Leading Individuals

Energy in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP’s multidisciplinary energy team - consisting of commercial, property, construction and finance practitioners - is known for advising clients in the biogas space on a range of matters. Mark Whitehead is the go-to figure within the practice for advice on balance sheet as well as debt and equity financed energy infrastructure projects which span biogas, solar, wind and hydrocarbon. The experienced Colin Hewitt assists clients operating in the upstream and downstream hydrocarbon market on supply chain matters. Alex Wright in the property team and James Nightingale in the corporate team are key names to note for sales of energy infrastructure facilities and assets. All named lawyers are based in Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hewitt; Alex Wright; James Nightingale


‘We have had a long-standing relationship with Ward Hadaway. The lawyers provide ongoing support to a number of our portfolio businesses, including in relation to commercial arrangements, construction, property and constitutional matters.’

‘We principally work with Mark Whitehead, who has a good understanding of our business, the renewables sector and our portfolio generally. The firm is able to complement the wider advisory team we use across the business.’

Key clients

Lower Drayton Biogas

Blaise Biogas

Wardley Biogas

Evercreech Biogas


Pacifica Group

Newcastle International Airport

O-Power Limited

EOS Developments

Teesside International Airport

Story Future Energy Limited

Stephenson-Mohl Developments Limited

Work highlights

Muckle LLP

Corporate, financing and property-based instructions make up much of the workload for Muckle LLP‘s Newcastle-stationed projects, energy and natural resources team. Following the 2022 arrival of Andrew Coddington - a partner in the banking and restructuring team - the firm has deepened its expertise in the project finance space. Coddington also possesses significant international experience, which he brings to bear on a mix of water, desalination, solar, green, and blue hydrogen project finance mandates. Corporate adviser Andrew Davison assists clients on IPOs, takeovers, M&As and governance issues, while energy and real estate development specialist Libbie Henderson specialises in the regeneration of greenfield and brownfield sites as well as land-based wind, solar and nuclear projects. Lucilla Waugh, head of the construction and engineering team; David Towns, head of the agriculture, estates and rural planning team; and Louise Duffy, head of the banking and restructuring team, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Coddington

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Davison; Libbie Henderson; Lucilla Waugh; David Towns; Louise Duffy

Key clients

Port of Blyth

Port of Tyne

Guernsey Electricity

Penultimate Power UK Ltd

Jersey Electricity PLC

The Banks Group

Jersey Water

Blue Water Energy

Morrison Data Services

Smulders BV

Avid Technology

TSG Marine

3T Energy

Newcastle University

SK Utilities

ExaMotive SA

Aura Newcastle Limited

Aura Project Company

Aura Project Company Phase 2

Work highlights

  • Advised the lender, national Westminster Bank, on its facilities to the buyer, PDQ22 Limited, in its management buyout of PDQ Engineering, a Washington-based precision engineering company.
  • Advised Wilton Engineering on its funding arrangements and the purchase of a new facility in connection with the acquisition of a site adjacent to their existing facilities to allow for expansion into renewable energy projects.
  • Advised WSG Eftech, a wholly owned subsidiary within the WellServices B.V’s group, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Eftech International.