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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The highly regarded Mark Whitehead leads the practice at Ward Hadaway, which advises clients on the full range of energy sector issues relating to fossil fuels, renewable energy, low carbon supply chains, utilities, offshore production and energy technologies. The team attracts strong praise for its expertise in generation project development – with special emphasis on anaerobic digestion, biomass and energy-from-waste projects – as well as offshore supply chain matters and mining sector work. Commercial team head Colin Hewitt, who is ‘very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with’, excels in biofuel projects, feedstock contracts, offshore developments. He also represents oil and gas supply chain businesses and recently acted on the reorganisation of Actuant’s non-US energy holding companies. Other key figures include Tim Care, who specialises in advising public-sector clients on generation projects and energy procurements; Phil Tompkins, who focuses on power transmission and distribution mandates; and the Leeds-based Philip Jordan, who has particular expertise in the steel and nuclear sectors. Biogas Power, Contract Natural Gas and DeepOcean Group are also clients.

Bond Dickinson LLP fields a number of well-regarded practitioners whose expertise span matters involving electricity generation developments, renewables and gas-fired power plants. Key figures include Ben Butler, who specialises in M&A, group reorganisations and energy fund raisings; Simon Lewis, who is recommended for infrastructure, offshore and PPP disputes; Paul Stewart, whose expertise encompasses disputes related to the chemical and manufacturing sectors; and linear infrastructure project specialist Barbara Painter, whose highlights included acting for Quarry Battery Company on the real estate aspects of the Snowdonia Pumped Hydro project. In other key mandates, construction specialist Ian Atkinson advised Northern Powergrid on the drafting and review of frameworks relating to the replacement of a distribution substation and flood defence works, and Stuart Wardlaw represented Sembcorp Utilities in a health and safety prosecution. Managing associate John Booth, who handles gas-to-grid and wind farm projects, and real estate transactional specialist Michael Brown are also recommended.

Muckle LLPprovides a high level of client interaction alongside expansive knowledge that helps to drive forward innovation and growth’. Andrew Davison leads the practice and is noted for his ‘insightful contributions and proactive solutions’. He is noted for his energy project expertise, and recently advised Studsvik UK on the restructuring of its UK business, which included the establishment of a new company with the aim of separating its nuclear waste management operations from its consultancy operations. Commercial lawyer Alan Grisedale acted for EDMI Europe on arrangement negotiations with Arqiva regarding the provision of communication hubs; Future Energy, the Port of Tyne, Jersey Electricity and Penultimate Power UK are also clients. Also recommended are Robert Langley, for construction mandates; Will McKay, for renewable energy matters; and Keith Bishop, who is noted for his contentious expertise.

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