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Gowling WLG’s practice is led by Derek Goodban, who divides his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Goodban and regulatory specialist John Cooper continued to advise the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the roll-out of smart meters to all domestic and small non-domestic premises. Other key players are Daniel Wood, who is acting for E.ON Climate & Renewables in the Supreme Court on a defects claims relating to E.ON’s offshore windfarm development in the Solway Firth, and electricity and gas specialist Gus Wood, who assisted Statkraft with various long-term power purchase agreements.

Practice head Andrew Whitehead at Shakespeare Martineau LLP was once again active on behalf of key client National Grid, advising in relation to the development and implementation of a range of balancing service products. Whitehead also acted for First Utility in the development of its wholesale power trading contracts to support its expansion into Germany. The team has strong litigation capability, with Andrew Adams, Tim Speed and Michelle O’Brien all proficient in handling energy disputes.

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