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CMS's multidisciplinary team demonstrates strong capabilities at all levels of seniority, with its first-rate bench of partners being well-supported by 'the strength in depth of the associates'. The group covers a multitude of areas within renewable and alternative energy, including onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, new build nuclear and renewable heat. In addition, the firm's merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017 has enhanced its ability to handle energy from waste projects and energy-related technology outsourcings, among other matters. Robin Hutchison and Mark Kirke are leading a team, which includes Douglas Campbell and Lottie Flood (among various others), in the advice to Inch Cape Offshore Limited on the development of a 110 turbine offshore wind farm; a recent related highlight involved successfully representing the client at a judicial review brought by the RSPB. David McGowan, Doug Land and others advised EDF Energy Renewables on its acquisition of 11 wind farm sites from Partnership for Renewables, with all sites having a potential capacity of 600MW. Donald Cumming acts for major utilities, financial institutions and public bodies in corporate/commercial and regulatory matters. Christine Worthington is leading a team on the contracting process for the marine works package at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Gordon Hay, Timothy Pitt and Jenny Allan are highly regarded. Claire Wallis, Anna Cameron and Kirsty Nurse are names to note at senior associate level.

Pinsent Masons LLP's impressive spread of work spans areas such as onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, wind, tidal and low carbon infrastructure projects, among many others. Ian McCarlie, who recently became the firm's global renewable energy and cleantech head, leads on a high number of strategically significant transactions in the sector. In 2017, McCarlie headed up a multidisciplinary team, which acted for a consortium (consisting of WElink Energy, Compton Group and British Solar Renwables) in the procurement and circa £75m sale of Shotwick Solar Park to Foresight Solar Fund Limited. McCarlie also led a group, which advised Element Power on the construction, procurement and sale of its Tynemouth Energy Storage Project to ENEL. On the project finance front, the team has recently acted for sponsors and funders in various transactions; clients included such names as Barclays, Investec and Bayern LB.  The group also draws upon the experience of Scottish planning and environment group head (and also UK energy property team head) Jennifer Ballantyne, who is among the advisers to E.ON on onshore wind projects throughout Scotland, including those at Benbrack, Monquhill and Enoch Hill. Chris McGarvey specialises in handling complex process engineering projects, which involve the use of cutting-edge technologies, including electricity generation and transmission, wastewater and waste to energy projects. Senior associate Ronan Lambe handles a wide variety of energy schemes for sponsors and funders, as well as acquirers and sellers. Legal director Kate Turner is also deeply embedded in the industry, as illustrated by her appointments on the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme board, RenewableUK's Grid Strategy Group and District Heating Loan Fund advisory panel (among others). Gordon McCreath, Gary McGovern, Gillian Frew and senior associate Campbell Hutcheon are other names to note.

Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†Edinburgh, which is active in high-profile¬†renewable and alternative energy projects across Scotland and the UK, has practitioners with specialist knowledge of areas such as real estate, planning and environment, M&A/private equity and project finance.¬†Patricia Hawthorn¬†recently led a team which successfully represented Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind (NNG) in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB, following the decision by the Scottish Ministers to grant consent to four offshore wind farms in the Forth and Tay including the 450MW NNG project. The group is currently assisting the same client with other issues connected with the project, including a new consent application, the acquisition of land rights and banking-related matters. Scott McCallum, Stephen Hubner, Liz McRobb¬†and others are advising¬†√ėrsted on the planning, environmental, property and commercial aspects of the 1.8MW Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm. In 2017, clean energy head¬†Clare Foster¬†(who is also the head of project finance) led a cross-practice team, which acted for AOE Windfarm in the¬†¬£16.6m¬†refinancing of a newly-acquired operational 11.5MW onshore wind farm. Gordon Downie¬†is an expert in¬†UK/EU competition law and regulatory issues. Colin Robertson, Colin Innes, Daniel Lee¬†and senior associate¬†Nicky Pascoe¬†are also recommended.

Brodies LLP has a strong market profile in the Scottish renewable energy sector, and it particularly stands out in areas such as onshore wind, hydro, heat and bioenergy. The team, which is jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, is frequently sought-after by clients in the most high-profile matters in the market. Patterson, Roger Cotton and Neil Collar are acting for Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited in the development of a large biomass combined heat and power (CHP) project and district heating network; this is the largest CHP project, and the first heat-led project, to win a contract for difference (CfD) in Scotland. In 2017, Patterson, Sarah-Jane McArthur, Phil Hunter, associate Alison Polson and others advised three project companies owned by Banks Renewables on the £210m development and financing of a 151MW CfD wind farm portfolio; this matter represented the first CfD onshore wind farm financing. McArthur, construction director Mark Finlay and Michael Stoneham (who is the head of energy and infrastructure finance) are acting for MeyGen in the development of a landmark, first-of-its-kind tidal stream energy project in the Pentland Firth. Alix Bearhop focuses on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects, while Derek Stroud has more than 15 years of experience of corporate transactions connected with the industry. Associate Claire Reid assists developers and landowners with wind, hydro and anaerobic digestion projects.

Having merged with HBJ Gateley in 2017, Addleshaw Goddard now has a team in Scotland, whose work in the energy and utilities sector complements the work undertaken by the London and Leeds offices. The firm acts for a multitude of market participants in the industry, including developers, corporate clients, financial institutions and private equity funds. Paul Minto, Aileen McCallum, Alison Horner, Andrew Fairlie and Alan Shanks advised Berwickshire Community Renewables LLP (a joint venture between Berwickshire Housing Association and Community Energy Scotland) on the groundbreaking development of a three turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders for the purpose of funding the building of affordable housing in the region. Minto, managing associate Calum Fisher (who assists emerging electricity trading companies with commercial contracts issues) and Leeds-based Paul Dight are advising Flexitricity on transforming its business into becoming a licensed electricity and gas supplier, which is designed to transform the trading of electricity capacity in the UK. Corporate partner Murray Jack has recently acted for clients such as Greenpower International and Recyclate Supply.

Anderson Strathern, which 'looks at client value in the broadest sense', provides 'excellent support' on renewable energy projects across the UK. In the onshore wind space, in 2017, the firm won work from a string of new clients, including BlackRock, Greece-based infrastructure company Metka, AIM-listed company AMP and Chinese investor Shandong Huay Wind Power Equipment Co Limited. The firm is also heavily involved in projects involving offshore wind, solar, gas to grid, biomass, hydro, wave and tidal energy. In addition, it has been active in energy storage projects and district heating projects. Offshore energy specialist Gavin Thain is the lead adviser to The Crown Estate on all of its offshore wind and ocean energy projects, and recently assisted the client with restructuring the Zone Development Agreements with French energy giant EDPR for Zone One in the Moray Firth to ensure that the project was CfD compliant. Neil Farrell, Pat Loftus, Martin Whiteford and others acted for Bluemerang Capital in the sale of its entire wind turbine portfolio to Malaysian energy provider Tenaga. Alan Simpson joined as a consultant from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP. Experienced corporate partner Bruce Farquhar heads up the practice, with planning and environment group head Alastair McKie and rural property expert Sheonagh Richards being the other active individuals in this space.

Burness Paull LLP's cross-practice team covers the entire spectrum of issues for renewable energy sector clients, which includes planning and consenting, regulatory advice, finance, development and construction, operation and maintenance, and acquisitions and disposals. The team, which is led by Chris Gotts, particularly stands out in higher-value and technically complex matters. Director Peter Ward is one of only three advisers in the UK who is instructed by BayWa r.e. to advise on grid connection and regulatory issues. Fred Olsen Renewables is another key client in this space. The team also has expertise in battery storage projects. Further illustrative of the group's renewable energy experience, in 2017, Tamar Tammes, Gotts, Ward, senior associate Neil Bruce and others act for Invenergy in relation to the property, planning, construction, grid/regulatory, banking and company law aspects of its £181m sale of the 69.5MW Corriegarth wind farm to Greencoat Capital. Another notable individual is Stephen Phillips, who is particularly knowledgeable about issues concerning the community renewables sector, and has advised local communities, such as the West Harris Community Trust and Huntly Development Trust, and large utilities, such as Boralex. Craig Whelton leads the planning and consenting team's advice on related aspects of renewable energy projects. Energy finance expert Sophie Coffey joined as a senior associate from Harper Macleod LLP. Chris Martin is also recommended.

Dentons merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, with the combined entity now benefiting from both firms' strengths in the area of energy regulation. In addition, the merger means there is now additional resource to assist clients with small to mid-scale projects (particularly in relation to onshore wind, hydro and gas peaking/gas CHP distributed generation). Led by David Cruickshank, the team acts for a wide range of participants in the renewable and alternative energy market, including developers, contractors, landowners, funders, regulators and regulated companies. A highlight in 2017 involved acting for UK Green Investment Bank in its £2.3bn sale by the UK government to Macquarie. In addition, director Carolyn Burns, Cruickshank, Mark Hamilton, senior associate Paul Young and director David McGowan advised Aggreko on its successful joint bid with National Grid to provide a new energy solution for the Shetland Islands. Bill Fowler is knowledgeable about marine renewables, onshore wind and energy from waste/renewable heat projects. Other notable partners are Stuart Fitzsimmons, who advises lenders and developers on renewable energy financing transactions, and real estate partner Allan Cairns. Stewart Maciver and senior associate Gareth Tenner are also recommended.

DWF's sizeable UK presence and strengths across multiple disciplines enables it to assist domestic and international clients with every aspect of their most important gas, electricity and renewable energy projects. Its work covers corporate and finance transactions, commercial and regulatory advice, and also assistance with real estate, planning and environment aspects of projects. Procurement work is another facet of the practice. The firm's first-rate reputation is reflected by its client roster, which includes Scottish Power Group, Babcock International Group and Gildemeister Energy Solutions. Real estate partner Paul Mason led a cross-office team, which advised Farm Energy Partnership LLP on the sale to a fund (set up by Albion Community Power Plc) of a portfolio of special purpose vehicles, which owned three onshore wind turbine developments in Scotland. Moray Thomson is currently acting for SP Transmission Plc in planning matters associated with upgrading the substation at Crystal Rig. Suzanne Moir and others recently advised Dundee City Council and Angus City Council on the £100m joint procurement of residual waste management services as part of the Dundee and Angus Residual Waste Project. Wayne Lawrence is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, as is David Gilchrist (the firm's UK head of utilities). Gary Macdonald is another notable corporate partner. Anthony McEwan's experience includes advising clients on grid connections for Scottish wind farms, electricity distribution and transmission, and gas transportation.

Harper Macleod LLP has made an important contribution to the Scottish renewable energy sector, with its team having advised clients on projects amounting to more than 3GW of Scotland's currently installed 9GW. In the onshore wind space, its team handles matters ranging in size from community and small-scale projects to large-scale developments. One of the firm's main areas of activity is in relation to the secondary wind farm market, which refers to the market for investments into (or sales of) developed renewable energy assets. In 2017, senior partner David Bone, Peter Ferguson, Lewis Hendry and others acted for European Wind Investments Group Limited (part of InfraRed fund) in the Scots law aspects of its acquisition of Neilston Community Wind Farm from Neilston Development Trust and Carbon Free Neilston. Omar Ali was the firm's lead adviser to Sovereign Partners on the sale of eight single wind turbine sites to Alpha Real Capital. The group also has expertise in many other energy schemes, including those concerning solar/PV, tidal, biomass/heat, hydro and wave. In the community energy sector, Calum MacLeod, Bone, associate Donna Cooper, Steven Brown and Tom Thomas are acting for Fair Isle Electricity Company Limited in a project which purports to provide a secure supply of electricity to the residents of Fair Isle in Shetland. Elsewhere, the firm undertakes a significant amount of work in the mining sector; it recently won Western Gold Exploration as a new client.  Renewable energy financing and refinancing work is another pillar of the practice; entities such as Assetz SME Capital and RMS Secured Lending are key clients.

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong track record in community-driven renewable energy projects, and with advising landowners on the diversification of landed estates in wind and hydro developments. David Gibson is acting for Luss Estates Company as the landowner in the construction of an innovative new community hydro scheme. In addition, Scott Wyper, team head Nicolas McBride, Emma Barclay and Marieclaire Reid are advising Triodos Bank on the refinancing of an operational single turbine community wind farm. They also recently assisted the same client with financing the development of a three turbine wind farm, which is being developed as a joint venture between housing association Fyne Homes and Community Energy Scotland. Other specialisms of the team include projects involving solar, energy from waste and biomass. Jeremy Glen is recommended for his project finance expertise, and also his knowledge of the commercial and contractual aspects of renewable energy deals. Alan Borthwick is another key figure.

Davidson Chalmers LLP has established itself as a credible player in the renewable energy sector, since it handled its first project in 1998. Its 'very knowledgeable team' now undertakes a wide range of matters for clients such as community bodies, developers, landowners, investors, funders and suppliers of renewable energy fuel stocks. Its workload spans schemes involving onshore wind, biomass, solar PV, battery storage and community renewables, among others. The group provides 'strong, value-for-money advice, which is reflective of leading industry standards and expertise'. Team head Andy Drane and Stuart Duncan are acting for Gala Water and Mill Lades Society Limited in a community-led project, which involves the regeneration of the historic mill lade infrastructure in Galashiels and installation of several hydroelectric installations on the mill lade. 'Very experienced' Laura Tainsh works with  Louise Jones, Andrew McDonald and Jenny Anfield to assist clients such as Germany-based wind developer ABO Wind and Peel Energy with their Scottish renewable energy projects. June Gilles joined CMS in January 2018.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an excellent record in energy, water and waste projects. It has seen its portfolio of high quality work grow; recent matters have included hydrogen electrolysis projects, storage projects and solar projects. In addition, the firm undertakes projects in Scotland and England, and it benefits from the expertise of legal director Simon Williams, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law. The firm's first-rate reputation in the agricultural and rural sector puts it on a strong footing to advise on the associated complexities arising from onshore, offshore and island projects. In a big-ticket transaction, in 2017, Derek McCulloch and others advised Rio Tinto on the $410m sale of its UK assets, and power and smelting business at Lochaber and Blyth, to SIMEC. Another standout highlight saw John Stirling, Murray Shaw and Colin Hamilton act for Seagreen Wind Energy in the RSPB's high-profile judicial review of the combined consent of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms. Hamilton made partner in 2017. Amy McDowell, Alan White, Fraser Leslie and legal director Susan Day are recommended. The firm has also won work from a number of new clients, including REG Power, Environmental Energy Investments Scotland Limited and Steelwind Nordenham. Senior solicitor Stewart Crosbie joined from Morton Fraser in 2017.

Illustrative of MacRoberts LLP's reputation in the industry, practice head Nick Jones is a member of the Scottish Renewables Onshore Wind Group, and has more than 18 years of experience advising clients on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects (with a particular focus on onshore wind). The group's other areas of expertise include floating wind, tidal, hydro, solar, biomass generation projects and heat pumps. It also recently established a portfolio of battery storage and electricity peaking plants for clients such as GridCodePower Limited. Mike Barlow (accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a construction law specialist) has five years of in-house experience at John Brown Engineering Limited, where he negotiated contracts over the supply and construction of gas turbine power stations and associated equipment in the UK and worldwide. The multidisciplinary team also draws upon its strengths in areas such as corporate, planning and environment, and finance to advise on all types of technically complex issues arising from renewable energy projects. Ian Bowie and David McGuire are assisting SP Energy Networks with establishing permanent land rights as part of the South West Scotland Connections Project. Martin Sales, who has undertaken more than 60 planning inquiries in circa 20 years, is representing developer West Garty Renewables LLP at a public local inquiry into a large wind farm in East Sutherland. Senior associate Keith Campbell, who heads up the planning team, is another notable individual. Lesley Roarty and Ian Riach also have extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP is praised by clients for its ability to 'deliver to tight and difficult timescales'. The team is active across a broad cross-section of renewable energy projects, with battery storage projects representing one of its key areas of growth.The firm's reputation in the renewable energy market sees it act for clients ranging from independent developers to major utilities.One of the firm's major strengths is in the planning-related aspects of renewable energy projects; Fraser Gillies advised Forsa Energy (formerly 2020 Renewables) on a number of matters recently, including the consenting aspects of the 55MW Whitelaw Brae wind farm and battery storage project, and a planning appeal concerning the proposed Gilston wind farm in the Scottish Borders. Gillies also represented RES in a public inquiry over the 36MW Culachy wind farm in Newton, Invergarry. Another bedrock of the work is in the property-related aspects of renewables projects, with the work being led by practice head Andy McFarlane. Associates Nicola Martin and Esme Macfarlane are other notable practitioners. Alan Simpson joined Anderson Strathern as a consultant.

DLA Piper has the breadth of expertise in Scotland (and, where appropriate, the wider global network) to advise clients on the most complex aspects of anaerobic digestion plants, wind energy, ESCO arrangements and photovoltaic projects. Stuart McMillan leads the team, which has a particularly strong project finance offering, and whose work has previously included advising funders, such as Barclays Bank and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and borrowers on UK renewables projects. Like McMillan, legal director Michael Urquhart has a wealth of project finance experience. Elsewhere, Sandy Telfer and legal director Michael Greig are recommended for their planning law knowledge, while construction expert Jonathan Gaskell is another key figure. As part of an international firm, the Scottish team's work extends beyond Scotland, and includes projects with a cross-border flavour.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is regularly involved in CHP and onshore renewable energy projects, with particular experience of advising landowners on wind, and acting for landowners and developers in hydro schemes. Noted for its historical strengths in the oil and gas sector, the firm is also being increasingly sought-after to assist oil and gas industry clients with opportunities in offshore wind. In addition, the practice is rounded out by projects spanning areas such as wave and tidal, carbon capture, transportation and storage. Clients include Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Puffin Energy Limited. Peter Murray and Jim Drysdale co-head the practice. Neil Anderson and consultant Allan Collie are other notable individuals.

Morton Fraser's first-rate team includes senior associate Gail Watt, who serves as chair (and was a co-founder) of Women in Renewable Energy Scotland, and is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Energy Law Reform Committee. Watt is experienced in a wide variety of schemes, such as hydro, solar, anaerobic digestion and wind. Consultant Claire Sturrock advises developers on the property aspects of onshore wind farm projects. James Rust acts for landowners in various renewables projects, particularly wind, hydro and solar schemes. Adding to the firm's credentials in the sector, the group acts for Social Investment Scotland, which provides financing for innovative social enterprise initiatives, such as renewable energy projects. Other clients of the firm include government departments, charities and utility companies. A recent highlight for the firm involved acting for Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park in the development of two community wind turbines. In addition to renewable energy, the wider practice also encompasses nuclear energy law, which is an area where Nick Atkins has particular expertise. Senior associate Joanne Wilson, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, handles property issues arising from cross-border energy-related transactions. Neil Rainey joined as a consultant from Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Turcan Connell's renewable energy practice derives from the firm's longstanding track record acting for substantial farming operations and landed estates in the rural sector. The multidisciplinary group, which has previously been involved in more than 300 renewable energy schemes, assists clients with a range of issues arising from renewable energy projects by drawing on expertise in business law, land and property, and tax. Jonathan Robertson leads the team, which assists clients with projects involving hydro, wind, anaerobic digestion and solar, among others. A group including Robertson, Mike Kane, Louise Johnston, and senior associates Alastair Collin and Victoria Tweed, recently advised a number of landowners on several battery storage projects. The firm's client roster also includes developers and funders. Senior associate Alistair Rushworth is recommended, as is associate Antonia Scott, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

Oil and gas

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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    • Graeme Clubley - CMS
    • Neil Hehir - Pinsent Masons LLP
    • Paula Kidd - CMS
    • Frances Reilly - CMS

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Brodies LLP & Aberdeen's 12-strong specialist group is 'excellent in every way' for advice on the gamut of issues impacting businesses active in the upstream and supply chain ends of the oil and gas industry. Clients benefit from the notable in-house experience of key members of the team; practice head Clare Munro, Sonia Love (who has specialist knowledge of FPSO field developments), and managing associates Suzanne Hopkinson and Rhona McFarlane, have all spent significant periods of their careers working at major exploration and production companies. Gregory May, who is an expert on drilling and the other service sectors of the oil and gas industry, also has substantial in-house experience. In addition, Munro, May and Love each have more than 20 years of experience providing legal advice to the sector. May has increasingly been active recently in the advice to operators on the terms and conditions of invitations to tender in relation to service sector contracts for field developments. In 2017, Munro, McFarlane and others acted for INEOS FPS Limited in its high-profile $250m acquisition of the Forties Pipeline System from BP, and for INEOS Upstream (Shale) in its acquisition of Engie E&P UK Limited's entire onshore upstream licence portfolio. ConocoPhillips, Maersk Oil, Awilco Drilling and Shelf Drilling are among other key clients.

Burness Paull LLP's team 'understands its clients' requirements and ways of working', and its standing in the market is reflected by the fact that it acts for names such as Marathon, DEA and CATS. Brian Hemming and department head Bruce McLeod both have experience of serving as commercial managers (at Maersk and BP respectively) and have also worked in-house in legal roles for oil and gas companies. McLeod is primarily engaged in oil and gas matters that have a nexus to the UK, but he also works on agreements involving interests in countries like Egypt, Romania and Norway, among others. McLeod, and associates David Smith and Laura Fraser, recently assisted Premier Oil with the $200m sale of its entire interests in Wytch Farm to Perenco. Hemming is experienced in drafting and negotiating various types of agreements, including construction and tie-in agreements, transportation and processing agreements, and agreements over the acquisition/disposal of oil and gas interests. In addition to Hemming and McLeod, practitioners across all the firm's disciplines have experience of serving oil and gas clients; Chris Gotts was the lead adviser to i3 Energy Plc on its acquisition of oil and gas assets from Dana Petroleum, and also its subsequent $6m convertible loan note issue and AIM IPO. A particularly standout deal saw Gotts, McLeod and others act as UK principal legal counsel to Savannah Petroleum in a reverse takeover transaction, which involved the acquisition of oil and gas assets from Seven Energy International in Nigeria, and a proposed $250m equity fundraising. Corporate finance partner Alasdair Freeman has experience of handling oil and gas sector M&A, insolvencies and restructurings. Practitioners from other areas - such as projects, finance and health and safety (among others) - are also active in oil and gas sector matters. Robin Clarkson retired from private practice in 2017.

CMS has a number of heavyweight practitioners in its market-leading oil and gas team. Department head Norman Wisely is 'experienced, knowledgeable and a source of great advice', Judith Aldersey-Williams is 'very strong' and senior associate Paula Kidd is 'responsive and diligent'. Other names to note in Aberdeen include 'very personable' Graeme Clubley, Lorna Dawson, Frank Fowlie and Valerie Allan. Senior associate Frances Reilly is another key figure. The Aberdeen group also benefits from wider support in Scotland from the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices; David McGowan, Eleanor Lane, Rob Wilson and senior associate Shehzad Khalid all have significant oil and gas experience. The practice, which has a sizeable UK and international reach, covers all manner of clients' upstream and downstream activities, including high-value and high-profile M&A, licensing, drilling, decommissioning and energy disputes. In addition, the team particularly excels cutting-edge matters, such as those involving FPSO, LNG regasification and floating LNG projects. A recent highlight for the firm included acting for BP in the $250m sale of the Forties Pipeline System and certain other interests to INEOS. Clubley and Wisley assisted Israel-headquartered oil and gas company Ratio Petroleum with negotiating a farm-in agreement with Azinor Catalyst Limited (and with handling various regulatory issues), to facilitate the client's entry to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Schlumberger, TAQA, Apache, Nexen and EnQuest are among other clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP , which is 'very good at getting the deal done', 'scores highly on pragmatism, industry knowledge and experience'. 'Respected industry figure' Bob Ruddiman, who is the global head of oil and gas, 'runs his team intelligently and efficiently'. Shirley Allen, who leads the group based in Aberdeen, is involved in some of the largest transactions in the market; she recently acted as the firm's lead adviser to Shell UK Limited on the $3.8bn sale of UKCS assets to Chrysaor - this was the largest deal by value in the North Sea in 2017. Allen, who also has specialist knowledge of decommissioning, is also leading the firm's oil and gas initiatives in Ireland and Norway. Other names to note in Aberdeen are Martin Ewan and legal director Neil Hehir, who both advised Peterson on a project to decommission the Buchan Alpha Floating Production Unit. Ewan is leading the firm's oilfield technology practice, where he acts for numerous hi-tech oilfield services companies. Rosalie Chadwick acts for international oil and gas companies with assets or listings in countries such as the US, Canada and Georgia. David McEwing has more than 20 years of experience acting for exploration and production companies, and oilfield services companies, and is involved in cross-border transactions involving countries such as Norway, India and Singapore. Bruce Craig focuses on litigation and regulatory issues. Outside of Aberdeen, Edinburgh-based Julia Maguire  is leading a cross-practice group, which is acting for West Africa's largest industrial conglomerate in the procurement of a $12bn petroleum refinery and petrochemicals plant. Gillian Frew is recommended for her expertise in advising borrowers and lenders on oil and gas finance transactions. Roger Connon  has retired from the partnership to focus on heading up the oil and gas offering of the firm's Vario business.

Dentons, which merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, added the latter firm's historically strong supply chain offering to its own pre-existing capability acting for operators/licence holders. Bill Fowler leads the team, which is a key part of a larger UK-wide group, and is particularly strong in decommissioning and drilling projects, and also in oil and gas disputes. Fowler and others recently assisted Peel Gas & Oil Limited with the negotiations over a lease with a participant in the onshore UK oil and gas industry; the lease involved bespoke provisions to cater for industry-specific regulatory requirements and the allocation of risks/liabilities associated with an onshore shale/fracking project. Kirsti Olson is the chair of Oil & Gas UK's Decommissioning Work Group, which is in the final stages of producing the first LOGIC standard form contract to be used for decommissioning projects in the North Sea. On the contentious side, Malcolm Gunnyeon and senior associate Florinda Soldani are acting for Completion Products Limited (a manufacturer of downhole cable and control line protection systems) in a cross-border dispute with an Omani company; court proceedings are currently pending at the Omani Supreme Court. Gunnyeon also has experience of handling commercial and contractual disputes for clients such as Stork Technical Services (RBG) Limited and Weatherford. Nicola Rae is also recommended. Decom North Sea (the UK decommissioning industry body), KCA Deutag Drilling Limited, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc and DOF Subsea are other clients of the team. Jill Reid has left the firm to set up her own consultancy.

The team at Stronachs LLP delivers 'excellent value for money at all times' and is particularly praised for its 'extremely fast turnaround'. Its strong market profile is reflective of its excellent record in decommissioning projects, M&A, drilling and development. It is highly active in international upstream oil and gas mandates; in 2017, James Downie, James Muir (who made partner in 2017) and senior associate Ian Easton acted for Petrofac in the sale of its interest in a Mexican company, which holds an integrated service contract in the Panuco area in Mexico, to Schlumberger. Downie and Muir also provide advice on an ongoing basis to Black Sea Oil & Gas in relation to its upstream development and operations in Romania and offshore in the Black Sea. On the supply chain side, team head Ewan Neilson (who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law) and Muir advised the management team of fast-growing technology subsea company Enpro Subsea Limited on an investment into the company by Energy Ventures.  In the area of oil and gas technology, Neilson is leading a team, which is working on an international joint venture between Norwegian, UK and Chinese entities on the construction of a ship to be used for decommissioning.


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Next generation lawyers

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    • Christine Worthington - CMS

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At CMS, there are 'no weak links in the team; from the most senior individuals to the most junior, the knowledge of the sector is a given'. The firm stands out for the breadth of its coverage, which spans all programmes of infrastructure delivery. It has a particularly strong track record in hub projects, where it acts for all stakeholders (hubco, funder and public sector entity) in all five hub territories in Scotland. It is also active in sectors such as waste, education, water, health and housing. Ailsa Ritchie, Iona Hunter and James McDonald acted for Moray Council and Argyll & Bute Council in the design, build, financing and maintenance of new high schools in Elgin, Oban and Campbelltown and also two new primary schools in Dunoon. Amanda Methven and Fiona Scott are advising Scottish Borders Council on a project for a new community campus in Jedburgh. A team led by Methven and Mark Kirke advise Scottish Water on a range of issues associated with PFI portfolio of nine wastewater projects, including procurement, construction, disputes and property matters. Ritchie and others are advising Glasgow City Council on a major £250m regeneration programme at Sighthill. Other practitioners with significant involvement in projects include Michael McAuley, Eleanor Lane, Shona Frame, Christine Worthington and Jenny Allan. Senior associates Jenny Walker and Davinia Cowden are also recommended. The firm's merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017 has strengthened its offering in relation to international projects, and increased the cross-practice support it can call upon. Its impressive client roster includes notable international funders/investors such as Nord LB, 3i, Aviva Investor and Equitix. It also acts for a number of the largest UK and international contractors, such as Hochtief, Skanska, Morgan Sindall and Lendlease.

Illustrative of MacRoberts LLP's excellent reputation in PFI/PPP/NPD/hub projects, it is the only Scottish law firm on the Scottish government's projects panel; it advises the client on infrastructure matters involving district heating, rail, roads, housing and IT investment. In addition, the firm has a strong client following of other public sector clients, such as NHS Highland, Glasgow City Council and Fife Council. It also acts for private sector sponsors, funders and subcontractors. In 2017, Duncan Osler, team head Rod Munro, Gillian Campbell and director Ben Powell acted for NHS Orkney as the procuring public body and main provider of funding for a new hospital in Kirkwall; the matter involved a novel structure for PPP/PFI in the UK. In addition, Munro, and senior associates Lynn Pentland, Margaret Kinnes and Sarah Pengelly, are advising NHS Lothian on its Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences NPD project and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project. The contentious side of the practice, particularly in relation to PFI/PPP disputes, is gaining momentum; Jennifer McKay, Powell and Munro recently represented The Edinburgh Schools Partnership Limited in the highly-publicised case of The Edinburgh Schools Partnership Limited v Galliford Try Construction (UK) Limited. Mike Barlow and Craig Bradshaw are also recommended. Senior solicitor Pryderi Thomas joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP is a powerhouse for Scottish and UK projects, featuring in a number of the largest and most significant matters in the market, where its clients include funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. It is also active in matters in Europe and further afield. Michael Watson leads the team, which is involved in projects in four out of the five hub territories in Scotland, as well as NPD/PPP/PFI projects, and those connected with student accommodation, oil and gas, and renewable energy, among other areas. Director Wendy Nicolson has particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Gillian Frew specialises in advising lenders and borrowers on energy and infrastructure finance. A cross-practice team led by Michael Allan is acting as the project lawyers to Aberdeen Harbour Board in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project. Stuart Barr, Stuart Murray, Nicolson, Frew and others recently acted for Robertson Capital Projects in the NHS Orkney NPD hospital project. 3i, Balfour Beatty Plc, and Equitix are among other notable clients.

Burness Paull LLP is known for carrying out 'substantial work for substantial clients', and for providing advice that is 'always considered'. Chris Mackay leads the team, which advises clients on operational and refinancing issues, procurement, funding structures and disputes. It has a particularly strong track record in hub projects (DBFM and DBDA); Gavin Paton and senior associate Chris Horsley recently acted for hub west Scotland in the financing, design, construction and provision of services related to two health and care centres in Gorbals and Woodside. They are also assisting the same client with projects under the hub model to deliver two new primary schools in Carntyne and Blairdardie. In addition, Mackay and senior solicitor Andrew Little are acting for NHS Lothian in a £100m project to deliver new facilities at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Further underlining the firm's credentials, it was the first to advise on an NPD project in Scotland, and it assists Scottish Futures Trust with developing new ways of delivering infrastructure. Another notable individual in the team is James Forbes, who is the lead adviser to Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Limited (as the project company) on the Belfast Schools PFI project. Graeme Palmer made partner in 2017.

Dentons' team has particularly notable experience of¬†investments into and divestments of projects, as well as financing and restructurings; its work spans areas such as PFI/PPP, NPD, hub, BSF and energy. Key clients in this space include 3i, Dalmore Capital and Sir Robert McAlpine.¬† In a sign of its strengths in the primary projects market, the firm was recently instructed by Choice Housing to assist it with its bid for the ‚ā¨300m Irish Social Housing PPP Programme. It also acted for Aviva Public Private Finance Limited as the senior debt provider to hub East Central in hub DBFM programmes in Perth and Arbroath. Another facet of the practice involves advising on operational change and asset management matters in the projects sector. Euan Wilson, who leads the team, has more than 20 years of experience of the projects sector. Stewart Maciver¬†has more than 15 years of experience.¬†Andrew Orr¬†has been advising Amey on various projects, as part of a ¬£400m ten-year partnership contract with the Education Authority in Belfast to manage and modernise the entire education estate under the Authority's control. Orr is also advising the same client on the operational aspects of a ¬£120m PFI contract with the Authority.

Shepherd and Wedderburn's group advises on all aspects of the initial procurement of projects, to design and construction, and then operation and maintenance. PPP, PFI, NPD and hub projects are among the cornerstones of the practice. In a particularly large-scale project in the social housing sector, Rhona Harper, Euan McLeod, and associates Lauren Thompson and associate Stephen Maughan, are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow. Harper is also the lead adviser to States of Jersey on the procurement of its circa £250m Future Hospital Project. In 2017, team head Stephen Colliston (who has acted for funders in a number of projects recently) worked with director Nigel Sievwright and others to advise Nord/LB on DBFM schools projects at Carntyne & Blairdardie and West Calder, and also a DBFM health centres project at Gorbals and Woodside. Another notable area of activity for the firm, among others, is in renewable energy sector projects; Harper, Patricia Hawthorn and Colliston are part of the team which is advising the Acciona Industrial-led consortium on its bid for a 25-year contract to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are recommended.

Brodies LLP's practice is growing significantly under the joint leadership of Drysdale Graham , who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2017, and energy and infrastructure finance head Michael Stoneham. Graham's arrival has led to the firm undertaking more work for project sponsors and their funders in projects in the UK and Ireland. It has also led to new instructions from the Scottish market; he acted for bidders in eight out of ten projects in the Scottish government's recent £2.5bn NPD programme, with his clients winning three of those projects. Graham also advised Aberdeen Harbour Board on the procurement of the new South Harbour at Nigg Bay. Stoneham has worked on UK PFI/PPP and NPD projects since 1995; his key clients include Nord LB, Atlantis Resources and M&G Investment Management. Sarah-Jane McArthur, Roger Cotton and others assisted Hub East Central Limited (on behalf of Fife Council) with the delivery contracts for the Glenrothes town centre district heating network, a £20m collaborative project with RWE. McArthur also acted for Indaver as the proposed operating sub-contractor for one of the bidding consortia for the Aberdeen Ness Energy from Waste project. The firm also undertakes projects in sectors such as transport, education, accommodation, housing and healthcare. Keith Patterson, Jackie McGuire, Alistair Mclean , and managing associates Billy Kay, Ali Rimell, and Juliet Haldane, are also recommended.

DLA Piper has an excellent reputation in energy and infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland, and further afield, where it advises sponsors, funders and public sector organisations. Lillian Mackenzie, who has a wealth of experience in PFI/PPP (including NPD) projects in Scotland, has been increasingly active in matters outside of Scotland; she is the lead adviser to Velindre NHS Trust on a DBFM project for a new cancer centre in South East Wales; this is a pathfinder project under the Welsh government's Mutual Investment Model programme. Mackenzie is also leading the advice to the Welsh government on the development of its standard form suite of documents for the programme. Another key figure who is at the forefront of the Scottish and international projects practice is Sharon Fitzgerald, who recently advised the Zimbabwean Ministry of Finance and associated Joint Venture Unit on the development of new PPP regulations. Fitzgerald is currently assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with various matters, including framework agreements for irrigation and hydropower projects. Stuart McMillan advises banks and borrowers on project finance transactions relating to PFI/PPP and renewable energy.

Harper Macleod LLP has become well-known for its strengths in Scottish hub projects (DBFM and DBDA); practice head Euan Pirie and associate Catriona Kemp have been working together to build up the firm's offering in this space. Pirie has acted as a lead adviser in more than 25% of the hub projects in the Scottish market. In a current highlight, Pirie and Kemp are acting for Hub North Scotland in the negotiation of two separate DBFM project agreements with Aberdeenshire Council (over a new £60m community campus in Inverurie) and Highland Health Board (over new primary care health centres in Aviemore and the Isle of Skye). The team's experience also includes NPD projects, engineering projects and Scottish/UK student accommodation projects. Pirie, Kemp and others are advising City of Edinburgh Council on the procurement of their street lighting programmes.  Welsh MIM projects are an area of growth for the practice. On the contentious side, a specialist PPP group has been particularly active in providing pre-disputes advice in relation to problems arising from the condition of facilities at handover stage. Euan Mitchell departed the firm to become an in-house general counsel at Castle Water.

Anderson Strathern acts for public and private sector clients in every facet of their most significant projects, including procurement and commercial contracts, development finance and forward funding, corporate transactional and property-related issues, planning and disputes. The group is particularly active in the Scottish education sector, where it acts for clients such as Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Highlands and Islands. Elsewhere, Pat Loftus and Martin Whiteford are advising The Halo Kilmarnock Limited on a community-led regeneration project at the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. Director Neil Amner, who joined from Curle Stewart in April 2017, has a strong profile in the transport sector. Outside of Scotland-centred projects, in 2017, Whiteford and James Blair acted for Victoria Square Woking Limited in relation to the £300m Victoria Square mixed-use scheme in Woking; the work included advising the client on construction issues and taking the core parts of the project to a financial close. Karyn Watt leads the multidisciplinary team, which includes renewable energy head Bruce Farquhar, accredited public procurement law specialist Douglas McLachlan, and planning and environmental law expert Alastair McKie.

DWF has a particularly first-rate reputation in Scottish and UK waste and transport sector projects, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in areas such as telecommunications, education and health. Recent highlights included department head Suzanne Moir and others acting for Dundee City Council and Angus Council in their joint procurement for residual waste management services. In addition, Moir and associate Wendy Wraight advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy from waste development in Aberdeen. Martin Gallaher, who has 17 years of experience of high-profile infrastructure projects, is leading a team which is acting for the Scottish government in the rollout of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Robert Gordon University, Serco Plc and Emovis are among other clients. Consultant and special adviser David Nash joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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