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

Pinsent Masons LLP demonstrates a ‘good level of industry knowledge and commitment to the sector’ and clients particularly praise the team’s ‘detailed knowledge’ across national and international energy projects. Highlights include advising Sellafield on more than £10bn of projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria, which includes a £4.5bn PPP programme and advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi on an EPC contract for the construction of a rail network as part of the establishment and expansion of the Jubail Industrial Cities project in Saudi Arabia. NuGeneration, York Potash, United Utilities and Viridor Laing are clients. Head of projects Graham Alty handles matters across the nuclear, oil refining, power and road sectors and is a ‘knowledgeable, responsive and highly capable individual who clearly makes a personal commitment to the success of projects’. UK head of construction and engineering Mark Job advises on the procurement and implementation of construction contracts for major energy projects. Legal director Ian Fairclough  is active across nuclear, conventional energy and renewables mandates, while Anthony Bradley, who delivers ‘great strategic advice, and has very good business acumen’, and legal director Sian Hughes, who is ‘quick in developing and analysing documents’, handle energy-related disputes. Legal director Stephen Ovenden recently joined the team from Foot Anstey.

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘responsive’ team demonstrates ‘clear industry knowledge’, delivers ‘pragmatic advice’ and is particularly noted for its experience in waste and energy infrastructure projects. The team, which works closely with its national network of offices, is advising NWE2 on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways (NTPG) infrastructure development project, which would involve the development and construction of a series of tidal barrage systems across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. The team also advised Somerset County Council on a £200m long term waste treatment contract with Viridor and advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the establishment of its Evergreen 2 and Low Carbon funds to apply European Regional Development Funds to North West projects. Michael O’Connor heads the projects, infrastructure and energy group and is experienced across PPP and project finance matters. Legal directors Rob Thompson, who is active across energy and waste sector mandates, and Julie Hodkinson , who is noted for renewable energy projects, are key members of the team. Andrew Maskill and Rebecca Williams handle banking and finance transactions in the energy sector, and Paul Dight, who is also based in the firm’s Leeds office, specialises in the development of energy infrastructure and advises on energy regulation. Corporate partner Michael Birchall is also active in the energy sector.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at DWF is noted for its energy and renewables expertise and operates closely with its colleagues across the firm’s international network. Electricity, gas, water, renewables and nuclear work are key areas of focus. The team is advising ScottishPower on the £650m 1800 MW combined cycle gas turbine project in Kent. Vensys Energy and United Utilities Renewable Energy are also key clients. Andrew Symms heads the energy and industrials sector team and is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices. Catherine Haslam heads the solar team and is experienced in renewable energy projects, while head of water Steve Morris acts for energy and utility companies on a range of disputes, and James Lupton is part of the firm’s procurement group. Renewables team head Christian Hellmund operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, as does EU and competition head Jonathan Branton. Michael Mousdale joined Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2018.

Aaron & Partners LLP displays ‘stellar expertise across planning, environment and energy’ mandates. The team advised developer Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on a range of matters relating to the development of six large scale wind turbines in Powys, which included complex planning matters, and advised Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on an appeal against the Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven. The team also acted for North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on its proposed development of a tidal lagoon. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Hendy Wind Farm and Mynydd y Gwynt are also clients. David Harries is praised for his ‘strategic view and his sharp analysis of the risks and opportunities’ and heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory practice. Corporate head Stuart Scott Goldstone, senior associates Keith McKinney, who is ‘brilliant’, Jamie Hawley and Andrew Lees are key members of the team, as is consultant Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters.

The team at CMS operates as part of its international and national energy group and is noted for its experience in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. The team advised Zeus Renewables on the construction of a £100m energy from waste plant in Wales and advised Viridor Laing in relation to the (now terminated) Greater Manchester waste PFI project.Chris Hallam  leads the energy, projects and construction team and Nigel Lewis, who joined in 2017 from Gowling WLG, heads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team. Associates David Turner  and Elizabeth Ormesher, who handle non-contentious mandates, recently relocated to the Manchester office. Arwyn Jones joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2017.

For energy mandates, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP operates closely with its national and international colleagues and is experienced across planning and projects work, often with a cross-border element, in the energy sector. Environment head Elizabeth Shepherd has advised on high-value cross-border energy-related mandates. Construction and engineering partner Chris Pickens is also a key contact for energy-related work in Manchester.

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