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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.

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