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Gowling WLG’s ‘reliable and competent’ team impresses with its broad practice, which covers energy regulation, M&A and joint ventures, structured financing, dispute resolution, energy project development and energy supply and trading. Regulatory specialist John Cooper continued to advise the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the regulatory framework relating to the government’s smart metering programme, while global co-head Derek Goodban, who divides his time between Birmingham and London, represented Greenage Power in relation to the proposed 1.4GW HVDC subsea electrical interconnector between Great Britain and Germany. In the renewables space, the team handled a range of solar and wind mandates, including the ‘perceptive’ Daniel Wood representing E.ON Climate & Renewables in the Supreme Court in relation to a €26.25m claim arising from defects encountered at E.ON's offshore wind farm development; and Chris Brierley advising Primrose Solar on the £42m project financing of the 49MW solar farm in Hampshire. In other highlights, Gus Wood assisted Statkraft with the power purchase agreement for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, and construction specialist Paul Green was active in the nuclear sector.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice is probably best known for its work on industry codes and regulation, as well as wholesale energy trading agreements, and the team remained busy in these areas in 2016. Practice head Andrew Whitehead advised Grain LNG on contractual and regulatory issues associated with the development of a road tanker loading facility, and also continued to advise key client the National Grid on its energy balancing agreements. Whitehead also advised the National Grid in relation to the metering aspects of the sale of a 61% equity stake in its gas distribution business. Tim Speed focuses on contentious issues and regularly acts for energy suppliers on disputes arising from insolvencies and changes of tenancy; his recent caseload included advising Npower on potential recoveries relating to the insolvency of BHS. Also of note is litigator Andrew Adams, who has experience in obtaining search and seizure orders and similar injunctive relief in matters associated with the energy industry codes and agreements; Adams successfully represented UK Power Reserve in an injunction application relating to preservation of rights in customer databases, protection of confidentiality and enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is led by Didar Dhillon and Kultar Khangura, who respectively handle the PPP and property aspects of energy projects. Dhillon continued to be active on behalf of a number of public sector procurers, including Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, which he is advising in relation to the delivery of the Knowsley Industrial and Business Park Energy Network. On the supplier side, Dhillon is representing Amber Infrastructure in relation to its 30-year concession with Metropolitan Housing Trust to develop a CHP heat network that will service some 4,000 residential units. The team also handled various mandates for key client E.ON UK, including Khangura assisting with the development of a new 30MW renewable energy plant in Sheffield, and senior associate Satwinder Ubhi advising on the development of a 15MW renewable energy centre and associated infrastructure utilising biomass rich fuel through gasification.

Zyda Law specialises in securing planning, environmental and regulatory consents for major energy projects across multiple sectors, including nuclear, gas and waste. Recent highlights include advising EDF Energy on building regulation applications for Dungeness B and Torness, including advising on the use of permitted development rights at each site and hazardous substances consents; and assisting Ineos Enterprises with its development consent obligations in relation to an underground gas storage facility in the Holford Brinefield, Cheshire. The team is particularly recommended for its work in the nuclear sector and, in another example of its expertise in this area, is advising on the regulatory options available to Magnox regarding the early release of nuclear designated land for alternative uses at Winfrith Newburgh. Name partner Paul Zyda is the main contact.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ energy and renewables team has strong experience in the renewables sector, where it works across all technologies, including solar PV, anaerobic digestion, biomass, hydro, and onshore and offshore wind. Key contacts include Wye Valley-based practice head Harriet Murray Jones, who advises individuals and businesses on property and land assembly, options, leases and grid connections; and Worcester-based Andrew James, who assists with the construction aspects of energy projects, including EPC and O&M and decommissioning. As well as regularly representing landowners seeking to use their land for renewables, the practice is also instructed by the likes of New Forest Energy and the Farm Energy Partnership.


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Gowling WLG’s practice is possibly best known for its expertise in the defence and security sector, where it continued to advise key client the Ministry of Defence on the procurement arrangements relating to the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services. The team’s government work also extends to public infrastructure, with examples including rail specialist Giles Clifford representing Transport for London in connection with its station improvement works at Finsbury Park, and

practice head Stephen Kenny, who divides his time between Birmingham and London, assisting the South London Waste Partnership with the procurement contract for waste and recycling collection, street cleaning, winter maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and parks and grounds maintenance services across four London Boroughs. On the finance side, Chris Brierley represented Ecotricity in the £90m financing with Aviva Investors of a portfolio of 74MW of operational wind and solar parks across 21 sites. Head of project finance Nicholas Iliff divides his time between Birmingham and London, and is ‘pragmatic and well known and respected in the market’.

Pinsent Masons LLP has particular strength in advising on public-private partnerships in areas such as waste and street lighting. Often instructed by local authorities, the team ‘understands the public sector and works really hard to provide advice designed to strengthen and protect the public sector interests’. Practice head Didar Dhillon is advising Telford & Wrekin Council on the maintenance and capital investment contract for a street lighting project, encompassing illuminated signs and bollards. On the finance side, the team assisted WElink Energy Developments with the financing of a joint venture with Your Housing Group to develop 25,000 solar powered modular flatpack houses across the North West of England. Construction specialist Nigel Blundell has strong rail sector experience and was active in this space regarding consortium tenders and the stepped down obligations in construction contracts and subcontracts. Senior associates Oliver Mangiapane and Gemma Glasspole ‘listen to the client’s needs and do their utmost to ensure long-term delivery of required outcomes’.

Freeths LLP has particular expertise in advising infrastructure investors and infrastructure funds on the financing (and more recently refinancing) of projects, and the team was again active in this regard in 2016. Stoke-based head of practice James Larmour, who is ‘proactive and commercial’, advised International Public Partnerships on various acquisitions in the education sector, including an additional 72% interest in the Wolverhampton Building Schools for the Future Project from Carillion. Larmour also represents public sector organisations and service providers on the procurement and operation of projects, and in another significant education sector mandate, he is acting for Hull Esteem Consortium LEP in relation to a number of schemes procured by Hull City Council, including two schools and various projects relating to Hull City of Culture. Other target sectors include energy, healthcare, regeneration, social housing and transport, and the team is advising Care UK on all aspects of its joint venture with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to run services at a new health and wellbeing campus at Shepton Mallet.


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