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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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Ward Hadaway draws on expertise from its commercial, property, construction and corporate teams to advise on the full spectrum of energy sector matters. Regular instructions include issues pertaining to fossil fuel, renewable energy, low carbon supply chains, utilities, offshore production and energy technologies. Clients include developers, investors, major multinational organisations and national businesses, for which it handles project development matters - with particular focus on anaerobic digestion, biomass and energy-from-waste projects - alongside offshore supply chain and mining sector issues. Consultant Mark Whitehead leads the team, which includes Tim Care, who is experienced in assisting public sector clients with generation and efficiency projects as well as energy procurement; Phil Tompkins, who is the main contact for power transmission and distribution matters; and commercial team head Colin Hewitt, who focuses on biofuels and biomass projects as well as oil and gas sector supply chains and carbon trading matters. Actuant Corporation is a client.

‚ÄėProviding a very good standard of service‚Äô, Muckle LLP¬†acts for oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy clients as well as businesses in the energy supply chain and frequently assists them with corporate matters and commercial contracts alongside construction, real estate and corporate finance issues. In recent work, the team assisted NG Bailey with an energy cost avoidance framework agreement, while the ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Alan Grisedale¬†continues to assist EDMI Europe, a major smart metering solutions provider, with several contractual arrangements with national utility providers and meter asset finance organisations. Development expert Libbie Henderson¬†joined the firm from Watson Burton LLP¬†in December 2017 and specialises in energy, waste and minerals work including land-based wind, solar and nuclear energy projects. Property expert Will McKay¬†is another key individual for renewable energy sector work, while construction and engineering team head Keith Bishop¬†has notable expertise in energy sector litigation, arbitration and mediation. Andrew Davison¬†heads the cross-departmental energy practice.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong profile for corporate and commercial work, energy regulation matters and energy sector litigation. Simon Lewis assists clients with disputes pertaining to final accounts and project completion delays, among other issues. Barbara Painter is best known for handling infrastructure mandates such as oil and gas pipelines and storage projects while also dealing with site acquisitions for capacity market generation projects. Michael Brown routinely handles energy infrastructure mandates alongside real estate-related renewable energy instructions. Clients include oil and gas, power and renewable energy sector players such as Centrica, EDF Energy Renewables, National Tube Stockholders and Renewable Energy Systems.

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