Praised for its ‘market-leading experience across the renewables market’, Burges Salmon LLP is highly regarded for its work in the energy and projects sector, often with an international dimension. Nuclear and renewable energy form part of the firm’s core focus alongside transport and defence projects. Ian Salter, a leading practitioner in the nuclear arena, leads the Bristol-based practice which also counts renewables heavyweight Ross Fairley amongst its key contacts. Mark Paterson fields extensive expertise in projects, particularly pertaining to infrastructure, technology, aerospace, defence, and nuclear. Sponsors and governmental departments regularly seek out Keith Beattie for his projects experience, while Julian Boswall frequently handles nationally significant infrastructure projects. Director Alec Whiter‘s practice encompasses matters in the net-zero, energy, and waste sectors.
Energy, project finance and PFI in South West
Other key lawyers:
Ross Fairley; Mark Paterson; Ketih Beattie; Julian Boswall; Alec Whiter
‘Very strong name in the sector. Market-leading experience across the renewables market.’
‘Excellent cross working across a range of services in the energy sector.’
‘Continuity of the team with high quality individuals at all levels with an understanding of our unique business and contracting arrangements have been a critical ingredient to our long term relationship with Burges Salmon.’
‘Our relationship partner Keith Beattie, has proven to be an outstanding reliable partner for us, with the deep knowledge and experience necessary to support us. His advice is always pragmatic, practical and easy to understand.’
‘Excellent customer service, pragmatic grounded advice, ability to be creative and truly excellent at being able to explain complex legal concepts to lay people.’
‘I can only provide my highest recommendations to the Burges Salmon team, which is one of the best teams I have ever worked with.’
‘Their legal and commercial approach to dealing with matters are outstanding.’
Ministry of Defence
UK Atomic Energy Authority
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Department for Transport
University of Bristol
Bristol City Council
Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government
WaveHub Limited/Cornwall Council
Blue Gem Wind/A JV between Total and Simply Blue
Green Investment Group/Macquarie
Lloyds Bank Plc
BayWa r.e. UK Limited
Ocean Winds Offshore
Bio Capital Limited
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Progressive Energy (The Hynet Project)
Equinor (Offshore Wind)
Nuclear Liabilities Fund
- Advising the Ministry of Defence on programmes including the Dreadnought submarine programme and the Skynet satellite programme.
- Advising Blue Gem Wind on the Erebus floating wind project off the coast of Wales.
- Advising UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) on the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) PPP project to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant.
Noted for its ‘very strong knowledge and practical working experience of the sector’, Ashfords LLP counts energy, waste and leisure amongst its core sectors. Project sponsors, lenders, and local authorities regularly seek out the practice’s expertise in regard to sustainability and decarbonisation projects. Brian Farrell heads the team, which is based across Exeter and Bristol, and specialises in the delivery and support of substantial energy generation and waste recourse management projects for both the public and private sector. Project finance and PFI transactions are part of Clare Brewer‘s advisory offering, while Mark Manning focuses on construction and infrastructure projects. Partner Jonathan Croley assists clients in the waste and energy sector and is praised for being ‘excellent at addressing difficult matters’. Carl Thompson, who fields extensive know-how in energy projects, joined the practice from Osborne Clarke LLP in early 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Clare Brewer; Mark Manning; Carl Thompson; Emma Warren; Jonathan Croley
‘Strengths and capabilities include very strong knowledge and practical working experience of the sector and the issues faced by companies within the sector, which overall compares very well with other firms.’
‘Nothing is too much trouble and they would go the extra mile when you need them to. Brian Farrell is very good at what he does, which is a lot! Complex and sophisticated matters are grasped very quickly and his ability to break these down in a way that even non-proficient English speakers understand is commendable.’
‘Very responsive, morally upright and dependable commercially focused lawyers in the Energy corporate team. Very reasonable and good value in terms of their pricing.’
‘Brian Farrell – extremely commercial has a good manner, empathetic, always a step ahead of you in terms of anticipating our concerns.’
‘Jonathan Croley has been excellent at addressing difficult matters.’
‘Regional law firm, relatively young workforce, good connectivity within their organisation when seeking additional areas of advice, and a broad spread of sector experience.’
Isles of Scilly Community Venture
Assured Energy LLP
South Somerset District Council
Eco Sustainable Solutions
GP Bio Tec
Urbaser Limited and Balfour Beatty
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Ingenious Capital Management
Scandinavian Energy Contractor A/S
Noble Green Energy
North Yorkshire County Council
- Advising Viridor on the commercial (project financed assets) part sell down of 20% stake in its energy from waste portfolio to Equitix.
- Advising a client on the development of its project-financed energy from waste project.
- Advising Urbaser Limited in its role as sponsor and O&M Contractor in its bid for the Maltese Energy from Waste PFI.
Bevan Brittan LLP impresses with its ability to advise public and private sector clients throughout the full lifecycle of projects. The practice’s sector expertise stretches across a number of key sectors, such as energy, waste, social infrastructure and transport. Nadeem Arshad, who is especially knowledgeable in energy-from-waste projects, heads the team, which ‘comprises genuine leaders in their field’. Nathan Bradberry specialises in energy infrastructure projects, while Rosemary Jago covers infrastructure and PPP agreements within the health and local government sectors. Colin McConaghy advises a broad range of stakeholders on PFI and PPP projects.
Other key lawyers:
Nathan Bradberry; Rosemary Jago; Colin McConaghy
‘The team comprises genuine leaders in their field. Its energy practice in particular is market leading. Individuals within the team go the extra mile to really ingratiate themselves within our business team and working with them is good fun.’
‘They put significant time and effort into winning and then delivering on mandates. They are very open and transparent with their pricing and actually want to get to know the individuals within our team on a personal as well as business level.’
‘Nathan Bradberry provided us with excellent service, dedicating lots of his time and clearly demonstrating his expertise and commitment to the project.’
‘Market leading team that understands the commercial realities of project finance/PFI in a manner that few others do.’
‘The team have a really good understanding of the sector and the relevant players. They also take a pragmatic approach.’
‘Excellent advice and service at very reasonable rates.’
Welsh Government, Welsh Local Authorities and Welsh Further Education Institutions
Birmingham City Council
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Legal and General
Bank of Ireland
Sheffield City Council
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS University NHS Trust
A London Borough Council
West Berkshire Council
- Advised the Welsh Government and 24 participating local authorities on a new PPP delivery model – the £1.5bn Welsh Education: 21st Century Schools MIM Programme.
- Advised Bank of Ireland as the lender to significantly restructure a project financed Social Care PFI project.
- Advising Birmingham City Council on their £500 million new Energy from Waste PPP Project and delivery of their future waste management strategy.
Foot Anstey‘s energy and infrastructure practice is well positioned to advise clients on matters pertaining to solar energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles infrastructure. Based in Bristol, it is involved in large infrastructure projects on a domestic and international scale, and handles innovative energy areas such as green hydrogen and ammonia production. A trio consisting of renewables, energy, and energy data specialist Chris Pritchett, battery storage expert Stuart Cleak, and Ian Stubbs, who combines expertise in infrastructure and construction matters with deep knowledge of the energy sector, jointly head the practice.
Chris Pritchett; Stuart Cleak; Ian Stubbs
Other key lawyers:
British Solar Renewables (BSR)
Wave Hub Development Ltd / Celtic Sea Power
Pivot Power (EDF Renewables Limited)
Innova Capital Limited
Plymouth City Council
Regener8 Solar and Regener8 Earth
- Acting as British Solar Renewables’ main legal adviser across a number of workstreams, in particular real estate and commercial.
- Continuing to support Pivot Power on its £1.6 billion battery infrastructure project, its £25millon Oxford Energy Superhub project, the West Midlands Energy Superhub and provided Real Estate and Commercial support on Pivot’s sale to EDF.
- Appointed to assist Plymouth City Council to deliver up to 50 multi-modal mobility hubs across Plymouth for business and the public, delivering significant carbon reductions, improved connectivity, business benefits and a sustainable, future-proofed shared transportation system.
With strengths in sustainable infrastructure and PPP/PFI alongside energy and project finance, Michelmores LLP is praised for being ‘adaptable’ and ‘collaborative’. Regulatory advice, distressed projects, and secondary market transactions form part of the Exeter and Bristol-based team’s portfolio, which also includes a focus on sustainable infrastructure. The practice is led by a quartet of practitioners: PPP/PFI expert Carol McCormack, energy specialist Ian Holyoak, Ben Hogan, who specialises in project finance, as well as head of finance Karen Williams. Senior associates Hannah Slater and Jo Spalding are also recommended for their projects expertise across sectors.
Carol McCormack; Ian Holyoak; Ben Hogan; Karen Williams
Other key lawyers:
Hannah Slater; Jo Spalding
‘Michelmores are really collaborative, and they put themselves in the position of the issues that their client is facing. They are also really adaptable and cope with the intricacies of the public sector.’
‘Carol McCormack is approachable, supportive, collaborative, very experienced and has a great way of explaining complex issues. Carol is great to work with when trying to resolve complex issues.’
‘Efficient, informed advice, commercial and pragmatic approach to negotiations and drafting and excellent internal & external communication.’
‘Ben Hogan – knowledgable, personable and user-friendly.’
‘Partners actively lead on engagements, with collaborative working between partners to drawn on the specialist knowledge of individuals – a demonstrable team.’
‘A pragmatic balance between absolute legal positions and commercial considerations, with appreciation of operational risks alongside more theoretical risks.’
Armstrong Capital Management Limited
Octopus Investments Limited
Triple Point VCT / Triple Point LLP
Zestec Asset Management Limited
Gresham House Asset Management Limited
Gresham House Investment Management Limited
The Environment Bank Limited
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
ISS Mediclean Limited
- Advising Urbaser S.A. on the acquisition of J&B Recycling, a waste management company operating in the North East of England with a network of four materials recycling and processing facilities, managing over 180,000 tonnes per annum.
- Advising a project company to a distressed PFI project in the healthcare sector on a wide range of legal matters including progression of disputes, negotiation of settlements, negotiating and implementation of variations, advice on contractual interpretation matters and negotiations with lenders and subcontractors.
- Advising a developer in all aspects of regulatory, commercial and real estate due diligence in relation to the proposed funding and construction of a large-scale anaerobic digestion including all investment, construction and operational documents, including feedstock, digestate and gas shipping agreements.
Osborne Clarke LLP is a well-regarded player in the energy and utilities market, where it advises clients on the full range of related matters, including alterative fuels, decarbonisation and regulatory work. The firm also sports a strong track record in regard to renewables, and is often instructed by major national utilities companies. Head of energy Matthew Lewis and head of power and utilities Emily Van Schalkwyk lead the practice together with London-based Simon Hobday and Alistair Curzon. Alan John is well versed in renewable energy matters, with a particular focus on waste and landfill gas to energy, solar, wind, as well as biomass. Energy projects and the application of power technology are core areas for David Ferris. Carl Thompson left the firm in February 2022, while energy projects specialist Hugo Lidbetter joined from Fieldfisher in January of the same year.
Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday; Emily Van Schalkwyk; Alistair Curzon
Other key lawyers:
Alan John; David Ferris; Hugo Lidbetter; James Watson
AMPYR Solar Group
Our Power Energy Supply Limited
Ecotricity Group Limited
WPD Telecoms Limited (formerly Surf Telecoms)
Western Power Distribution
MonSolar IQ Limited (a subsidiary of Encavis AG)
Triple Point Investment
Gore Street Capital
Ampyr Energy UK
TLT fields a team which is renowned for its work in the clean energy sector, where it advises clients on sales and acquisitions, joint ventures and investments, amongst others. Maria Connolly is head of the Bristol practice and has extensive experience in sustainable energy including solar, biomass, wind and hydro projects as well as electric vehicle charging and energy storage. Finance specialist Gary Roscoe and corporate partner Kay Hobbs are regularly sought out by clients for their renewables expertise alongside real estate expert Matthew Grimwood. Legal director Stuart Urquhart provides clients with contractual and regulatory advice in relation to commercial arrangements in the energy field.
Other key lawyers:
Gary Roscoe; Kay Hobbs; Matthew Grimwood; Stuart Urquhart
‘TLT have a large amount of experience within the energy sector, and we have used them for a range of services from property, contracts and financial due diligence. They are always quick to respond to our work requirements and support the business as needed.’
‘The team at TLT are brilliant and work very hard to ensure the successes of our projects. They engage regularly and communicate well, helping to bring matters to a resolution.’
Alpha Real Renewables
Green Investment Group (Macquarie)
GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd
JBM Solar Projects
Low Carbon Group
Korkia Solar Investments Europe Ltd.
- Advising long-standing client Ecotricity on the sale of the Electric Highway – its pioneering national charging network – to sustainable energy company GRIDSERVE.
- Advising Santander UK on its multi-million pound funding to the UK’s leading owner and operator of battery storage, Zenobe Energy Limited.
- Advised SSE on the acquisition of its first solar farm – a 30MW project in Worcestershire that is set to come online in late 2023.
Praised for its ‘unique insight into the forces at play in the market’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s South West energy and utilities practice, located in Bristol and Southampton, advises clients on a broad range of matters, from hydrogen and decarbonisation to oil and gas, and supply arrangements. It is also involved in the full spectrum of renewable technologies, where the team advises a number of domestic and international players in the market. Christopher Towner presides over the department and focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects. Sebastian Briggs, who splits his time between Southampton and London, specialises in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources. The real estate aspects of projects are handled by Simon Hughes, while Charles Robson covers the development and financing of infrastructure projects.
Other key lawyers:
Sebastian Briggs; Simon Hughes; Charles Robson
‘Very able individuals who have a real understanding of commercial issues affecting clients.’
‘The team advises a number of strategically relevant players on the UK Energy Market whether local or foreign stakeholders. This gives them a unique insight into the forces at play in the market. Their understanding of the multiple challenges faced by project developers is outstanding.’
‘Partner-led team who turn things around extremely quickly and can work on complex projects to a very demanding timeframe. Excellent quality of work and excellent value for money.’
‘Sebastian Briggs – is stand out. Brilliant on difficult M&A transactions and does whatever it takes to mete challenging deadlines. Truly fantastic to have him on your side/team.’
Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation
Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)
Cheshire East Council
East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd
EDF Energy Renewables Ltd
Energie Baden Wurttemberg
National Tube Stockholders (NTS)
Renewable Energy Generation
Renewable Energy Systems
RWE (including RWE Npower and Innogy
Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation Power & Renewables
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
South Tees Development Corporation
Tekmar Energy Limited
The Crown Estate
The Oil and Gas Authority
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)
Total E&P UK Limited
Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)
- Act as sole advisors to Renewable Energy Systems Limited on all aspects of the development of their significant onshore wind, storage and solar portfolio in respect of new development and life extension project.
- Advising Solihull MBC in relation to the Solihull Town Centre Low Carbon Energy Network.
- Advised Sumitomo on a wholesale energy trading agreement under which Sumitomo would purchase gas and electricity on the wholesale markets to meet the demands of clients of Pozitive Energy Limited (PEL), an energy supplier with an exclusively business customer base.
Clarke Willmott LLP regularly acts for a number of engineering, procurement and construction contractors, assisting them with domestic and international projects relating to energy and natural resources. Spread across the firm’s South West offices, the team is led by Priscilla Hall, who also spearheads the firm’s construction practice and is well versed in renewable energy projects. The advisory offering of Laurence Lacey covers the property aspects of energy projects across technologies, including biogas, waste to energy, solar and wind. Bethan Evans and Hayley Steel are further key contacts. Zoe Stollard left the firm in March 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Laurence Lacey; Hayley Steel; Bethan Evans
Bridgwater & Taunton College
Ripple Energy Limited
Commercial Forestry LLP
OVO Energy Ltd
- Advising Goram Homes in relation to its development and letting of an energy centre in partnership with Vital Energi.
- Advising Bridgewater & Taunton College on the construction of new training facilities to help support the building of Hinkley Point C.
- Advising Ripple Energy Limited on its innovative wind farm development and ownership structure, to deliver a new form of community ownership.
Praised for its ‘incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector’ and ‘excellent management skills’, Freeths LLP draws its expertise from its energy, waste and sustainability practice as well as its major projects group. Based in the firm’s Bristol office, the team fields strengths in the renewables market, particularly in regard to hydrogen transactions and battery storage. Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with corporate specialist Emily Settle and director Rhianna Wilsher, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Bird & Bird LLP. Charlotte Hugo, previously at Foot Anstey, is another new addition to the team.
Duncan Tringham; Emily Settle; Rhianna Wilsher
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Hugo; Clare King
‘Hands-on experience from senior level to most junior, with in depth knowledge and commercially driven approach to problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal skills, unmatched knowledge of the energy sector, excellent management skills.’
‘Clare King – Exceptional knowledge across the energy sector. Builds fantastic and long-standing relationships.’
‘Incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector and important influences. Outstanding Partner in Clare King.’
‘Very proactive and have great, trusting relationships with clients.’
‘Freeth’s clearly have a deep understanding of the market, legislation and technology as well as the approaches being created and taken within the market.’
‘Duncan Tringham is clearly developing a deep knowledge in this area, but specifically in the area of green energy solutions and approaches and their use in the planning and developing of large scale commercial and residential projects. You absolutely need Duncan in your tool bag when managing complex large scale developments.’
ENGIE Fabricom UK
Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council
Euro Garages Limited
Group companies of Freensphere Capital (Western Bio Energy/ Duranta Energy)
RE Projects Developments Limited
Clean Earth Energy Group
Cambridge Power Limited
- Advising SmartParc on the entire energy provision to their £300 million state-of-the-art food manufacturing campus.
- Advised Catalyst Capital on all legal aspects of the acquisition of a 100MW battery energy storage project at the former Skelton Grange Power Station.
- Appointed to Centrica’s corporate panel in January 2021 and advise Centrica on various corporate matters.
GA Solicitors joins the ranking this year with an energy practice that was established in 2019 by the arrival of Helen Rumford. Since then, the firm has built a department which advises developers on a range of renewable technologies, especially wind, solar, and battery storage. James Peterson assists energy clients with corporate and commercial matter such as joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions, and disposals. Dispute resolution assignments are handled by Ieuan Jones, who joined the firm at the beginning of 2021 from Nash & Co.
Other key lawyers:
James Peterson; Ieuan Jones
‘The team at GA work hard to respond to individual concerns and issues relating to specific sites, rather than one size fits all.’
‘Helen Rumford has a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector, which is clearly evident when talking to clients. She brings a clear and calm manner to the table, which is invaluable during negotiations with landowners and DNOs alike.’
‘Small team which is efficient and communicates well. Regular contact with partner with broad energy sector experience.’
‘Helen Rumford has excellent communication and responds quickly and efficiently to all matters raised.’
‘Helen Rumford, Partner at GA Solicitors, has provided us with excellent, considered and balanced legal advice over the years that she has been working with us. She is notable in her ability to work with other solicitors to ensure that matters are resolved swiftly and smoothly.’
Bluefield Solar Income Fund
Bluefield Services Limited
Bluefield Operations Limited
Low Carbon Gordano
Climate ER Ltd
Bluefield Renewable Developments Limited
- Advising Bluefield Solar Income Fund on maximising the value of their existing project portfolio of UK solar assets worth in excess of £621 million.
- Sole legal appointment for a solar energy developer with a pipeline of solar projects across the UK.
- Advised Low Carbon Gordano on rooftop solar opportunities with local schools and potential new community partnerships to help facilitate and encourage more renewable energy generation and community engagement in the green recovery.