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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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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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