Energy, project finance and PFI in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team advises public and private sector clients engaged in major infrastructure projects across the country. Of particular note is the firm's ongoing work for Highways England regarding its flagship infrastructure project; in addition, the team stands out for serving as the sole legal adviser to several public departments regarding the UK government's five year £5.8bn International Climate Finance initiative, which focuses on de-carbonisation initiatives designed to tackle climate change. Stephen Kenny specialises in advising clients on PPPs, PFIs and various other complex infrastructure projects. Jonathan Brufal has developed key knowledge of different funding models in various parts of the world, including Africa and the Middle East, which he leverages to advise clients on a wide range of infrastructure and energy initiatives. Gus Wood stands out for his expertise in energy transactions, power purchase agreements and refinancing arrangements, and Dominic Richardson and principal associate James Stanier are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Gus Wood; Dominic Richardson; James Stanier

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Highways England

International Finance Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Tarmac Plc

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Highview Power

Bushveld Minerals

The London Clinic

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

InfraCo Africa

CPCS Transcom Ltd

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Poti New Terminal Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Amey Hallam Highways Limited

Midlands Air Ambulance

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in respect of its five year £5bn International Climate Finance programme.
  • Advised a JV comprising FCC, Roadbridge and Tarmac, on a long term operation and maintenance contract as part of the A465 MIM project in Wales.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Birmingham team leverages the firm's national energy practice to advise clients on major projects, including numerous renewable energy initiatives and major infrastructure developments. Its ongoing work includes advising Coventry City Council on its VLR Programme, which aims to use the latest technology to develop a new light rail system. Didar Dhillon has notable expertise in PPP projects spanning energy, waste and infrastructure mandates, in which he advises project sponsors, financial institutions and procurement bodies. Satwinder Ubhi is noted for his expertise in handling the financing of large-scale energy projects, and senior associate Gemma Glasspole stands out for advising clients on significant waste projects, including Lincolnshire's £500m energy from waste project.

Practice head(s):

Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:

Satwinder Ubhi; Gemma Glasspole

Key clients

Coventry City Council

FCC Environment Limited

E.ON UK PLC

Amber Infrastructure

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Ørsted

Cory Riverside Limited

Arena Central Developments LLP

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

Westminster City Council

Volker Rail

Morgan Sindall

Work highlights

  • Advising FCC Environmental on the £3bn Tees Valley energy from waste project which is being jointly procured by eight local authorities in Tees Valley to treat municipal waste.
  • Advised E.ON on its letting to Vital Energi of part of its former Drakelow power station as part of a £100m development of an 18MW energy-from-waste facility.
  • Advising Ørsted on the development and management of the 660MW Walney extension windfarm which is currently the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

Freeths LLP

With a 'depth of knowledge and experience' in the sector, Freeths LLP provides a full-service offering to clients engaged in infrastructure and energy projects, with particular expertise in transactions underpinning major developments. 'Great commercial lawyer' James Larmour specialises in the refinancing of PPP projects and PFI secondary market transactions, while Jason Richards has a strong renewable energy practice, encompassing solar, onshore wind and battery storage developments. The 'excellent' Kirstin Roberts is noted for her comprehensive knowledge of energy from waste projects.

Practice head(s):

James Larmour; Jason Richard; Kirstin Roberts

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Freeths now for a number of years on complex projects through an SPV. The team are practical and knowledgeable and are able to apply those two aspects together to secure the optimal solution for the client.’ 

‘Excellent staff with great knowledge and ability. They know the sector and clients really well and can provide bespoke tailored advice quickly, efficiently and pragmatically.’

‘They are extremely commercial and very responsive; you get no-nonsense, practical advice at every turn.’ 

‘James Larmour is a great commercial lawyer and a pleasure to work with. You can expect timely, practical advice delivered with a wry sense of humour.’

‘Kirstin Roberts is very knowledgeable, personable and client focused.’

‘James Larmour is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. His advice is always technically sound, pragmatic and commercially focused.’

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure/International Public Partnerships

Dalmore Capital

Equitix

Prime plc

ENGIE

Transmission Investment

Bio Dynamics Limited

CL:AIRE

Western Bio-Energy Limited

FCC Environment (UK) Limited

Jack Moody Plc

Johnson Aggregates Limited

Mercia Waste Management Limited

Severn Waste Services Limited

Staffordshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised International Public Partnerships on the £50m refinancing of Phase 2 of the Blackburn Building Schools for the Future Project.
  • Advised Dalmore Capital  on the £25m acquisition of a 50% interest in the South-East London Police PFI accommodation project from funds managed by InfraRed.
  • Advising Bio Dynamic UK on a lump sum contract to upgrade three concrete process tanks to achieve 4MWe equivalent biogas output.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's team predominantly acts for utilities and renewable energy clients; currently, the team is advising National Grid on its entire suite of balancing services agreements used in the UK. Andrew Whitehead, who leads the firm's work for National Grid, has over 20 years of experience in energy regulation, which he leverages to advise several major clients including Npower, Shell and Octopus Energy. Peter Dilks is a go-to contact for energy clients engaged in infrastructure projects, and Ian Griffiths is also recommended for his depth of expertise in a wide range of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Peter Dilks; Ian Griffiths

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very good energy practice which is knowledgeable. The energy team has built up great expertise in the field of electricity interconnectors and is a favourable alternative to the city firms. The team is both professional and helpful and in all cases timely with their advice.’

‘Andrew Whitehead also stands out in this field, given his extensive knowledge of the energy business.’

‘The team always understands our requirements, always offers appropriate advice, delivers the advice in a timely manner and at a fair and appropriate price.’

‘Friendly and professional service. They always explain complex legal topics in an easy to understand manner.’

‘Highly professional with a fantastic work ethic – no matter what the work gets done to the highest possible standard.’

Key clients

National Grid

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas Limited

Npower Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Group

Statera Energy Limited

Octopus Energy Limited

Innogy e-Mobility Limited

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail Limited

Highway Stops Retail Limited

British Independent Utilities

BritNed Development Limited

Marble Power Limited

FPC Electric Land Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Forsa Energy Gas Holdings Ltd

Plasma Processing UK Ltd

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water plc

Anglian Water

SUNEL UK

Whitetower Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Grain LNG on the sale of a new terminal capacity to Qatar Petroleum.
  • Advising Last Mile Infrastructure in relation to over 450 leases, transfers and easements across the UK.
  • Advised Robin Hood Energy on the sale of its customer book to Centrica.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys focuses primarily on advising clients in the renewable energy sector on corporate transactions and commercial matters, including joint ventures, sales and acquisitions, project financing mandates and power purchase agreements. The ‘exceptional’ Harriet Murray Jones has particular strength handling the real estate aspects of acquisitions involving renewable energy companies, and ‘pragmatic’ practitioner Hefin Archer Williams is recommended for construction litigation.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Murray Jones

Other key lawyers:

Hefin Archer Williams

Testimonials

‘HCR have a very reactive and responsive group of professionals.’

‘Harriet Murray-Jones is exceptional and very pragmatic.’

‘Hefin Archer Williams – Pragmatic, clarity of message and when able will always look at cost as part of obtaining a solution. Always willing to hand on to a colleague if they have a better experience in the matter in hand. Strong interpersonal skills and communicator.’

Key clients

Ethical Power

New Forest Energy

Innova Capital

Noriker Power

Safran Landing Systems UK

New Stream Renewables

Novalux Energy

Caplor Energy

Sunetik

Kingdom Energy

Boom Power

Upper House Farm

Square Meadow

Amber Energy