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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Energy
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The highly regarded energy team at Gowling WLG covers the whole spectrum of sector-related matters, including transactional, regulatory, commercial, real estate and technology issues. Practice head John Cooper specialises in energy regulation, while Gus Wood often acts for developers, offtakers and funders on power purchase agreements and other trading arrangements. Former practice head Derek Goodban left the firm in January 2019 to join National Grid.

Practice head(s):John Cooper

Other key lawyers:Gus Wood; Daniel Wood; Helen Emmerson


'The team has a very strong all-round grasp of the sector on the transaction and debt front'

'The team is customer-focused, cost effective and manage time well within agreed budgets'

'Very good reputation and very good quality lawyers in their team'

'Helen Emmerson is responsive, efficient and takes time to understand the issues'

Key Clients

AB Ports

Alt HAN Co

Avid Energy



Cadent Gas

Co-op Energy


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

E.ON Climate & Renewables


Future Biogas

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Infinis Energy

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Opus Energy


Reform Energy

Smart Energy Code Company



Squeaky Clean Energy


Wales & West Utilities

Welsh Power

Work highlights

  • Has advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2010 on its £11bn programme of installing smart meters in all domestic and small business premises in Great Britain.
  • Acting for Infinis on all aspects of its programme to develop gas-fired electricity peaking projects.
  • Advising Ofgem on its new multi-party gas and electricity code, the Retail Energy Code.
  • Advising SmartestEnergy on the adoption of Origami Energy's flexible energy management technology platform.
  • Advising AB Ports on the development of solar projects.

Noted for its real estate expertise, Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong track record of work in energy and infrastructure projects as well as real estate transactions, spanning wind, waste-to-energy and battery storage matters. The team's client roster includes national and international clients in the public and private sector, often in relation to PPPs.

Practice head(s):Didar Dhillon; Kultar Khangura; Satwinder Ubhi

Other key lawyers:Ian Stewart; Arminder Dhillon

Key Clients



Amber Infrastructure

Knowsley Council

FCC Environmental

Viridor Waste Management


Peterborough Council

Doosan Enpure

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Westminster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Amber Infrastructure on their investment into and formulation of an Energy Service Company solution for a residential development scheme in Clapham, London.
  • Advising Knowsley Council on the development of a 'green' large scale industrial park which will be serviced via a district energy network providing competitive heat and power to the anchor tenants.
  • Advising FCC Environment on the development of the new merchant energy from waste facility in Cheshire.
  • Advising Peterborough City Council on a wide portfolio of innovative energy generation, distribution and efficiency projects designed to help reduce carbon, generate long term revenue streams and alleviate fuel poverty for the local community.
  • Assisting Uniper UK Ironbridge with the sale of the Ironbridge Power Station to Harworth Estates.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a wide range of energy matters, including corporate transactions, infrastructure and regeneration projects, insolvency and regulatory work. Advising retail energy suppliers is a particular strength of the team, which also handles an increasing amount of debt recovery work. Andrew Whitehead is highly regarded in the sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:Jayne Gardner


'The team is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice, treading that fine line of protecting your interests as their client while keeping transactions moving forwards.'

'Andrew Whitehead provides clear and often innovative advice on complex transactions with an understanding of the commercial concerns that are often forefront for businesses.'

'Great industry knowledge - very pragmatic.'

Key Clients


Octopus Energy


First Utility

Bristol Energy

Robin Hood Energy

Spark Energy

Our Power

Bryt Energy

Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy

Work highlights

  • Putting in place the complex contractual arrangements for the ground-breaking Nemo Link subsea infrastructure project between the UK and Belgium
  • Acting for energy supplier Iresa regarding an Ofgem investigation and subsequent insolvency
  • Acting for Coventry-based First Utility, a subsidiary of Shell, in its acquisition of the customers of small supplier Usio following that company’s insolvency
  • Assisted longstanding client National Grid in a major service and contract review for procuring balancing services.
  • Advised Green Star Energy on its acquisition of customers of insolvent supplier National Gas and Power

The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters relating to planning, development and corporate transactions in the water, gas and electricity sectors, and of late has been taking on more work for institutional investors. UK head of water David Jones focuses on the energy and water infrastructure sectors in relation to construction and engineering procurement.

Practice head(s):David Jones

Key Clients



CGN Europe Energy

Gresham House

Severn Trent




Faro Energy

Thames Water Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water on the drafting and negotiation of their new framework agreements relating to the procurement of clean and wastewater treatment works and pipe networks.
  • Acted for the shareholders of HKS Holdings on the sale of its business to Harvest Energy Retail.
  • Advising a joint venture between National Grid and Energinet on the drafting and negotiation of the construction contracts for the 1400MW Viking Link Interconnector Project involving the construction of an electricity transmission link between mainland UK and Denmark.
  • Represented RWE Generation in connection with the application for a development consent order for a proposed port terminal at the former Tilbury Power Station.
  • Represented Community Windpower in respect of its appeal against service of an enforcement notice in respect of alleged breach of condition in the carrying out of works in respect of the approved wind farm in East Ayrshire.

Traditionally strong in the renewable sector, Freeths LLP recently increased its offering with the October 2018 hire of waste sector expert Kirstin Roberts, who joined as a director from Gateley Plc. The team regularly acts for developers, energy suppliers, operators and investors on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, including renewable energy projects, acquisitions and disposals, energy supply and offtaker agreements. Former partner Catherine Burke left in May 2018 to join client Metka-EGN as general counsel.

Practice head(s):Jason Richards, Kirstin Roberts, James Larmour


'Freeths has experience and knowledge in the energy sector, with the breadth of non-energy specific specialists to cover our needs from contracts to trademarks.'

'Jason Richards has been a great help in both offering advice and connecting us with specialists in other fields.'

'Kirstin Roberts is a proactive and pragmatic solicitor who cares about the results of her work and is great to work with.'

'Very capable, responsive, engaging, fun to work with, and excellent value for money.'

'Willing and able to accommodate commercial reality alongside legal 'best practice' in a way that makes life much more manageable.'

Key Clients

FCC Environment

Oasthouse Ventures

Clean Earth Group

Metka-EGN Limited

Voltalia UK Limited

Voltalia Portugal S.A.

Sovereign Energy Partners LLP

Orbital Power Ltd

Hybrid Energy Solutions

Kanfa Group

Amber Infrastructure


RE Projects Development

Reliance Energy Limited

Icosa Water

Travis Perkins plc

Tarmac Trading Limited

Derbyshire Dales County Council


RCD Utilities

4D Energy

ALDI Stores

Envirotech Energy Solutions

Solar Power Inc

The National Exhibition Centre

Sowden Group Limited

Onsite Energy Projects

Nottingham Trent University

Aurora Energy Research

Work highlights

  • Advising Voltalia Portugal on an EPC contract to design, supply and commission a 7.5MW solar PV plant in Burundi, and advising on associated risks related to an existing Power Purchase Agreement between the Burundian employer and a local offtaker.
  • Advised Clean Earth Group on the restructuring and refinancing of eight onshore wind projects, having previously advised the client on the acquisition of the projects.
  • Advising Reliance Energy on various side agreements associated with a dispute concerning the sale of a developed site under a long-term agreement for the development of flexible power generation projects.

Real estate specialist Harriet Murray Jones leads the energy practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, while also advising on leases and grid connections as well as planning and construction matters arising from energy projects.

Practice head(s):Harriet Murray Jones

Zyda Law's energy practice handles a range of energy mandates, with a prominent focus on matters relating to renewable and nuclear energy as well as energy-from-waste and gas.

Practice head(s):Paul Zyda

Project finance and PFI

Index of tables

  1. Project finance and PFI
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Gowling WLG is the leading address for clients seeking advice on PFI and PPP projects in the transport, infrastructure, energy, waste and defence sectors. The highly regarded Stephen Kenny, who leads the team nationally, acts as legal adviser for clients such as the Ministry of Defence and Highways England. Another key member of the team in Birmingham is director Dominic Richardson, who specialises in PPP and project transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Kenny

Other key lawyers:Dominic Richardson


'Stephen Kenny is extremely knowledgeable and has managed to simplify our procurement approach, thereby improving our programme and effectively reducing the risk of legal challenge'

'Stephen is very highly thought-of in the sector'

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence


Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East


Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK


Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down road/tunnel project.
  • Advising Transport for London on the project and property documentation for the new step-free access to Finsbury Park Underground station.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence as sole legal advisor on Project Marshall, a significant PPP to appoint a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services.

Led by James Larmour, Freeths LLP's practice focuses on advising infrastructure funds and asset management companies on funding and development matters in the energy and education sectors, including the financing and refinancing of energy and infrastructure projects and the procurement of contracts. Waste and renewables industry specialist Kirstin Roberts joined from Gateley Plc in September 2018.

Practice head(s):James Larmour


'Very capable, responsive, engaging, fun to work with, and excellent value for money'

Key Clients

Amber Infrastructure Limited/International Public Partnerships Limited

Calvin Capital

Dalmore Capital

Engie Services Limited


inspiredspaces Tameside Limited

Transmission Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised Tameside on a number of construction projects following the Carillion insolvency.
  • Advised an infrastructure fund managed by Amber Infrastructure on the refinancing of five PFI projects.
  • Advised Amber Infrastructure on the acquisition of Carillion’s interests in six Local Education Partnerships.
  • Advised on a £100m street-lighting PFI refinancing.

Pinsent Masons LLP has expertise in handling work relating to PPPs in the waste sector, contracting arrangements in the rail market, alternative funding sources and development projects. Practice head Didar Dhillon, who specialises in PPP projects across the energy and waste sectors, works alongside Nigel Blundell, who leads much of the practice's most important work, as well as senior associates Gemma Glasspole and Oliver Mangiapane.

Practice head(s):Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:Nigel Blundell, Gemma Glasspole; Oliver Mangiapane

Key Clients

Cardiff City Council

FCC Environmental

Volker Rail

Morgan Sindall

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Hitachi Zosen AG

Peterborough Council

Amber Infrastructure

South East London Combined Heat & Power Limited

Knowsley Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff Capital Region on the establishment of the £1.2bn Cardiff City Deal, the initial investment project and the subsequent formulation of an evergreen fund structure.
  • Advising the Council on a wide portfolio of innovative energy generation, distribution and efficiency projects designed to help reduce carbon, generation long term revenue streams and alleviate fuel poverty for local community.
  • Advising Amber Infrastructure on their investment into and formulation of ESCo solution for a significant phased residential development scheme in Clapham, London.
  • Advising FCC Environment on the development of the new merchant energy from waste facility in Lostock, Cheshire.
  • Advised the Council on the development of their new Aquatics Centre which will take centre stage in the forthcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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