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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘knowledgeable team’ provides comprehensive advice for clients including BP and United Utilities. The firm was recently appointed to the National Grid’s panel, and acted for SSE on the sale of the Langhope Rig onshore wind farm. Practice head Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton advised on that matter and are recommended alongside the ‘responsivePaul Dight and construction partner James Reynolds, who has substantial nuclear expertise.

Top firmDLA Piper UK LLP is noted for its ‘great strength in depth and excellent overall service level’. The practice has particular strength in the renewables space and advises on wind, solar, hydropower and biofuel matters alongside conventional oil and gas and power projects. The ‘responsive’ Natasha Luther-Jones jointly heads the practice and is noted for her wind and solar expertise; she advised DZ Bank on the £53m project financing of a wind farm. Fellow co-head Teresa Hitchcock is a leader in energy regulation and climate change law; highlights included assisting INEOS in obtaining 21 shale gas licences, and providing Tata Steel UK with EU ETS advice.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP has ‘an excellent and longstanding reputation in the energy sector’ and provides ‘timely and detailed advice’. Melanie Grimmitt leads the practice and has substantial Middle East experience; her highlights included assisting Wainstones Energy on the construction of a gas-fired power station. The ‘consistently pragmaticStacey Collins advised Drax Power on several major projects to convert power generating units to run on sustainable biomass.

Michael Grimes leads the team at Eversheds LLP, which has considerable strength in solar and wind projects, particularly at an international level. Highlights included assisting SkyPower with its bid to invest $300m into a Djibouti-based solar project, and advising several developers on the Iranian solar PV market. The department is also experienced in waste projects for clients such as the Kier Group, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and Worcestershire County Council.

Walker Morris LLP is ‘exemplary all round, with excellent in-depth knowledge and a strong commercial understanding’. The department is experienced in renewable energy, particularly energy-from-waste projects. Ben Sheppard (‘a benefit to any projects team’) is the key name for waste issues and recently acted for MVV Environment in an energy-from-waste project. He also advised Sustainable Technology Investors on its investment into an on-farm anaerobic digestion facility.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has substantial experience in renewables. Department head Andrew Oliver is recognised for his marine renewable energy expertise and recently advised vessel owners regarding charters for wind farm support work. Also recommended are Dominic Ward, who acted for Dong Energy in negotiating cabling agreements, and wind farm specialist Stephen Unwin.

Adam Hastie is the name to note at Schofield Sweeney, which has significant renewables experience advising energy developers. Clients include Earthmill, Sirius Renewable Energy and Empirica. The team acted for Peel Energy in the development of its small energy wind turbine sites. Farooq Zar is recommended for anaerobic digestion projects.

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