Clare Brewer > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Construction & Infrastructure, Banking & Finance.


Partner in the Construction & Infrastructure Team. Clare is a project finance specialist with skills that cover both banking documentation and commercial contracts.


She has been in practice for over 20 years, the first 14 of them in London, mostly with Norton Rose. She is a project finance specialist with skills that cover both banking documentation and commercial contracts, in both a UK and an international context. Clare advises on a broad portfolio of projects, including advising local authorities, contractors and funders on project finance structures and outsourcings in many sectors, from PFI through to waste, accommodation and other infrastructure. She has a particular focus on waste projects and decentralised energy projects, including district heating networks.

Clare works in the following areas: Waste ManagementEnergy InnovationEnergy InfrastructureBanking and Public Sector Outsourcing.



Lawyer Rankings

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

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 > Finance > Banking and finance

Praised for being ‘very commercial and approachable’, Ashfords LLP’s banking and finance practice fields a ‘great team of professional and personable solicitors’. With offices in Exeter, Bristol, Taunton and Plymouth, the firm has a strong South West presence, complimented by its regular involvement in cross-border transactions. Practice head Rebecca Dury, transactional specialist Ed Hobbs, James Heath, who focuses on the property aspects of transactions, as well as project finance, energy and infrastructure finance expert Clare Brewer are the key names.