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Burges Salmon LLP is ‘a class leader in the energy field’, particularly renewables and nuclear, and increasingly conventional power. Standout work included advising MeyGen on the tidal stream project, which involved assisting with energy regulation, consenting, grid connection, and corporate and construction contracts. The 18-partner team includes Ross Fairley, whose understanding of regulatory issues and power purchase agreements is ‘first class’; and Ian Salter, who is ‘extremely experienced’ in nuclear law both nationally and internationally, and brings ‘a calm, considered and professional approach to bear’.

Osborne Clarke’s renewable energy highlights included assisting RWE with the sale of a 50% stake in the Triton knoll offshore wind farm to Statkraft and the negotiation of associated joint venture and development agreements. David Ferris advised InfraRed on its debt and equity investment in the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. Alan John ‘always brings clarity to complex issues’ and is ‘a real enthusiast in the energy field’.

Ashfords LLP is recommended for handling renewable energy and municipal energy-from-waste projects. Ruth Murray advised Greener for Life Energy on a number of projects, and Mark Northey (who is ‘an excellent projects lawyer’) led the multidisciplinary team advising GoGen on the development of a renewable energy plant.

Bond Dickinson LLP has credible oil and gas sector expertise and acts for major industry players such as BG Group, Shell, Sumitomo Corporation and Endeavour Energy UK. Simon Hewes acted for Vitol E&P on the acquisition of Azonto Petroleum’s 35% shareholding in Vioco Petroleum. Simon Hughes acts on the real estate elements of major energy infrastructure projects including CCGT power station and pipeline projects.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s team is headed by Priscilla Hall, who handles projects spanning a broad range of sectors. Also recommended are the ‘very efficientZoe Stollard, who advises on PPA, EPC and O&M contracts across a variety of infrastructure and energy projects; and Laurence Lacey, who has particular expertise in property aspects of renewables projects. Clients include EnviTec Biogas UK, Solstice Renewables and Goonvean.

TLT has ‘an excellent all-round practice’ with ‘extensive understanding of complex technical issues related to renewable energy’. Maria Connolly is a recognised leader on solar farm development, and advised Ecotricity on the refinancing of its existing portfolio of wind and solar projects. Gary Roscoe has ‘a very pragmatic approach’, and advised Fengate, a Canadian investment management firm, on the acquisition of two solar parks.

Bevan Brittan LLP advises a number of public and private sector clients including British City Council, Sustainable Development Capital and Covanta Energy. Christopher Jarman and Nadeem Arshad are the key contacts.

Michelmores LLP’s team focuses on renewable energy, particularly large-scale solar PV, and its clients span developers, landowners and private equity funds. Ian Holyoak is ‘excellent at identifying practical solutions to complex problems’ and is ‘calm under pressure’. Senior associate Alexandra Watson is also highly recommended.

Boutique renewable energy firm Renew Legal stands out for its ‘client-focused and knowledgeable practice’. Rob Laddle is ‘not only a very good legal expert in the energy field’, but can ‘explain complex concepts clearly and simply’. Christie Skudder is recommended for disputes arising from renewable energy projects and offshore wind farms.

Sonya Bedford at Stephens Scown LLP advises a broad range of clients including developers, funders, investors and landowners. Planning specialist Chris Tofts has experience in minerals, waste and natural resources. Key clients include Mongoose Energy, Vogt Solar and Green Nation.

Foot Anstey’s team is led by Chris Pritchett, who ‘delivers excellent customer service’. Recent highlights include advising British Solar Renewables on the negotiation of contracts for the supply of solar PV modules for the construction of various solar parks.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards advised Hills Waste Solutions in a joint venture for the construction and operation of a mechanical and biological treatment plant. Jason Prosser heads the team, which was joined by Edward Rimmell from Bond Dickinson LLP in October 2015.

Project finance and PFI

Index of tables

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At Ashfords LLP, ‘outstanding projects lawyer’ Mark Northey led the team acting for O-Gen Plymtrek on the refinancing and repowering of a 4MW biomass energy plant; Northey also assisted Welland Bio Power with the construction and operation of a new renewable energy facility. Elizabeth Gibson heads the practice and advises public sector clients on complex outsourcing and services projects.

For some, Burges Salmon LLP is ‘the market leader in renewable energy project finance’. Nathan Curtis advised specialist investment advisory firm Gravis Capital Partners on the UK’s first large-scale refinancing in the anaerobic digestion sector. In another highlight, the team advised NDA on the procurement and subsequent consolidation phase for the £6bn contract for the decommissioning of 12 Magnox nuclear power stations.

Michelmores LLP is known for handling high-profile transactions primarily in the social infrastructure space, and the team has experience in acting for project companies and equity investors. Carol McCormack and Ben Hogan are the key contacts.

Osborne Clarke advises on PFI and PPP projects for clients such as EE, Balfour Beatty Investments and InfraRed. Chris Wade and Simon Hancock are ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’.

Sharon Renouf at Bevan Brittan LLP specialises in advising on healthcare PFI procurement.

Giles Taylor’s team at DAC Beachcroft LLP handled a number of refinancing of PFI projects for local councils, and assisted a range of NHS Trusts on an energy management scheme.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ procurement team focuses on advising its firm-wide educational institution and local government clients. David Hansom has experience in managing procurement challenges at EU and domestic levels.

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