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Addleshaw Goddard ‘positively stands out’ in the market for its ‘strategic thinking, industry knowledge and unmatched experience’ in the energy and utilities fields. Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton jointly lead the group; Goodfellow is ‘a clear leader for downstream energy work with expansive experience that allows him to step back and see the bigger picture’ and Emerton is ‘genuinely brilliant’ for energy litigation, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Other key figures include energy infrastructure and regulation specialist Paul Dight; utilities expert David Shaw; James Reynolds, who leads the firm’s nuclear group; litigator Simon Kamstra; and managing associate Alex Clayton. Goodfellow recently advised Scotia Gas Networks on the financing and construction of a gas network from Belfast to the West of Northern Ireland, while Dight acted for Britvic Soft Drinks on its procurement and operation of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility. In another highlight, Reynolds assisted Peel Energy with the risk management and close of final accounts related to a wind farm in Cheshire. He also advised multiple clients in the nuclear sector including working with National Nuclear Laboratory on issues surrounding Sellafield while Dight assisted Foresight Metering with its operational smart metering contracts. BP, National Grid and Mitsubishi are also clients.

Teresa Hitchcock and Natasha Luther-Jones jointly lead DLA Piper UK LLP’s department from Sheffield and Leeds respectively. Hitchcock is noted for her expertise in contaminated land, climate law and regeneration projects, and Luther-Jones is ‘a go-to name in the renewable energy space’; Luther-Jones’ recent work includes advising Nord on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden, acting for Equitix on four separate acquisitions of solar assets including a portfolio of six solar sites from Anesco and six operating ground mounted solar installations from Primrose Solar, and assisting Falck Renewables with various greenfield wind power developments across Scandinavia. Other mandates included handling the acquisition of a grid connected short term operating response (STOR) development project in Doncaster and advising Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the financing of a wind farm in Scotland. Zilkha Biomass Energy, Tata Steel, Alcoa and Ineos are also clients. Andrew Batterton is the key name for energy developments, Ian Doig handles construction work and Stephen Atkinson regularly works on renewables projects.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘absolutely brilliant’ team is ‘expansive in its coverage of the energy sector’ advising on conventional power, renewable energy, oil and gas and nuclear matters. Melanie Grimmitt leads the practice and has ‘intellectual strength combined with experience, knowledge, drive, energy and enthusiasm to deliver large and complex projects in the most impressive way you can imagine’; other key individuals include construction and engineering transactional specialist Stacey Collins, who is ‘a leader in the field’ with ‘a great ability to apply his exceptional knowledge of the law to realistic situations’; energy infrastructure expert Mark Harris, John Bruce, who regularly handles waste-to-energy projects; and planning specialist Jonathan Riley. Recent highlights include advising Tyneside Energy Storage on a battery storage project, assisting BH EnergyGap with the development of an energy-from-waste facility, and acting for Eggborough Power on its procurement of new build combined cycle gas turbine projects at Eggborough.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘industry knowledge and quality of delivery is second to none’ with advice that is ‘incredibly client focused and thoroughly researched’. Richard Glover and James Duckworth jointly lead the group; Glover is a key name for planning advice and Duckworth (who splits his time between Leeds and Dubai) handles major energy and infrastructure projects. Matthew Mulqueen is based in the firm’s Leeds, London and Houston offices and handles international energy projects; he recently advised Radiant Energy (Mauritius) on the development of a solar project in North-Western Kenya. Other recent mandates include Glover assisting Ineos Upstream with the development of wells for the production of shale gas, David Hardy acting for Innogy Renewables on issues relating to multiple commercial wind farms and Glover handling the construction and operation of a new overhead power line for SP Manweb.

Walker Morris LLP is ‘a leader in the market for energy-from-waste projects’ through the experience of ‘incredible professional’ Ben Sheppard. Sheppard’s recent work includes advising MVV Environment Services on a residual waste treatment project with Dundee Council and Angus Council, acting for Associated Waste Management on an energy-from-waste project with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and assisting Michaelis Systems with multiple contracts relating to an Isle of Wight energy-from-waste project. David Kilduff leads the practice, Gwendoline Davies handles energy sector disputes, Jules Harbage is noted for his construction expertise and Judith Pike advises on real estate work in the energy space. Sustainable Development Capital, Northern Hydropower and Barn Energy are also clients. Elizabeth Wood moved in-house.

Recent highlights for Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP include advising on the installation of a cable infrastructure system for an offshore wind farm development and acting for various vessel owners on issues relating to wind farm support vehicles. The department also has experience in the construction of anaerobic digestion facilities, quayside bulk materials handling facilities for coal and biofuels, pipeline installations and energy-from-waste projects. Andrew Oliver leads the practice and is a marine renewable energy specialist; other practitioners include Stephen Unwin, who specialises in wind farms and other renewables projects; construction expert Martin Collingwood and commercial property specialist Janice Rawlings. The team’s client roster includes Dong Energy, Associated British Ports, SSE and Woodhouse Wind.

Michael Grimes is a key name in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Leeds office and leads the waste practice. His experience includes waste management and energy-from-waste projects, solar projects and recycling issues. Jo Hatton-Jones is recommended for renewable and clean energy work. The team also works closely with the firm’s Manchester-based group. Clients include the National Grid, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and E.On.

With a ‘partner-led, responsive and highly professional’ team, Schofield Sweeney focuses on renewable energy projects including wind, solar, CHP, anaerobic digestion, energy-from-waste and energy storage projects. Department head Adam Hastie specialises in development and regeneration work and recently acted for Sirius Renewable Energy on the acquisition of several sites for wind turbine developments; he also assisted Renewable Heat Generation with its development of a biomass project and handled the development of a biomass plant for Templeborough Biomass Plant. Farooq Zar is the key name for property-related issues; he advised Aqua Consultants and Lanes Farm Energy on an agreement for lease and subsequent grant of a lease of farm land to be used for the installation of an anaerobic digester plant.

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘brilliant level of service has allowed it to make a mark quickly in the region’ under the leadership of the ‘highly impressive’ James Wood-Robertson, who specialises in waste and clean energy matters and joined from DLA Piper UK LLP in 2017. Rick Atha, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, is the key name for construction-related advice and senior associate Jennifer Clarke was previously at Schofield Sweeney and handles PPP and PFI agreements. The recently established practice has substantial expertise in the waste sector and regularly assists with renewable energy projects.


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At CMS, Martin McKervey and Fraser Askham jointly lead the department; McKervey is noted for his contentious expertise and knowledge of the regional infrastructure market and Askham focuses on dispute resolution, transactional matters and project advisory work. The team regularly handles infrastructure and construction projects in the development, regeneration, energy, renewables and waste sectors; recent examples include advising Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on the procurement of a development management organisation for the Glass Works retail and leisure development and acting for Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Life on the implementation of a mixed-use regeneration scheme. Other mandates include defending Daventry District Council in multi-party litigation proceedings in the High Court relating to a seven-year waste management and recycling services agreement, acting for Biffa Waste Services in a High Court dispute against MW High Tech Projects relating to defects and termination issues linked to its new energy-from-waste plant in Horsham, and representing Sibleco in a judicial review of a decision by the Devon County Council to grant planning permission for a new highway infrastructure that would’ve affected mineral resources. Amey Communities, New Era Development and Henry Boot are also clients. Chris Bowes is the key contact for planning work.

Key names in DLA Piper UK LLP’s Leeds team includes Robert Smith, who focuses on the transport sector; Allison Page, who specialises in highways and street lighting projects; Natasha Luther-Jones, who leads the firm’s renewable energy group and Andrew Batterton, who heads the development and infrastructure planning teams. Ian Doig in Sheffield and legal director Ben Peecock are the main contacts for construction and engineering matters. The department covers infrastructure comprehensively covering projects, finance, litigation, regulatory advice, restructurings, competition work, planning, construction and environmental issues. Recent highlights include advising Merseytravel on the construction elements of its new depot facilities on the Merseyrail network, assisting Highways England with its procurement of the Lower Thames Crossing Project, and acting for Gazprom Energoholding on the design, construction and commissioning of a power plant and pipeline for the supply of LNG. The team also advised the Department for Transport on the development of the Southern Eastern rail franchise and is acting for Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive on the MetroFutures project including the replacement of existing rolling stock.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘absolutely brilliant’ practice is ‘incredibly punctual, knowledgeable and commercial’ and ‘approaches every project with the aim of getting the best possible outcome for its clients and won’t let anything get in its way’. ‘Rain maker’ Kate Orviss is the key name for healthcare projects and ‘is a strong communicator who can put anyone at ease’; she has experience in PFI and PPP mandates and social infrastructure projects. John Bruce handles complex infrastructure and energy projects at a national and international level with particular experience in the energy-from-waste sector, Melanie Grimmitt focuses on energy projects, Stacey Collins is a construction and engineering expert and senior associate Gemma Wilson specialises in PPP work. Recent highlights include advising on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, assisting the University of Essex with its procurement of a student accommodation development and acting for BH Energygap on its delivery of a thermal treatment plant in Walsall.

Key figures at Squire Patton Boggs include James Duckworth, Matthew Mulqueen, Richard Glover and David Hardy; Duckworth divides his time between Leeds and Dubai while Mulqueen is based in the firm’s Leeds, London and Houston offices. Duckworth regularly acts for clients in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors; his recent work includes advising a developer on the development of an urban mixed-use development in a GCC capital city and assisting a GCC government with the structuring and financing of an extension to a metro network. Mulqueen focuses on international infrastructure and energy projects, and Glover and Hardy are key names for planning-related mandates; Glover acted for SP Manweb on the planning elements of its construction of an overhead power line in North Shropshire. New clients for the department include Alkane Energy, Egdon Resources, Lincolnshire County Council and The Energy Networks Association.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the legal issues at hand makes it incredibly commercial’ and its ‘thorough, approachable and practical team is a clear choice for clients’. David Kilduff leads the group and clients also praise the ‘excellent’ Ben Sheppard; Kilduff handles infrastructure and public sector projects and Sheppard is a key name for energy-from-waste matters. Recent mandates include advising Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on The Glass Works Scheme, which is a two stage urban regeneration project; acting for Watford Health Campus Partnership on a scheme of commercial units, residential houses and the related infrastructure, and assisting Abu Dhabi United Group with the New Islington mixed-use regeneration in Manchester. Construction expert Jules Harbage is ‘very impressive and able to communicate in a straightforward and understandable way’ and Gwendoline Davies handles contentious matters. Director Victoria Bradley joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

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