Firms To Watch: Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s power practice was bolstered significantly in July 2023 with the arrival of energy specialists Ben Shorten and Trinh Chubbock, both of who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Experienced energy and infrastructure projects practitioner Shah Jahan Khandokar has been at the helm of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s energy practice since his June 2022 arrival from Hogan Lovells International LLP.
The energy practice at DWF, which is led by Brendan Slack, has been bolstered by the October 2022 arrival of Jim Jordan from Weightmans LLP and the January 2023 arrival of Yolanda Walker from CMS.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Energy and construction specialist Troy Edwards co-leads the London team at Allen & Overy LLP with international support from Washington-based co-head of the firm’s global practice John Marciano and Paris-based Marie StoyanovChris Andrew is focused on renewable and low carbon energy projects; Mark Walker, who is noteworthy for his expertise in thermal power, renewables and gas projects, international in scope; and the firm’s global managing partner Gareth Price who has a reputation for his finance-related work. Andrew Castle retired in 2023. Further team changes include the departures from Shearman & Sterling LLP of projects partners Trinh Chubbock and Ben Shorten to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in July 2023, of consultant John Inglis to Dentons in May 2023, and of Sanja Udovicic to Ashurst in the same month.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards; John Marciano; Marie Stroyanov

Other key lawyers:

Chris Andrew; Mark Walker; Gareth Price


‘Very strong practice for renewables work, particularly on the lender side advisory. Well plugged in to the market and other relevant players.’

Key clients


GIG / Macquarie

P3P Partners

Envision AESC Group

MUFG Bank, Ltd

X-Links Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited (a subsidiary of EDF)

Vertex Hydrogen Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the H2GS project which comprises the financing and development of a first-of-a-kind green steel plant in Boden, Sweden.
  • Advising Xlinks on most aspects of the development and financing of the Xlinks Morocco-UK power project which includes the development of a 10.5GW wind and solar energy generation project.
  • Advised in relation to the senior debt financing for the £3bn acquisition of 50% of the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm by AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances from Ørsted Wind Power A/S.


The practice at Ashurst is noted for its ‘exemplary knowledge of the industry’. Its workload includes the full scope of work for such key clients as the UK Government on matters involving financing, development, M&A and regulatory issues of complexity. Alternative energy specialist Michael Burns is at the team’s helm. Renewables and decarbonisation is a key focus of the offering. Specialists in this area include Antony Skinner and Anthony Johnson, who is regarded for his ‘courage to offer his true, clear views’ in difficult cases. The team’s strength in waste-to-energy work is described as being ‘the best in the sector’. Their capabilities extend further to include solar, waste, hydroelectric, and onshore and offshore wind-related projects, which has been a particular focus of May 2023-appointed partner Lindsey Bouchara. Notable changes to the team include the November 2022 arrival of Katie Williams from Linklaters LLP, the January 2023 arrival of Jo En Low from Bracewell (UK) LLP, and the May 2023 arrival of Sanja Udovicic from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:

Antony Skinner; Nick Stalbow; Cameron Smith; Nicholas Hilder; Anthony Johnson; Katie Williams; Sanja Udovicic; Jon En Low; Lindsey Bouchara


‘The team is truly exceptional. It has an ability to grasp difficult technical and commercial matters very quickly, not only offering relevant legal advice and drafting but also contribute meaningfully in the commercial assessment. Their provision of commercial advice is very impressive. As such, their offering is unique in the energy industry.’

‘The team is very professional, friendly and extremely responsive.’

‘Anthony Johnson and juniors demonstrate the  courage to offer their true, clear views on matters; an extraordinary ability to grasp complex technical and commercial matters very quickly and offer commercial advice therein.’

Key clients


UK Government

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Low Carbon

Octopus Renewables


Conrad Energy


Q Energy


Work highlights

  • Advising the UK Government on all aspects of its program to develop low-carbon hydrogen production capabilities.
  • Advising the funders in connection with the development and financing of the 882MW Moray West offshore windfarm located off the coast of Scotland.

Clifford Chance LLP

The power team at Clifford Chance LLP, noted as being ‘a pleasure to work with’, has a strong reputation for its capabilities in the full scope of complex power work, at both domestic and international levels. The team has a particular presence in the African market, which is Jeremy Connick‘s area of specialism. Partners include the firm’s global head of renewables and wind power expert James Pay , alongside global co-head of power Nicholas Hughes and global head of nuclear power John Wilkins, who is described as being ‘particularly effective in the energy sector’. A key example of the nature and scale of the team’s workload is its advising AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the 1.3 GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK. ‘Incredible leader and lawyer’ Clare Burgess heads up the Energy & Infrastructure team in London and has a particular focus on green finance initiatives, namely being work involving green bonds, green loans and current regulatory and legislative initiatives in this area.

Practice head(s):

James Pay; Nicholas Hughes; John Wilkins

Other key lawyers:

Clare Burgess; Jeremy Connick; Leonhard Rudolph; Joseph Woodworth


‘There are many qualities that set the team apart from any other, being expertise – each member of the team possesses a strong foundation in their respective area of expertise; team strength – there is a strong team spirit and individuals work seamlessly together; and problem solving – they are incredibly flexible, solutions-oriented and creative.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with the Clifford Chance team.’

‘Clare Burgess is an incredible leader and lawyer – she is extremely knowledgeable of the infra sector and in project financing. She has built a solid team and is always ready to step-in when needed, she is an excellent communicator with a great sense of humour.’

‘Leonhard Rudolph is our go-to adviser on anything construction and operations-related. He is great at thinking outside the box and able to deliver valid inputs and different points of view to optimise the project’s position.’

‘Joseph Woodworth is very experienced within the project financing area. He has been of tremendous help in our dialogue with senior creditors and really understands the borrower/lender dynamics and our needs therein.’

‘An excellent, knowledgeable team.’

‘An ability to keep calm and maintain good relationships with all involved. John Wilkins is particularly effective in the energy sector.’

Key clients

Sizewell C

Global Infrastructure Partners



Whitetail Clean Energy

Greenlink Interconnector Limited

AIP Management

Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large


Official Receiver of Calon Energy (Baglan Bay) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the 1.3GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK, the world’s largest wind farm.
  • Advising on the development and financing of the new Sizewell C nuclear power station in the UK, the largest power project in the world.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) on the sale of its entire 50% interest in the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.


Head of global energy and climate change at CMS, Munir Hassan, is also at the helm of the firm’s ‘strong, cohesive’ London-based power offering which is renowned for its involvement in significant and complex transactions across the energy space, often in the multi-millions in value. It has a strong reputation for its waste-to-energy capabilities, its involvement in international nuclear projects, offshore wind developments, and its expertise across all aspects of carbon capture. Louise Dalton has expertise spanning the clean energy sector, whilst Katie Duffield handles the financing side of projects; both are noted for their excellent technical knowledge in their areas of expertise’. Dalia Majumder-Russell has particular expertise in complex process power and renewables. Significantly, the team has been at the forefront of current issues, advising a range of UK supply companies in relation to the ongoing energy crisis.

Practice head(s):

Munir Hassan

Other key lawyers:

Dalia Majumder-Russell; Louise Dalton; Katie Duffield; Nicholas Ross-McCall; Will Fenn


‘A strong, cohesive team with a range of diverse experiences along with knowledge of intricate details of financing, solar and battery storage transactions. They have a detailed knowledge of the UK regulatory regime and are highly responsive to client demands.’

‘Louise Dalton, Katie Duffield, Nicholas Ross-McCall and Will Fenn all have excellent technical knowledge in their areas of expertise and are able to deliver on all aspects of renewable energy financings. They all adopt a hands-on approach to getting things done and do not shy away from taking on additional work or delivering to challenging timelines.’

‘The team’s quality of drafting and level of detail is excellent.’

Key clients


Octopus Energy

SSE Renewables



SO Energy




Northern Ireland Electricity

Northumbrian Water




Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by Macquarie on the acquisition of National Grid Gas; a major and complex restructuring of the UK energy market.
  • Advised Octopus Energy Group (Octopus) on its battle to take over of Bulb Energy’s (Bulb) 1.5m customers following a year-long tender process run by Bulb’s administrators.
  • Advised a number of the largest energy supply companies in Great Britain on a range of matters arising in the context of the ‘energy crisis’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well-known for its abilities handling key financing and M&A in relation to renewable, conventional and nuclear energy both domestically and in emerging markets. Power and renewables is the focus of experienced team member Sarah Pollock, who focuses on these areas in relation to significant acquisitions and project developments. Silke Goldberg also has expertise in these sectors with a focus on climate change liability and litigation, whilst Matthew Job is finance-focused. In addition, the team is well-equipped to handle new tech in the sector, involving carbon storage and power generation, hydrogen, batteries and energy storage matters. The global co-lead of energy Lewis McDonald also leads the firm’s London-based power practice. Notably, Dhananjaya Chak, who has experience handling energy acquisitions in international contexts, was promoted to partner in May 2022. David Wyles departed to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Lewis McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Pollock; Silke Goldberg; Helen Beatty; Matthew Job; Martin Kavanagh; Dhananjaya Chak

Key clients

NeuConnect Interconnector Project lenders


Mitsui & Co Ltd

Riverside Energy Park Limited lenders


Renewable Power Capital (RPC)

Iron Acton Green Limited

Government of Malawi

Total-Eren S.A, EDF Renouvelables S.A

Samsung C&T Corporation

Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership (TCP)

AMP Energy Services Limited


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders of Neuconnect, the German x British interconnector, in relation to the financing of the same.
  • Advising InterGen on the sale of their UK business, including 2.8GW of gas and 450MW of battery storage.
  • Advising Mitsui & Co on the acquisition of Aker’s subsidiary Mainstream Renewable Power with 6.5GW of developed generation capacity.

Linklaters LLP

Global head of energy and infrastructure Daniel Tyrer heads up the team at Linklaters LLP alongside energy and utilities specialists Chris Staples and Richard Coar. The team is vastly experienced advising its noteworthy client portfolio on the gamut of matters across the sector. Its expertise encompasses waste-to-energy and energy transition projects of significant scale. Further, it advises on mandates involving green hydrogen, battery storage, offshore wind and CCUS, which is a particular focus of Charlotte Morgan‘s. Battery projects have been a particular focus of Francesca Matthews. The team’s projects are frequently multijurisdictional in nature and of value in the billions; Jeremy Gewirtz often handles high-profile work. Maryam Adamji was promoted to partner in May 2022 and has experience advising on complex matters ranging from the development of interconnectors to the development of nuclear plants. Former co-head of the offering John Pickett retired in the same month. Katie Williams left to Ashurst in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; Chris Staples; Richard Coar

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Matthews; Jeremy Gewirtz; Maryam Adamji; Charlotte Morgan

Key clients

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Green Investment Group

Cory Riverside Energy Finance Limited

SSE Thermal Generation Holdings Limited and Equinor New Energy Limited


Greenlink Interconnector Financing Limited and Partners Group AG

Private equity arm of Goldman Sachs

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”)

Matthew Cowlishaw, Matthew Smith and Daniel Butters of Teneo Restructuring Limited (“Teneo”)

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsor team comprising of Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners and Kansai Electric Power on the financing of the NeuConnect interconnector project.
  • Advised Ørsted on the £3bn divestment of a 50% stake in its 1.3 GW Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm to a consortium comprising AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances.
  • Advised Cory in relation to the financing and development of the Riverside 2 energy-from-waste facility which will be located adjacent to Cory’s existing EfW facility in South London.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s power offering is noted as having a deep understanding of’ the sector and ‘extensive experience’ in handling international work. The team is headed up by Carina Radford who has significant experience assisting in large-scale, international cases, and projects and energy transition specialist Michael Watson. Mukund Dhar, who has a focus on African energy projects, is noted as being ‘a fantastic partner who is commercial, efficient and strategic’. The team has a strong reputation for its ability to handle matters involving infrastructure, financing and M&A matter of high-value and significant complexity, covering the industry, from conventional generation and renewables, to hydrogen, battery storage and energy infrastructure. It is also well-equipped to advise its clients on regulation, optimisation and operation aspects of projects, which is counsel Elisabeth Blundson‘s area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Carina Radford; Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:

Mukund Dhar; Elisabeth Blundson; Sandra Rafferty; Richard Hill


‘A very strong practice on power agreements across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘The team is cooperative and professional with commercial mindset.’

‘They are very reliable, easy to work with and provide prompt feedback.’

‘Very professional, open to discussion and results-oriented.’

‘The team is well-placed in the energy sector, they have a deep understanding of and extensive experience across the sector, globally.’

‘Mukund Dhar is a fantastic partner who is commercial, efficient and strategic.’

Key clients

African Development Bank (AfDB), Trade and Development Bank and Finnfund lenders



ARCH Emerging Markets Partners

ING Belgium NV/SA

Republic of Uzbekistan – Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade

NPC Ukrenergo

E.E.W. Eco Energy World UK Holdings Limited

Government of Nigeria

Orazul International España Holdings SL

UK investors in the renewable energy sector in Ukraine

Republic of Uzbekistan

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in relation to the ongoing process for the privatisation and expansion of the Talimarjan Power Plant in Uzbekistan.
  • Representing on a leading independent renewable energy development and operating company based in France, on the divestment of the 165 MW Kalistanneva onshore wind farm to a Finnish consortium.
  • Representing Gridserve, a sustainable energy business, on £200m investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc.

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘very capable team’ at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its experience across a broad-range of related work. It consistently advises its significant client portfolio on various complex aspects of power, including project finance, construction, planning, environmental and real estate elements, as well as on regulatory instruments across the market. In addition to its advising on domestic work, the team has experience handling matters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rory Connor, who works from the London office, is described as hands-on, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ and leads the team, with support from Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow and Glasgow-based Sarah Baillie. Matthew Williams bolstered the team in 2022 and is key to the offering, with focus on energy transition work for clients across a range of sectors. Marton Eorsi bolstered the team with his November 2022 arrival as partner from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Baillie; Rory Connor; Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Williams; Angus Rollo


‘The team has very good knowledge of the energy sector. Their advice to the client is well-balanced and gives proper solutions to the issues at hand.’

‘The team is very prompt in their responses and always ready to help on the issues raised.’

‘They are strong in their responsiveness and partner-level attention provision. They also possess good insight into the renewables market.’

‘The team really supports its clients throughout matters and in the structuring of transactions.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has a very capable team with experience from our markets, a good understanding of stakeholders and of the business environment.’

‘Rory Connor is an excellent choice. He is hands-on, pragmatic and solutions-oriented – he is a very nice person to be around and work with.’

‘The team has supported us successfully with a number of different renewable energy-related projects over the last 12 months.’

‘The team is quick to understand issues and communicate them in a clear manner.’

Key clients

British International Investment (BII)



Utility Warehouse


Octopus Energy


Alcemi Storage Partners

Flotation Energy Limited


East London Waste Authority

Berkley Energy

Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC

Alpiq AG

Shell Energy Europe (Shell)

WasteServ Malta

East London Waste Authority

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Peel NRE Wind Farms Limited

Vivergo Fuels Limited

National Grid

Greencoat Schroders

Gravis Capital

Drax Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, including the BII investment into the Klinchenberg Africa hydro platform.
  • Advising on offshore wind joint-ventures, including SSE’s offshore wind joint venture with Marubeni and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising on offshore power marketing and trading, an example being Viridios Group fundraising.

Baker McKenzie

Energy, mining and infrastructure expert Richard Blunt, who is well-regarded for his ‘sound judgment and perceptive management of matters’, heads up the team at Baker McKenzie alongside the firm’s global head of nuclear Neil Donoghue. The team is well-equipped to handle renewables-related work, with a particular developing focus on corporate PPAs, advising its key clients who are aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Its workload is formed in part of high-value energy transformation projects, involving complex debt and equity financings. Climate change, clean energy specialist and ‘reliable and trusted advisor’ Andrew Hedges has been involved in such noteworthy energy transition work. The cohort also has international capabilities, with presence namely in Africa.

Practice head(s):

Richard Blunt; Neil Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hedges; David Duncan


‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable and take time to get to know their clients’ ways of working and priorities. They draw on real industry experience when giving legal advice.’

‘Richard Blunt’s sound judgment and perceptive management of matters makes him an excellent business partner. Andrew Hedges has invaluable industry experience that enhances his clear legal advice.’

‘Andrew Hedges is very knowledgeable and takes the time to assist decision-makers in understanding some of the complexities of PPAs.’

Key clients


CGN Europe Energy

Dresser-Rand Group Inc.

EDF Energy

Fiera Infrastructure Inc.


Impala Platinum

INA Industrija Nafte DD

Itochu Corporation

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Marguerite Fund

Novartis Pharma AG

Office Nationale D’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable

Rio Tinto International Holdings

Sound Energy



Work highlights

  • Advising Fiera Infrastructure Inc. on its capital investment into the UK commercial and industrial roof top solar photovoltaic space for projects to be developed by Ortus Energy Ltd.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‘s ‘incredibly experienced’ practice has Michael Rudd at its helm, who is experienced in handling complex commercial, regulatory and projects-related work across water, energy and climate change sectors. The team’s workload involves a broad-range of complex and cross-border work for key clients in the sector, including advising on low carbon and renewable generation projects, EPCs, construction and energy efficiency regulatory matters; its matters vary from trademark protection to significant sale and acquisitions. Matt Bonass and Elizabeth Reid, noted together as being ‘a market-leading team with a wealth of knowledge’, both have particular expertise in solar. Battery storage and digitalisation are key areas of focus for the team, which also has an increasing involvement with hydrogen-related work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rudd

Other key lawyers:

Matt Bonass; Elizabeth Reid; Joshua Partridge


‘An incredibly experienced team being led by sector specialists.’

‘Elizabeth Reid and Matt Bonass are a market-leading team with a wealth of knowledge within the sector. The advice given by the wider team is always client-focused and commercial too.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar

Padero Solar

Next Energy Capital

Railpen Direct Infrastructure II Limited

Goldbeck Solar

Reichmuth Group

Centamin plc


Manx Utilities Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised investor Reichmuth on wind projects in Sweden, Lithuania and Germany, and solar projects in Denmark and Spain.
  • Advising a leading French civil construction company on complex issues of liability between consortium members in relation to issues advising following the construction of a solar park in Jamaica.
  • Advised solar developer Canadian Solar on a number of matters, including solar developments, acquisitions of projects and joint ventures developing solar farms.

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based power practice at Burges Salmon LLP is described as being ‘truly of the industry, with a genuine passion for it’ and has a focus on innovative projects in the sector. The team has strong capabilities in the sector, advising such notable clients as Bristol City Council on complex projects of value in the billions. Renewables are an area of focus for the team; Euan Bremner is noted as being ‘one of renewable energy’s biggest acts and a man you want on your side’, whilst Nick Churchward brings waste-to-energy expertise to the cohort. The team has impressive experience in floating wind work, in particular; it is currently advising on the Erebus project, which is set to be the UK’s largest. Ian Truman has expertise in nuclear work. Energy storage is another specialism and the team is noted as ‘standing above the legal industry pile on’ in this area. Decarbonisation and renewables expert Ross Fairley leads the team alongside Ian Salter and James Phillips.

Practice head(s):

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; James Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Nick Churchward; Camilla Usher-Clark; Will Woodall; Euan Bremner; Ian Truman; Alec Whiter; Peter Ramsden


‘The Burges team stands above the legal industry pile-on in energy storage. Their heritage in the renewable energy development community brings invaluable context when appraising assets and companies. They are truly of the industry, with a genuine passion for it, and the wiles to protect their clients.’

‘Euan Bremner is one of renewable energy’s biggest acts, and a man you want on your side. He is smart, rich with experience, and generous with his expertise. He combines a great mind with a great personality..

‘Alec Whiter is a rising star of energy storage; thoughtful, with growing breadth of vision.’

‘The team provides great personal engagement. They are very commercially aware as well as pragmatic and able to deliver fundable agreements.’

‘Will Woodall and Euan Bremner provide great strength-in-depth and think collaboratively with wider teams in multi-disciplinary deals. They have a very good commercial appreciation of the infra/energy market which they use to get to the nub of the issues.’

‘Alec Whiter has an outstanding and detailed knowledge of the energy market, an incredible work ethic and we suspect is the only person who really understands some of the deals he has drafted for us given their complexity.’

‘Nick Churchward has an excellent commercial approach to the energy/infra market.’

‘The team is supportive – they can also deploy significant resource at minimal notice.’

Key clients

Blue Gem Wind/A JV between Total and Simply Blue

Green Investment Group/Macquarie

Atrato Onsite Energy (listed fund)


Investec Bank

BayWa r.e. UK Limited

Gresham House

Octopus Renewables

Ocean Winds Offshore


Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Equinor (Offshore Wind)

Nuclear Liabilities Fund






Progressive Energy



Conrad Energy

Bluefloat Energy


Next Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Progressive Energy and ENI on consenting, real estate matters and regulatory matters for a new carbon dioxide carbon capture linked to hydrogen production and carbon capture as part of HyNet.
  • Advising Bluegem, a Joint Venture between Total and Simply Blue, on the Erebus floating wind project off the coast of Wales which is heralded to be 96MW of floating wind; the largest floating wind project in the UK.
  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) on its innovative £112.4m acquisition of a 93.2MWp UK-based solar and wind portfolio, bringing its total portfolio of assets to 766MWp.


The team at Dentons, noted as a ‘very capable team with extensive knowledge of the energy sector’, is led by experienced energy practitioner and ‘trusted pair of hands’ Lucille De Silva, who specialises in work involving renewables and low carbon transactions. The team has a strong reputation for its abilities to advise both private and public sector clients on the full gamut of related matters. Its workload includes advising on the ongoing UK energy crisis, on complex matters involving climate change and work involving renewables, a key example being its work as project counsel on the £4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland. Key name in the team Christopher McGee-Osborne has expertise across these areas in a public law context. The team was bolstered with the May 2023 arrival of expert consultant in the field John Inglis, formerly of Shearman & Sterling LLPPaul Doris departed to Brown Rudnick LLP in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lucille De Silva

Other key lawyers:

Christopher McGee-Osborne; Mark Cheney; Graham Richmond; Humphrey Douglas; Claudia Thomas; Carolyn Burns; Zara Skelton; Colm Ó hUiginn; Mel Mahon; Adam Brown; Charles Wood


‘The team has a broad range of experience in renewable energy and is our go-to for unique and unusual areas of expertise which other firms might not offer.’

‘Lucille De Silva has strong expertise in renewable energy matters and is a trusted pair of hands and Mel Mahon is extremely responsive. ’

‘This is a very capable team with extensive knowledge of the energy sector, who are able to work at pace but do not neglect the important issues. They are thoughtful and innovative, and quick to pick up new matters and run with them. They work like an extension of our in-house team and perform very well under pressure.’

‘Adam Brown and Charles Wood are exceptional – they work very hard and go the extra mile – they are innovative thinkers who find solutions to complex issues, able to work at speed whilst bringing careful consideration to what we needed them to do.’

‘In our case, Adam Brown and Charles Wood were always three steps ahead to provide accurate, useful advice, often within extremely challenging timeframes and high client pressure. They worked tirelessly to deliver on a range of complex issues.’

‘Christopher McGee-Osborne, Adam Brown, Claudia Thomas and Carolyn Burns consistently add value and bring real expertise in the subject matter. They immerse themselves within the wider team.’

‘Dentons have a diverse team.’

‘Graham Richmond from Dentons is a fantastic resource. He is dedicated and knowledgeable in a broad range of energy technologies and contracting issues.’

Key clients


Pale Blue Dot (Storegga Earth)

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Power by Britishvolt

Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC)

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


Electricity Settlements Company Limited (ESC)

Xlinks Limited

XLCC Limited

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited (FCIB)


Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE) Limited


Vantage RE Limited

Asahi CE & Europe Services s.r.o.

Crossbridge Energy A/S




EDF Renewables

Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

Diamond Transmission


Anergi Power Holdings Ltd

National Westminster Bank plc

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising as project counsel on the c. £4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland.
  • Advising BEIS on the Energy Prices Act 2022.
  • Advised Crossbridge Energy A/S on a Co-operation Agreement with Everfuel for the development and offtake of green hydrogen from Everfuel’s anticipated 300MW electrolyser plant.

DLA Piper

The power practice at DLA Piper is headed up by the knowledgeable and experienced’ Natasha Luther-Jones, who works from the firm’s Leeds and London offices, and UK head of energy and natural resources James Carter. The team handles matters at both national and international level, advising on factors including corporate PPAs, renewables and on the sales and acquisitions of high-value, large-scale power projects. International financings, sales and acquisitions are Iain Elder‘s area of specialism. Karim Maalioun joined from FASKEN in July 2022, whilst Titus Edjua joined from Clifford Chance LLP in September 2022; both have expertise working on the project development and finance aspects of energy and natural resources-related projects in emerging markets. Electricity and heat regulation-focused legal director Aditi Tulpule joined from an in-house position in February 2023, whilst special counsel Jeremy MacIver departed to an in-house role in January 2023. Charlotte Eliades is an associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Luther-Jones; James Carter

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Gunst; Iain Elder; Hayley Kinsey; Alex Murdie; Charlotte Eliades


‘The team is knowledgeable, well-connected, client-oriented and very pragmatic.’

‘Andreas Gunst is simply an authority in the field of environmental commodities.’

‘Hayley Kinsey was especially helpful right from the start of negotiations. She provides really clear and helpful guidance.’

‘The responsiveness and solutions-oriented nature of the team is great.’

‘The partner have excellent knowledge and a wealth of experience in the their areas of competence, built-up in unison with the evolution of the market.’

‘There is great renewable energy experience across the team, particularly on the lender side. The team takes a practical and commercial approach to problem-solving which is welcome.’

‘Natasha Luther-Jones is knowledgeable and experienced on the renewables front. She keeps the team’s focus on material impact points and is always willing to share best practices and market innovations from a contracting perspective, which is beneficial.’

‘Natasha Luther-Jones attracts talented associates to her team. Andreas Gunst is very good on regulatory and complex commercial energy contracts. Alex Murdie is fantastic on energy projects, being commercial, pragmatic and technically strong.’

Key clients

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)

National Grid

NEOM Green Hydrogen Company


Elgin Energy

Greencoat Renewables PLC

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.



Kommunalkredit Austria, AG


Power Capital Renewable Energy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Prime Capital

DIF Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of a 519MW portfolio of solar PV projects and 70 MW of co-located energy storage capacity to Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited.
  • Advising Shell on its $1.9bn of Nature Energy Biogas, a Denmark-based producer of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from agricultural, industrial and household wastes.
  • Advising two of the counterparties to Microsoft’s large scale purchase of renewable power in Ireland: Power Capital Renewable Energy and Statkraft.

Ernst & Young LLP

The renewables-focused offering at Ernst & Young LLP is led by Charles Morrison and Dimitri Papaefstratiou. Its workload consists in large part of advising its noteworthy client portfolio on the construction and development of high-value, large-scale power projects, including wind, hydrogen and solar – such matters are often international in scope. In addition, it is well-regarded for its abilities handling PPAs. Simon Collier leads on much of the team’s work in this sector, advising on M&A, development and financings, and disposals of interest. Michelle T Davies, the firm’s now global head of sustainability law, arrived in the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in May 2022 alongside Rob McNabb and Jean-Pascal Boutin from the same firm. Robert Broom has moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charles Morrison; Dimitri Papaefstratiou

Other key lawyers:

Simon Collier; Michelle T Davies; Rob McNabb; Jean-Pascal Boutin


‘The EY team have led the legal work in complex solar and wind projects in Zambia for us. The nature of the geography and the unique structuring have required strong understanding of power markets and project finance, and innovative thinking.’

Key clients

Mbhepo Power

Serengeti Energy

Hydrogen South West

Otovo ASA

Mytilineos S.A.

Metka EGN


Milbank is noteworthy for its breadth of capabilities in the power space, with a strong reputation for its abilities advising its clients, including renowned banks, on matters involving transitional energy, including battery-related projects; green ammonia projects; green hydrogen matters, as well as on the full scope of renewable, power and gas-to-power work. Its workload in these areas is often multijurisdictional in nature. John Dewar, who exhibits outstanding leadership’, heads up the offering. Battery specialist Matthew Brown joined from Latham & Watkins in May 2022. Climate and sustainability expert Chris Taufatofua is a key name to note, as is Munib Hussain who was promoted to partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Dewar

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Lawrence; Yi Ming Chan; Chris Taufatofua; Matthew Brown; Munib Hussain; Jenna Darler; Lewis Blundell; Vicky May


‘The team can successfully lead negotiations in a timely manner, reaching agreements within timeframes expected by all parties.’

‘John Dewar has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of renewable energy and energy transition. He exhibits outstanding leadership of the team and guides its members to advise and assist lenders efficiently and effectively.’

‘Vicky May demonstrates huge devotion to clients.’

‘Jenna Darler is a key player in the team. Even in the face of highly complex and political issues, she always tries to build documentation with a simplified structure so that all parties can easily understand and digest the content.’

‘Lewis Blundell is supportive to clients; he always sheds light on legal and commercial points.’

‘A go-to firm for acting as lenders’ counsel on windfarm energy projects. They showcase strong and in-depth and knowledge of the field.’

‘Vicky May, Sophie Lawrence and Yi Ming Chan are always on top of things.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Standard Chartered bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance,

Japan Bank for International Cooperation and International Finance Corporation

Societe Generale

Norinchukin Bank

Green Investment Group (Macquarie Capital)

World Bank-PPIAF

West African Power Pool


New Fortress Energy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

International Finance Corporation

Gas Natural Açu

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia

Total S.A.

Rio Energia



Apollo Investment Management



Sovereign Fund of Egypt


Deutsche Gas


Work highlights

  • Advised various parties in the project financing of the greenfield 505MW Amunet onshore wind farm project located in Egypt.
  • Advised the lenders in relation to the green loan to finance the $736m acquisition of Norwegian-headquartered solar panel maker REC Solar Holdings by Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd.
  • Advised a lender group of export credit agencies and international financial institutions in financing a high voltage direct current subsea transmission system in the UAE.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘diverse, long-standing and focused’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is headed up by Rob Marsh, who is vastly experienced in the financing of energy projects. The team ably advises both developers and lenders on the full gamut of energy work which spans an array of sectors, including solar, onshore wind and renewables. The team is well-equipped to handle complex matters at both domestic and international level. Charles Whitney, for example, has an incredible focus on a range of work in Uzbekistan, and is described as a standout practitioner.’ Christopher Down, noted as a ‘thoughtful and dedicated partner’ also has a specialism in this international work. ‘Exceptional operator’ Stephen Rigby has a focus on UK energy and natural resources-related corporate finance work, and Madhavi Gosavi, also finance-focused, is another name to note. Finance specialist Nicky Davies has bolstered the London team with her July 2022 internal relocation from the firm’s Singapore office. Matthew Hardwick  and Daniel Giemajner both departed to Akin in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Charles Whitney; Chris Down; Stephen Rigby; Madhavi Gosavi; Timothy Han; Nicky Davies; Ben Carrozzi


‘Norton Rose Fulbright has a diverse, long-standing and focused team that routinely leads on almost all significant large-scale and complex transactions in Uzbekistan. They have a great track-record of facing quite formidable issues in a challenging jurisdiction.’

‘Charles Whitney is a standout practitioner who leads on work in Uzbekistan. He is a seasoned professional who is familiar with intricacies and legal developments, committed to advising on the private side of investment and infrastructure transactions.’

‘Chris Down is a thoughtful and dedicated partner who spends his time on many energy deals in Uzbekistan. He is very reasonable, delicate and diplomatic when negotiating with the government and he knows how to persuade the public side to accept the client’s concerns and challenges.’

‘Timothy Han is an attentive and scrupulous associate. He leads on the key workstreams and manages well what is hardly manageable when a complex transaction develops in several directions.’

‘The team has real strength-in-depth and a vast knowledge of our sector and our business.’

‘Stephen Rigby is an exceptional operator – he knows our business inside-out and provides invaluable support.’

‘The team is very experienced in the Uzbekistan market. They have worked both for the developers and the lenders and know the ins-and-outs of the energy sector and its issues. They are always commercially-oriented and pragmatic, their value-for-money is exceptional.’

‘Charles Whitney and Chris Down are highly professional gentlemen. Chris Down is a great expert in project documentation, he knows his stuff, is very attentive to details and is quick in understanding even the most complex Uzbek-law matters. Charles Whitney gets his client the best deals, is very pragmatic and always keeps the bigger picture in his mind.’

Key clients



Lightsource bp


Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)


Greencoat UK Wind plc



Ministry of Finance of Angola






Société Générale



Work highlights

  • Advising the sponsors on the circa. £1.9bn on Moray West offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, Scotland.
  • Represented Masdar in relation to the financing of a 500MW onshore wind farm located in the Navoi region of Uzbekistan.
  • Advised a consortium comprising KEPCO, Kyushu and EDF on its combined 40% stake, developing and operating the transmission system for 35 years alongside ADNOC and TAQA.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

The ‘well-organised team of great listeners’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has a strong reputation for its abilities advising on the full scope of power matters of significant complexity and consistently high-value and international in scope. Its areas of focus include advising on the acquisition, disposal and restructuring of assets related to key renewable energy projects, namely offshore windfarms, as well as advising on solar PV and battery storage projects. Wind energy work is an area of specialism for Ravinder Sandhu. The team is also well-equipped to assist its impressive client portfolio in financings and corporate PPAs; financing is a particular area of expertise for Adam Smith, who is noted as being ‘practical and easy to work with’. Simon Alsey‘s area of expertise is in M&A, development and commercial contract work in the energy sector. The team is led by Evan Stergoulis.

Practice head(s):

Evan Stergoulis

Other key lawyers:

Simon Alsey; Adam Smith; Oliver Sikora; Ravinder Sandhu; Rebecca Downes; Rebecca Grevitt; April Lord


‘An extremely agile and responsive team with strong and granular renewable energy project finance experience.’

‘We are very satisfied and impressed by the work performed by Adam Smith, Oliver Sikora and Evan Stergoulis. They are a well-organised team of great listeners.’

‘Adam Smith is very responsive and has excellent product expertise.’

‘Adam Smith is a partner with the expertise to interpret and resolve disputes among counterparties.’

‘Simon Alsey and Evan Stergoulis are very experienced in the renewables space. Legal advice the provide always includes commercial and tactical support aspects of a situation.’

‘Adam Smith is practical and easy to work with – he is able to explain legal concepts and how to appropriately allocate risks between parties and has good legal market knowledge. Associates Rebecca Downes and April Lord are both quick, accurate and very capable of stepping in.’

‘Ravinder Sandhu has extensive experience in the OFTO transaction sphere. She is not only legal, but very commercially astute and provides a fantastic sparring platform. She is very trusted by us and we would highly recommend her.’

‘Simon Alsey is a very strong contact with who we are confident to immediately discuss certain topics and workstreams as they arise. Rebecca Grevitt’s experience and knowledge is strong and we very much trust and value her input to our transactions.’

Key clients


Atradius (The Netherland’s Export Credit Agency)


BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Credit Agricole






Glennmont Partners




Microsoft Corporation



NextEnergy Solar Fund

Octopus Energy




RockRose Energy plc




Sustainable Development Capital

Taiwan Cooperative Bank



UK Export Finance

Vedera Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Ørsted A/S, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers S.A and Crédit Agricole Assurances through their joint venture vehicles on the disposal of the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm transmission assets.
  • Advised the lenders and hedge providers on the approximately $1.6bn project financing of the 298MW Zhong Neng offshore wind farm.
  • Advised OX2 on the sale of a 49% stake in three offshore wind projects in Sweden to Ingka Investments.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The team of ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced energy lawyers’ at Osborne Clarke LLP is headed up by Bristol-based Matthew Lewis. It has strong capabilities advising its client list on the establishment and financing of various large-scale projects. It is also vastly experienced advising on acquisitions, particularly those involving energy transition, namely hydro energy storage and wind. Additionally, the team advises on renewable work including solar farm and battery storage projects. Names to note include UK power expert Hannah Roscoe, well-regarded for her ‘razor-sharp commercial acumen’, project finance specialist Dominic O’Brien and Deborah Harvey who is experienced handling complex transactions. Corporate finance specialist Matt Lewy bolstered the offering with his September 2022 arrival from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Other key lawyers:

John Deacon; Dominic O’Brien; Hannah Roscoe; Deborah Harvey; Matt Lewy; Jasdeep Puri


‘They are a team of extremely knowledgeable and experienced energy lawyers, backed by some very capable associates. Any query or issue is dealt with promptly and expertly, and advice is strongly commercially-minded with a view to getting deals completed.’

‘Hannah Roscoe provides an invaluable service. She combines razor-sharp commercial acumen with a great desire to give the perfect level of customer service. We have worked with Hannah for many years and she has become one of the foremost energy lawyers in the country.’

‘Jasdeep Puri has given strong support where required and shows great potential… definitely one to watch for the future.’

Key clients

Acorn Bioenergy

Ameresco Inc.

Ampyr Energy UK

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group Y


CMC Poland Sp.

Conrad Energy

Ecotricity Group Limited

Encavis AG

Enfinium Energy

Erova Energy

Ethical Power

Fleete (Macquarie Green Investment Group)

Foresight Group

Glennmont Capital Partners

Gore Street Capital

GreenFrog Power

Gresham House

HyCap/Vedra Capital Partners


Infragreen Capital

Lhyfe UK

Lynher Energy

Px/Saltend Chemicals Park Limited

Statera Energy

The Renewables Infrastructure Group

Triple Point Investment

Work highlights

  • Advising Macquarie’s Green Investment Group on the establishment and roll out of their global electric vehicle charging business, Fleete Group.
  • Advising HyCap, a specialist green hydrogen private equity fund – on a variety of investment across the green hydrogen and ammonia value chain including the acquisition of 4 hydrogen projects.
  • Advising Foresight, a leading listed infrastructure and private equity investment manager, on a wide range of transactions, including in the acquisition of a 1.6GWh pumped hydro energy storage and wind project in Scotland.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is regarded as being excellent in providing commercial advice’ to its impressive portfolio of clients. The team’s workload is varied, and includes assisting in the complex processes involved in high-stakes project financing work; in the acquisition and disposal of key energy-related infrastructure in the UK; and in the development of significant renewables projects, particularly in the domestic and international offshore wind space, which is a particular focus of Gareth Phillips and of senior associate Amy Stirling. Phillips co-leads the London team alongside Peter Feehan. They are supported by Leeds-based Melanie Grimmitt who leads the firm’s global energy practice, Edinburgh-based Julia Maguire, and Graham Alty, from the Manchester office. Notably, energy and infrastructure partners Rob Morson and Apicksha Patel both relocated internally from South Africa to London in June 2022, whilst Didar Dhillon left to work in-house in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Grimmitt; Julia Maguire; Graham Alty; Gareth Phillips; Pete Feehan

Other key lawyers:

Murdo Maclean; Apicksha Patel; Rob Morson; John Woolley; Amy Stirling


‘The team has been excellent in providing commercial advice on the nascent hydrogen market.’

‘The team is easy and enjoyable to work with. They have a great understanding of the sectors that they work in and provide sound commercial advice. They come up with practical and commercial solutions to issues, not just legal advice.’

Key clients

IONS-NET Limited

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC)

Orsted Wind Power A/S

Island Green Power

Drax Power Limited (DPL)

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Viridor Energy Limited


BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd


Greencoat Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Formulated the first ever European Project financeable solution for EV Infrastructure Charging in the UK, having helped IONS-NET raise £92m (equity finance) and c.£350m (debt finance).
  • Acting for DPL on its Bioenergy Carbon Capture Project (BECCS) at Drax Power Station, which would be the world’s largest carbon capture plant.
  • Acting for Orsted Wind Power A/S on all consenting, environmental and property issues associated with the 2.6GW Hornsea Project Four Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Southern North Sea.

Simmons & Simmons

National head of the firm’s UK energy, natural resources and infrastructure group Iain Duncan, leads the ‘great group of highly experienced lawyers’ in Simmons & Simmons‘ London-based power team. It has vast experience advising a broad-range of clients, being sponsors, financiers, governments, project companies and financial investors on all aspects of significant power and renewables matters. The team has international presence, with Alex Blomfield being particularly experienced in handling cross-jurisdictional work. Marc Fèvre stands out for his expertise handling corporate PPAs related to renewables. Patrick Wallace and Andrew Petry also harness specialisms in this area and are currently advising on Europe’s largest corporate PPA. Simon Kenolty, of counsel, has expertise in finance work. The team also advises on significant wind, solar and battery storage-related work; renewables expert Serra Tar joined the practice in April 2022 from Clifford Chance LLP. Managing associate Tom Gray departed to work in-house in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Serra Tar; Alex Blomfield; Patrick Wallace; Andrew Petry; Marc Fèvre; Alexander Keepin; Simon Kenolty


‘The team has perfect market knowledge and is formed of a great group of highly experienced lawyers, efficient in providing solutions and creative in providing full support to its clients.’

‘A team of brilliant experts, who are very efficient and act as a constant backup in all critical situations for their clients.’

‘I have found the team responsive and very knowledgeable of the sector. The team is clear, comprehensive and patient in explaining technical issues and delivers consistently high-quality work and careful advice.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Legal & General and NTR

Globeleq and its Cameroon power project companies Kribi and Dibamba


Source Energie

Next Energy


Genesis Infrastructure

Beo Clean Energy Ltd.

Stone City Energy

Natixis and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (the “AIIB”)

Barclays Bank PLC

Ellomay Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Mainstream on its exit from the Aela joint venture in Chile, which under the ownership of Actis (60%) and Mainstream (40%), grew to become Chile’s largest independent power producer of renewable energy.
  • Advising Stone City Energy and its consortium partners on the project financing and closing of their $1.2bn combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Uzbekistan.
  • Advising Natixis and AIIB on the refinancing of the Xekaman 1 hydropower project, a 290MW and a 32MW hydropower project and the Xekaman 3 hydropower project.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s practice is known for its abilities advising on the full gamut of projects across the energy space. It is co-headed by Michael Corbett and Hywel Davies and advises on the acquisition, financing and development of key projects spanning the sector, including solar PV, battery storage, offshore wind and green hydrogen, with which the team has a focus on the African market. Additionally, the team is equipped to assist with regulatory matters, particularly regarding new nuclear, carbon capture and storage. ‘Absolute superstar’ Oly Moir stands out for his capabilities handling large-scale projects in international contexts and Richard Todd is also noted for his ‘deep experience in project finance’. Another noteworthy individual is Daniel Mewton, who is described as ‘the most exceptional associate’.

Practice head(s):

Michael Corbett; Hywel Davies

Other key lawyers:

Richard Todd; Oly Moir; Daniel Mewton; Azadeh Nassiri; Iain McCann; Tom Inker; Chloe Halloran; Jodi Haigh


‘Richard Todd and Daniel Mewton are outstanding in their field. Both have a real ‘can do, will do’ attitude to understanding both client needs and turning aspirations into opportunities and solutions.’

‘Oly Moir is an absolute superstar and will dominate the energy space in years to come. His knowledge base is wide and he is on the pulse of all relevant legal issues in a complicated and ever-changing sector. Iain McCann is one to watch as an associate and is a sure-fire partner of the future.’

‘An exceptional team experienced in working on large-scale green hydrogen projects. They have an exceptional depth of knowledge and are very solution-oriented.’

Key clients





Deep Wind Offshore AS

Hyphen Hydrogen Energy


Marubeni Europower

Octopus Renewables


Schroders Plc

Trilantic Europe

UK Infrastructure Bank

Vitol / VPI

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Spirit Energy Limited

Kellas Midstream

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyphen Hydrogen Energy on its plan to construct and operate one of the world’s largest vertically-integrated green hydrogen projects in Namibia.
  • Advised in connection with Octopus Energy Development Partnership’s acquisition of a 24% stake in Exagen Group Limited, a developer of large-scale solar and battery facilities which help bring energy security.
  • Advising Ørsted in connection with their offshore wind farm projects and related power purchase arrangements.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s power team, described as being ‘a delight to work with’, is well-established and able to handle the array of complex work in the sector, both domestically and internationally. The scope of its workload includes assisting in infrastructure matters regarding both renewables, including solar, wind and energy-from-waste work, and conventional power. Jennifer Charles was notably promoted to partnership in May 2022. Henry Stewart, who has a particular focus on M&A and financings in the renewables space, leads the team. Standout practitioners include Daisy East, who is advising Sequoia as secured creditor regarding the high-profile administration of Bulb Energy Limited. ‘Outstanding disputes lawyer’ Rebecca Williams is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Henry Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Williams; Mark McAllister-Jones; Jan Mellmann; Daisy East; Nerina Erasmus; Emmanuel Ninos; Jennifer Charles; Martin Lucas; Alexander Creswick; Marianne Antonne


‘The team are a delight to work with – extremely sharp and hardworking with excellent instincts when it comes to energy matters. Their sector knowledge is always right up to date, they really know their market and what their clients want.’

‘Rebecca Williams is an outstanding disputes lawyer. Her instincts in relation to strategy and how matters are likely to be received by a judge or tribunal are always spot on, and when dealing with difficult opponents she is a fighter that you want in your corner. Her knowledge of the renewables market and the economic dynamics behind legal disputes is second-to-none.’

‘Mark McAllister-Jones is all over the detail of matters and even at crunch points, he manages to ensure that everything is under control. He deals with difficult issues promptly, carefully and skilfully. He is an excellent disputes lawyer with great commercial sense.’

‘A great and highly competent team, very good at helping solve their client’s problems. They also have diverse experience across various projects.’

‘Jan Mellmann, Daisy East and Nerina Erasmus are highly committed to bringing results with a practical approach and impressive experience.’

‘Emmanuel Ninos is an excellent lawyer with deep knowledge on power purchase agreements and electricity markets. His advice is clear and pragmatic and he collaborates effectively with his colleagues in London and overseas to provide his clients with coordinated and comprehensive advice.’

‘Martin Lucas is very knowledgeable in offshore wind and renewables, and great to work with.’

‘Alexander Creswick is extremely clever, and very adept in identifying and developing legal arguments that are not always obvious but potentially devastating. Marianne Antonne’s insight demonstrates her extensive experience in energy regulatory law and industry.’

Key clients

Lightsource bp





Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Fund

Lloyds Bank


Palestine Power Generating Company

Nala Renewables



Edmond de Rothschild

Cero Generation





Hitachi Zosen Inova


Work highlights

  • Advising Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund as secured creditor regarding the energy administration of Bulb Energy Limited in the first ever use of the UK’s energy supply company administration regime.
  • Advising CREDITAS on its acquisition of InterGen Projects (UK) Limited and its UK business from InterGen’s parent company.
  • Advising TEPCO Renewable Power on its acquisition of Flotation Energy Limited, TEPCO’s first major offshore wind venture outside of Japan.


Akin‘s practice has experience handling projects involving conventional and renewable generation of energy, namely involving offshore wind, carbon capture and EV charging matters in both cross-border and domestic contexts. The offering has also advised The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on matters surrounding the ongoing UK cost of living crisis. The team was bolstered in 2022 with the arrival of multiple partners, being Alex Harrison, who joined the energy and renewables team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in July and now leads it, followed by the September arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright of Matthew Hardwick and Daniel Giemajner, who offer extensive experience in the financing and delivering of international energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Alex Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hardwick; Daniel Giemajner


‘We go to Akin for the high value complex matters where there is a novel aspect requiring innovation. in particular hydrogen and CCUS.’

‘We go to Matt Hardwick who leads the team and manages all aspects of advice. The advice is partner led and managed unlike other US and Magic circle firms. When we are moving into new areas that are business critical this is important. Matt is a problem solver and an innovator.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group Inc.

Elliott Management


Helios Investment Partners

Edison Energy LLC

Vivo Energy

Letter One

Work highlights

  • Advised Edison Energy LLC in relation to its acquisition of Alfa Energy, which will allow Edison to further expand its reach.
  • Advised PGIM Private Capital as the sole provider of financing on a £350m debut private placement issuance by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.

Bracewell (UK) LLP

Energy finance specialist and managing partner Jason Fox leads Bracewell (UK) LLP‘s power practice, which also Alistair Calvert has extensive experience handling both international arbitration matters and domestic litigation work with an energy focus. John Gilbert also has expertise in energy-related dispute resolution work regarding both conventional and renewable power generation projects. Oliver Irwin is another name to note in the team for his experience handling the financing aspects of significant energy projects. Jo En Low departed to Ashurst in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Calvert; John Gilbert; Tracy London; Oliver Irwin; Darren Spalding; Ronen Lazarovitch; Gordon Stewart


‘A specialist boutique law firm, which has the breadth and depth to advise on complex financing transactions in the power sector.’

‘They are very reliable especially when we are going on transactions with very tight timelines.’

Key clients

Vårgrønn A.S.

Absa Bank Limited

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited

Eni S.p.A.

Marubeni Corporation

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company

South Rabigh Renewable Company

Riyad Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation

Harmony CS Limited,

Harmony CTF Limited

Harmony CTF 2 Limited


TotalEnergies, Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Alternative Solutions for Renewable Energy LLC

CTGI Renewable Energy Limited

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Harmony HB Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Vårgrønn in its 20% acquisition in the Dogger Bank offshore wind project.
  • Acted as international counsel to the mandated lead arrangers and lenders on the financing of the acquisition by Infinity Renewables Energy B.V. of Lekela Power B.V., the owner and operator of over 1GW of operational wind projects across Africa.
  • Acted as international counsel to the lenders on the development and financing of the 300MW Saad solar PV IPP in Saudi Arabia, one of the REPDO Round 3 projects.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is well-equipped to advise its clients on key transactions, including those involving new technologies such as nuclear fusion, hydrogen and carbon capture. It also advises on the sale and acquisition of large-scale renewable energy projects, such as onshore wind farms and battery storage facilities predominantly in the UK and Europe. The team is co-headed by Mark Richards and ‘genuine world-class individual’ and sustainability specialist Kiran Arora. Helen Miller is an associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards; Kiran Arora

Other key lawyers:

Adam Dann; Kenneth Addly; Helen Miller


‘The team, led by Kiran Arora, has an unsurpassed ability to cover a range of complexities across different technologies and commercial structures when looking at energy and infrastructure assets.’

‘Kiran Arora is a genuine world-class individual with a deep understanding of how we, as the client, operate. He consistently delivers an efficient outcome supported by considered insight and real commercial acumen around a transaction.’

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure Limited

Downing LLP

AGR Renewables

Gent Fairhead & Co

Ancala Partners

BT Group

National Grid Group

EDF Energy


NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Raynham Farm Company (AD) Limited

Corbiere Renewables Limited

Nithio Holdings Inc.

Schneider Electric Industries SAS

Work highlights

  • Advising Downing Sustainable Investments on the acquisition of a portfolio of 11 operational wind farms across England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Advised AGR Renewables on the development and sale of a 65MW solar PV park and 49MW battery storage facility in the UK to Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT).
  • Advised Energia Group on Microsoft venture as pair announce CPPA for new renewable energy in Ireland.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG‘s offering is co-led by a multitude of energy specialists, being ‘results-driven’, corporate-focused Gareth Baker, regulatory experts John Cooper and Birmingham-based Gus Wood, real estate specialist Helen Emmerson, also in Birmingham, Nath Curtis, who has a particular focus on project finance and Jonathan Brufal, who works predominantly on international project development matters from the London and Dubai offices. The team ably handles transactional energy work in these areas, in key M&A and financing matters of high-value, in particular, frequently acting in collaboration with the Dubai team on international work. ‘Leader in the field’ James Stanier is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Gus Wood; Helen Emmerson; Nath Curtis; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

James Stanier; Roisin Bergin


‘This team has unparalleled experience in the energy sector.’

‘James Stanier is a leader in the field. He is knowledgeable, has excellent communication skills and has done such a good job for us – you know they’ve done a good job when the other side tries to steal them! Associate George Nixon is also fantastic – he is very detailed in his approach and knowledgeable.’

‘The team takes the time to understand your business, its strategy and future plans and then tailor their advice on specific projects in the best way to deliver  for the wider company’s benefit. They think outside the box and add real value to businesses.’

‘Gareth Baker drives the added-value approach and tries to understand the business – he tailors advice on that basis. He takes care when delegating to others within the team to maintain a real oversight at all times and add value.’

‘Gowlings’ practice has good experience in new technologies across the market, particularly on hydrogen projects. The team are particularly responsive and go the extra mile to get deals done for clients.’

‘Gareth Baker is results-driven, pragmatic and a shrewd negotiator; Nath Curtis has market-leading knowledge and particular expertise in financing deals; Roisin Bergin is an up-and-coming talent, very dedicated and shows great client care.’

‘Gus Wood is very good on commercial energy matters.’

Key clients

Brockwell Energy Limited

Eelpower Limited

Energy Storage Africa

Greenage Power Limited

Pacific Green Technologies

Shore Capital

J.P Morgan Cazenove

Numis Securities Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Cadent Gas

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Island Green Power Limited

Exagen Group Limited

The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of FI1 Limited on the sale of their stake in the project companies that will construct and operate the first ever UK-Germany Transmission Link.
  • Advised Eelpower on its new partnership with Renewable Power Capital, a pan-European renewable energy investment platform backed by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  • Advised the Utility Regulator on determining disputes between persons connected or wanting to be connected to the energy network and the owner/operator of the network.


HFW‘s construction specialist team is led by Max Wieliczko, alongside the firm’s global team lead Michael Sergeant. It regularly advises its key client list on the construction and development of significant infrastructure projects, particularly in offshore wind contexts. The team has strong capabilities handling disputes involving high-value and often cross-jurisdictional projects, as well as advisory work. Energy disputes are an area of focus for Richard Booth. The team has grown at associate level and with the January 2023 arrival from Duane Morris of legal director with energy disputes experience, Tanya Chadha.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sergeant; Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:

Richard Booth; Tanya Chadha

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

MW High Tech Projects UK Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited


JRL Group (Reddington)

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Work highlights

  • Advised a tier one offshore contractor on the c£800m EPCI Contract for the 3.1GW East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Acting for a contractor in respect of a £150m+ dispute in relation to the T&I package for a large offshore wind farm development off the shores of France.
  • Advising a tier one offshore wind contractor on the tender for the £1bn Greenlink Interconnector cable designed to provide National Grid with greater ability to utilise renewable energy.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s power offering has strong capabilities advising on the array of energy matters, with particular focus on clean technologies, namely being offshore and onshore wind, solar photo-voltaic, energy storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district heating and cooling and electric vehicles, amongst others. It also has developing expertise in battery storage work. In addition to its advisory work, the team has a strong reputation for its abilities handling contentious work both nationally and in emerging markets; this is Duncan Bagshaw‘s particular area of focus. Specialist in low carbon and renewables work Jonathan Cohen leads the team, and is noted as ‘dedicated’ with an ‘in-depth knowledge of energy law’. ‘Hardworking’ legal director Jane Brassington is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Bagshaw; Jeffrey Brown; Jane Brassington


‘The team has excellent experience in heat networks and distributed energy systems. They also cover the real estate aspects of energy well.’

‘Jonathan Cohen is very experienced in heat networks and distributed energy.’

‘A willingness to help.’

‘The team provides an exceptional service.’

‘The team is highly professional, very cooperative and attentive to our requirements as well as being flexible in finding solutions for our needs. Despite being a relatively large firm, their approach is still very personal, which we have always found very valuable.’

‘Jonathan Cohen has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of energy law. He has dedicated his career to this field, enabling him to navigate the intricacies of energy regulations, policies, and industry dynamics with ease. The team has a strong track-record in energy-related cases.’

‘I would highly recommend Jonathan Cohen and Duncan Bagshaw at Howard Kennedy for any related legal needs in the energy industry. Jonathan possesses a unique set of attributes that make him an exceptional choice for handling complex energy law matters. I am confident that Jonathan’s team and his own sector expertise and dedication will make him a valuable asset for any clients in this space.’

‘Jane Brassington is hardworking, responsive and always available.’

Key clients

Atlantic Green UK Limited

Eurafric Power Limited

Galliard Homes

MMD Steel

Gresham House New Energy

Murphy Utility Assets

Longevity Power Ltd

Battersea Power Station

ECO-World Ballymore

London Square Developments

Blackfinch Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Battersea Power Station Development Company on the district energy system and the Landlord and Tenant Act issues associated, to provide heating and cooling to this large development site.
  • Advised Atlantic Green, a joint venture between Nofar Energy and the Interland on a series of battery energy storage projects which are the largest in the UK.
  • Advised the energy arm of Murphy Utility Assets, a large construction group know as mua Group, on its market entry into the UK’s district heat networks sector.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s team has capabilities handling large-scale mandates in the power sector, both at domestic and international level. Its renewables and alternative energy practice has been growing alongside its established conventional energy oil and gas practice. Alongside the team’s abilities in advising its roster of clients on M&A, project finance and project development and construction, it also has significant experience handing related disputes. The offering is headed up by Thomas K. Sprange KC, John Savage KC and Kelly Malone, who specialises in project finance. Nikhil Markanday also has expertise in this area, having worked on complex power generation and cross-border pipeline projects.

Practice head(s):

Thomas K. Sprange KC; John Savage KC; Kelly Malone

Other key lawyers:

Nikhil Markanday; Nina Howell

Key clients

EverWind Fuels

Emirates Energy & Water Company (EWEC)


Emirates Global Aluminium / Guinea Alumina Corporation SA


Future Earth, Inc.

GE Power

Saudi Power Procurement Company

Korea Electric Power Company

Korea East West Corporation

Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa



Scatec Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising NEOM Company on all aspects of the development and project financing of a $8.5bn green ammonia export project in NEOM, Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised the Saudi Power Procurement Company on a highly complex corporate carve-out from Saudi Electricity Company.
  • Advising KEPCO, a South Korean power company, on the project development and financing of the Jafurah co-generation project in Saudi Arabia.

Lux Nova Partners Limited

The clean energy team at Lux Nova Partners Limited has a niche green focus, advising on work that promotes and delivers low carbon and renewable energy. It is noted for its ‘unparalleled experience’ in the heat sector. At the helm of the offering is Nikola Zahariev as well as Tom Bainbridge and Sandy Abrahams who work from Porto and Munich respectively, in addition to London. Louisa Cilenti specialises in commercialising low carbon technologies and green financing, working to deliver innovative sustainable infrastructure projects internationally, and David Short has a focus on nature-based solutions.

Practice head(s):

Nikola Zahariev; Tom Bainbridge; Sandy Abrahams

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Cilenti; David Short; Stephen Lister


‘We worked with Louisa Cilenti of Lux Nova Partners and had an extremely positive experience in an essentially unprecedented area. In Louisa we found someone who could be both a sound advisor and a creator of practical end product amidst great ambiguity.’

‘Lux Nova has unparalleled experience in the biggest decarbonisation challenge of the 21st century: heat. They have worked on both sides of heat projects, giving them unique insight into both sides’ priorities, and further have worked to develop policy around heat too. Their deep expertise and experience makes them invaluable to work with.’

‘Sandy Abrahams is phenomenal to work with. She quickly grasps the business’ needs and is able to compare this to how the other side will react. It’s like having a cheat code on our side.’

Prospect Law Ltd

The renewable and nuclear specialist team at Prospect Law Ltd, noted as being ‘a pleasure to work with’, is formed of a strong blend of skilled professionals who are always eager to support’. The team is led by non-contentious specialist in energy and infrastructure Edward De La Billiere and contentious-focused Edmund Robb, frequently advising on key risk and regulation elements of offshore wind, tidal power and nuclear projects, both domestically and internationally. David Gudopp joined the team from an in-house role in January 2023 as head of risk mitigation and transfer.

Practice head(s):

Edward de la Billiere; Edmund Robb

Other key lawyers:

Mark Tetley; John Faulks; James Hilsdon; Michael Hay; Mark Tetley; David Gudopp


‘The Prospect Law team are a pleasure to work with. Their knowledge of Planning Law is second-to-none. They are enthusiastic, innovative, and are always well prepared. They are willing to listen to or put forward new arguments to ensure that the case is concluded successfully. They are simply the best legal firm I have ever worked with.’

‘Edmund Robb is the most effective legal combatant I have dealt with.’

‘Michael Hay has an extremely methodical approach. I feel that the value I get from Prospect is superior.’

Key clients

Offshore Transmission Operators

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Radioactive Materials Transport User

Transport Container Standardisation

Committee CLG

Work highlights

  • Advising key elements of the offshore wind sector on risk transfer mechanisms.
  • Advising major players in the nuclear sector on regulatory issues affecting their operations.
  • Advising Australian energy sector clients on solutions to issues arising from ESG compliance of its supply chain.

Squire Patton Boggs

The team at Squire Patton Boggs, led by Trevor Ingle, is highly regarded for its capabilities advising on key sales and acquisitions in the renewables space, particularly in relation to onshore wind and solar energy projects. It also ably assists its clients in the construction, operation and maintenance of significant projects in the sector. Christopher Thomson has notable experience handling both conventional and energy transition projects, and does so at international level. Ian Wood departed to practice in-house in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:

Peter Stewart; Christopher Thomson

Key clients

EDF Energy Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

Cyclife SAS

Stellar Asset Management


Social Energy Limited

Mercia Power

Global Wind Services US Inc.

NTK Cables A/S

Vital Energi


Habitat Energy Limited

National Energy

Low Carbon

Work highlights

  • Advised Sonnedix on the acquisition of a 300MW UK portfolio of five solar projects from Lightsource bp.
  • Advised EIS funds on the sale of a 9.2MW onshore wind portfolio of 14 turbines located in Cumbria to a fund managed by Alpha Real Capital.

Trinity International LLP

Trinity International LLP‘s power practice is led by numerous specialist practitioners, including founding partners Paul Biggs and Simon Norris, and Kaushik Ray, who is vastly experienced handling corporate projects internationally. Also leading the team is corporate specialist and ‘very helpful’ practitioner Conrad Marais, disputes expert Poupak Amjomshoaa who joined the team from Baker Botts (UK) LLP in September 2022, and private equity specialist Hugh Naylor. The firm has a niche focus in assisting its portfolio of clients on corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets, and is noted for its ‘good knowledge and understanding’ of said markets.

Practice head(s):

Paul Biggs; Simon Norris; Kaushik Ray; Conrad Marais; Poupak Amjomshoaa; Hugh Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Gulliford; Rinku Bhadoria; Elizabeth Handley; Adekanmi Lawson


‘Trinity focuses primarily on energy in emerging market – they are the firm with the greatest exposure and experience on this market.’

‘The team is highly efficient in time-management and costs and delivers the product on time. They have swift reactions to issues and international experience, a great combination for the emerging market of Uzbekistan where standard documentation is still being established and calibrated.’

‘Fiona Gulliford earns good standing with her clients for her experience and balanced approach on risk allocation between the public side and private developers. Senior associate Elizabeth Handley contributes greatly to our project – she is persuasive and hardworking lawyer whose efforts are well recognized and appreciated by clients.’

Key clients

Northcott Capital

Asian Development Bank

African Legal Support Facility


Scatec Solar ASA

Group Européen de Development du Congo


International Finance Corporation

Seychelles Energy Commission



Early Power


Axia Power Holdings



Climate Fund Managers

Meridiam SAS

African Development Bank

Standard Bank South Africa

Red Sea Power Limited

Frontier Rnergy

TheTrade and Development Bank

SBM Bank

Daybreak Power

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Globeleq Africa


Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Azura Power Holdings

Atlantic Terminal


African Trade Insurance Agency

EDFI Management N.V

Triodos Funds


Green for Growth Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for the project company on the $1bn Tulu Moye geothermal IPP in Ethiopia, which will be the largest single offshore investment into the country.
  • Advising IFC in relation to the creating and structuring of a programme, designed to allow mini-grids in African markets to be financed by private debt financiers.
  • Advising a senior lender group including in respect of the $325m refinancing of Genser Energy’s existing senior debt facilities and the subsequent $425m refinancing in 2022.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is adept in all aspects of energy, from drafting and negotiation to mergers and acquisitions in cases involving such areas of focus as tidal energy, battery storage and interconnectors. David Wyles joined the practice in April 2023 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Further team changes to note include the departures of Andrew Duckworth to an in-house position in November 2022 and of Greg Falkof to Mishcon de Reya LLP in December 2022. The team is led by Nottingham-based Stephen Hill. Robert Broom has joined from Ernst & Young LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Clapham; Jason Lovell; David Jones; David Wyles


‘The overall team has great depth and breath. The support we have received in the energy infrastructure areas of seabed leases, off-take, grid sharing, debt financing, merger & acquisitions. Whenever we need specific expertise, the firm seems always able to provide a competent and experienced professional.’


Key clients

Greencoat Capital LLP

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc

Menter Môn Cyf



Pulse Clean Energy

Reseau de Transport d’Electricite



Statkraft UK


The Renewables Infrastructure Group (UK) Limited

Foot Anstey

The Bristol-based cohort at Foot Anstey is led by projects, infrastructure and construction work specialist Ian Stubbs. The team has experience advising on projects and renewables work. Christian Silk has an increasing focus on decarbonisation, energy transition and net-zero environmental solutions. Kutahya Cherry was promoted to partnership in January 2023. Former practice heads Chris Pritchett departed to Shoosmiths LLP in April 2023 and Stuart Cleak departed to Birketts LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ian Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Christian Silk; Kutahya Cherry


‘Good industry understanding and experience, good collaboration, they hear their client’s needs/requests and ensure that they get the best possible results for them, they proposing solutions.’

‘The Foot Anstey team have an in depth knowledge of the market and always provide clear, tailored and timely advice. They take the time to really get to know my business and are always approachable.’


Key clients

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

WElink Energy Group

Celtic Sea Power


EDF Energy

Innova Capital Limited

Beaufort Energy


LG Energy Solutions Vertech

Energiesprong UK

Regener8 Solar

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising British Solar Renewables on a range of corporate, commercial and real estate matters, including advising the shareholders of the BSR Group on their sale of the group to ICG Infra.
  • Advising Celtic Sea Power on Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator, a project part funded by EDFR, involving advising on the public procurement of a turnkey data delivery service.
  • Advising Innova Capital Limited in the negotiation and exchange of Options for Lease in connections with their proposed development of two large battery storage projects.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP‘s team is well-equipped to manage a range of matters in power. A portion of the team’s workload is formed of clean energy-related projects, with multiple members who specialise in this area, particularly in electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure work. There is also a heat networks sub-team led by director Rhianna Wilsher, who ‘stands out from the crowd’, and a hydrogen sub-team led by managing associate Liam O’Flynn. Clare King heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Clare King

Other key lawyers:

Liam O’Flynn; Rhianna Wilsher


‘A knowledgeable, commercial and accessible team.’

‘Strong communication skills, a commercial approach and a breadth and depth of knowledge.’

‘The team is diverse with a deep understanding of the clean energy market.’

‘Clare King is very knowledgeable and well-connected. She is also very commercially-minded. Liam O’Flynn is extremely bright and passionate about the clean energy market.’

‘The corporate team deliver a very efficient and effective service – they are highly organised and understand the key issues that need to be addressed.’

‘The team is very well-coordinated with a good activity rate, they are very thorough and know their area extremely well. Personable and easy to work with .’

‘Freeths take a very hands-on, practical approach to supporting and guiding clients through agreements. The standout difference for me is that they feel like part of our internal team, they take real ownership of challenges and protection of our interests.’

‘Rhianna Wilsher stands out from the crowd. Without Rhianna’s support and guidance through a challenging set of technical agreements we would not be in the strong position we’re in today.’

Key clients

Centrica plc


Vital Energi Limited

Cambridge Power Limited

Photovolt Development Partners GmbH

Funds advised by Catalyst Capital LLP

Greensphere Capital and its group companies (Western Bio Energy and Duranta Energy)

Wattstor Limited and certain of its shareholders

Hive Energy UK

Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council

Clean Earth Energy Group

Corona Energy


Solos Power

Opium Power

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Greenshanks Limited

Landmark Power

NNB Generation Company

Countryside Properties

RE Projects Developments Limited

Adam James Limited

London Borough of Ealing

Work highlights

  • Advising Cambridge Power on its entry into a strategic framework with Brookfield Renewables for the delivery of 985MW of battery storage and co-located solar PV projects in the UK.
  • Supporting Centrica PLC’s strategic plan to deliver 900MW of solar and BESS assets by 2026 via numerous energy project acquisitions.
  • Advising Photovolt Development Partners on the development of Europe’s largest ever solar farm, with a potential capacity of 840MW.

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP is led by Colin Graham; he has expertise in corporate, commercial and M&A work in power. An example of the cohort’s abilities in alternative energy, it its advising EDF on large-scale nuclear projects. Counsel Matteo Matteucci has particular experience working on cross-border M&A transactions in energy and natural resources-related M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Colin Graham

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Matteuicci

Key clients

Delta Offshore Energy

Éléctricité de France (EDF)

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising EDF, the contractor, on the design of a generation III nuclear reactor in Sizewell, Suffolk, England. The value of the project is estimated to be over £20bn and will provide electricity to approx. 6m.
  • Advising Delta Offshore Energy on the development of a 3200MW gas-to-power project in Vietnam to be supplied by an integrated LNG import project.
  • Advising a consortium formed by Powerchina and China Railway in two arbitration procedures against VSH, executed between our client and the counterparty.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s power offering has strong abilities in regulatory matters in the sector, having assisted the UK government and Ofgem on the structuring and delivery of various mandates. Additionally, the team has the capacity to handle all aspects of multi-jurisdictional energy projects. Arun Velusami and Scott Tindall co-lead the practice. Alex Harrison left to Akin and Shah Jahan Khandokar departed to McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, both in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Arun Velusami; Scott Tindall

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Parry

Key clients

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan


The Crown Estate

Mytilineos SA

UK Infrastructure Bank

Brighter Life Kenya 2 Ltd


UK Government

Work highlights

  • Advising IFC and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with a pathfinder PPP project involving the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Uzbekistan.
  • Advised the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS on the structuring and delivery of the Energy Bills Support Scheme EBSS set to deliver to 29m households £400 reductions against their energy bills.
  • Advising the energy regulator Ofgem, which has been selected as the economic regulator for the Economic Regulatory Regime (ERR), on the design and delivery of the new economic regulatory support model for CCUS.

Keystone Law

The team at Keystone Law is experienced in advising on all aspects of renewable and green energy projects. Richard Temple is recommended for his corporate and commercial capabilities across the renewable and conventional energy sectors, while Jon Close is another noteworthy member of the practice with experience handling construction-based renewable energy-related issues. Its work has cross-jurisdictional reach.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Close; Robert Spedding; Richard Temple

Key clients

Ecotricity Generation Limited N

Vertical Future

Mustang Energy PLC

Primorus Investments PLC

Seven Seven Capital

3ti Energy Hubs Limited

Calon Energy Limited

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc

The Sky Mining Company Ltd

Lexoo Limited

MA Energy Limited

UK Power Solutions Limited

Cotswold Energy Group Limited

A13 Engineering Limited

Design Installation Service Limited

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s practice regularly assists its impressive and international client list often in joint venture contexts, on significant projects developments and financings.  Ronan Mellon bolstered the team in August 2022 when he joined from DLA Piper. The offering is headed up by Kirsti Massie who is experienced handling infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on renewables, power and new technologies. Former co-head of the practice Meredith Campanale departed to practice in-house in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kirsti Massie

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Mellon; Jonathan Stone

Key clients


The Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

The West African Power Pool (WAPP)

The Republic of Gambia

British Land

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Preem AB

Klesch Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Sunfire on part of its Series D capital raising to €195m.
  • Advised the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on the signing of the framework agreement for the AMAN project, the world’s largest renewable energy project.
  • Advising on a joint venture with the Danish wind farm operator Orsted and Hynamics to build and operate a 30MW electrolysis plant for the production of green hydrogen from wind power.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Andrew Whitehead, who works from both London and Birmingham, heads up the power practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Significant work in the sector the team has been involved in includes its recent work on high-profile mandates, advising the national grid on matters relating to the ongoing UK energy crisis. Additionally, the team ably advises clients on energy distribution network projects; renewable energy projects and investment funds; and sub-sea interconnectors, which is one of Mark Bartholomew‘s key areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bartholomew; Jack Fowler

Key clients

National Grid Electricity Transmission

National Grid Electricity System Operator

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas

Npower (part of E.ON)

Last Mile Infrastructure Group (formerly Energetics)

Statera Energy

National Gas Transmission

Compleo Charging Solutions UK

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail

Highway Stops Retail

Sustainable Energy First

Business Power & Gas

BritNed Development

Marble Power

FPC Electric Land

Electricity North West Limited

National Grid Electricity Distribution (formerly Western Power Distribution)

Octopus Energy

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water

Anglian Water


Whitetower Energy


Ripple Energy

Birmingham University

FW Thorpe Plc

Macquarie Bank

Utilita Group

Bryt Energy

FPC Electric Land Ltd

Packaged Energy Solutions Limited

Power Data Associates

Work highlights

  • Advising National Grid ESO in the development of a new type of market that facilitates access to new providers of flexibility.
  • Supporting our existing client National Grid ESO on the development of services to restore the network in the (unlikely) event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system.
  • Advised National Grid ESO in summer 2022 on the drafting of the procurement rules and contracts for a new balancing service, designed to enable domestic consumers to earn revenue by shifting their demand.

Stephenson Harwood

Head of real estate and projects at Stephenson Harwood, Rebecca Carter, co-heads the London power team alongside decarbonisation specialist, national head and ‘highly dependable advisor’ Jonathan Cripps, and offshore energy expert and national head Max Lemanski. The practice is noted as being exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism’. Cathal Leigh-Doyle, noted as a ‘strong negotiator’, was promoted to partnership in May 2023 and has impressive experience in offshore energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Carter; Jonathan Cripps; Max Lemanski

Other key lawyers:

Cathal Leigh-Doyle; Richard Pike, Phil Harris; Jenna Plush


‘Stephenson Harwood has provided a first-class service in our complex project. The team has been exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.’

Rebecca Carter and associates Richard Pike, Phil Harris and Jenna Plush have provided an outstanding all-round service. Their knowledge, commitment and responsiveness has made them stand out from other firms in this sector.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are unique in the green hydrogen space. They are well-positioned to do first-of-a-kind hydrogen contract, backed by a strong projects and energy practice. They have a strong understanding of the commercial challenges facing the UK hydrogen market and are proactive at addressing them.’

‘The team offers added value through their UK hydrogen market quarterly updates and publications on government initiatives.’

‘Cathal Leigh-Doyle has a comprehensive understanding of the commercial challenges and opportunities facing the UK hydrogen market.’

‘Jonathan Cripps is an experienced, knowledgeable, and highly dependable advisor with the ability to solve complicated issues in the hydrogen sector.’


TLT‘s energy team is split Bristol and London, and is well-equipped to handle a broad range of issues in the sector, led by real estate and future energy specialist Maria Connolly. Its workload includes advising its client portfolio on large-scale battery storage projects and joint ventures, and various renewables projects assisting in clients’ net-zero goals.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Drake; Kay Hobbs

Key clients

Capital Dynamics



Blackfinch Investments

Ecotricity Group

GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd

JBM Solar Projects

SSE plc

Low Carbon Group

Thrive Renewables


Korkia Solar Investments Europe Ltd.

Innova Energy

Triodos Bank

Intelligent Land Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising TagEnergy on a partnership with Balance Power – an independent energy specialist – to develop 500 MW of battery storage projects in the UK.
  • Advising BlackRock Global Renewable Power III on its ​new joint venture with battery storage developer KX Power Limited.
  • Advising Ecotricity in relation to the country’s first 100% vegan biogas plant that creates gas from grass and advising on a novel feedstock supply arrangement benefiting the local farming community.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s practice is has a particular strength in energy work relating to real estate, frequently advising clients in this sector on large-scale implementation of low-carbon and green energy initiatives. Projects and construction specialist Chris Paul heads up the energy and sustainability offering. Associate Hannah Giebus, noted for her ability to provide ‘practical advice’, does so in relation to ongoing energy issues in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Chris Paul

Other key lawyers:

Doug Rhodes; Hannah Giebus


‘The knowledge at Trowers of how the energy sector impacts the housing sector is a strength, as is being able to cut through the jargon of lengthy legal documents to distil into practical advice.’

‘The ability of Doug Thodes and Hannah Giebus to provide practical advice is stand out.’

Key clients

Plus Dane Housing Limited

GreenSquareAccord Limited

Eastlight Community Homes Limited

Vivid Housing Limited

Clarion Housing Group Limited

Moat Homes Limited

Shawfair LLP

Barking Riverside Limited

St William Homes LLP

Dagenham Green Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised six registered providers of social housing, on their bids for Wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, a £160m government fund to support the installation of energy performance measures in social homes in England.
  • Advised Shawfair LLP on the appointment of an ESCO to design, build, operate and manage a new low-carbon heat network to supply low carbon heat to up to 2,800 new homes, south of Edinburgh.
  • Advising Dagenham Green Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Peabody Trust) on the appointment of a district heating ESCO provider at Dagenham Green.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

‘Reflective and calm’ Edinburgh-based practitioner Richard Cockburn leads the power team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which is noted as ‘friendly, responsive and proactive’. Areas of expertise for the firm include offshore wind, onshore generation, CCUS and hydrogen, decarbonisation and energy infrastructure. Bristol-based Chris Towner is experienced advising a broad-range of clients on renewable energy work. Matt Lewy departed to Osborne Clarke LLP in September 2022 and corporate specialist Carl Powlson joined from Shepherd and Wedderburn in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cockburn

Other key lawyers:

Chris Towner; Sebastian Briggs; Simon Hughes; Luke Holmes


‘They shave good practical knowledge of all aspects of renewable energy projects, so they can give realistic advice on what has been accepted on past projects and what is likely to be acceptable on future projects.’

‘They are friendly, responsive and proactive. They drive matters forward.’

‘Richard Cockburn has strong knowledge of the Scottish market, is reflective and calm.’

Key clients

Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation

Cardiff Council


Cheshire East Council

Harbour Energy

East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

Energie Baden Wurttemberg



Gigabox Developments

Iona Capital



National Grid

National Tube Stockholders (NTS)


Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

RWE (including RWE Npower and Innogy (formerly RWE Npower Renewables)

Simpsons Malt

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

South Tees Development Corporation


Sumitomo Corporation


Tekmar Energy Limited

Coriolis Energy

The Crown Estate

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

Total Energies UK Limited

Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

Windel Energy

Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited

SeAH Wind