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Addleshaw Goddard's practice counts 'Big Six' energy companies and high-profile corporates as key clients, which it advises on all issues across power, nuclear, renewables, oil and gas, water and energy litigation. Richard Goodfellow, Paul Dight and John Emerton jointly lead the team; Goodfellow specialises in downstream energy work, Dight handles energy infrastructure and regulation matters, and Emerton is an energy sector litigator. James Reynolds leads the nuclear team, David Shaw focuses on utilities work while managing associate Alex Clayton has experience in smart metering projects.

Practice head(s):Richard Goodfellow; Paul Dight; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:James Reynolds; David Shaw; Alex Clayton

Key Clients

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Britvic plc

SSE plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Peel Energy

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Drax Power

Octopus Energy

EPNC

Leeds City Council

United Utilities

URENCO

TfGM

Work highlights

  • Advising Foresight Metering Limited on all aspects of its smart metering meter asset provider business including refinancing work and procurement processes.
  • Assisting National Grid Electricity Transmission with its entry into an asset maintenance contract for the Sellindge convertor station, the British terminal station of two direct connections between the continental European and British electricity grids.
  • Advising Muse Developments on its Hale Wharf development in Tottenham Hale including its district heating network.
  • Acting for Macquarie Principal Finance, part of the Macquarie Group, on its agreement with Amazon to fund, develop and operate rooftop solar panels on Amazon's fulfilment centres across the UK.
  • Advised West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the procurement for the supply, installation and operation of an electric vehicle charge point network in the West Yorkshire region.

DLA Piper UK LLP leverages the firm's global capacity to handle local, national and international energy projects across the wind, solar, energy-from-waste, oil and gas, energy storage and smart metering sectors, including developments, investments, acquisitions, disposals and financing work. The team also has notable experience in corporate power purchase agreements. Renewable energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones is global co-chair of the firm's energy and natural resources group and Teresa Hitchcock focuses on regulatory issues and climate change work. Andrew Batterton handles property and planning-related issues, legal director Laura Gordon is a key name for project finance matters. Ben Peecock was made up in the firm's 2019 partnership round.

Practice head(s):Natasha Luther-Jones; Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Andrew Batterton; Ben Peecock; Laura Gordon

Testimonials

'The practice has an exceptionally broad client base across the energy and natural resources sector and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters'.

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the energy infrastructure sector and provides a first-class service to clients'.

'Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic and tactical sense'.

'Natasha Luther-Jones has excellent commercial awareness and industry knowledge. She is always ready to make that extra effort to introduce and connect clients to make a deal'.

Key Clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Equitix

KfW IPEX-BANK

Heleba

MUFG

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

INEOS

Anglo African Oil & Gas

Statkraft UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into and financing of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe, the Nysäter project in Sweden.
  • Acted for Nord on the project financing and operation of the first non-subsidiary onshore wind farm to be built in the UK with a corporate power purchase agreement.
  • Acted for Element Power, a global renewable energy developer, on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics to Statkraft.
  • Assisting DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale as lender with the project financing of Blackrock's acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm in Norway from Zephyr.
  • Advising Heleba as lender on the refinancing of Cairnborrow wind farm in Scotland.

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based group leads on national energy projects and fields two distinct transactional and advisory and disputes teams. Notable areas of expertise include conventional power, renewable and alternative energy, oil and gas, nuclear and construction-related matters. Team head and construction lawyer Melanie Grimmitt handles major energy projects in the UK and the Middle East, Stacey Collins focuses on transactional matters, Mark Harris is an expert in infrastructure work, Jon Riley assists with planning work and John Bruce is a specialist in waste-to-energy matters.

Practice head(s):Melanie Grimmitt

Other key lawyers:Stacey Collins; Mark Harris; Jon Riley; John Bruce

Testimonials

'The team at Pinsent Masons actively listens to its clients needs, has exceptional attention to detail, and adopts a commercial approach to problems while striving for solutions. It really is a true global firm'.

Key Clients

E.ON

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy

Green Investment Group

London Array Limited

Drax Group PLC

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Saint Gobain

CB&I

Flogas Britain Limited

Actavo

Falcon Energy Group

Johnson Matthey PLC

FTS Derricks PTE. LTD

Longzhu Oilfield Services PTE LTD

Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings

Intergen

Centrica Plc

Engie UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Drax Group Plc on multiple construction and engineering multi-million pound projects including its repower project and an open-cycle gas turbine project.
  • Assisted EPUKI with the procurement of new-build combined cycle gas turbine projects at Eggborough and King's Lynn.
  • Representing Koupler Limited, a Cypriot energy business, in claims against the Hellenic Republic of Greece relating to investments made to develop a large photovoltaic power project in Southern Greece.
  • Advising Centrica plc on multiple construction and infrastructure projects ranging from small-scale residential energy efficiency contracts to major combined heat and power projects.
  • Assisting Falcon Energy Group Limited with the termination of four cantilever jack up drilling rigs being built by a shipyard in Southern China.

Squire Patton Boggs has notable expertise both nationally and internationally, with a key strength in renewable energy projects in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. James Duckworth specialises in the procurement of major projects in the energy and waste sectors and divides his time between Leeds and Dubai; Richard Glover focuses on planning matters and has experience in compulsory wayleave hearings; Matthew Mulqueen is based in the firm's Leeds, London and Houston offices and handles international renewable energy projects; David Hardy is an expert in planning matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Glover; James Duckworth

Other key lawyers:Matthew Mulqueen; David Hardy

Key Clients

City Authority of GCC Government

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

EDF Energy

Chania Green Generation Company Limited

Selenkei Investment Limited

Cedate Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Ernst & Young Dubai

Egdon Resources UK Limited

Statuslist Limited

Energy Systems Catapult

Innogy Renewables Limited

SP Manweb plc

Lincolnshire County Council

Alkane Energy

GreenPower (International) Limited

Energiekontor (UK) Limited

The Energy Networks Association

Regional Land Holding

Dubai Municipality

Frontier Investment Management

Africa Renewable Energy Limited

NKT Cables

Work highlights

  • Acting for the City Authority of a GCC government on a major energy from waste project.
  • Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as wind turbine manufacturer and installer on the drafting and negotiation of the contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines for the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland.
  • Acting for EDF Energy Renewables on the £701m sale of a minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and the Pension Infrastructure Platform.
  • Advising Chania Green Generation Company Limited on the development and financing of the Chania onshore wind farm, Kenya, including the provision of debt finance from CDC.
  • Advising Selenkei Investment Limited on the development and financing of the Radiant Solar PV project in Kenya, involving the provision of debt finance from both FMO and EIB.

DWF's sector knowledge spans electricity, gas, water, renewables, district energy and heating, battery storage and nuclear projects, which it handles at a national and international level. The team also has substantial experience in issues involving electricity technologies. Construction lawyer Andrew Symms heads up the practice, which also includes Christian Hellmund, who leads the renewable energy group, and Guy Rusling, who focuses on the property elements of energy transactions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:Christian Hellmund; Guy Rusling

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group (including ScottishPower Energy Retail, ScottishPower Energy Networks, ScottishPower Generation and ScottishPower Renewables)

Doosan Power Systems SA

Whitbread Group plc

Gildemeister energy solutions GmbH (part of the DMG Mori Group of Japan)

Vensys Energy AG

Soventix GmbH

Canary Wharf Group plc

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Discovery Park Limited

United Utilities Renewable Energy Limited

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH (part of Yingli Green Energy of China)

Yingli Namene Solar

Farm Energy Partnership LLP

Quartzelec

Work highlights

  • Advised ScottishPower on the ‘Damhead Creek Unit 2’ combined cycle gas turbine project in Kent, which has now been sold to Drax.
  • Representing Doosan Power Systems SA in a major dispute in France regarding the conversion of a coal-fired power station to biomass.
  • Instructed by Quartzelec on a matter relating to a power station in the Philippines.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy from waste development.
  • Advising Vensys Energy AG on all its UK and Irish onshore wind projects including turbine supply agreements, long-term service agreements and regulatory issues.

As a relatively new practice area for Shoosmiths LLP, the firm's Leeds office, which opened in late 2016, has a strong niche specialism in waste projects alongside clean energy expertise acting on onshore wind, solar and hydro projects. James Wood-Robertson focuses on infrastructure and renewable energy projects in the UK and abroad and has notable expertise in power purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):James Wood-Robertson

Key Clients

Equitix

Wastewise (Biowise)

Triple Point

Energiekontor

General Energy Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Wastewise on its bid for the recent Greater Manchester Waste PPP project.
  • Assisting General Energy Solutions with the refinancing of a large rooftop solar PV portfolio on social housing properties.
  • Advising a developer on the financing, construction and operation of a waste to bio-gasoline project.
  • Acting for a renewable energy investor and developer on the development of a merchant energy from waste plant in Cornwall.
  • Assisting a major investment manager on the acquisition of a portfolio of rooftop solar PV systems in Northern Ireland.

Walker Morris LLP's expertise is focused around waste matters, including energy-from-waste projects, anaerobic digestion matters and bio-resources projects. The group's clients span public sector bodies, utilities and project companies, developers, technology providers, subcontractors and funders. David Kilduff and Ben Sheppard jointly lead the group; Kilduff focuses on project work and Sheppard handles energy-from-waste matters. Gwendoline Davies is the key name for contentious work, Jules Harbage handles construction-related matters and Judith Pike focuses on real estate issues.

Practice head(s):David Kilduff; Ben Sheppard

Other key lawyers:Gwendoline Davies; Jules Harbage; Judith Pike

Key Clients

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

MVV Environment

Wakefield Council

Arla Foods

Kier Group

FCC Environment

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Coal Authority

Grissan Energy Limited

Associated Waste Management

Barn Energy

Iona Capital

Earth Capital Limited

Yorkshire Water Services

Oil & Pipeline Agency

University of Sheffield

Barn Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire Water Services on the procurement of a biomethane-to-grid energy project at two sites in Hull and Leeds.
  • Assisting Arla Foods with a competitive procurement of a supplier to deliver an energy efficient project involving the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of combined heat and power facilities are Arla's dairy manufacturing site.
  • Advising MVV Environment on its tender for the NESS Energy Project, an energy from waste and combined heat and power project being procured by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council.
  • Drafted and negotiated a boiler outage contract for Drax Power Station.
  • Advised Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (joint committee) on a major waste PFI.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP aligns its expertise with the local region and Humberside's 'Energy Estuary' to handle matters in the port and harbour industries including anaerobic digestion facilities, quayside bulk materials handling facilities for coal and biofuels, pipeline installation and vessel chartering, offshore supply and support vessels and energy-from-waste and solar energy projects. Team co-head Andrew Oliver focuses on marine environment law and has experience in cabling agreements and disturbance agreements, and fellow co-head Stephen Unwin specialises in wind farms and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):Andrew Oliver; Stephen Unwin

Key Clients

Ørsted

Yorwaste

E.ON

Associated British Ports

RE Group

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

Grimsby Renewables Partnership

BostonAir Group

LSTC Group

SSE

Greater Gabbard Offshore

Woodhouse Wind

MMS

Clydesdale Bank

HSBC

NatWest

Association British Ports

Work highlights

  • Acted for Yorkshire Bank on the provision of finance secured by a mortgage on a new vessel, an existing vessel, a debenture and group guarantee.
  • Advised Bostonair Group Limited on its exit from a joint venture which provided engineering personnel and supports vessels.
  • Advising on the Blackstart Project, a project to supply a default power generation facility to the National Transmission Network.
  • Handling agreements with an international energy supplier, a wind farm operator and developer for Associated British Ports for the laying of cables to facilitate the UK's largest offshore wind farm.

The key contact in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds office is Mark Howarth , who leads the international firm's UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes team. The practice works closely with the firm's national and international network to advise on global issues across the oil, power and renewable energy sectors. Jo Hatton-Jones is also noted for her renewable and clean energy expertise.

Practice head(s):Mark Howarth

Other key lawyers:Jo Hatton-Jones

Key Clients

Shell

Blackrock

CGN Europe Energy

Gresham House

Severn Trent

Alfanar

Wartsila

Greencoat

Faro Energy

Thames Water Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national oil company as defendant in a high-profile oil and gas dispute.
  • Acting for npower in a judicial review of Ofgem's decision to require npower to take part in a consumer collective switching trial.
  • Acting for a state oil company in an oil and gas dispute involving damages claims and future losses claims for the remaining term of a gas sales agreement.
  • Defending a wind farm operator in a claim brought by landowners for underpayment of royalties.

Schofield Sweeney stands out for its renewable energy expertise with a niche specialism in small energy sites. The practice also handles solar, biomass, combined heat and power, anaerobic digestion, energy-from-waste and energy storage projects for developers, landowners and contractors. Team head Adam Hastie focuses on development and regeneration work and Bradford-based Farooq Zar is a property expert.

Practice head(s):Adam Hastie

Other key lawyers:Farooq Zar

Key Clients

Sirius Renewable Energy Limited

Renewable Heat Generation Limited

Templeborough Biomass Plant Limited

Forepower Limited

Aqua consultants Limited / Lanes Farm Energy Limited

BWSC Power Corporation Limited

Gascorp Limited

Earthmill Limited

Catfoss Renewables Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised BWSC Power Corporation on its biomass plant at Snetterton including supply issues and procurement work.
  • Advised Aqua Consultants Limited on its anaerobic digester project in Pontefract including related supply contracts and power purchase contracts.
  • Assisted Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Limited with its £200m biomass energy plant at Templeborough including grid connection framework agreements and lease work.
  • Acted for Catfoss Renewables Limited on its acquisition of a £23m waste processing plant.

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