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Led by corporate partner Christian Farrow, but also employing a multi-disciplinary approach utilising the expertise of lawyers from across the commercial, property, banking and dispute resolution teams, Acuity Legal Limited 's specialist energy legal advisory division delivers 'sound and commercial advice' to an impressive range of clients in the sector including Kinetica Energy, Eco2 and Dulas. Spearheaded by Craig Griffiths, the firm also regularly handles public sector procurement matters. The geographical scope of Griffiths' work includes acting for clients from throughout Wales and England as demonstrated by his representation of West Sussex County Council on its procurement of a contractor appointed to provide highways maintenance works for the Council’s 4,041km road network. Praised for her 'very commercial approach', and also able to leverage her previous experience as a chartered accountant to provide innovative funding structures on PFI/PPP schemes, Deryn Rees also regularly handles public sector work including her work for Thurrock Borough Council in relation to a suite of contract documentation for the procurement of operation and management services at the council’s network of recycling and waste handling centres and other waste management facilities. The firm's panel appointment to the National Procurement Services (NPS) for project work in south Wales has also led to a significant flow of work.

Benefiting from 'strong industry knowledge' and the ability to leverage a large international network, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a multi-disciplinary offering to a range of clients including investors and financiers engaged in energy, transport and social infrastructure projects including those structured on a PFI/PPP basis. Recognised by one client as providing the 'same high-quality advice that a magic circle law firm will provide, while giving a more hands on and cost-effective solution', the team is best-known for its expertise within the renewables space where it has begun to handle an increased volume of instructions from institutional investors including investment funds such as Blackrock and Macquarie. 'Truly an expert in her field', Michelle Davies spearheads much of the clean energy work handled by the team and is praised for her 'excellent knowledge of the industry and power value chain'. Corporate partner Iwan Walters has significant experience within the renewables sector and recently advised EDF Energy Renewables on its disposal of a majority stake in five of its UK onshore wind farms to Greencoat UK Wind. Other recommended practitioners include Jean-Pascal Boutin, who heads up the energy regulatory team; Rob McNabb, who has extensive experience of advising on the construction of renewable energy projects both in the UK and abroad; and senior associate Philip Barratt ,who regularly assists Walters on renewables corporate transactions.

Hugh James 's multi-disciplinary environment team provides transactional, regulatory and litigation expertise to a range of stakeholders, including investors, contractors and financiers, involved in a variety of UK-based projects. Iwan Jenkins heads the firm's non-contentious construction practice, and provides 'very commercial and practical advice' to public and private sector clients engaged in projects relating to infrastructure, student accommodation, care homes, housing and renewables. Jenkins continues to represent Tidal Lagoon Power in respect of the construction of its turbine manufacturing and pre-assembly plant at Swansea Bay and also regularly handles development and renewables deals for Hodge Bank, including advising it on the refinance of a single wind turbine in north Wales. Construction partner Ioan Prydderch and commercial property partner Peter Hurn are also recommended. Clients include Metro Bank, Natural Resources Wales and Rockwool.

Blake Morgan LLP regularly handles projects-related work, usually in the context of advice on the procurement process. The 'very approachable and commercial' Simon McCann is praised for his ability 'to explain complex parts of law into an understandable way'. With assistance from 'very pragmatic' solicitor Charlotte Cheetham, McCann has led the team's work for Swansea City Council on the procurement issues associated with the city centre regeneration project.

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