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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’s articles


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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s team predominantly acts for utilities and renewable energy clients; currently, the team is advising National Grid on its entire suite of balancing services agreements used in the UK. Andrew Whitehead, who leads the firm’s work for National Grid, has over 20 years of experience in energy regulation, which he leverages to advise several major clients including Npower, Shell and Octopus Energy. Peter Dilks is a go-to contact for energy clients engaged in infrastructure projects, and Ian Griffiths is also recommended for his depth of expertise in a wide range of energy projects.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s energy and utilities team acts for national and international energy companies including National Grid, and is led by Andrew Whitehead in Birmingham. The team includes key contacts Mark Bartholomew who acts on international power projects, in particular electricity, and renewable energy specialist Sushma Maharaj, who joined from Lux Nova Partners Limited in January 2021. Dual Scottish/English qualified Amal Kaur – a former senior associate at Dentons – joined in mid-2020; she focuses on solar energy projects. The team has a growing caseload of cross-border work in the Middle East.