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Energy (excluding oil and gas)

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  1. Energy (excluding oil and gas)
  2. Leading individuals

The multidisciplinary practice at CMS handles the full spectrum of Scottish renewable energy projects for utility companies, independent developers and funders. Mark Kirke, Robin Hutchison and others have been advising Inch Cape Offshore Limited as developer on various aspects of the Inch Cape wind farm project, including consents, construction contracts and real estate issues. Donald Cumming has ‘vast experience of the energy market across the UK’, and Timothy Pitt is another key name.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team ‘impresses by consistently adding value’ in offshore wind and low carbon projects (including district heating and energy efficiency schemes) and planning-related issues, among other areas. In 2015, Ian McCarlie and others acted for Blue Energy’s funder KfW IPEX on the financing of the 108MW Beinneun onshore wind farm project. Other key clients of the practice include UK Green Investment Bank, RES Group and E.ON.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘efficient and perceptive’ team handles all aspects of major energy projects, including financing, planning and environment, construction, regulatory, and corporate and M&A matters. James Saunders and John Grady are advising CalaChem on a new waste to energy CHP plant to be constructed by Standardkessel at CalaChem’s industrial site at Grangemouth, Scotland. Gordon Downie, Patricia Hawthorn and Liz McRobb are among other key names.

Anderson Strathern is the sole Scottish legal adviser to the Crown Estate, which it advises on offshore renewable energy projects. Elsewhere, Bruce Farquhar, Martin Whiteford, Audrey Cameron and others are acting for Bright Green Hydrogen as the lead partner in the consortium behind the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. In the onshore wind space, clients include developers and wind turbine manufacturers.

At Brodies LLP, Keith Patterson’s team is ‘aware of the commercial realities in a fast-changing industry’. Active in all sectors, the firm has a particularly standout reputation in the independent renewables space, where it advises on energy trading, power purchase agreement offtakes and financing, among other areas. The firm has been advising Banks Renewables on every aspect of its five turbine wind farm project at Hook Moor, Yorkshire. Other clients include Infinis, Velocita/2020 Renewables and MeyGen. Onshore renewables expert Kirsty Macpherson joined from Gillespie Macandrew LLP in 2015, along with two associates and a solicitor. Sarah Sleigh departed the firm.

HBJ Gateley’s multidisciplinary team provides a full service to emerging energy companies, commercial banks and major corporates. Paul Minto, Alan Shanks and Frazer Wardhaugh are advising Burcote Wind on the development and sale of a portfolio of wind farms in Scotland. Recent hires included Alison Horner, who joined from MacRoberts LLP, and Alison Sim, who was hired from Subsea 7.

Harper Macleod LLP’s broad practice acts for clients such as Fred.Olsen Renewables, ComSol Energy and ORE Catapult. The firm also acts for Forestry Commission Scotland on its solar, wind and hydro projects. Omar Ali and David Bone advised Lightsource on its first solar project in Scotland. Chris Dowle joined the firm following its acquisition of Dowle, Smith & Rutherford Solicitors in 2015. Sophie Coffey and Philip Sim joined from Brodies LLP and McClure Naismith LLP, respectively.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s diversified team acts on projects across the UK. It is not only active in onshore wind and solar projects, but also deals with emerging areas such as energy efficiency and district heating. David Cruickshank’s team includes Mark Macaulay, who was lead adviser to Babcock & Wilcox Vølund on an energy-from-waste project in Teeside. Capital projects expert Stewart Maciver joined from CMS in 2015.

BTO Solicitors LLP handles equity fundraising for developers, project finance for funders and borrowers, joint ventures and site acquisitions. It undertakes a significant amount of work for Triodos Bank and, in 2015, assisted the client with its £14m funding of a three-turbine wind farm being developed as a joint venture between a housing association and Community Energy Scotland. Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen lead the team, which ‘combines good legal advice with commercial reality’.

Burness Paull gained a number of notable clients in 2015, including Ecotricity, Fred.Olsen Renewables and Santander. Chris Gotts acted for Scottish Equity Partners on Environmental Capital Fund’s investment of £9m into Hamsin Wind. Tamar Tammes leads the property-related side of the practice, and is particularly experienced in onshore wind. Peter Ward is an expert in grid connection and regulation.

DWF’s energy practice was bolstered in 2015 by the hires of Moray Thomson from MacRoberts LLP and Ben Powell, who moved from Tods Murray. In 2015, Wayne Lawrence’s team was appointed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on a £120m energy-from-waste development. Martin Sales departed for MacRoberts LLP.

Davidson Chalmers LLP’s Andy Drane leads the team’s advice to Lonburgh on all aspects of the creation of investor-ready renewable energy schemes. In 2015, construction specialist Simone Young joined from Lindsays. Craig Stirling, Laura Tainsh and June Gilles are other key names.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP deals with a range of matters across all forms of renewable energy, including planning and construction, property matters, and finance. Derek McCulloch’s team was strengthened by Fraser Leslie’s move from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2015; Leslie is experienced in acting for landowners and developers in property-related renewables matters. Alan White has expertise in crofting issues, particularly in large-scale onshore projects.

At MacRoberts LLP, David Gourlay, Nick Jones and others assisted Edinburgh Community Solar Limited with facilitating the UK’s largest community solar power scheme. The group also deals with issues concerning other renewables sources, such as onshore wind and hydro projects, including planning and consent strategies, finance, procurement and property rights. Another area of strength is electricity transmission and distribution. Martin Sales joined from DWF, while Moray Thomson went the other way.

Stuart McMillan heads DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s multidisciplinary practice, which draws on strengths in areas such as project finance and planning to advise on a variety of matters including photovoltaic projects, anaerobic digestion plants and ESCO arrangements. McMillan advised Investec on the £110m financing of the Levenseat energy-from-waste plant in West Lothian. Other clients include Blue Energy, Barclays and BTMU.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s team undertakes a significant amount of work for landowners in matters involving onshore wind farms, and acts for both landowners and developers in relation to hydro schemes. The group also advises on carbon capture, transportation and storage projects, as well as offshore wind and wave matters. Peter Murray and Allan Collie lead the team, which acts for clients such as Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers and Puffin Energy.

Nick Atkins heads Morton Fraser’s practice, which handles property-related matters in the renewable energy sphere for landowners (rural and agricultural) and developers. It also deals with property finance transactions for onshore renewables projects, and investments into community-owned initiatives. In a notable highlight, it advised Social Investment Scotland and SIS (Community Finance) on financing the largest community wind farm in the UK. Susan Younger has retired from private practice.

Turcan Connell has a notable landowner client base and also acts for other participants in the renewable energy market, such as developers, investors and funders. Practice head Jon Robertson is knowledgeable about the agricultural and crofting law aspects of renewables development. Louise Johnston and Mike Kane are recommended.

In 2015, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s Fraser Gillies advised Partnership for Renewables on planning and consenting issues concerning a portfolio of onshore wind farm sites. Other clients include Energiekontor, Brookfield Renewable Energy and RAW Energy.


Oil and gas

Index of tables

  1. Oil and gas
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Noted for its team’s vast in-house experience, Brodies LLP acts for some of the leading oil and gas operators and service sector clients in the industry, such as Dana Petroleum, Total E&P and Transocean. In 2015, Clare Munro assisted INEOS Upstream with its entry to the offshore oil and gas market with two separate acquisitions. Greg May is particularly knowledgeable about the drilling industry. In the exploration and production space, Sonia Love assists operators with acquisitions and disposals, as well as joint venture agreements.

Burness Paull’s ‘industry knowledge and pragmatic approach are key strengths’. Recent highlights for Bruce McLeod’s team include acting for DEA in its joint venture with BP to develop five fields offshore in Egypt, and advising Canadian-listed oil company Sterling Resources on the $42.5m sale of its Romanian oil and gas interests to the Carlyle Group. Other clients include Parkmead, Marathon and Maersk. Robin Clarkson and Brian Hemming are recommended.

CMS has recently handled a high volume of M&A for BP, as well as restructurings for multiple independent exploration and production operators. It also advises clients on areas such as licensing, drilling and decommissioning. Stephen Millar heads the team, which acts for major players such as ConocoPhillips, Talisman Sinopec and Premier Oil. Norman Wisely acted for SSE on its £565m acquisition of a 20% interest in the Laggan-Tormore gas fields development from Total. Judith Aldersey-Williams and Lorna Dawson are also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s multifaceted oil and gas practice services clients across the UK and worldwide, and provides strengths in M&A, anti-bribery, capital markets, real estate and dispute resolution. Rosalie Chadwick and others acted for Total in the £585m sale of its North Sea midstream business to North Sea Midstream Partners. Bruce Craig, who specialises in oil and gas disputes, was hired from Mackinnons. Other key names in Bob Ruddiman’s team include Shirley Allen and Gillian Frew.

Bill Fowler’s team at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises on UK exploration and production activity in shale gas/fracking, corporate insolvency and restructuring, decommissioning, acquisitions/disposals of upstream assets, competition law issues and disputes. Clients include Vitol E&P, DNB Bank and GA Drilling. Industry veteran Jill Reid joined from Dana Petroleum and Nicola Rae was hired from KCA Deutag.

In addition to acquisitions and disposals of upstream oil and gas assets, Stronachs LLP’s team advises on exploration drilling, development, production and decommissioning issues. The firm is also active on the oil and gas supply chain side. In 2015, Ewan Neilson acted for Shandong Twin Marine in a multi-jurisdictional joint venture. Other key names are James Downie and James Muir.

In 2015, HBJ Gateley bolstered its upstream and supply chain practice with key additions to its Aberdeen office; Alison Sim joined the firm from Subsea 7, while another hire was legal consultant Philip Argo. Restructuring expert Addi Shamash, who recently made partner, relocated from Edinburgh to the Aberdeen office. Clients include LR Senergy, DOF Subsea UK and Verus Petroleum.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Paul Hally and Stephen Trombala are names to note in a team that has a particularly strong track record acting for independent British exploration and production companies in M&A and capital markets transactions in the UK and worldwide. Trombala was lead adviser to Bowleven on its $250m sale of an aggregate 50% operated interest in the Etinde permit (offshore Cameroon) to Lukoil and New Age. John Rutherford joined the Aberdeen office from Pinsent Masons LLP.


Projects

Index of tables

  1. Projects
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

CMS acts for public sector bodies, investors and funders in high-profile and complex projects in the transport, education and healthcare areas, among others. Eleanor Lane is the lead adviser to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport on its £300m procurement of a system for the Glasgow Subway Modernisation Project. Amanda Methven is acting for the Canmore Consortium in its bid for the Orkney NPD project. Michael McAuley is another key name. Ailsa Ritchiecommands great respect from her team’.

MacRoberts LLP covers a range of infrastructure projects, including NPD, PPP and PFI projects across Scotland and the UK. Andrew Orr*, Duncan Osler and others recently acted for NHS Lothian in the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NPD project. This included dealing with the delivery of design, construction, funding and services. Another highlight involved acting for AmeyCespa as one of the bidders for the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project. Rod Munro is recommended. *Following publication, Andrew Orr has left the firm.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Stuart Barr was at the forefront of the team’s work for bidders and funders on PPP road projects connected with the Irish government’s Transport 21 infrastructure investment programme. Gillian Frew is ‘intelligent, hardworking and pragmatic’. Michael Watson’s group includes highly regarded practitioner Drysdale Graham.

Burness Paull LLP attracts mandates across a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in transport, education and healthcare. Chris Mackay’s team includes Gavin Paton, who is acting for hub West Scotland in a number of projects concerning the delivery of primary and secondary schools in the Greater Glasgow area.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s Lillian Mackenzie is leading the advice to Velindre NHS Trust on the procurement of a new cancer treatment centre. In another notable highlight, Sharon Fitzgerald and others assisted Serco with its successful tender to operate the 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise. Stuart McMillan has project finance expertise, acting for lenders and borrowers.

Brodies LLP’s strong reputation draws clients such as local authorities, utilities, sponsors and investors. Roger Cotton acted for Aberdeen City Council in the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver a £300m housing project. The firm also handles a significant number of mandates for developers and funders in the project finance arena; Keith Patterson leads the firm’s project finance work in the renewables sector. Michael Stoneham is also recommended.

Harper Macleod LLP has expertise in student accommodation projects procured throughout the UK; Euan Mitchell recently advised Derwent Living on its investment in and operation of a new 850-bed student accommodation scheme for The University of Gloucestershire. Euan Pirie advised Dragados SA on its bid to be the appointed contractor to design and construct the £175m ‘Garden Bridge’ development in central London. John McHugh joined from McClure Naismith LLP in 2015.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP deals with a significant amount of transactional work. Euan Wilson advised Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Limited on its open market offer to invest in the A19 and M6 roads projects. Separately, the firm acts for Aviva Public Private Finance Limited in its hub investments and, in 2015, Wilson assisted the client with its £40m funding of the new Anderson High School, Shetland. Stewart Maciver joined from CMS in 2015.

Shepherd and Wedderburn assists clients with every step of a project, from initial procurement and financial close to the operational stage. It undertakes matters on a UK-wide basis across a wide range of sectors for clients such as sponsors, funders and local authorities. Rhona Harper acted for NHS Dumfries and Galloway on the completion of its NPD project, which will deliver a new hospital to replace the existing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Anderson Strathern has a strong reputation in the Scottish education sector; Karyn Watt and Pat Loftus are advising Fife College on a multi-party project involving a new build. The firm acts for a sizeable roster of public sector clients, as well as private sector entities such as homebuilders and consultancy firms. In 2015, Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP and Martin Whiteford made partner.

DWF’s practice head Suzanne Moir is leading the advice to Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services. Elsewhere, the firm’s transport sector work included handling the re-lets of the Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail franchises for Transport Scotland. David Gilchrist is recommended for energy sector projects, and Martin Gallaher is another key name. Neil Amner, Martin Sales and Robin Corbett joined MacRoberts LLP in 2015.


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