Brian Farrell > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Energy & Waste, Construction & Infrastructure 




Brian is a Partner in the Construction & Infrastructure Team with extensive experience in a variety of fields including wasteenergy and accommodation.

Brian has significant experience in advising clients on sub-contracts, service contracts, EPC contracts, joint venture arrangements, corporate governance and grant funding arrangements. This experience includes both contentious and non-contentious matters.


  • Pension fund: Advising a fund on numerous investments (as lead equity investor) including in respect of the acquisition of a recyclable company and the acquisition and development of biomass projects (including drafting of the necessary project documentation).
  • Biomass developer: Advising a developer on the restructuring and second phase of a distressed biomass project.
  • Urbaser S.A. and Meridiam: Advising Urbaser S.A. in respect of their bid for the Belgrade EFW Project (based on UK PFI standards).
  • Urbaser Limited: Advising Urbaser Limited in its capacity as Operating Contractor on the Essex County Council Waste PFI and further advising Urbaser Limited and Balfour Beatty in their capacity as EPC Contractor on the Gloucestershire County Council Waste PPP.
  • Viridor Waste Management: Advising in relation to the projects aspects of its acquisition of the transport sub-contractor to the Lancashire County Council Waste PFI.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Ashfords LLP advises on the full gamut of corporate and commercial transactions from its office in Exeter, with the team’s partners offering a range of specialisms. Andrew Betteridge leads on corporate matters, and alongside Andy Young often acts on investments and M&A deals in sectors including technology, utilities and energy. In addition to the scale of the transactions it is involved in, the practice also stands out for its work for public companies. Brian Farrell and Plymouth-based Tom Phipps are key names to note on commercial matters, with expertise spanning joint ventures, distribution agreements and the commercialisation of IP. Louise Workman serves as CEO of the firm and is also highly experienced in the corporate space.

South West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

(Leading individuals)

Brian FarrellAshfords LLP

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.

South West > Real estate > Environment

Ashfords LLP advises on the whole life cycle of environmental projects from design and implementation through to decommissioning, as well as contentious matters. The practice acts for clients from a variety of sectors including waste and recycling businesses, local authorities, statutory infrastructure undertakers and food producers. The practice is headed by a trio consisting of Brian Farrell in Exeter, Ben Derrington in Bristol, and Ian Manners, the latter who joined the firm in from DAC Beachcroft LLP at the end of 2021 and is located in Bristol.