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Acuity Legal Limited fields separate teams for projects and energy led by ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ PFI and PPP expert Deryn Rees and corporate partner Christian Farrow, respectively. Farrow regularly handles work for renewables developer Eco2 including advising it on the recent £160m sale of its 40MW waste wood-fired biomass plant located near Margam to Glennmont Partners. Formerly a lawyer within local government, Craig Griffiths has ‘deep knowledge and insight of both the legal and practical issues facing local government clients’ and recently advised West Sussex County Council on procurement, state aid and public law issues pursuant to its arrangements with its partner authorities in relation to a local authority collaborative model.

Eversheds LLP provides ‘a dedicated and responsive’ service that covers a range of project finance mandates, although it is best known for its ‘fantastic renewables offering’. The ‘excellentMichelle Davies is global head of the firm’s clean energy group and is currently coordinating advice to over 20 different developers and investors on the development of utility scale solar and onshore wind projects in Egypt. Also recommended are Iwan Walters, who has a strong track record in the wind power sector, and Jean-Pascal Boutin, who in addition to his conventional and renewables energy practice is also well-known for his PPP/PFI expertise in the waste sector.

Led by Simon McCann, Blake Morgan LLP has a strong reputation representing domestic and English public bodies on their procurement processes. Recent highlights include representing Swansea City Council on a major city regeneration scheme and advising Greater Manchester Police on a £30m IT and business transformation programme.

Hugh James is particularly active within the renewables space, where it acts for a broad mix of stakeholders including landowners, developers, contractors and funders. Iwan Jenkins recently advised Julian Hodge Bank on investments in four separate wind turbine projects. Construction specialist Ioan Prydderch heads the team, which includes Peter Hurn.

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