John Palmer > Shoosmiths LLP > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
2-14 East Bridge Street
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Real Estate, Partner


John is a projects lawyer with over 10 years experience in the Irish Energy sector advising on a range of renewable technologies including onshore wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy. His clients include a number of international developers as well as equity and debt funders. Recent project experience includes:

  • Acting for a consortium in the development and construction of a 3MW AD Plant in County Antrim with funding of £27m.
  • Advising majority shareholder in the disposal of a 50MW wind farm in County Tyrone for consideration of £87m.
  • Advising a large scale wind farm operator in respect of the impact of I-SEM and necessary amendments to PPAs.
  • Advising a UK based peer to peer lender in respect of the debt funding of a distributed wind portfolio (9 turbines).
  • Acting on behalf of a counterparty in the negotiation of a complex framework agreement for PPAs in connection with a large portfolio of renewable energy projects.
  • Advising an international developer in the site assembly of a portfolio of on shore wind farms (circa 80MW).
  • Acting for an investment fund in the development and construction of circa 12 AD Projects in Northern Ireland and GB.

John is a regular speaker at industry events including the 2019 Irish Bioenergy Association Conference at Croke Park, Dublin. He also provides specialised in-house training to a number of financial institutions in the funding of renewable energy projects. John is qualified to practice in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

Shoosmiths LLP field a multidisciplinary team particularly active in the residential, retail, and energy sectors. The department is a popular choice for high-value residential developments as well as for hospitality sector matters. Co-head Mark Blair specialises in institutional investment, diversifying into commercial and residential developments, while co-head Sarah Ewing acts for developers, landlords, and tenants on the full spectrum of real estate matters. John Palmer is well known in the energy sector.

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

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John PalmerShoosmiths LLP

The ‘brilliantShoosmiths LLP team acts on a range of projects, including wind farm portfolios, battery storage facilities, new hydrogen technologies, and anaerobic digestion plants. Team leader John Palmer is a specialist energy lawyer who sits on the CBI Infrastructure & Energy Working Group and was a founding member of Hydrogen NI. Anna Vangrove and associate Michael Kelly, who both joined the firm’s banking department from TLT in early 2021, are active on financing work.