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Shakespeare Martineau LLP
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Senior Partner & Head of Energy


Andrew is a specialist energy regulatory and contracts lawyer, who works with a range of utility and developer clients and funders to help them manage regulatory and legal risk in a fast moving and complex environment. Andrew is also currently our elected Senior Partner.

With a wealth of experience from nearly 25 years’ advising clients in the UK energy and wider utilities sector, Andrew heads up our national Energy & Projects team. His clients include the Great Britain electricity and gas system operators, network owners, power generators and developers, one of the UK’s LNG terminals, and a variety of retail energy suppliers. Andrew’s work also extends to the roll out of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure, where his clients include energy suppliers and charge point infrastructure providers.

Andrew has worked on some of the major transition projects in the Great Britain energy sector over the last decade, including the development of balancing frameworks, the evolution of competition in metering services, and the introduction of EU Network Codes notably to facilitate market coupling across the power interconnectors linking the UK to continental Europe.

“The energy sector is fast moving and high profile, and so the challenge – which is what makes the job so exciting – is to work alongside clients as part of their team, helping find and develop practical solutions to often complex problems. And quite often, there’s a shiny new asset or facility to show for everyone’s efforts, which is incredibly rewarding. “


Andrew sits on the editorial board of Renewable Energy Law & Policy Review, and is a board member of Associated European Energy Consultants.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Andrew WhiteheadShakespeare Martineau LLP

With a strong national and international presence, the energy and utilities team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP spent much of 2021 advising on the collapse of a number of prominent energy suppliers, including Green Supplier, Pure Planet and Daligas. Areas of focus for the team include renewable projects, customer contracts, industry metering agreements and wholesale energy trading, as well as handling regulatory investigations. Team leader Andrew Whitehead  is a specialist energy regulatory and contracts lawyer who works with many of the firm’s top clients. He is supported by Peter Dilks , who covers real estate with a focus on energy developments, as well as Ian Griffiths, who specialises in energy infrastructure and construction.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is increasingly involved in the renewable transport and heat sectors acting for energy networks and operators of electricity connectors. The firm is experienced in the sustainable transport field with a focus on EVs in addition to storage, renewable heat and energy retail projects. Andrew Whitehead leads the team with experience in advising clients in the utilities sector. Mark Bartholomew‘s specialism relates to electricity interconnectors while Sushma Maharaj advises on the full range of services arrangements including concession agreements, connection agreements and supply contracts.