the team is also engaged on PFI disputes. Chris Hallam leads the energy, projects and construction group in the North and Nigel Lewis leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:David Turner; Nick Case; Charlotte Eccles

Key Clients

U + I

Public Health England

Sembcorp

Muse Developments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Dobson Babcock

Cavendish Nuclear

Altrad

Renaker Group

Marcus Worthington Group

Sheffield City Council

Ipsen Pharma

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, on procurement and construction matters in relation to a new circa £400m laboratory and public health campus which is being built in Harlow, Essex.
  • The team is advising the Mayfield Partnership (which comprises U+I, the London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester) on the transformation of a 22 acre brownfield site  into a new urban neighbourhood and riverside public park.
  • The team is advising Renaker Build on a project which involves the redevelopment of brownfield land on the edge of Manchester City Centre.
  • The team was instructed by Viridor Laing in relation to the Greater Manchester Waste PFI Project.
  • The team is advising National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission, which have come together in a joint venture to build the Western Link, a project which will help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP, PF2 and joint ventures. Its expertise spans the health, energy, waste, accommodation, transport, housing and regeneration sectors and it is instructed by public and private sector clients, and lenders. The team works closely with colleagues across the UK and overseas to handle on domestic and cross-border work. Jackie Heeds, Kuljeet Gill , Chris Pickens and Phillip Tunney, who is UK head of the chemicals sector group, are key figures in Manchester.

Other key lawyers:Jackie Heeds; Kuljeet Gill; Chris Pickens; Phillip Tunney

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn

Blackrock

Centrica

EDF

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Wartsila

Macquarie

E.ON

Rwanda Development Board

IFC

Work highlights

  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the Rwanda Development Board on the negotiation of the concession for the country’s new international airport, Bugesera International Airport. It advised on the construction contract entered into by the airport company, Bugesera Airport Company; and advised on the the shareholders agreement.
  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the IFC on the implementation of the Philippines Health PPP, for the delivery of a new cancer treatment centre at the Philippine General Hospital.  
  • Advised the client in respect of property arrangements to be put in place in support of an innovative restructuring and financing to be provided to the client.

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors and sub-contractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes. It is active on social infrastructure, transport and energy projects and also acts for developer clients on battery storage and gas peaking projects. The team is able to utilise the expertise across its national and international network of offices to advise on high-profile mandates. Nick Helm heads the team and is ably supported by Julian Scott.

Practice head(s):Nick Helm

Other key lawyers:Julian Scott; Amy Scott

Testimonials

'The team is small compared to many of its peers, but its expertise is strong, as is the partner involvement.'

'Nick Helm is a trusted pair of hands who is able to turn his skills to many different sectors and issues.'

Key Clients

Equitix

Galliford Try Investments

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Vital Energi

Gresham House

Statera

Keele University

Magnox

Peel Developments

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

EDF

Work highlights

  • The team advised GTI on separate disposals of interests in 2 PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.
  • Represented the sponsor group on three linked major Healthcare PFI schemes, the Arden/Three Shires Batch, in respect of issues related to the failure of Carillion.
  • The team advises Magnox on a wide range of strategic and operational issues.


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