David Cruickshank > Dentons > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Energy, Transport and Infrastructure


David is a partner in the Firm’s Energy and Infrastructure practice, specializing in domestic and international renewable energy projects. David has a wealth of experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors advising both developers and funders on large-scale infrastructure and power projects during his time at Dentons, Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling and Barclays Capital (where he was a director in the Energy & Utilities team). He specializes in the renewables and alternative energy sector with particular expertise in the wind, solar, hydro and biomass sectors. As the co-chair of the Dentons Energy Transition group, he has an excellent understanding of the importance of decarbonization programs to both public and private sector clients and is also involved with a number of clients in their COP26 initiatives.

David has most recently worked for: a large multinational on the development of its hybrid PPA projects incorporating conventional, solar and battery power; and a host of investment funds, developers and utilities on a series of renewable M&A transactions for both consented and operational projects in the UK. In addition to his expertise in energy, he also advises the UK government on large-scale infrastructure and procurement programs.


  • Partner, Dentons (2017 to date)
  • Partner/Director, Maclay Murray & Spens (2010 – 2017)
  • Director, Global Loans, Barclays Capital (2006 – 2009)
  • Legal Consultant, Barclays Capital (2005 – 2006)
  • Associate, Project Development and Finance, Shearman & Sterling (2000 – 2005)
  • Trainee Lawyer, Project Development and Finance, Linklaters (1997 – 2000)


  • College of Law, 1997, Legal Practice Course
  • College of Law, 1996, Common Professional Examination
  • Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 1995, MA, Geography


Fell running; member of Hawk’s Club; Cambridge; member of Archerfield Golf Club.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Acclaimed for its ‘knowledge and connections within the energy industry’, Dentons supports on a wealth of domestic and international energy projects and transactions. The team, which is adept in conventional renewables, energy efficiency, energy transition and ESG, is led by David Cruickshank, an expert in respect of decarbonisation programs, hybrid PPA projects and renewable-related M&A.