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Addleshaw Goddard’s team ‘has strong industry knowledge, provides full and considered advice and is always on hand to help with any task’; it is particularly recommended for its utilities offering and ‘fantastic’ team of associates. ‘Pragmatic’ team head Richard Goodfellowis exactly what a client needs from a partner in a complex transaction, and is always on hand to help’; he is assisting Scotia Gas Networks with the financing and construction of a gas network across Northern Ireland. Energy infrastructure and regulation expert Paul Dight and utilities specialist David Shaw are advising Airport City on the utilities arrangements for electricity and gas for Manchester Airport’s transformation program. Other highlights for the team include advising National Grid on framework and call-off arrangements for data hosting with the Cabinet Office and Crown Hosting Data Centres, as well as advising on a lease agreement to ensure the client’s presence on the site for up to 20 years. John Emerton, who focuses on contentious matters, engineering specialist James Reynolds, PPP expert Andrew Pettinger, and senior associate Alex Clayton, who ‘is extremely sharp, quick to understand issues and explains solutions clearly and succinctly’ are the other names to note.

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its renewable energy offering, handling wind, solar, hydropower and biofuel matters, alongside its expertise in conventional oil and gas and power projects. Practice heads Natasha Luther-Jones, who is ‘fantastic’, and the ‘excellentTeresa Hitchcock have ‘a strong team behind them’. Luther-Jones was part of a cross-border European team that assisted Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners with the Fosen Vind onshore wind project in Norway, which included advising on turbine supply contracts and maintenance services operation and warranty agreements with various parties. Hitchcock handled Ineos’ successful application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which involved advising on the regulatory framework for shale gas drilling operations and the use of hydraulic fracturing. The team is also advising a US energy company on the application of UK and EU regulatory requirements for pressure equipment for prototype hydrogen fuel cell systems using hydrogen to power unmanned aerial systems, and is also assisting an investor with various matters, including handling acquisitions of various solar assets and acquisition financing of three assets.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is praised for its strength in advising on engineering contracts, particularly those concerning large gas-fired power projects, and is ‘efficient, highly knowledgeable and easy to deal with’. ‘Focused’ team head Melanie Grimmitt advises on complex negotiations and handles major energy projects in the UK and the Middle East. Construction and engineering specialist Stacey Collins has considerable expertise assisting with biomass projects, gas turbine development projects and waste management systems. The group also advises on offshore wind, nuclear and low carbon projects. Recent highlights include advising Drax Power on acquiring four open-cycle gas turbine development projects and assisting Wainstones Energy with the construction of two new gas-fired power plants in Staythorpe and Pembroke. It has also handled various matters for E.ON Climate & Renewables, including assisting with the disposal of transmission assets to the offshore transmission owner, drafting and negotiating an interface agreement and advising on construction contracts, crossing and proximity agreements and security transfers. Other clients include Dong Energy, Green Investment Bank, Viridor, the University of Leeds and Falcon Energy.

At Walker Morris LLP, ‘well-respected’ practice head David Kilduff has expertise in waste-to-energy infrastructure projects, Ben Sheppard advises public sector bodies, contractors, subcontractors, sponsors and technology suppliers on energy-from-waste and renewable energy matters, and Gwendoline Davies handles contentious matters. Legal director Elizabeth Wood advises bidders and employers on a wide range of energy projects. The team advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on a joint procurement with the University of Leeds to hire a contractor for the installation of a new energy plant and assisted Sustainable Development Capital with its investment in an energy efficiency project in Teesside. Other work included advising MVV Environment on the Dundee and Angus Waste PPP, a 25 year energy-from-waste project involving the treatment of 70,000 tonnes of waste.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s department is led by Andrew Oliver, who has marine renewable energy expertise. Stephen Unwin specialises in wind farms and has ‘a good level of expertise’, and construction expert Martin Collingwood has extensive experience advising on matters pertaining to waste-to-energy plants, anaerobic digestion and biodiesel facilities, shale gas exploration and production, and offshore oil and gas exploration. Recent highlights include acting for fishermen on nuisance claims concerning the construction of a port complex and laying of an oil pipeline, and advising on a lease for the installation of a cable infrastructure scheme to service an offshore wind farm development. Other clients include Dong Energy, E.ON, Associated British Ports, SSE, Grimsby Renewables Partnership and Woodhouse Wind.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team is adept at advising on private finance initiatives, PPPs, disposals, recycling, and district heating and cooling schemes. Practice head Michael Grimes advises on international solar and wind projects, contracts for waste management, and recycling and energy from waste schemes for public and private sector clients. The team advised Transport for Greater Manchester on its £3.5bn energy scheme, and assisted with renewables projects in Jordan, Djibouti, Serbia and Egypt.

At Schofield Sweeney, Adam Hastie and Farooq Zar specialise in renewables and anaerobic digestion projects. Highlights included advising Catfoss Renewables on its acquisition of Graphite Enterprises and Graphite Resources, the owner of a sizeable waste recycling site in Gateshead, and assisting Renewable Heat Generation with the development of standard contract documentation for the installation of biomass boilers on a multi-site project, including site assembly and financing issues. The team also assisted Sirius Renewables with the site assembly, option and occupational leases, and grid connection rights for a solar PV project. Earthmill, Peel Energy, JSR Farms and Empirica are also clients.

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