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The ‘very capable team’ at A&L Goodbody is noted for its ‘detailed research and relevant advice’. The practice, which represents lenders, including banks and funds, on the financing of major energy developments, is particularly active in the renewables and gas sectors. Recent highlights include advising Brookfield Renewables on its investment and development of five wind farms. Mark Thompson leads the practice, which includes associate Mark Stockdale.

Carson McDowell LLP’s ‘excellent and committed team’ is headed by Neasa Quigley and is active on a wide range of energy projects. 2015 saw the practice advise on wind farm sales, electricity pylon planning applications and solar farms; highlights included advising River Ridge Recycling on a high-value waste-to-energy project. Dawson McConkey has an excellent reputation advising on the property aspects of energy matters.

Recent highlights for Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP’s energy practice include advising Mutual Energy as the preferred applicant for the Gas to the West project to extend gas supply across Northern Ireland. The group also handles corporate matters for energy companies and the financing of energy projects. Richard Murphy is the key name.

Arthur Cox Belfast has extensive experience acting on wind farm financing and development. Gas is another key area for the firm, as demonstrated by its work for Mutual Energy on the modification of gas transportation codes. The group is also advising the Department of Energy and Climate Change on renewables support policies. Alan Taylor is recommended.

Stephen Cross leads the team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, which has extensive experience in carrying out site acquisitions for energy companies, and continues to act for Assured Energy on its acquisitions for the client’s anaerobic digestion plants. Key figures include Joe Marley and Karen Blair, who deal with planning and environmental matters for energy clients including AES.

Highlights for Mills Selig’s practice included advising Renewable Energy Investments on its sale to Oak Renewables. It also advises on project financings, property acquisitions and wind farm leases. Chris Guy is the key name.

TLT is noted for its ‘excellent response times and value for money’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ team has a strong national energy reputation, and recently acted for Gaelectric on the property acquisitions and leases for its ground-mounted solar sites. Kathryn Forde and Andrew Ryan are the key names.

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