Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) in London
Allen & Overy LLP continues to advise on an impressive mix of deals across the energy spectrum, including large-scale project financing work in the renewables space, such as Hornsea, Dudgeon and the Crystal Rig III onshore wind farms. Team leader Gareth Price focuses on all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy and infrastructure assets around the world with a particular interest in developments that contribute to solving the 'trilemma' of energy security, affordability and decarbonisation. Other key partners include Troy Edwards and Chris Andrew. Ed Moser was recently promoted to partner; infrastructure specialist Conrad Andersen left to join Latham & Watkins.
European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
Green Investment Group
Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners
Palestine Energy Transmission Company Limited
- Advising Hitachi/Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd on the development of new-build nuclear power plants in the UK.
- Advised on all aspects of the sale by the Fred. Olsen Renewables group of a 49% equity stake in a portfolio comprising the operational Brockloch Rig and Crystal Rig III onshore wind farms located in Scotland, and the subsequent holdco financing of the group’s retained 51% interest in the portfolio.
- Advising the Mandated Lead Arrangers and PP Noteholders on the refinancing of the first offshore wind farm that was financed with the benefit of CfD support, using a mixture of floating rate bank debt and fixed rate institutional debt on a common platform.
- Advised on the refinancing of the 537MW Race Bank offshore wind farm off the north Norfolk coast.
- Advised Allianz Capital Partners on its 26.2% equity investment in the NeuConnect 1.4GW, 670km HVDC interconnector project and the terms of its agreement with the other shareholders in the project developer NeuConnect Britain.
The team at Ashurst advises on the development, financing, operation, acquisition and privatisation of power and renewables projects worldwide, including conventional power, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind and solar, as well as hydroelectric, tidal and geothermal projects. Recent highlights have included Antony Skinner's team advising on the £207m restructuring and refinancing of Allington EfW facility in Kent and the Eastcroft EfW facility on behalf of FCC Environment as sponsor. As an example of its interaction with the recent influx of Asian investment into the industry, the firm advised Octopus on the disposal of its portfolio of 15 PV assets, a deal funded by Korea Investment & Securities. Global utilities head David Wadham, who is now based in Japan, is praised for his 'commercial acumen'. Tom Duncan joined from Mayer Brown International LLP to strengthen the dispute resolution facet of the practice, while project finance expert Simon Moore arrived from Simmons & Simmons .
‘Ashurst provides excellent expertise, drive and service delivery in reviewing project and financing agreements and advising lenders.’
‘The team is practical and pragmatic: its experts don’t complicate things and have a good understanding of commercial matters and the key driving factors behind them which underpins their solid guidance and high quality advice to lenders.’
‘Ashurst is known for its combination of all the components required to support a complex industrial development.’
‘David Wadham has excellent commercial acumen and delivers sound and pragmatic advice at very short notice.’
‘David Wadham offers specialist knowledge and extensive expertise in the power market internationally. His detailed insights on precedents combined with commercial acumen enable him to come up with a pragmatic and balanced approach to solve issues and keep the process moving. He is very analytical and provides compelling guidance and high quality advice to his clients. He is always responsive and able to fully grasp any concern of the clients and proposes adequate ways of mitigating them.’
‘The firm’s strength is based on sufficient knowledge and abundant experiences in the sector.’
‘Tara Waters coordinates and follows all processes, which is invaluable when it comes to executing a transaction in timely manner.’
Green Investment Group
Mitsui & Co
Kansai Electric Power Company
Blackrock Global Energy Fund
- Advised JBIC, EKF and the 16 commercial lenders in relation to all aspects of the development, construction and financing of the 950MW Moray offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
- Advised the lenders on the £174m refinancing of a biomass and landfill gas portfolio owned by Octopus Investment, which was one of the largest transactions of its kind and the first major UK biomass deal in 2018.
- Advised Kansai on its agreement to acquire a 16% stake in the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.
- Advised on the acquisition of Cory Riverside Energy from Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates, EQT Credit, Commerzbank, and other shareholders.
- Advised Banks Renewables, the renewable energy division of the Banks Group, on the £82m refinancing of seven of its existing wind farms across northern England.
Clifford Chance LLP, which has a well-established nuclear practice, also handles matters across the whole of the renewables sector, covering onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, hydro, waste and emissions trading, while it also has a market-leading reputation in establishing renewable energy joint venture platforms. In recent highlights, the team advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the £4.46bn acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm, while it has also advised EDF on the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Other key lawyers:
James Pay; Jeremy Connick
The full-service power team at CMS has particular strength in advising on issues relating to the regulatory landscape, and frequently handles novel, cross-border projects and transactions in the renewable power space. Recent work has included advising on issues arising from solar PV, floating offshore wind, energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure. The team is led by Robert Lane, who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience' and Munir Hassan; key team members include corporate co-head Charles Currier and well-regarded of counsel Juliet Stradling. Recently new additions to to the team include finance expert Paul Simpson from Shearman & Sterling LLP and consultant Terry de Souza from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Robbie Leckie was promoted to partner, while Richard Sinclair took up a new role as general counsel at South Hook Gas.
Robert Lane; Munir Hassan
Other key lawyers:
Charles Currier; Sarah King; Philip Ashley; Juliet Stradling
‘CMS is a strong all-around firm, with a good balance of corporate, financing and projects expertise.’
‘The team are very knowledgeable and work with their clients to deliver clear and concise advice and outputs in line with our needs. They are also able to readily access other financial market expertise from within the group and manage their input to deliver an efficient service. We have used CMS for many years and have benefited from their consistently high quality advice.’
‘I have always found CMS’s team to be both highly skilled but perhaps most importantly, highly personable and pragmatic. They are always prepared to take a sensible commercial view.’
‘Robert Lane brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that always brings context to any matter at hand. He is also not afraid to tell us the hard truths which has saved us time and money on many occasions. Robert also leads a strong team who have autonomy to work with us only drawing on Robert’s expertise and knowledge as needed.’
‘Juliet Stradling delivers a very friendly and efficient service. She picks up and understands complex commercial issues very quickly and translates those into the legal agreements is a manner that ensures the obligations and rights are clearly understandable.
‘Charles Currier, Munir Hassan and Danielle Heath are all dedicated and efficient.’
‘You never have to worry about whether the CMS team will deliver, they just do.’
‘Nick Blair is known for his significant partner engagement on challenging transactions.’
UK Power Networks
ECRA (Saudi Arabia)
OPC Rotem Ltd
- Advised AES on issues arising from the introduction of a new market design in Ireland and in particular its failure to obtain capacity contracts in the first capacity auction on the island.
- Advising National Grid across many aspects of its business, including (i) the legal separation of the System Operator business from the Transmission Owner business, (ii) the imposition by Ofgem of the Competition Proxy Model for the Hinkley-Seabank Transmission link and (iii) uncertainty mechanisms under the RIIO-1 price control.
- Advised on a bond issue by Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, working closely with the capital markets team. The team has also advised UK Power Networks on its £10bn EMTN programme.
- Advising on two high-profile electricity interconnector projects, NeuConnect and Greenlink.
- Advising Sembcorp in relation to their proposed Tees CCGT project, their existing onsite generation and supply arrangements at their complex Wilton International site in Teeside.
DLA Piper recently strengthened its London energy offering with the hires of Sarah Thomas from Pinsent Masons LLP and Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The group is particularly strong when it comes to high-profile, large-scale wind and solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings, including the development of emergent technologies and trends including corporate PPAs, battery storage, and smart metering. The key partners in the team are the 'exceptional' Natasha Luther-Jones, who co-chairs the global energy and natural resources team, and the 'extremely smart' Dimitri Papaefstratiou.
Natasha Luther-Jones; Dimitri Papaefstratiou
‘This is an extremely capable team in all aspects of renewable infrastructure financing. Key capabilities include power purchase agreements, legal due diligence for financing transactions, corporate structures, property and planning law.’
‘The team shows real dedication to doing great energy and infrastructure work in Africa and encompasses both projects and project finance capabilities.’
‘Natasha Luther-Jones always provides an exceptional service. She is an excellent networker and able to connect clients to make deals happen.’
‘Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an extremely smart lawyer, practical in approach who really seeks to understand the client’s business too address its legal challenges. He has shown great commitment to the Nigerian and Kenyan power markets in particular but has a broad practice that also encompasses infrastructure projects in Europe.’
Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)
Greencoat UK Wind
DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
John Swire & Sons (including its subsidiary Argent Energy)
European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
- Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into and financing of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe, the 475MW Nysäter project in Sweden.
- Advised global renewable energy developer, Element Power, on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics, to Statkraft.
- Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) on the project financing for the construction and operation of a wind farm in the United Kingdom for German developer Energiekontor.
- Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC Contract and related contractual documentation for a 424MW CCGT bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
- Assisted the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the structural and legal issues related to the Intergovernmental Agreement and the Power Purchase Agreement for the electricity interconnector between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the full gamut of power matters, covering biomass, energy from waste, solar, offshore wind and tidal energy. The team handles everything from greenfield project development and secondary M&A to refinancing transactions. Silke Goldberg has been advising on a number of interconnectors between the UK and other jurisdictions, and the firm has a long-established relationship with EDF, building on the successful financial investment decision on Hinkley Point C in 2016. The practice is led by Lewis McDonald, who recently relocated to London from the firm's Tokyo office, while energy and infrastructure finance partner Matthew Job is also recommended.
‘The team provides strong regulatory advice in the energy field.’
‘The Herbert Smith team has good links with the energy industry upstream, midstream and downstream. It appears to communicate very well internally which allows insights and experience to be shared. This really does set it apart from the rest of the market.’
‘This is a strong, proactive team in raising potential issues and offering creative solutions to problems.’
‘Silke Goldberg provides valuable counsel to her clients – her knowledge of energy regulation is excellent.’
‘Matthew Job is particularly strong at interrogating commercial intent to ensure all issues have been appropriately thought through and offering up creative solutions.’
‘Helen Beatty is an excellent senior associate. She is proactive and efficient with good knowledge of the sector.’
Standard Chartered Bank
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor
Cavendish Nuclear Limited
CGN Europe Energy
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Department for Business Innovation & Skills
Government of Sierra Leone
- Advised SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust on its fundraising of £100m via a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, and its acquisition of 12 energy and energy efficiency projects which formed the seed assets for this IPO for £87m.
- Advising Aquind, a private interconnector development company, on the development of a 240km-long power interconnection project between the UK and France.
- Representing Standard Chartered Bank and its Hong Kong subsidiary in a string of investment arbitrations concerning its investment in a power station in Tanzania.
- Advising NNB (a subsidiary of EDF) on the development of a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk.
- Advised the lenders on the $135m debt financing for solar rooftop projects in India for Azure Power.
Linklaters LLP has the ability to support clients on every aspect of wind power projects and regularly advises on the planning and development of UK offshore assets. The magic circle firm's full-service offering handles OFTO sales, equity sell-downs, refinancings and decommissioning, among other matters, both at home and abroad. In recent highlights, the group oversaw the development of Moray and Triton Knoll, two of the three UK offshore wind projects to receive Contracts for Difference (CFDs) in the latest government round, and has been acting for the sponsors on the financing of a new lignite fired power station in Kosovo. Key partners include the 'super smart' Jeremy Gerwirtz, 'Mr Renewables' John Pickett, the 'commercial and knowledgeable' Richard Coar and Charlotte Morgan , who also leads the firm's UK Government offering. Long-serving global projects head Bruce White recently retired from the partnership and now serves as a consultant.
Jeremy Gerwirtz; John Pickett; Richard Coar
Other key lawyers:
‘Linklaters has specific sector expertise. The team is a trusted partner for banks and sponsors alike, with good strength throughout.’
‘Jeremy Gerwirtz is super smart, accessible and knowledgeable.’
‘John Pickett is known as ‘Mr Renewables’. He is very knowledgeable on the sector and is always accessible.’
‘Richard Coar is very commercial and knowledgeable, particularly on renewables. He is very approachable and a real pleasure to work with.’
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited
Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Limited
Diamond Green Europe Limited
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Equitix Investment Management Ltd
Dalmore Capital Limited
China Three Gorges Corporation
Pensions Infrastructure Limited
Cory Riverside Energy
ContourGlobal Kosovo LLC
SSE Copenhagan Infrastructure
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC
Green Investment Group
OGCI Climate Investments LLP
- Advising BEIS in relation to four UK based nuclear projects (Horizon, NuGen, Sizewell and Bradwell), and the sustainable funding model which will be used for future projects beyond Horizon.
- Advised the vendor (and, separately, the lenders to one of the unsuccessful bidding consortia) on the sale of 100% of Cory Riverside Energy, in which Strategic Value Partners was the majority selling shareholder, to a consortium led by Dalmore Capital.
- Acted for a consortium of Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform in respect of their acquisition (and related financing) of a 49% minority stake in EDF Energy Renewables Limited’s UK wind generation portfolio comprising 24 wind farms with a total capacity of approximately 550MW.
- Acting for the sponsors on the development and financing of a new 470MW lignite fired power station in Kosovo.
- Serving as lenders counsel to a club of financiers including Korean Export Credit Agencies, Multilateral and Development Financial Institutions, Islamic Development Bank, and local and international commercial banks on a project to construct, own, manage and operate a solar power station with a gross capacity in Konya’s Karapinar district in Turkey.
The full-service power practice at Norton Rose Fulbright covers the full spectrum of energy matters, both in the UK and internationally. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the area of thermal power projects across a wide range of emerging markets, as well as the development of gas-fired plants such as, in Ghana, the 400MW Bridge gas-fired project and the 192MW Amandi gas-fired project. On the nuclear front, the group continued to advise on the set-up of uranium trading activities and in relation to the nuclear defence sector, in particular, in relation to third party nuclear liability. Rob Marsh co-chairs the firm's renewable energy practice, while Charles Whitney heads the EMEA energy team. Long-serving partner Richard Hill recently left to join White & Case LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Hart; Charles Whitney; Chris Down
‘Norton Rose Fulbright is developing a broad and deep expertise in developing markets.”
‘This team is defined by the depth of its knowledge accompanied by its very strong commercial understanding of the deal. This equips it to help find efficient and elegant solutions to challenges in negotiation.’
‘Andrew Hart is calm in a crisis and able to manage multiple parties to bring complex issues to a successful resolution. He listens carefully to the client and will step in to ensure the client’s needs are met.’
‘The individuals within the team are approachable, flexible and very collaborative in their approach. Both Andrew Hedges and Suncica Miletic are so easy to work with. They are always willing to work through positions together, never belittling the client’s lack of legal understanding and proactive in solving the negotiation in a way that works for both parties.’
Greencoat UK Wind plc
Ministry of Finance ofAngola
National CommercialBank of Jamaica
- Advising a consortium of lenders led by IFC (and also including African Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, CDC, OeEB and Finnfund) on the Nubian Suns Feed-in-Tariff Financing programme – the $653m financing of a programme of 13 solar power projects in Egypt.
- Advising Proparco and FMO on the project financing of a 51MW solar PV project in Jamaica.
- Advising the lenders on a 750MW coal fired power project in Colombia. The project is being developed by Sloane Energy.
- Advising on project financing for the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects’ new Waste-to-Energy PPP project near Kuwait City.
- Advised Marubeni Corporation on its sale of a 25% stake in the UK’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm to Green Investment Group.
White & Case LLP works with a roster of premium clients across all major legal disciplines in the power sector, handling high-profile transactions such as project development and financing work on the Thabametsi 630MW coal baseload IPP project in South Africa, and the £318m acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine power stations from Centrica by EP UK Investment. Debt financing expert Simon Caridia recently joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, while other key partners include global power industry head Kirsti Massie and international project finance partner Jason Kerr.
Kirsti Massie; Mark Castillo-Bernaus
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Carbon Holdings
Investec Bank plc
United Chemicals Company
Energetický a průmyslový Holding
MOL and Saudi Aramco as well as numerous export credit agencies such as US Ex-Im
Al Nowais Investments LLC
Hedet Vindpark Oy
MBH Power Limited
- Advised Investec and a syndicate of banks including National Westminster Bank and Qatar National Bank on loan facilities to SCCL Holdings Ltd of up to £140m.
- Advising the lenders in relation to a project finance facility granted to the sponsors and developers of the 630MW Thabametsi coal baseload independent power producer project under the power procurement program of the Republic of South Africa.
- Advising AfDB, TDB and Finnfund in relation to the financing of a geothermal power plant at Menengai, Kenya.
- Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the ‘Lightsource BP’ solar power partnership.
- Representing electrical utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in multiple disputes with a supplier consortium comprising Areva and Siemens, relating to the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.
Addleshaw Goddard works with a big-name roster of energy majors and corporates with increasing energy requirements. Renewables and the decentralisation of energy generation are a particular of focus for the team, with significant sources of work coming from its thriving smart metering practice. The team is also active in the nuclear energy space, advising on new builds, decommissioning, research and development. Major recent work has included advising Macquarie Principal Finance on its agreement with Amazon to fund and develop roof-top solar panels on Amazon's UK bases. Richard Goodfellow heads up the firm's infrastructure, projects and energy group.
Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton
Other key lawyers:
Simon Courie; Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani; Oliver Carruthers
Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)
Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank
SSE plc (Retail)
National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited
Foresight Metering Limited
SSE plc (Seagreen)
Muse Developments Limited
Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
- Advised MPF on its agreement with Amazon to fund, develop and operate roof-top solar panels on Amazon’s fulfilment centres across the UK.
- Advised the lenders providing project financing for the acquisition of offshore transmission systems to be owned and operated by a consortium led by Diamond Transmission Corporation.
- Supporting SSE on its proposed merger with npower.
- Advising NGET (part of National Grid) on the entry into of an asset maintenance contract for the Sellindge convertor station.
- Assisting Northern Ireland Electricity Networks with new competition requirements by the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland which introduced contestability in the electricity connection markets.
The energy, mining and infrastructure offering at Baker McKenzie covers all fuels and technologies from coal, electricity, and oil and gas-fired to nuclear, with particular recent activity in the solar, wind and biofuels fields. The firm also covers traditional long-term PPA-backed, PWPA-backed, tolling and merchant power models, base-load, mid-merit and peaking plants, cogeneration and captive plants. In recent highlights, the group advised Lightsource BP on the sale of seven solar farms to Blackrock Real Assets, and represented Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on its $11bn acquisition of Swiss engineering group ABB. Richard Blunt leads the London energy, mining and infrastructure group, Neil Donoghue heads up the global nuclear practice, and Marc Fèvre leads the global renewables group. Christopher Jones and Kathy Honeywood recently joined the team from the European Commission and Clifford Chance LLP respectively.
Richard Blunt; Marc Fevre; Neil Donoghue; Mike Webster
InfraRed Capital Partners
- Advised Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of a 41MW platform of UK solar PV assets from Macquarie Principal Finance, the principal financing and investing arm of Macquarie Group’s Corporate and Asset Finance division.
- Advising the Sponsors and Project Company in connection with the development, design, financing, supply, construction, ownership, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of a 600MW coal-fired power generation plant in South Africa.
- Acted as co-counsel to Westinghouse, the global leader in nuclear engineering, technology, fuel and services in relation to their sale to Brookfield Business Partners and their emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganised company.
- Acted as legal counsel to KEPCO in relation to all aspects of the construction, development and financing (on a project finance structure) of the 5,600 MW Barakah Nuclear Power Project in Abu Dhabi.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles a broad range of work across the full spectrum of the power supply chain, advising in relation to large-scale IPPs, IWPPs and other power generation projects, particularly in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and on the networks distributing that power. As an example of the firm's capabilities in the dispute resolution space, the team advised National Grid Electricity Transmission on its claim for £143m in damages for overcharges it paid for the purchase of High Voltage Power Cables. Finance head Adam Dann is a key member of the projects and energy team, while project finance specialist Tom Eldridge recently joined the practice from Mayer Brown International LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Kiran Arora; Deborah Greenwood; Kenneth Addly; Tom Eldridge
EDF Energy Services Ltd
National Grid Group
University of Cambridge
Berkeley Energia Ltd
Reactive Technologies Limited
- Advised National Grid on its £650m North Wales electricity connection project, which will be the world’s deepest operational electricity line.
- Advised Berkeley Energia Limited in connection with the admission of its ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange.
- Acted for National Grid in its high-profile claim for damages due to overcharges paid for the purchase of High Voltage Power Cables.
- Advising a major retailer on the rollout of a major programme of renewable energy projects across the retailers estate, including a Corporate PPA programme.
- Advising a Fortune 50 corporate on a joint venture with Co Gen on the development of a 15MW biomass energy from waste power plant.
The energy practice at Burges Salmon LLP is well-known for its expertise on nuclear matters, with Ian Salter - described as 'the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector' - a key player. The firm also has an enviable client list and considerable expertise in the offshore and onshore wind, solar, biomass and energy-from-waste arenas, as well as areas involving innovative technologies such as electric vehicles and flexible battery storage. Ross Fairley and his renewables team recently advised on the financing and rollout of Electric Vehicle London Taxis and the Heathrow chauffeur service electric vehicles.
Ross Fairley; Ian Salter
Other key lawyers:
Ian Truman; Nick Churchward; Julian Boswall
‘The energy and power lawyers at Burges Salmon are very commercial and practical. They are not interested in scoring legal points and focused on getting the deal done.’
‘The team works hard to build lasting relationships with clients – getting to understand the client’s needs and operating environment and being pro-active. Nothing is too much trouble.’
‘Burges Salmon is an independent law firm that delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. The team is driven by the clients’ needs and focuses on best outcomes for clients. It provides a perfect delivery in partnership with clients for business-critical issues: this includes transparent billing, appropriate resource allocation, and impeccable partner attention, plus best value for money service!’
‘Known for its practical, pragmatic and can-do attitude, the energy lawyers at Burges Salmon are prepared to take a view and do not get caught up in the legal theory. They work in the realms of how the law works in practice.’
‘If you got stuck on a desert island and could only take one lawyer – take Ian Salter.’
‘Ian Salter is still the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector. No nuclear deal can be successful without him! He is a must-have in every nuclear project! He is very measured and calm in his approach that can make the difference.
‘Ian Truman is the rising star of Burges Salmon. He thinks around client needs to ensure he delivers the right solutions.’
‘Julie Book is a great transaction manager – no problem fazes her’
Marine Energy Testing Area
Seagreen (a SSE/ Fluor JV)
Marks & Spencer plc
Green Investment Group
Cayman Islands Government
- Advising Ørsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind project.
- Seagreen Wind Energy was awarded exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone in the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme, the largest energy project ever undertaken in Scotland. Burges Salmon has been advising SSE/Fluor since 2010 on all aspects of its development work in this offshore wind zone.
- Acting as counsel to Wave Hub, the world’s first wave energy array testing facility on a wide variety of matters, including ongoing advice in the marine, energy regulatory, real estate, construction, commercial contracts, insurance and power area.
- Advising the Cayman Islands Government on the delivery and procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and waste management system.
- Advised key utility client ERG on the £163m sale of 100% of the shares in Brockaghboy Wind Farm Limited to Greencoat UK Wind Holdco.
Dentons' energy, transport and infrastructure team has a strong reputation for its work on high-value corporate M&A and financing matters. Lucille De Silva is a renowned expert in the field of solar PV and has advised on a number of key transactions such as Hanwha Q Cells' Yeka project in Turkey. The group is led by Charles July, who is adept at handling project development work, project and acquisition finance, private M&A and regulation in the energy sector.
Other key lawyers:
Lucille De Silva; Mark Cheney
‘The team at Dentons is well connected and has a great understanding of precedent matters and industry standards.’
‘The team is very responsive and has proved to be agile in its thinking. It combines strong M&A knowledge with strong commercial advice. Its experts liaise easily with their colleagues from other jurisdictions when needed, which is very helpful to provide a full picture of the overall matter. The relationship partner is always involved, which ensures that the client always has a senior representative to efficiently manage the relationship.’
‘Lucille De Silva is very hands-on and responsive.’
‘Charles July and his team act with high integrity, efficiency and a ‘can-do’ attitude with practical solutions to complex issues.’
‘Lucille De Silva has a very longstanding track record in M&A transactions. She has a very strong understanding of the main features of renewable energy projects, which has proved invaluable when shaping the negotiation contracts with counterparties.’
Authority for Electricity Regulation , Oman
International Finance Corporation
LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company)
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
UK Government BEIS
- Advising Equinor on a major South American solar PV project, having advised on its first solar development project in Brazil last year.
- Advising International Finance Corporation on the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia.
- Advising a 50:50 joint venture established between Hanwha Solar and Kalyon in relation to the design and construction of Turkey’s largest solar farm.
- Advised the lenders (Lloyds Bank and Scottish Widows) in relation to the £24m institutional investor financing of a 25MW portfolio of solar assets in the UK.
- Advised Sports Direct on an on-site PPA and lease for a new build gas turbine generation project on land owned by Sports Direct, near one of its industrial sites.
The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has of late been advising on matters relating to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, energy-from-waste, green financing and grid connection, in parallel with its broader renewables work in the solar and wind sectors. Arun Velusami, who focuses on energy and power projects in Africa, and corporate M&A expert Sarah Shaw joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright and Allen & Overy LLP respectively.
Other key lawyers:
‘This firm always puts clients first. Its energy lawyers show a great understanding of the risk appetite of their clients and adapt to their needs.’
‘Sarah Shaw has a strong sense of ownership and partnership with the clients as opposed to being just another legal adviser. She has a pragmatic approach to address commercial issues, very strong availability and engagement, and is willing to take commercial risks for the firm to build relationships and gain long term clients.’
The Crown Estate
European Investment Bank
International Finance Corporation
John Laing Environmental Limited
- Serving as sole legal adviser to the Crown Estate in relation to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Advised Fluor on the sale to SSE of Fluor’s 50% stake in the Seagreen offshore wind farm projects under development by Seagreen Wind Energy.
Milbank's energy team works with a broad range of clients, including lenders, private equity and hedge funds, energy companies, sponsors and developers and government institutions, both in the UK and internationally. The US firm's full-service offering has particular expertise in the field of financing as showcased by its work for Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe on the financing for the Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex in Brazil. The firm recently significantly bolstered its restructuring and capital markets capabilities with a flurry of high-profile lateral hires from rival firms. Key partners include respected project finance expert John Dewar.
John Dewar; Clive Ransome
Other key lawyers:
Mercuria Energy Trading
Centrais Eléctricas de Sergipe
- Advised Mercuria on its proposed investment in Harbour Energy, an entity in which EIG Partners is a significant shareholder, and its co-investment with Harbour in an entity that would acquire Santos Limited, a public company, for $10.3bn.
- Acted as as lender’s counsel in connection with a financing to Sonnedix Power Holdings, indirect owner of a portfolio of 1.3GW of solar PV projects located in Puerto Rico, Chile, France, England, Italy, Spain and Japan.
- Represented Centrais Eléctricas de Sergipe in connection with the development and greenfield project financing, involving IDB, of Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex in Brazil.
- Advised the export credit agencies and the global and Egyptian lenders on Engie, Toyota Tsusho corporation, Eurus Energy and Orascon’s bid to act as lenders international counsel on the $450m 262.5MW wind farm near Port Said in Egypt.
- Advised the sponsors on all aspects of the project development and financing of a natural gas hub and power project located at the Port of Açu, Brazil.
Pinsent Masons LLP's team has been busy acting for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets, and the project finance sub-team continues to represent both sponsors and banks in UK wind farm and solar refinancings. The group has significant expertise in low carbon projects, energy regulation, energy trading, offshore wind and has recently been advising its stellar client roster on the closure of the Renewables Obligation subsidy scheme. Global practice head Paul Rice and his team also handle significant volumes of work in relation to nuclear power and interconnectors.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Griffiths; Peter Feehan
‘The team has developed a strong understanding of the industry. It has continued to enhance its capability in the field to continue to deliver a strong offering to the nuclear sector. Its key capabilities include major projects of a unique nature, complex public procurement and alternative commercial delivery models.’
‘This team is very commercially focused – its practitioners understand what clients want to achieve and go after it. Whilst many firms talk about sectoral focus, Pinsent Masons really seems to understand the sector and how it is evolving.’
‘Graham Alty stands out as a partner with a genuine and ongoing interest in the nuclear sector, with the drive and commitment to ensure that resource and capability is always on hand to support the business.’
‘Ian McCarlie is very well connected and really knows the sector.’
‘Melanie Grimmett is very responsive, and solutions-driven. Brilliant at finding a way through when the usual solutions aren’t available.’
‘David Ross manages to adopt a highly commercial perspective in giving sound advice on real estate matters.’
‘When it comes to closing an acquisition, Jennifer Malcolm will do what it takes to make things happen.’
Orsted (formerly DongEnergy)
RWE 5 years
Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy
Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings
Green Investment Group
London Array Limited
- Advising Ionity GmbH in relation to the roll-out of its high powered charging e-mobility network in the UK.
- Advising Ørsted on all planning and property matters associated with the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm.
- Advising joint venture partners Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, on all planning matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park, in Kent.
- Advising Drax on all planning matters relating to its Re-Power Project at the existing Drax PowerStation site.
- Advised ARENKO Cleantech Limited on a 41MW battery storage project in Bloxwich, Wallsall.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's power offering handles complex cross-border transactions in challenging jurisdictions and market conditions, including emerging and frontier markets. John Inglis, now of counsel, has a long-established reputation for his work on the development and financing of energy and natural resource projects; former London chief Nick Buckworth is another key member of the practice. Katie Hicks and Timothy Sheddick recently joined the team from Baker McKenzie, with counsel Lachlan Poustie coming on board from Allen & Overy LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Buckworth; Sanja Udovicic
The Dow Chemical Company
Bahrain Petroleum Company (“BAPCO”)
Japan Bank for International Corporation (“JBIC”)
Export-Import Bank of Korea (“K-EXIM”)
- Advising Vertroelektrane Balkana in connection with the development and financing of the first wind farm in Serbia.
- Advising on the development and financing of the Sharjah Multi-fuel Waste-to-Energy project in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
- Acting as lenders’ international legal counsel on the development and financing of the 1,320MW Balkhash coal-fired thermal power plant in Kazakhstan.
- Acted for CTRG, Sasol and EDM, on all aspects of the development and project financing of a 175MW gas engine IPP at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique.
- Advising GE’s Power division on the $3.25bn sale of its Distributed Power business to Advent International.
Simmons & Simmons regularly advises on acquisitions, development and financing of renewables projects, often as part of major platforms for developing large numbers of projects on similar terms. The group is particularly known for its experience in the African, European and UK renewables markets. Iain Duncan heads the UK energy, natural resources and infrastructure group; other key partners include 'strong deal leader' Andrew Petry and Patrick Wallace.
‘Although this is a relatively small team, everyone has substantial experience and performs in a professional and disciplined way. It provides substantial partner time on transactions, which ensures that clients are properly looked after.’
‘Andrew Petry is a strong deal leader and is an eloquent and nice personality. He has a wide raft of experience and has seen a lot.’
European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank
Mainstream Renewable Power
Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD
Macquarie Bank Limited
TBEA International Ltd and TBEA New Energy Ltd
A major energy company
NextEnergy Solar Fund
- Advised the lenders of the award-winning €800m Markbygden ETT 650 MW wind farm in Sweden – thought to be the biggest in Europe.
- Advising Mainstream on its renewable energy joint ventures with pan-emerging markets private equity investor Actis in relation to their renewable energy generation platforms in Africa and Chile.
- Advised Macquarie on a borrowing base revolving facility for Foresight’s renewables project portfolio, currently comprising 14 solar and wind assets in the UK.
- Advising Globeleq on the implications of the regulatory reform taking place in Cameroon’s power sector, in particular the unbundling of the transmission operations from the distribution operations.
- Advised TBEA, a privately-owned Chinese power developer, on its potential investment in the Tyligul wind farm project.
The full-service practice at Squire Patton Boggs frequently advises on renewable energy projects, including large offshore wind and clean technology projects and matters relating to the UK capacity market. The team also has a track record of work on major international energy and infrastructure projects in markets including Africa and the Middle East, as well as privatisation work in Asia. Key members of the team include Ian Wood, Rinku Bhadoria, the 'outstandingly good' Neil Upton, and legal director Henry Davey, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2017.
Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle
‘The Squire Patton Boggs team has a real willingness to make sure everything gets done. Its practitioners provide very sound advice and seriously good team work. They put a real emphasis on the structuring and commercial context which are the two most essential parts of the project.’
‘Neil Upton is outstandingly good. Even after thirty years in the City there is no-one better for the job.’
‘Robert Broom is a real standout.’
EDF Energy Renewables
Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Calon Energy Ltd
Fiji Electricity Authority
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Volta Energy Group Ltd
Vestas Wind Systems
RES UK & Ireland Limited
Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems
Frontier Investment Management A/S
North British Windpower
- Acting for EDF Energy Renewables in relation to the £701m sale in 2018 of a 49% minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and the Pension Infrastructure Platform.
- Advising Raksha Energy Holdings Limited on its successful offer to acquire the issued ordinary share capital of AIM-listed Mytrah Energy Limited.
- Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as wind turbine manufacturer and installer on the drafting and negotiation of the contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines for the 950MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland.
- Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on legislative and regulatory regime required to establish an independent electricity regulator.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong credentials for its work in the renewable energy, conventional energy and energy infrastructure sectors. Henry Stewart leads a full-service energy team, supporting clients throughout the entire lifecycle of renewables projects. The group's international reach was recently bolstered with the hire of finance and corporate partner Titus Edjua, who previously led the Africa sub-team at Clifford Chance LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Equinor (formerly Statoil)
NatWest (formerly RBS)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Hitachi Zosen Inova
Cubico Sustainable Investments
- Advising Danish export credit agency, EKF, on its provision of guarantees to commercial and institutional lenders on a £3.5bn+ multi-tranche financing package to Global Infrastructure Partners for the acquisition of a 50% stake in Ørsted’s 1.2 GW Hornsea One offshore windfarm.
- Advising Canadian Solar on the £191.2m sale of its 142MW UK solar photovoltaic portfolio to Greencoat Solar Assets II Ltd.
- Advising Nord/LB on the project financing of Sweden’s second largest onshore wind farm, and one of Europe’s largest onshore wind clusters.
- Advising BBE on the sale of transmission assets valued at approximately £193m to Diamond Transmission Partners BBE Ltd.
- Advising CIP on its investment for construction of the onshore wind farm Blue Cloud Wind Energy LLC in Texas.
Akin Gump LLP recently secured a coup with the hire of Bracewell (UK) LLP project finance expert Julian Nichol, whose practice focuses on the acquisition, disposal, development and financing of independent power generation projects and electricity transmission and distribution assets. The London practice operates in tandem with the US firm's offices around the world; Nichol works alongside John C. LaMaster, who has decades of experience of a wide range of international energy transactions.
Julian Nichol; John LaMaster
Palestine Power Generation Company
Shams Ma’an Power Company
Wentworth Clean Power
- Advising the Palestine Power Generating Company on a transaction to develop a power plant in Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank of Palestine.
- Advising Shams Ma’an Power Company in relation to ongoing matters, including amendments to the financing arrangements, of Jordan’s largest Round 1 solar PV Project.
- Advising Wentworth Clean Power on the development of three waste-to-energy projects in the UK.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP is especially renowned for its oil and gas work in the emerging markets of Africa, and the recent arrivals of Lewis Jones from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP and Nick Collins from Jones Day have strengthened its capabilities in the fast-growing areas of renewable energy and battery storage. The team is led by London, Dubai and Riyadh partner in charge Mark Rowley.
Gore Street Capital
- Advising Gore Street Capital on two acquisitions and developments of battery storage projects in Essex.
The energy offering at Bird & Bird LLP was significantly bolstered in late 2018 by the arrival of financing expert Conrad Purcell, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The practice has been building a reputation for renewable energy M&A, and it has also been active in the areas of energy infrastructure, energy management and the digitalisation of grids and transmission assets. On the contentious front, the team handles disputes arising from the construction and procurement of major projects, as well as intellectual property issues.
Matt Bonass; Michael Rudd; Elizabeth Reid; Carol Cloughey; Peter Willis; Ronald Hendrikx
Other key lawyers:
Pioneer Point Partners
Honeywell Smart Energy
Pure World Energy
JDR Cable Systems
DS Smith Paper Limited
- Advised Pioneer Point Partners, a private investment partnership that specialises in infrastructure assets in the energy and environmental sectors, on the acquisition of UK energy platform, Brockwell Energy Limited.
- Advising Bluefield in connection with various corporate PPA opportunities that it is seeking to pursue with large corporate and industrial consumers in the UK and in Europe.
- Advising Honeywell Smart Energy in connection with the negotiation of its strategic long term contract with Scottish Power for the supply of the next generation of SMETS 2 compliant smart meters as part of the national rollout in the UK.
- Supported SmartDCC, the regulated entity responsible for the implementation of the £12bn National Smart Metering Programme, on a series of contract discussions with its telecoms and IT service providers.
- Advising Friotherm since 2015 on nuclear projects in the UK.
Bracewell (UK) LLP, which is exclusively focused on the energy sector, broadened its offering in late 2017 with the launch of an energy disputes practice spearheaded by John Gilbert and Damian Watkin, who joined from K&L Gates LLP and McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP respectively. Their arrivals were followed by the hire of energy finance specialist Oliver Irwin from Milbank. The London office has a particular focus on work in emerging economies including Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, while it also advises private equity houses on acquisitions in the energy sector.
The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its work on projects in emerging markets, transactional work for Chinese state-owned enterprises and 'whole lifecycle' nuclear work. Michelle Davies, who set up the firm's international clean energy and sustainability Group 17 years ago, continues to lead that group from the Cardiff office, working in tandem with energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher in London. Stephen Hill recently led the firm's team on one of Europe's largest solar transactions during 2018 - infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II's purchase of 24 solar farms across the UK. Construction and engineering expert Jessica Neuberger joined the firm from Ashurst while Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP .
Robert Pitcher; Michelle Davies
Other key lawyers:
‘Broad spread of capabilities together with an international presence.’
‘Friendly and approachable, together with the ability to condense broad legal issues into more simple concepts.’
CGN Europe Energy
Thames Water Group
- Advised UK infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II on a competitive auction process to acquire 24 solar farms comprising 142MW across the UK from Canadian Solar Inc.
- Acted for a new investment trust company managed by Gresham House Asset Management, on the £100m initial public offering of shares on the Specialist Funds Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and associated acquisition of a seed portfolio of energy storage systems with a capacity of 70MW.
- Successfully advised Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries on the purchase of UK Power Reserve, an independent operator of small-scale generators, from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
- Advising Alfanar on the financing of the construction of a ground mounted solar project in Egypt as part of the Egyptian Round II Solar PV Feed-In Tariffs Program which is part of the largest renewables programme in Egypt.
- Advised Faro as issuer on the establishment of an innovative and bespoke self-arranged $100m programme for the issuance of secured bonds, and the first certified Green Bond for solar energy in Brazil which was issued under the programme.
Specialist construction firm Fenwick Elliott LLP has strong credentials for its work on energy projects and international arbitration relating to such matters. The firm's client roster includes entities at all levels of the construction supply chain, including employers, contractors, architects, institutional investors, governments and consultants in the UK and worldwide. Key partners include international arbitration specialist Richard Smellie, while the firm significantly boosted its ranks during 2018 with the addition of eight associates and senior associates.
Simon Tolson; Tony Francis; Richard Smellie; Nicholas Gould
‘Quick, hands-on, and practical advice. An excellent knowledge of construction law. Can handle all kinds of involvement from front row to back office. Excellent value for money.’
The energy group at Gowling WLG focuses on working for government and regulator clients, both in the UK and overseas, and for developer clients, particularly in new and challenging markets or jurisdictions. On the back of high volumes of project development activity with onshore renewables, the firm has seen an uptick in capacity market work comprising of project development, M&A transactions and financing mandates. The team is also notably active in the smart infrastructure and technology space, as demonstrated by its advice to the UK Government on the £11bn smart metering programme. Former energy head Derek Goodban recently left to join National Grid as UK general counsel.
Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Andrew Newbery
Other key lawyers:
Mytrah Energy Limited
Brockwell Energy Limited
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)
Statkraft Markets GmbH
Veolia Middle East
Siemens Project Ventures
AGES Energy Ltd
EOG Resources, Inc.
- Advised Brockwell Energy Limited on securing the backing of Pioneer Point Partners together with Davidson Kempner European Partners.
- Advising AGES Energy Ltd on its development of a multi-site solar farm in Sierra Leone.
- Advising BEIS on its smart meter programme – a £11bn programme of installing smart meters in all domestic and small business premises in Great Britain.
- Advising Ofgem on its new gas and electricity code, the Retail Energy Code.
Lux Nova Partners Limited
Lux Nova Partners Limited is a specialist renewable energy boutique firm founded by 'great strategic thinker' Tom Bainbridge , Sandy Abrahams and Louisa Cilenti; the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of energy disputes expert Stephen Lister from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The firm handles a diverse range of matters, covering district heating and cooling, alternative routes to market, community energy finance and emerging market renewables. The team has recently been advising a number of clients on grid and private wire clean energy PPAs in the UK, disruptive supply models, as well as the innovative structuring of community renewable energy financings. Nikola Zahariev is also well-regarded by clients.
Tom Bainbridge; Sandy Abrahams; Louisa Cilenti
‘The Lux Nova team has a huge depth of knowledge of all matters relating to renewable energy and energy finance. The energy practitioners bring an equal passion and commitment to large infrastructure projects and local community initiatives.’
‘These lawyers are true specialists in their field, which is especially noticeable in contract negotiations where a solid foundation in the subject matter is required to deliver appropriate risk management.’
‘Lux Nova is a highly motivated and skilled specialist law firm with a clear focus on renewable energy.’
‘This team is united by close communication and a shared commitment to delivering excellent service to its clients. This is a pragmatic and flexible outfit which still makes sure that all legal angles are covered.’
‘Louisa Cilenti is personable, knowledgeable and responsive; a real pleasure to work with.’
‘Louisa Cilenti is deeply knowledgeable and experienced. She acts with an energy and skill that makes her stand out amongst her peers. Her attention to detail is fantastic as is her commitment to her clients.’
‘Nik Zahariev is deeply committed to renewable energy and supporting communities. He brings this passion to his work, making sure his client is well protected and represented.’
‘Stephen Lister is very capable and able to bring himself up to speed very quickly. He is flexible in the way he works and is always ready and willing to provide assistance, often at quite short notice.’
‘Tom Bainbridge shows excellent attention to detail, turns work round rapidly and was always available.’
‘Tom Bainbridge is a great strategic thinker.’
‘Louisa Cilenti is a very strong commercial lawyer and brings wealth of expertise and experience.’
‘Sandy Abrahams knows her stuff and is very client-friendly.’
‘Louisa Cilenti combines thorough legal knowledge with efficiency, pragmatic commercial judgement and a passion for community energy and renewables.’
‘Nik Zahariev makes sure that all the client’s concerns are listened to and that no details remain unaddressed.’
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd
Jordan Wind Project Company
Open Utility/ Piclo
London Borough of Enfield/ energetik
International Renewable Energy Agency
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
- Advising the London Borough of Enfield on the structuring and contracting for its ambitious Lee Valley Heat Network and closing numerous connection and supplyagreements with developers and customers.
- Advising the Indian Government owned, largest energy services company in theworld on the cross-border acquisition of Edina’s energy efficiency and CHP business
- Advising market-disrupter, Open Utility develop the framework for Flex Platformtrials with 6 DNOs successfully establishing a flexibility services market place.
The 'incredibly committed' energy group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which is led by John Deacon, was recently strengthened by the arrival of arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP and well-regarded Herbert Smith Freehills LLP lawyer Hannah Roscoe, who joined as a partner. Managing associate Matthew Stott is also recommended. In recent highlights, the group advised on the £150m Drakelow energy-from-waste facility development, and represented NextEnergy Solar Fund on its £125m acquisition of over 110MW of solar power projects in the UK. Anthony Riley left to join Winston & Strawn LLP and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.
‘The team at Orrick has excellent knowledge of the market and lots of experience within the renewable space.’
‘The team is incredibly committed and goes the extra mile to get deals done. It is excellent at driving a process and seeing it through to completion efficiently and effectively.’
‘Yolanda Yong deserves a special mention as she’s an extremely talented and prepared professional. The quality of her counsel is top-notch!’
Azito Energie S.A.
BlackRock Renewable Power Group
Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Next Decade LNG
NextEnergy Solar Fund
EP UK Investments Limited
Axpo Trading AG
ENGIE Global Markets
IPM Energy Trading Limited
Future Earth Energy
Hudson Clean Energy Partners
- Acted for Future Earth Energy, the developers of the 15MW Drakelow Renewable Energy Centre, on a £150m energy-from-waste facility in Derbyshire.
- Advised NextEnergy on the acquisition of two large operational solar portfolios and an operational rooftop portfolio of combined commercial and residential properties.
- Advising Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on the Phase 4 expansion project of the Azito gas-fired power project in Azito, Cote d’Ivoire.
- Advised BlackRock on the drafting and negotiation of a 197.4MW 15-year corporate power purchase agreement with Alcoa, an international aluminium producer with significant plants in Norway at approximately €200m.
- Advising ENGIE Global Markets as lead external counsel on the negotiation of all power, gas and carbon trading agreements.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP has a particularly strong reputation in the the decentralised energy industry and for its work on matters pertaining to the adoption of innovative energy solutions. As an example, the group advised Centrica on its electric vehicle offering and acted for an international electric vehicle manufacturer regarding its market entry analysis across numerous legal service lines. The team, which is split between London and Bristol, has notable capabilities in the fields of regulation, financing and energy management across solar, biomass and the overall renewables market. While Clare King has moved to Freeths LLP, restructuring partner Will Gunston joined from Dentons and Matthew Germain was promoted to partner.
James Watson; Simon Hobday; Matthew Lewis
‘The lawyers at Osborne Clarke are very experienced in the sector and have worked on both sides of the fence so they can offer informed solutions to unlock potential issues.’
‘Carl Thompson is very knowledge and commercially astute.’
‘Duncan Parker is a rising star, very bright and with bedside manners.’
John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)
The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)/InfraRed Capital Partners
nPower and Innogy
Green Frog Power
Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited
- Advising Centrica on its Local Energy Market trial in Cornwall, a programme exploring flexible, smart energy solutions in the UK, while also advising on the rollout of its ‘Hive’ Internet of Things product.
- Acted for Green Frog Power on the £100m development and project financing of existing and new flexible gas-fired power generating capacity in the UK.
- Advised Limejump on its trading of aggregated units and batteries in the UK Balancing Mechanism market.
- Advised Solarplicity, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy providers, on the £120m sale of 133MW of solar assets.
- Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited on deals to acquire three anaerobic digestion assets, totalling over £54m.
Slaughter and May has strong credentials in the offshore wind sector - the magic circle firm recently advised Danish energy giant Ørsted on its $4.46bn disposal of the Hornsea 1 wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners. The firm, which works with premium clients such as Centrica and Drax, has been acting for innogy on the merger of Npower with SSE’s domestic retail operations, and also previously advised the UK Government on its reforms of the electricity market.
Other key lawyers:
Azadeh Nassiri; Richard Todd
- Advised Ørsted on its disposal of a 50% interest in the 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners.
- Acted for Drax Group on the acquisition of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation assets.
- Advised Arsenal FC on the installation and operation of its new battery-powered electricity storage facility at the Emirates Stadium.
- Advising Mitsubishi on its strategic acquisition of a 20% stake in Ovo Energy, a leading independent UK-based energy supply business.
- Advising Impello Limited, the parent entity of the First Utility group, on its sale to The Shell Petroleum Company Limited.
Trinity International LLP is a niche law firm with a defined focus on projects, finance, corporate and commercial transactions in emerging markets. Paul Biggs spearheads the London-based group, which recently advised African power developer Globeleq on the financial close of the Malindi Solar photovoltaic solar project in Kenya. In 2018 the firm also advised the Government of Seychelles and the Seychelles Energy Commission on structuring, procurement and negotiations for an innovative floating solar energy project.
Other key lawyers:
Kaushik Ray; Simon Norris; Jennifer Gladstone; Fiona Guildford
The dedicated energy lawyers at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP are known for acting for an enviable international client roster including developers of new electricity generation projects, leading power companies and independents. Historically strong in matters of real estate and consenting, the firm's recent focus has been on the field of renewables and gas-fired power plants where Christopher Towner and Paul Stockley's team continues to advise on high-profile corporate and commercial transactions, energy regulation matters and high value disputes.
Chris Towner; Paul Stockley
Other key lawyers:
Simon Hughes; Sebastian Briggs
Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)
East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd
EDF Energy Renewables Ltd
Renewable Energy Generation
Renewable Energy Systems
RWE (including RWE Npower and RWE Npower Renewables)
Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)
- Advised Ofgem on the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high value transmission assets.
- Advised Vattenfall Norfolk Vanguard, a 1.8GW offshore wind proposal located off the coast of Norfolk, on the strategic land assembly for the onshore infrastructure connected with the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
- Advised Ovo Energy on all aspects of its acquisition of Spark Energy Limited.
- Advised the Crown Estate on the delivery of sub-sea cables, completing documents enabling a cable to cross UK territorial waters and completing the licence permitting works to begin.
- Advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (a joint venture between Equinor, China Resources and Masdar) on the completion of the lease and associated rights for the project’s shore base at Great Yarmouth.
Bevan Brittan LLP 's national power practice, which is led from the firm's Bristol base, handles power and energy mandates across England, Scotland and Wales. The group advises clients on developing and financing assets as well as on a broad range of legal issues including planning, property, construction, corporate, regulatory, funding and disputes issues. Nadeem Arshad s group has a strong track record on regulatory work, as well as the retail sector.
Other key lawyers:
Legal & General
North Yorkshire County Council
Sheffield City Council
Whitehill & Borden Limited
Liverpool City Council
Birmingham City Council
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
- Advising North Yorkshire Council on operational issues relating to its 25-year PPP project with Amey Cespa.
- Advised Resource Recovery Solutions, a joint venture created by waste management company Renewi and Interserve, on the £950m Derby Waste PPP Project.
- Advising master developer BXS LP on all the utilities and district energy aspects of the Brent Cross South regeneration development in North West London.
- Advising Viridor on a major Energy/Waste PPP project in Scotland which involves the development of the £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre.
- Advised Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation, potential re-procurement and/or termination of its major integrated PPP Contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.
Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt
Other key lawyers:
Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd
Encor Power plc
Guernsey Electricity Ltd
- Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
- Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
- Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
- Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.
Clyde & Co LLP is especially renowned for its strength in the energy insurance sector, representing both onshore and offshore clients. The practice, which is jointly led by Clare Hatcher and Guildford-based disputes specialist Mark Walsh, recently handled the defence of a claim for $80m brought by a US consortium over the cancellation of a contract for the construction of a power station near Bombay, and has also been defending a $140m business interruption claim for loss of a submarine cable between Australia and Japan.
Clare Hatcher; Mark Walsh
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable about the construction industry and disputes including adjudication and litigation. They are growing, which will really help expand the non-contentious side of the team.’
‘Lucy Frith is absolutely outstanding. She is an excellent lawyer who is able to assimilate vast quantities of information down to the key points and provide relevant commercial and legal advice.’
Property, construction and infrastructure, including energy, are among the core pillars of Foot Anstey's practice. The energy team, which is led by commercial partner Chris Pritchett in Bristol, has a key emphasis on emerging technologies as well as better-established generation and distribution projects. Patrick Wetherall recently joined the firm in Bristol as a property litigation partner from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP along with legal director Mark Li .
Pivot Power LLP
NEC Energy Solutions
British Solar Renewables Limited (BSR)
- Advising battery storage development company Omnio Energy on supply contracts and warranties with German and Far East Suppliers, asset management arrangements and innovative contractual proposals with end-user customers.
- Advising Pivot Power on project documents for the largest battery storage pipeline in the world, conceived in partnership with National Grid.
- Advised Pivot Power on its £2m battery storage project at the Emirates Stadium.
- Advising on a large scale solar development in South Wales, with work including drafting and agreeing options for lease with 11 landowners including for grid yard, production of certificates of title for all separate land interests for the sale of site to large solar fund.
- Advised Eden Geothermal Limited on the development of a ground breaking deep geothermal project, a joint venture between the Eden Project and EGS Energy.
HFW is particularly active in the UK offshore wind sector; the firm's construction team regularly represents a variety of industry players across the full range of their project lifecycles, from procurement to construction. The firm's offering also includes significant dispute resolution and international arbitration capabilities. Richard Booth was recently promoted to partner within the construction space.
Other key lawyers:
HOCHTIEF Solutions AG and HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Limited
Kuwait Oil Company KSC
VolkerWessels Group (including VolkerFitzpatrick; VolkerInfra; Volker CI; VolkerHighways; VolkerStevin; VolkerRail)
Visser & Smit Hanab b.v.
Clugston Construction Limited
Julius Berger Nigeria plc
Hurley Palmer Flatt
Singapore Airlines Limited
Buro Four Project Services
- Advising a large French electric utility company developing a new hydro power plant in South America alongside a local developer.
- Retained by an international EPC contractor to advise on the terms of an EPC contract for the export cable installation for a major Round 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
- Instructed by a major European EPC contractor to negotiate and draft the EPC Contract for the array cable package for this round 3 wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
- Advising Clugston Construction Limited on the construction of a number of Energy-from-Waste Projects in the UK.
- Retained by VolkerTrenchless Solutions to advise on a number of contracts for HDD projects, including the HDD tunnelling required for the landing of the IFA2 interconnector cable on UK shores.
Howard Kennedy LLP's energy team regularly represents clients including utilities, project developers, large industrial consumers, property developers, funders, venture capital trusts, sponsors and energy services companies on transactions both within the UK and internationally. The group has a special focus on distributed energy transactions and property and energy projects. Anita Kasseean recently joined the firm as head of planning and environment from Heathrow Airport, while international arbitration and litigation expert Duncan Bagshaw joined from Stephenson Harwood .
National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited
Gresham House New Energy (previously Hazel Capital)
Triple Point Investment Management LLP
City & Docklands
Swan Housing Association
Coronation Power Ltd
Battersea Power Station Development Company Limited
- Advising Eggborough Power Limited on its electricity supply and connection agreements and the decommissioning of its large site, including the wider site property reconfiguration and its future plans for the site.
- Advising Swan Housing Association on its procurement and development of a district energy scheme to serve residential and commercial customers on a large urban regeneration scheme in Blackwall.
- Acting for an energy storage and gas peaking plant developer on its development of a large portfolio of energy storage sites consisting of 216MW of development energy storage assets.
Ince is particularly prevalent in the offshore wind sector, representing clients including contractors and suppliers. The group is increasingly advising large international utilities on renewable energy projects and major cross-border investments in renewable energy assets. In addition to construction matters, the team assists with issues including share purchase agreements, financing facilities and other transaction and project agreements and other matters such as permits, concessions, environmental and regulatory matters. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to partner. Former practice head Martin Sandgren has left the firm.
Specialist firm Prospect Law Ltd fields its own electrical engineers, surveyors and other professionals to comprehensively advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects under the joint leadership of Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb. The firm continues to grow in the nuclear and renewable energy markets, advising on contracts worth up to £1bn, with the firm’s nuclear work continuing to focus on the operation and decommissioning of nuclear sites. The firm also advises on the regulatory regime for the development of power generation assets. The group recently made several lateral hires, including environmental specialist William Wilson from Burges Salmon LLP, insurance partner Mark Tetley from Price Forbes & Partners, and employment specialist Philippa Wood from Keystone Law .
Edward de la Billiere; Edmund Robb
‘This is a team that is highly professional, skilled and knowledgeable about various areas of law. The service it provides is of the highest standard and its lawyers are not afraid to take on complex cases.’
‘Edmund Robb is truly one of the best barristers around. He is not afraid to take on new and extremely complex areas of law. His skeleton arguments are always of the highest standard. As an advocate, he is skilled, polished and has been opposite some top barristers and has still come out on top.’
‘Technical knowledge and understanding of contracts, law and business. Good personal relationships, understanding, commitment and support.’
Countryside Renewables Ltd
Underwater Construction Corporation UK Ltd
The Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee
Brooke Energy Group
Waste Facilities Audit Association
Glen Conan Hydro Partnership LLP
Low Level Waste Repository
Molegrove (Civils) Ltd
- Advised an installer and operator for biomass energy systems, in relation to various issues surrounding entitlement to Renewable Heat Incentive payments from Ofgem.
- Acted for Envirofusion in a public law challenge to the grant of planning permission for its £25m Energy from Waste project in Derby.
- Advised Skye Hydro in relation to a challenge raised by Ofgem into the effectiveness of the commissioning of its hydro-electric scheme.
- Deployed in-house regulatory and business consultants, alongside lawyers, to identify and assess business opportunities and advise on contracting terms and risk on behalf of Underwater Construction Corporation.
The national power team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP focuses on regulated networks, retail supply and metering, and energy projects with a particular emphasis on renewables, reserve power and energy storage. The main names to note in London are Mark Bartholomew and practice head Andrew Whitehead, who divides his time between the capital and Birmingham. The firm has a longstanding relationship with National Grid and a substantial track record of work in the sector.
Other key lawyers:
Wales & West Utilities
Robin Hood Energy
Western Riverside Waste Authority
Microgeneration Generation Services
Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy
UK Power Reserve
- Advising on the complex contractual arrangements for the Nemo Link subsea infrastructure project between the UK and Belgium on behalf of National Grid.
- Acting for longstanding Midlands energy supplier client Iresa on one of the year’s most high-profile energy supplier insolvencies, and subsequently for the Birmingham office of Deloitte as administrators.
- Advising National Grid on the contractual framework of its flagship ‘Power Potential’ project with UK Power Networks.
- Acting for Coventry-based energy supplier client First Utility, a subsidiary of Shell, in its acquisition of the customers of small supplier Usio following that company’s insolvency.
Taylor Wessing LLP's energy, infrastructure and projects team is spearheaded by Dominic FitzPatrick, who also leads the corporate group. The firm also has substantial capabilities in the construction and engineering space, as well as in private equity, where James Goold is renowned for his expertise. On the contentious front, Paul Glass is the name to note.