Firm Profile > Prospect Law Ltd > London, England

Prospect Law Ltd

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Specialist firm Prospect Law Ltd fields its own electrical engineers, surveyors and other professionals to comprehensively advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects under the joint leadership of Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb. The firm continues to grow in the nuclear and renewable energy markets, advising on contracts worth up to £1bn, with the firm’s nuclear work continuing to focus on the operation and decommissioning of nuclear sites. The firm also advises on the regulatory regime for the development of power generation assets. The group recently made several lateral hires, including environmental specialist William Wilson from Burges Salmon LLP, insurance partner Mark Tetley from Price Forbes & Partners, and employment specialist Philippa Wood from Keystone Law .


‘This is a team that is highly professional, skilled and knowledgeable about various areas of law. The service it provides is of the highest standard and its lawyers are not afraid to take on complex cases.’

‘Edmund Robb is truly one of the best barristers around. He is not afraid to take on new and extremely complex areas of law. His skeleton arguments are always of the highest standard. As an advocate, he is skilled, polished and has been opposite some top barristers and has still come out on top.’

‘Technical knowledge and understanding of contracts, law and business. Good personal relationships, understanding, commitment and support.’

Key clients

Countryside Renewables Ltd

Underwater Construction Corporation UK Ltd

Envirofusion Ltd

The Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee

Brooke Energy Group

Waste Facilities Audit Association

Glen Conan Hydro Partnership LLP

Low Level Waste Repository

Molegrove (Civils) Ltd

Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 1

Prospect Law Ltd has established a market-leading reputation in the energy and infrastructure sector, where it undertakes contentious and non-contentious work for banks, developers and governments, among other clients. The firm's international reach is a hallmark of the practice, and it is making an increased push for work from the Middle East. In addition to fielding a multidisciplinary team of legal experts, the firm also has an in-house group of electrical engineers, surveyors and other professionals. The firm is increasingly becoming an active player in the nuclear energy sector, where it is sought out to advise on £1bn-plus contracts. It has a particular strength in the operation and decommissioning of nuclear sites. Work in the renewable energy sector is also growing. On the contentious front, clients are able to count on the experience of the firm's in-house barristers, such as Edmund Robb, who heads up the contentious practice. Edward de la Billiere specialises in the commercial and regulatory aspects of energy projects. Both Robb and de la Billiere divide their time between the East Midlands and London, as do Jonathan Leech and Rupert Cowen.

Key clients

Countryside Renewables Limited

Underwater Construction Corporation UK Limited

Envirofusion Limited

The Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee

Brooke Energy Group

Waste Facilities Audit Association

Glen Conan Hydro Partnership LLP

Low Level Waste Repository

Molegrove (Civils) Limited

UK Nuclear Waste Management

Prospect Law specialises in energy, infrastructure and natural resources projects. It advises clients on development schemes, from planning applications and appeals to regulatory and energy subsidy regimes, public law challenges, licensing, options and leases, EPC contracts and O&M agreements.

The firm: Prospect Law was founded in 2009, is owned and managed by barristers and solicitors, and is complemented by the input of its own team of technical experts (including surveyors, electrical engineers, grid and regulatory experts).

Much of Prospect Law’s early work involved due diligence for financial institutions and developers looking to invest in energy projects, who found the firm’s combination of legal and technical expertise extremely efficient. The firm has since grown to operate on behalf of developer and landowner clients as well as local authorities and energy regulators. Prospect has had ABS status as a multidisciplinary practice since mid-2016.

Prospect Law is seen as a ground-breaking firm with an impressive track record of project and contentious work in the infrastructure and energy sectors. It provides advice and conducts litigation at public inquiries around the UK and at all levels in the courts. It has a strong reputation for offering regulatory advice in the nuclear sector for governments and government regulators, challenging energy regulatory bodies and government departments.

In the past year, the firm has expanded, adding a number of important recruits to its ranks, including a Berwin Leighton Paisner partner and a senior technical expert who played a lead role in the negotiations for Hinkley Point C. The firm has been recognised by legal directories, including The Legal 500, for its prowess in projects, energy and natural resources.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial law: Prospect has developed specialist knowledge of UK and international regulatory systems affecting infrastructure and natural resources projects, including the energy sector. Prospect’s legal expertise is supported by its technical specialists who deal, in particular, with EPC and operations and maintenance contracts, grid connection and power purchase agreements affecting energy projects. Prospect’s client base includes companies based in the UK, the USA, continental EU and Middle East, as well as private clients, local authorities and other public organisations, including energy regulators in the UK and internationally.

Dispute resolution: Prospect’s combination of solicitors and barristers means that it has the skills and experience required to achieve successful outcomes for its clients in a range of disputes, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The firm advises on disputes in various jurisdictions and regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, on matters of commercial litigation, corporate governance and investor relations; fraud and regulatory law; and public law cases involving judicial review, declaratory relief and injunctions.

Environmental law: Prospect Law advises on environmental legislation and regulations, including environmental impact assessments (EIA) and other studies relating to planning applications; environmental permits, waste regulation and producer responsibility; claims for damages arising from pollution; representation during the criminal investigation of pollution incidents; environmental controls on chemicals, pesticides and biocides; and much more, including full-project support for traditional and renewable energy technologies, and other infrastructure and resources schemes.

Financial investigations: Prospect Law advises UK and overseas corporate clients on compliance with international laws and regulations relating to the prevention of bribery, corruption and money laundering. It has extensive experience of investigations and prosecutions.

Nuclear energy: Prospect Law’s nuclear specialist team are members of the International Nuclear Law Association and The Nuclear Institute (management committees). The firm currently works with the Nuclear Industry Association, the World Nuclear Association, CIRIA and UKELA, and its lawyers have recently been commended by the United States Department of the Environment for work in facilitating intergovernmental discussions on financing nuclear new builds and decommissioning. Its range of expertise covers all areas of international governmental and new build issues and contracts.

Planning law: Prospect Law advises on national, regional and local planning policy affecting infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. Its expertise covers planning applications, conditions and obligations, planning and enforcement appeals, statutory challenges, injunctions and judicial review applications in the High Court, and planning prosecutions and POCA proceedings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Directors Edmund Robb
Directors Edward de la Billiere
Commercial/corporate Rupert Cowen
Dispute resolution Edmund Robb
Planning/public Edmund Robb
Regulatory Edward de la Billiere
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Ashley Bowes  photo Dr Ashley Bowes
Mr Simon Murray  photo Mr Simon Murray
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40