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Darren Walsh

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Darren is a partner in the finance and projects group and leads the projects practice group based in the Manchester office. He also leads the North West energy sector group. He has 19 years’ experience in the domestic and international nuclear and energy sectors, and is well known for his nuclear heritage and experience across the industry. Darren’s clients include AREVA SA, International Nuclear Services Limited, Ansaldo Nucleare and Sellafield Limited. Darren is a trusted advisor providing invaluable support to a wide range of clients including developers, ESCOs, funders and technology companies on low carbon energy generation projects. He has advised on renewable schemes such as solar PV schemes, Good Quality CHP and Carbon Energy Fund schemes; as well as energy efficiency and long-term energy service arrangements. He has advised on numerous biomass fuel supply arrangements, fuel processing services and the development of a large number of new biomass energy generation facilities in the UK. Darren is also advising on energy from waste schemes, including modular anaerobic digestion technologies and associated CHP-driven energy and heat services.


Trained: BNFL; qualified: 1997; made partner in present firm: September 2010. Darren joined the DLA Piper Finance and Projects team in September 2010 as a partner specialising in the energy sector. From 2008 to 2010 Darren was vice present – Legal at Simon Carves Limited (a Punj Lloyd Group company). From 2005 to 2008 Darren was Head of Legal at British Nuclear Group Limited. Darren was responsible for all legal affairs associated with 14 nuclear licensed sites across the UK. From 1997 to 2005 Darren was principle counsel to BNFL’s overseas business, focusing on: spent fuel reprocessing contracts; waste management and return contracts; and international transportation of nuclear materials to and from Europe and Japan.




Law Society of England and Wales, Member of the International Nuclear Lawyers Association.


Kingsway School, Chester; De Montfort University, Leicester; LLB (Hons), 1993 College of Law, Chester.


Spending time with family, gardening and walking.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

DLA Piper fields an 'excellent, very personable and commercial' team with 'great sector knowledge across all levels'. Clients especially note the 'effective and practical' Philip Chong who has 'strategic insight, sharp intelligence and good judgment' and heads the international arbitration department in Europe. In recent highlights, Natasha Luther-Jones was recently promoted to global co-chair of energy and natural resources and led the advice to Nord/LB on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden; Dimitri Papaefstratiou was made head of energy and infrastructure projects in London and assisted Mytilineos with the limited recourse vendor financing and contractual documentation for a combined cycle gas turbine plant in Ghana. On the M&A side, Jon Hayes led a multi-jurisdictional team to handle GE's $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. The Manchester-based Darren Walsh is a finance specialist and recently represented clients such as KEPCO KPS and the Liverpool Combined Authority.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

Darren Walsh - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Energy

DLA Piper UK LLP fields a ‘quality’ team that acts for sponsors, developers and funders on projects and disputes(often with an international element) in the nuclear, embedded generation, renewables and energy from waste arenas, acting. The team advised Vital Energi Solutions on a series of energy efficiency schemes, which includes a £50m district heat network and energy efficiency project in Manchester’s Civic Quarter and a £26m energy efficiency project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. The team also represented Severfield (UK) on a £14m claim against contractor, Duro Felguera UK, in relation to the Carrington Combined Cycle Gas Technology Power Station Project and advised Stobart Biomass Products on operational issues at a 40MW biomass facility at the Port of Tilbury. Andrew Davies is experienced in the waste and energy sectors where he handles project finance mandates. Also recommended are legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is ‘responsive, and proactively seeks solutions to issues’ and has solar industry expertise, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted. Contentious construction lawyers David Moss and Paul Giles, who heads the national contentious construction team, are key members of the department, as is consultant Nigel Proctor, who is regularly instructed on energy projects, and has particular expertise in the procurement of all types of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Darren Walsh leads the energy sector team.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, ‘ability to deliver to tight and challenging deadlines’ and ‘excellent track record in highly complex projects’. The team acts for energy and infrastructure sponsors, developers and investors on the bid, financing and operational issues related to complex projects, both nationally and internationally. The public sector is a key area of focus and the team advised the Welsh Government on its forthcoming road PPP project relating to sections 5 and 6 of the A465. Balfour Beatty Investments, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Kelda Water Services and Mersey Gateway Crossing Board are also key clients. Team head Darren Walsh  is regularly engaged by energy sector clients on project finance matters. Liam Cowell is a ‘good project lead’ and is praised for his ‘ability to give a good steer and overall direction to a project’, particularly large-scale infrastructure projects.  Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Davies , who is ‘very practical, approachable, hardworking and committed’, and consultant Nigel Proctor, who  is ‘very experienced and is able to give valuable insights’, particularly in owner-funded and project-financed infrastructure projects; Proctor also has particular expertise in the procurement of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Other key figures include contentious construction lawyer Alison Fagan handles PFI and PPP projects and disputes, and legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is engaged in banking and project finance transactions, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted.

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