Energy in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

The department at Ward Hadaway handles the full scope of energy-related issues, but has particularly deep expertise in infrastructure project development, including biomethane and energy-from-waste projects and offshore supply chain matters, as well as issues arising in the mining sector. Another of the team's strength lies in the area of biogas generation projects, where it stands out for handling a high volume of instructions concerning development issues, refinancing, acquisitions and other operational issues. Led by consultant Mark Whitehead, the team often works in conjunction with the firm’s commercial, construction finance, property and corporate groups.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Imogen Holland; James Nightingale


The team unifies knowledge, experience and the necessary hands-on mentality; this mix is a crucial factor and this is what we are missing at other firms. Mark Whitehead is a perfect example of unifying all this in one person.

Key clients

Actuant Corporation

Wardley Biogas

Blaise Biogas

Northern Powergrid

Contract Natural Gas

Oncoland Energy

EOS Developments

PX Group


Western Biomass

Newcastle International Airport

Pacifica Group

Work highlights

  • Advising project developer Blaise Biogas in connection with secured lending arrangements in relation to an 80,000 tonne-per-annum food waste facility to be constructed in Kent.
  • Advising project developer EOS Developments in connection with the acquisition and expansion of an existing biogas generation project in Somerset.
  • Advising Oncoland Energy in connection with the development of biogas-to-grid facilities to be constructed on agricultural land in Kent.

Muckle LLP

Led by corporate law specialist Andrew Davison, Muckle LLP’s cross-departmental team garners praise for its ‘proactive and forward-thinking’ approach in handling a wide range of energy-related projects. The team members' varied areas of expertise include renewable, land-based wind, solar, nuclear and other types of energy. Libbie Henderson is noted for the breadth of her experience, and Lucilla Waugh, who has a focus on project development, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Davison

Other key lawyers:

Libbie Henderson; Lucilla Waugh


The team is very proactive and forward-thinking; it will always think of a solution to a difficult situation.

The team punches well above its weight. Excellent client engagement from partners, who are never too busy to help and return calls very swiftly.

Libbie Henderson has negotiated on our behalf very well. She gets results.

Lucilla Waugh is excellent and grasps the key issues very quickly and incisively.

Key clients

EDMI Europe

Port of Blyth

Port of Tyne

Guernsey Electricity

Penultimate Power UK

Jersey Electricity

The Banks Group

Jersey Water

Blue Water Energy

Morrison Data Services

Smulders BV

Avid Technology

TSG Marine

3T Energy

Fabricom Offshore Services

SK Utilities

ExaMotive SA / Oply UK

Work highlights

  • Advised car-sharing network Oply UK, a joint venture between ExaMotive SA and SAIC Motor Corporation, on its acquisition of Co-Wheels.
  • Advising Avid Technology Group on a project relating to the installation of a new waste heat recovery unit in Wednesbury.
  • Advising Penultimate Power on its partnership with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, formed to develop a new type of nuclear power station across the UK.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s energy and natural resources department benefits from its ability to rely upon the firm’s strength in the sector nationwide. The team’s high-profile client base includes developers of new electricity generation and storage projects, power companies and independents, among others. Michael Brown heads up the department and has notable experience in the renewable energy sector, while Barbara Painter has made a name for herself in the chemicals and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brown

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Painter

Key clients

EDF Energy Renewables

Sembcorp Utilities (UK)

Rydberg Development Company

Quarry Battery Company

Northern Powergrid