Christopher McGee-Osborne > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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Energy, Transport and Infrastructure


Christopher has 33 years’ experience at Dentons, works right across the government, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors, and is co-chair of the Firm’s global energy and global government practices. He specializes in public law, the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for governments and regulated companies, and in project development, regulation and privatization. He has advised private sector and government clients on the development/procurement of approximately 40 major projects in electricity, nuclear, oil and gas, railways, water and defense industries, in approximately 25 countries, many of which have been project financed and which have an aggregate value in excess of £90 billion. He has particular expertise in relation to carbon capture & storage and related project development.

Christopher has advised on UK and international privatizations, regulation and market reform, including forming regulators, writing numerous laws, licenses and industry codes, in seven countries, and making representations and appearing at regulatory hearings. Christopher regularly advises the UK government, including BEIS, the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Ministry of Defence and Low Carbon Contracts Company in relation to diverse matters such as procurement law, very large programs of maritime naval contracts, large-scale energy infrastructure, the UK’s participation in European Research Infrastructure Consortia, the UK government’s strategic suppliers and electricity contracts for difference. His work for private sector clients often sees him working opposite government or regulators for household name clients, e.g. in relation to carbon capture & storage project development, bids for approximately 30 passenger rail franchises, several NDA nuclear decommissioning contracts, numerous other government procurement programs and in relation to regulatory actions and price reviews. He has often worked directly with government ministers.


  • Law Society College, 1986, Law Society Finals, Hons.
  • Trent Polytechnic, 1984, BA, Hons.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Rail

(Hall of Fame)

Christopher McGee-OsborneDentons

The first-rate team at Dentons advises on all aspects of the rail industry from passenger and freight to infrastructure development and operations. It also excels in light rail and trams as well as regularly advising on a whole host of other issues from franchises and concessions, stock procurement and maintenance to financing, technology and safety matters. It fields a large UK rail team that has a national coverage with significant international capabilities. Matthew Hanslip-Ward heads the team – he has continued to lead on various matters in the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic affecting the UK passenger industry and has been involved in several highly strategic projects. Christopher McGee-Osborne also plays a pivotal role in the department while Mark Macaulay is adept at advising on major infrastructure contracts. Counsel Martin Watt has particular expertise in rolling stock matters and senior associate Jonathan Smith’s work spans franchising, concessions and rolling stock.

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

Dentons is frequently advising on power matters which are at the heart of the UK energy transition including new technologies such as battery storage, EV, compressed air and carbon capture. The firm has a large international presence which allows it to work on cross-border deals and recent matters include Xlinks’ remote generation project involving 10GW of solar and onshore wind in Morocco. Practice head Lucille De Silva  has particular expertise in power purchase agreements while Christopher McGee-Osborne  is experienced in negotiating commercial contracts. Charles July  advises on project development work and is supported by transactional lawyer Humphrey Douglas.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

The practice at Dentons is primarily dedicated to government work, with the team’s expertise spanning judicial review; competitive tendering; public procurement; environmental issues; and non-contentious advice on the powers, administrative functions, and duties of central and local bodies. The firm recently leveraged its in-depth knowledge of the financial services sector to ensure its recent successful reappointment to the Crown Commercial Service legal panel. Catherine Bingham and Christopher McGee-Osborne are the senior contacts to note.