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Simon Hughes

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Real estate: energy and natural resources.


Simon is a partner specialising in real estate with particular reference to infrastructure development work. He leads the firm’s energy and natural resources real estate team and has extensive experience of project development work in relation to both renewable energy and conventional power generation projects, including CCGT power stations and lengthy linear schemes for both gas pipelines and electricity cables. Simon acts for numerous public and private companies and currently has instructions involving various clean energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, waste to energy and wave as well as conventional power projects.


Qualified 1998 with Harvey Ingram Owston; subsequently associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; joined Bond Pearce in 2003 becoming partner in 2008; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Law Society.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP represents developers, major utility companies, leading energy companies such as Vattenfall and Orsted, and independents. Recent corporate highlights include Sebastian Briggs 's advice to longstanding client RES on the sale of the Port Tyne battery storage project, while Simon Hughes oversaw a number of project developments such as the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and associated mandates such as the construction of a landward cable to connect the plant to the National Grid and the real estate aspects the incoming OFTO disposal. Ofgem appointed practice head Chris Towner , planning partner Jon Bower and construction expert Alex Hirom to assess the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets. The dispute resolution offering recently represented an electricity generator in a dispute with a utility provider arising from its SSA under the leadership of Ian Newcombe ; Thomas Williams recently joined the energy disputes team from Boodle Hatfield LLP .

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent commercial advice‚Äô to developers and power companies, with particular strength in¬†major national and international development projects in the renewables and oil and gas sectors. In a standout matter, Simon Hughes¬†advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the completion of its ¬£1.5bn wind farm development in the North Sea. In a cross-border highlight¬†Simon Hewes¬†advised corporate joint ventures in the conventional energy sector on transactions in Africa and the Middle East. In the regulatory space, department head Chris Towner¬†advised Ofgem on the development of a regime to competitively tender new separable transmission assets valued at over ¬£100m. Towner also advised RES on its sale of the Port of Tyne battery storage project. Moreover, Stephen Dilley¬†has experience in energy-sector disputes. Additional clients include Vattenfall, ES Pipelines and Beaufort Wind.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol

Within: Commercial property: Bristol

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†is ‚Äėhighly rated against its peer group‚Äô, and has particular strength in regeneration and development mandates, particularly in the renewable energy and rail infrastructure sectors. Simon Hughes, who leads the group‚Äôs energy and natural resources property practice, advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the leasing arrangements and associated rights for a ¬£1.5bn offshore wind farm development and continues to assist the client with landowner negotiations for the 48km landward side cable. Hughes also acted for a consortium of local authorities in connection with the land acquisition and agreements for the reopening of passenger train services between Bristol and Portishead. Similarly, Katherine Douglas¬†assisted Three Rivers District Council with the CPO strategy, planning process and development leases for the ¬£172m mixed-use South Oxhey Initiative.¬†Andrew Harding¬†advised Bristol City Council on the conditional sale of a high profile site to the University of Bristol. Managing associate Mark Li¬†assisted Network Rail Infrastructure with the grant of the South Western Franchise for passenger trains to First MTR South Western Trains, which involved leasing arrangements at 185 rail stations and eight light maintenance depots. Fiona O‚ÄôKane¬†heads the real estate business group.

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