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DLA Piper UK LLP fields a ‘market-leading’ energy practice that handles a range of nuclear, biomass, energy-from-waste, biogas, solar and wind-related mandates for sponsors, developers and funders. The team has recently handled several nuclear energy projects, including advising NuGeneration on the design, build, finance and operation of a new nuclear power plant at Moorside The team is also advising Vital Energi on four of its energy efficiency schemes, including a £46m project with Oxford NHS Trust, and a £26m project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. It also advises Magnox on its English and Scottish sites. Kelda Water Services, Sellafield, Balfour Beatty, Shanks Group and Equitix are also clients. Darren Walsh heads the North West energy department and is experienced in advising energy sector clients on project finance matters. Andrew Davies specialises in project finance in the waste and energy sectors, and advises on regulated procurement matters; he ‘demonstrates high levels of market insight and expertise’, has ‘an excellent bedside manner’ and ‘an ability to grasp issues quickly’. Legal director Sidrah Arif handles banking and project finance transactions in the energy sector and is particularly experienced in the solar industry. Paul Giles heads the contentious construction team, which includes David Moss and which handles disputes in relation to major energy projects within the UK and internationally. Consultant Nigel Proctor is also singled out for praise.

Pinsent Masons LLP has ‘outstanding knowledge of the industry’ and ‘an excellent track record in delivering high-value projects’. The team advises on a range of UK and international energy projects for infrastructure, energy, support services, government, real estate, manufacturing and banking-sector clients. The team also has expertise in procurement structures; including incentivisation models, LABVs, contractor finance projects, and energy-from-waste projects. Highlights included advising Watt Power on the procurement of two newbuild gas plants, and acting as part of the national team for York Potash Limited (YPL) on the design and construction of a £1.7bn potash mine in North Yorkshire. It is also noted as a ‘leading firm in supporting nuclear projects’ is advising Sellafield in on more than £10bn in projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria. Viridor Laing, Zeus Renewables, Pöyry Schweiz, Watt Power, Balfour Beatty, and Laing O'Rourke are also clients. Key figures include ‘first-rate construction specialistGraham Alty, who heads the projects team, and Mark Job, who is the UK head of construction and engineering. Also recommended are Anthony Bradley, who advises on large-scale construction and civil engineering contracts, with a particular focus on legal risk management and dispute resolution; and legal director Ian Fairclough, who is experienced in energy, construction and infrastructure projects.

Addleshaw Goddard has particular strength in waste sector, renewable energy projects and large-scale outsourcing projects, and is experienced in utilities sector mandates. Key figures include Michael O’Connor, who is national head of the firm’s infrastructure, projects and energy group; and legal directors Rob Thompson and Peter Jones, the latter of which specialises in asset finance with experience in green energy projects. Nancy Walmsley left the firm in 2016.

DWF houses ‘experienced, specialist lawyers’ with expertise spanning electricity, oil, gas, water and renewables, as well as nuclear work. Clients include Horizon Nuclear Power, ScottishPower Group, United Utilities, Yingli Green Energy Europe and Vensys. Energy and industrials team head Andrew Symms splits his time between the Manchester and Leeds offices and has ‘an outstanding breadth and depth of knowledge’. Clients also single out Catherine Haslam, who is experienced in real estate matters, and leads on solar projects; litigator Steve Morris, who leads the water department; director Christian Hellmund, who heads the bioenergy and wind team and is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices; nuclear team head Simon Stuttaford, who ‘has strong industry knowledge’ and splits his time between Manchester and Birmingham; Michael Mousdale, who is recommended for procurement matters in the energy sector; and Jonathan Branton, who is noted for EU and competition work. Chris White recently left the firm.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Manchester-based team is known for its experience in a variety of energy projects, and the firm draws experience from its national, and international network of offices where necessary. Michelle Moss led the planning advice for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm on its application for development consent for the Triton Knoll Electrical System. Non-contentious environment and health and safety expert Elizabeth Shepherd advised a French environmental services company and a Polish waste company on their joint tender to the City of Belgrade to operate a new energy from waste plant, supplying electricity and heat to the local utility companies.

Aaron & Partners LLP is experienced in a range of energy-related matters, and is particularly noted for its track record in renewable projects including wind, solar and hydropower, as well as conventional energy production and transmission. David Harries heads the planning, environmental, energy and regulatory team.

CMS advises on a range of energy projects, including several renewable and energy from waste projects in the UK. It is advising Viridor Laing on the Greater Manchester Waste PFI Project; and is assisting Zeus Renewables with the construction of a £100m plant in Wales. Chris Hallam, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2016, heads the infrastructure, construction and energy group. Senior associate Arwyn Jones recently relocated to the Manchester office from London, and advises on contentious matters.

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