DLA Piper advises across a diverse range of major infrastructure, energy, and transport projects, including leading involvement in the Welsh A465 road development, which closed in 2020. The team is noted for its innovative approach to tenders and contracts, and works on a national and international basis from Manchester. Andrew S. Davies leads the team, and has a strong record in energy sector work, including waste-to-energy and nuclear developments. Liam Cowell and Lorna Pattison specialise in transport and infrastructure work respectively. Meanwhile director Ben Morton acts for funders, sponsors, and local authorities on major energy and transport infrastructure projects. Associates Lauren Fisher and Hayley Mason are credited with key roles on a number of projects, most notably the A465 development.
Energy, project finance and PFI in North West
Andrew S. Davies
Other key lawyers:
Ben Morton; Lauren Fisher; Hayley Mason; Liam Cowell; Lorna Pattison
‘DLA in my view have the best quality across the board outside the magic circle. They are though prepared to deal with smaller companies with high growth potential and agree fee structures that makes it possible to instruct them. Attitude and aptitude both first class.’
‘Andrew Davies is a top lawyer. He speaks with calm and authoritative knowledge. Commercially and technically one of the best we have worked with.’
Tees Valley Combined Authority
Yorkshire Water Services Limited
Kelda Water Services Limited
Renewi UK Services Limited
Vital Energi Solutions Limited
London Energy Limited
Aviva Public Private Finance Limited
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Bank of Scotland Plc
Dexia Credit Local SA
Market Operator Services Limited
Ambac Assurance UK Limited
Avrenim Facilities Management Limited
- Advised Welsh Ministers on the A465 Roads Project.
- Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority, Newcastle City Council and Durham County Council on the procurement of an energy recovery facility to treat c450,000 tonnes of waste each year.
- Advising Yorkshire Water Services Limited on the creation of a framework to develop c100 sites into solar farms.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP leads major national and international energy and infrastructure projects from its Manchester office, with an extensive team handling construction, transportation, project finance, and public procurement issues for public and private sector sponsors and funders. The team is led by: Graham Alty, who has great experience in international project management; construction and engineering-focused Mark Job; PPP and property specialist Scot Morrison, and construction advisory head Siân Hughes. Director Ian Fairclough advises on transactional construction issues for nuclear and renewable energy developments. Senior associates Jo Falencka, Laura Tetlow, and Rob Parry are noted for their key roles in high-profile projects and strong client relationships.
Graham Alty; Mark Job; Scot Morrison; Sian Hughes
Other key lawyers:
Jo Falencka; Laura Tetlow; Rob Parry; Ian Fairclough
‘Extremely commercial and pragmatic advice. Very can-do attitude; nothing is too big or too small for this team. ’
‘Laura Tetlow is definitely a rising star on the projects team. Extremely approachable and so down to earth but excellent legal acumen. ’
‘This team has provided significant high calibre support to the in-house team and demonstrated an unfailing commitment to both to this business and the industry. ’
‘The team is highly regarded and recognised as industry and sector specialists. Graham Alty, Partner and lead client contact, has demonstrated a willingness to support however necessary both from within his own team and however necessary in the interests of the business. This commitment to the organisation and industry really does cause this team to stand out.’
Cayman Islands Government
Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.
Ministry of Justice
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (“TII”)
Eiffage Génie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited
Ferrovial Construction Limited
BAM Nuttall Limited
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council
London Borough of Wandsworth
London Borough of Harrow
MSC Cruises SA
Himor (Carrington) Limited
Suffolk County Council
SCS Railways (Skanska, Costain and STRABAG (SCS) joint venture)
- Advising Sellafield Limited in relation to over £15bn of capital projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria, by far the largest and most complex nuclear site in the UK.
- Advising the Cayman Islands Government (“CIG”) in connection with its: (i) $50m east-to-west corridor arterial access road and associated infrastructure works in Grand Cayman (the “EW Project”); and (ii) $300m 30 year Design Build Finance Maintain cruise and cargo berthing facility and associated infrastructure works at George Town Port (the “Cruise and Cargo Project”).
- Advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş on major rail infrastructure projects that demonstrate our leadership in high profile, high value, significant projects with innovative finance structures, and our commitment to Africa, where we have 40 years of experience across more than 40 countries
Addleshaw Goddard advises public and private sector project proponents, financial institutions, and equity investors, on large-scale project financings, acting on a national and international basis on major infrastructure projects in transport, healthcare, education, and energy. The team is led by Michael O’Connor, an experienced expert in public-private transactions, including procurement and project finance loans. Also leading the team, Andrew Pettinger specialises in PFI and local government work, and newly-promoted partner Sara Gilmore, who leads on major energy projects. Director Rob Thompson has notable expertise in waste developments and international projects.
Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Sara Gilmore
Other key lawyers:
Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Ltd
Liberty Charge Limited
Green Investment Group
Manchester Metropolitan University
Muse Developments Limited
National Grid plc
National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
National Grid Gas plc
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited
Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)
SGN Place Limited
Southern Water Services Limited
SSE plc (Retail)
SSE plc (Seagreen)
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Department for Transport
Greater London Authority
Health & Safety Executive
High Speeds Two (HS2) Limited
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council
Imagile Group Ltd
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds City Council
Luton Borough Council
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
MUFG Bank Ltd
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation
The Council of the City of Salford
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Transport for London
United Utilities plc
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Wakefield City Council
West Midlands Combined Authority
- Advised the Universities Superannuation Scheme on its bid for a shareholding in an offshore wind farm.
- Advising Bradford Council on the procurement of the design, construction and operation of a compressed gas fuel centre.
- Advising United Utilities on its £1bn Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project.
DWF acts for a combination of high-profile private and public sector clients, including local authorities, energy companies, banks, and other financial institutions, handling an array of major national and international projects, particularly within nuclear and renewable energy. Practice head Darren Walsh joined from DLA Piper in early 2020, and is widely recognised for his expertise in international nuclear energy projects, and innovative renewable energy schemes in areas such as green hydrogen and solar. Catherine Haslam heads up the firm's solar team, and is a leading figure on wind, solar and biomass projects, advising developers, funders, and investors. Jonathan Branton provides expertise on competition and state aid issues, while senior associate Melissa Hutchinson is noted for her work on battery storage projects.
Darren Walsh; Catherine Haslam; Jonathan Branton
Other key lawyers:
ScottishPower Group (including ScottishPower Energy Retail, ScottishPower Energy Networks, SP Transmission, ScottishPower Generation, ScottishPower Energy Management and ScottishPower Renewables)
Yorkshire Gas and Power
Yingli Namene Solar Limited & Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH
Doosan Power Systems SA
Whitbread Group plc
Vensys Energy AG
Canary Wharf Group
Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council
Dundee City Council and Angus Council
South Staffordshire plc
Steag energy solutions GmbH
Discovery Park Limited
Farm Energy Partnership LLP
United Utilities Renewable Energy Limited
WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc
Marks & Spencer plc
Places for People
Ansaldo Nuclear Limited
Franklin EV Limited
Cavendish Nuclear Limited
Ryse Hydrogen Limited
Mostyn Sea Power
- Advising Ryse Hydrogen on the development of a 13,000 kg/day green hydrogen production facility that will be co-located with an on-shore wind farm in the UK.
- Advising Aberdeen City Council on the rollout of a district energy scheme.
- Advising Lloyds Bank on a £100m financing of a series of battery energy storage sites (“BESS”) and gas peaking plants across the UK.
Squire Patton Boggs advises a combination of public and private sector proponents, as well as notable financiers, on energy, transport, and social infrastructure developments. It has a strong flow of ongoing PFI work, alongside leading advice on HS2 and clean air projects. The team is led by Nick Helm, who has expertise in a broad range of infrastructure and PPP projects, including major net-zero and clean air developments. Andrew Herring has notable capabilities in rail infrastructure, working nationally and internationally. Julian Scott is noted for his work on battery storage for investment funds, and Ian Wood for his nuclear power specialism. Senior associate Amy Scott has wide expertise in infrastructure and energy projects.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Herring; Julian Scott; Ian Wood; Amy Scott
‘SPB have assembled a great team here. Given the relatively small size of the team they punch well above their weight and offer much better value than many of their competitors in the infrastructure world. ’
‘Nick Helm leads the team well, he always gives us a positive experience, is reliable, always willing to assist, to educate and to try to find alternative solutions that lead to better commercial outcomes.’
Transport for Greater Manchester
Sheffield City Council
Leeds City Council
Galliford Try Investments
Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)
InfraRed Capital Partners
- Advising TfGM (and indirectly the 10 GM local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
- Advised Vital Energi on its 18MW energy from waste scheme sited at Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent.
- Advice and support to a number of infrastructure investors on a range of PFI schemes within their portfolios, including secondary market M&A disposals.
Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist energy expertise to a variety of proponent clients, working primarily on renewable energy developments, handling issues such as site permissions, regulatory issues, and appeals, alongside financing and transactions. The team is led by David Harries , who has led on national and international energy developments. Consultant Richard Forrester has strong expertise in natural resources and waste-to-energy matters, while Keith McKinney specialises in onshore wind projects.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Forrester; Keith McKinney
‘Renewable energy projects require specialists in a number of different field which the company was able to provide working seamlessly across disciplines.’
‘Diligent, flexible and knowledgeable. ’
‘Aarons have a hard working and thorough team with a good command of the law and policy in the planning and environment field.’
‘David Harries and Keith McKinney are charming and thorough solicitors who prepare an excellent brief. They have a comprehensive knowledge of the law and policy in the planning and environmental field and come up with good new ideas.’
‘This team has a niche practice which is exceptional in term of commitment, energy deployed on behalf of the client and dept of experience.’
‘David Harries is a terrific strategist with insight into problems and how to solve them which is so rarely found. Keith McKinney leaves no stone unturned in any case and commands complete confidence.’
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Bryn Blaen Wind Farm Ltd
Hendy Wind Farm Ltd
North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection Ltd
Cornish Lithium Plc
- Advised Cornish Lithium plc on the legal position regarding mineral rich deep underground brines, and successfully pioneered a Crown Estate Lease for their extraction for Cornish Lithium plc.
- Advised Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on obtaining planning permission for a 6 turbine development near Llangurig, Powys.
- Represented Hendy Wind Farm in the appeal process following initial rejection of permission for the wind farm.
CMS advises public sector bodies and private proponents on large-scale transport, housing, and healthcare projects, alongside energy developments, with a strong focus on construction elements, as well as PFI and project financing. The team is led by Chris Hallam, who leads on major projects across the North-West and nationally, and is a regular contributor to thought leadership on construction issues, alongside Nigel Lewis, a construction and engineering dispute resolution specialist.
Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis
‘The Manchester office works closely with other UK offices and effectively part of of the as one, UK team. They are working on National and International infrastructure projects.’
‘My impression is the Contentious (Nigel Lewis) and non contentious (Chris Hallam) teams work seamlessly together to offer Clients a first rate, commercial and effective service. Both Nigel and Chris are leaders in their fields and are responsible for the rapid growth of the Manchester office with a strategy of recruitment from high calibre competitor firms.’
‘The CMS North West team is going from strength to strength, and the quality of their work in this area is up there with not only the other top firms in the region but across the UK.’
‘The team in Manchester was started by Chris Hallam 5 years ago and has now gone on to have 13 lawyers in Manchester and 12 in Sheffield The team is a dynamic energetic and can do group and has an eclectic mix of highly experienced and professional people.’
Public Health England
Moorfields NHS Trust
University College London
The Crown Estate
Ask Real Estate
Manchester Airport Group
Viridor Waste Management
GRS Roadstone Group
Studytel Project Services
Education & Skills Funding Agency
Equinor New Energy
- Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust on a new 430,000 sqft £250m state-of-the-art eye hospital and centre of ophthalmological excellence.
- Advising on the construction of the operations and maintenance base at Port of Tyne for the Doggerbank wind farm.
- Advising the Mayfield Partnership, a public/private partnership, on a ten year £1.2bn+ regeneration of a 21 acre site in Manchester city centre.