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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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Gowling WLG handles a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation work concerning the energy and renewables arenas. Gus Wood advises “pay-as-you-go” energy supplier Avid Energy on its entry to the British market. In the contentious space, Daniel Wood represented E.ON in a €26.3m construction dispute against MT Højgaard concerning the foundations of sixty turbines on the 175MW Robin Rigg offshore wind farm – the matter concluded with a Supreme Court judgment in August 2017. Competition highlights included John Cooper advising the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation in several Competition and Markets Authority regulatory appeals. Other clients include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Cooper advises on the smart meter programme. Derek Goodban heads the practice.

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘first-class service’ to a range of energy players, with a particular strength in matters concerning energy services companies. Didar Dhillon advised Amber Infrastructure on creating an energy service company to procure a combined heat and power network to cover homes owned by Metropolitan Housing Trust. Kultar Khangura continues to advise E.ON on various transactional matters, such as the development of a 40MW gas-fired power station near Burton-upon-Trent. Senior associates Ian Stewart and Arminder Dhillon  are also recommended.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has ‘very good industry knowledge, with improving strength in depth due to the growing team’. Andrew Whitehead is ‘a particularly strong lawyer who builds up great client relationships – clients appreciate his open and honest views’ – he handles a range of energy trading work, such as advising Grain LNG on its plan to offer a break-bulk service for LNG distribution. Mark Bartholomew handles work concerning the retail energy market.

Boutique firm Zyda Law has a track record of work regarding nuclear energy as well as other conventional energy sources. Paul Zyda is the key contact at the firm.

Freeths LLP is ‘a huge asset to clients’ in the solar and wind renewables spaces. Catherine Burke advises Voltalia UK on various transactions, including a project in Tanzania and an EPC contract for one of the final renewables obligation scheme-backed solar farms in the UK. Burke and ‘faultless professionalJason Richards, a new hire from Blake Morgan LLP, advised Metka GN on EPC contracts for a range of solar projects in the UK and beyond. Other clients include Re Projects Development and Clean Earth Energy Wind Investments.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ross-on-Wye-based Harriet Murray Jones handles a range of work concerning renewables developments and battery storage. She advised several land-owners on leasing a site for the purpose of a 20MW solar site. Other clients include Farm Energy Partnership, Ethical Power and Danske Commodities.

At MFG Solicitors LLP Miles Dearden handles a range of energy work, including advising a number of landowners on biogas and refuse-derived fuel projects. Sarah Astbury represents a range of landowners in claims against energy infrastructure companies, seeking cash for the formalisation of wayleaves into easements. The firm also acts for Ecotricity Group.

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