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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Lux Nova Partners Limited

Lux Nova Partners Limited is a specialist renewable energy boutique firm founded by 'great strategic thinker' Tom Bainbridge , Sandy Abrahams and Louisa Cilenti; the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of energy disputes expert Stephen Lister from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The firm handles a diverse range of matters, covering district heating and cooling, alternative routes to market, community energy finance and emerging market renewables. The team has recently been advising a number of clients on grid and private wire clean energy PPAs in the UK, disruptive supply models, as well as the innovative structuring of community renewable energy financings. Nikola Zahariev is also well-regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):Tom Bainbridge; Sandy Abrahams; Louisa Cilenti

Other key lawyers:Stephen Lister; Nikola Zahariev


'The Lux Nova team has a huge depth of knowledge of all matters relating to renewable energy and energy finance. The energy practitioners bring an equal passion and commitment to large infrastructure projects and local community initiatives.'

'These lawyers are true specialists in their field, which is especially noticeable in contract negotiations where a solid foundation in the subject matter is required to deliver appropriate risk management.'

'Lux Nova is a highly motivated and skilled specialist law firm with a clear focus on renewable energy.'

'This team is united by close communication and a shared commitment to delivering excellent service to its clients. This is a pragmatic and flexible outfit which still makes sure that all legal angles are covered.'

'Louisa Cilenti is personable, knowledgeable and responsive; a real pleasure to work with.'

'Louisa Cilenti is deeply knowledgeable and experienced. She acts with an energy and skill that makes her stand out amongst her peers. Her attention to detail is fantastic as is her commitment to her clients.'

'Nik Zahariev is deeply committed to renewable energy and supporting communities. He brings this passion to his work, making sure his client is well protected and represented.'

'Stephen Lister is very capable and able to bring himself up to speed very quickly. He is flexible in the way he works and is always ready and willing to provide assistance, often at quite short notice.'

'Tom Bainbridge shows excellent attention to detail, turns work round rapidly and was always available.'

'Tom Bainbridge is a great strategic thinker.'

'Louisa Cilenti is a very strong commercial lawyer and brings wealth of expertise and experience.'

'Sandy Abrahams knows her stuff and is very client-friendly.'

'Louisa Cilenti combines thorough legal knowledge with efficiency, pragmatic commercial judgement and a passion for community energy and renewables.'

'Nik Zahariev makes sure that all the client's concerns are listened to and that no details remain unaddressed.'

Key Clients

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Bayerische Landesbank


Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd

Pure Leapfrog

Jordan Wind Project Company

Open Utility/ Piclo

London Borough of Enfield/ energetik

Pinnacle Power


International Renewable Energy Agency

Environmental Finance

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Enfield on the structuring and contracting for its ambitious Lee Valley Heat Network  and closing numerous connection and supplyagreements with developers and customers.
  • Advising the Indian Government owned, largest energy services company in theworld on the cross-border acquisition of Edina’s energy efficiency and CHP business
  • Advising market-disrupter, Open Utility develop the framework for Flex Platformtrials with 6 DNOs successfully establishing a flexibility services market place.
Leading individuals

Louisa Cilenti - Lux Nova Partners Limited

Tom Bainbridge - Lux Nova Partners Limited

Next Generation Partners

Nikola Zahariev - Lux Nova Partners Limited

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