James Stanier > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Work Department

Energy; Projects; Energy


Senior Associate


James Stanier provides pragmatic legal advice in the energy sector, which is specifically tailored to each client’s business and commercial drivers. He breaks down complex issues into clear, easily digestible and succinct advice.

James advises market leading offtakers, major utilities, energy traders, suppliers, network owners and operators, developers and managers of industry codes – helping them to take advantage of the extensive opportunities available in the energy sector whilst also ensuring that they operate within the tight regulatory confines that apply.

James frequently advises on commercial agreements in the energy sector, having a particular specialism in power purchase agreements (PPAs) and heat supply arrangements. He has drafted and negotiated PPAs for a significant proportion of GB’s largest renewable projects. Additionally, he has expertise in energy trading documentation – including GTMAs, ISDAs, EFETs, NBPs, master agreements and associated credit support documents.

James has worked in the energy sector throughout his legal career. He counts himself as very lucky to be able to work in a sector which he is passionate about and thrives on providing innovative and technical legal advice in a constantly developing and fast moving environment.


James has advised Statkraft on all of the renewables PPAs which it has entered into since he joined the firm in June 2013, becoming a fully integrated member of Statkraft’s PPA team. James has also advised numerous other offtakers and generators on PPAs in Great Britain.

James advised on one of the largest fuel supply agreements that Great Britain has seen, with a projected value of c.$640m over the course of the agreement.

He frequently advices on the commercial agreements required for heat network developments, including agreements for the appointment of Energy Service Companies (ESCos), connection agreements and commercial and residential heat supply agreements.

James advises suppliers on the regulatory environment within which they operate. He frequently drafts and negotiates bespoke electricity and gas supply terms, which often include provision for flexible pricing and sleeving arrangements.

James has advised the GB System Operator extensively on the broad range of ancillary services that it procures, including mandatory (Mandatory Services Agreements), commercial (Commercial Services Agreements) relating to frequency response, reactive power and commercial intertrip; Black Start, Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR), Firm Frequency Response (FFR), Frequency Control Demand Management (FCDM), Fast Reserve and BM Start-up.

He also advises on the Renewables Obligation, CfDs, Feed-in Tariff, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Renewable Heat Incentive.



Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

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The projects and infrastructure team at Gowling WLG has a very strong reputation for advising UK government related entities and non-departmental bodies on some of their most complex PPP work, as well as other big-ticket infrastructure schemes. Their client list includes groups like National Highways and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group. The team also advises on international matters covering Africa and the Middle East. Stephen Kenny is the national head of the practice, specialising in complex UK government projects involving significant infrastructure or assets. Andrew Newberry typically leads the project finance work stream, while newly-promoted partner Elizabeth Williams  specialises in defence and security work. Dominic Richardson  and principal associate James Stanier  are also highly recommended.