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Bill Fowler

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Bill is an English and Scots law dual-qualified corporate lawyer and specialises in renewable energy projects and large-scale corporate real estate transactions and urban regeneration projects. He is highly active in bioenergy, wind and marine projects throughout the UK and regularly advises on M&A, joint ventures, equity financing, PPAs and other heat and power offtake and feedstock supply arrangements. He has also advised on projects in the UK onshore unconventional gas sector. Clients include The European Marine Energy Centre, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, NPL Developments and the Peel Group.


Trained McClure Naismith; qualified 1993; assistant, associate, senior associate MacRoberts 1993-2001; in-house counsel Kymata Ltd 2000-01; partner Archibald Campbell & Harley WS 2001-05; partner Semple Fraser LLP 2005-13; partner Dentons March 2013 to date.


Robert Gordon University tutor in oil and gas law.


George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh; University of Glasgow (1986-91 LLB (Hons) and DipLP); Robert Gordon University (2010-11 PG Cert (Oil & Gas Law)(distinction); Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test – English Law (2008).


Sailing, cycling, fell running.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dentons¬†established a presence in Scotland following a merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to being embedded in the Scottish and wider UK market, the combined entity has a notable international reach as well. A significant proportion of the firm‚Äôs work has a cross-border component; in 2017,¬†Brian Moore, director Donald Smith¬†and others were part of a team which assisted Aberdeen Asset Management with its ¬£11bn merger with Standard Life . Moore and Smith were also among the advisers to QUIZ Plc on its ¬£200m AIM IPO. Other key figures include Derek McCombe¬†and senior associate Kimberley Goh, (she is ‚Äėvery good at taking the lead and coordinating all aspects of a transaction‚Äė) who advised US-headquartered group Kaiam Corporation on the sale of Kaiam Laser Limited to II-VI Incorporated. The firm also handled mandates for Highland Distillers, Argenta and Johnson Controls. Guy Norfolk¬†(who splits his practice between London and Edinburgh), Claire Armstrong¬†and Owen McLennan¬†are increasingly active in transactional and advisory matters in the fintech sector. Michael Livingston, Iain Sutherland, and Bill Fowler¬†are other seasoned practitioners.¬†David McGrory¬†is ‚Äėcommercially aware and realistic‚Äė.

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland

Dentons¬†merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017; in the oil and gas sector, the combined entity‚Äôs practice benefits from the synergies between¬†Dentons‚Äė pre-existing¬†offering to operators/licence holders and the latter firm‚Äôs historical strengths in acting for supply chain clients. Gordon Hobkirk¬†leads the team in Aberdeen, which also has a strong client following in food and drink, financial services, retail and renewable energy.¬† In 2017, Hobkirk and associate Nicola Rae¬†acted for three special purpose vehicles (SPVs) set up by Muirden Energy in the disposal of the business and assets of the SPVs to a third party purchaser. Motion Software Limited, Hutcheson Services Limited and Grieg Seafood Shetland Limited are among a number of recent client wins. Bill Fowler¬†divides time between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Dentons merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, with the combined entity now benefiting from both firms' strengths in the area of energy regulation. In addition, the merger means there is now additional resource to assist clients with small to mid-scale projects (particularly in relation to onshore wind, hydro and gas peaking/gas CHP distributed generation). Led by David Cruickshank, the team acts for a wide range of participants in the renewable and alternative energy market, including developers, contractors, landowners, funders, regulators and regulated companies. A highlight in 2017 involved acting for UK Green Investment Bank in its £2.3bn sale by the UK government to Macquarie. In addition, director Carolyn Burns, Cruickshank, Mark Hamilton, senior associate Paul Young and director David McGowan advised Aggreko on its successful joint bid with National Grid to provide a new energy solution for the Shetland Islands. Bill Fowler is knowledgeable about marine renewables, onshore wind and energy from waste/renewable heat projects. Other notable partners are Stuart Fitzsimmons, who advises lenders and developers on renewable energy financing transactions, and real estate partner Allan Cairns. Stewart Maciver and senior associate Gareth Tenner are also recommended.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Dentons, which merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, added the latter firm's historically strong supply chain offering to its own pre-existing capability acting for operators/licence holders. Bill Fowler leads the team, which is a key part of a larger UK-wide group, and is particularly strong in decommissioning and drilling projects, and also in oil and gas disputes. Fowler and others recently assisted Peel Gas & Oil Limited with the negotiations over a lease with a participant in the onshore UK oil and gas industry; the lease involved bespoke provisions to cater for industry-specific regulatory requirements and the allocation of risks/liabilities associated with an onshore shale/fracking project. Kirsti Olson is the chair of Oil & Gas UK's Decommissioning Work Group, which is in the final stages of producing the first LOGIC standard form contract to be used for decommissioning projects in the North Sea. On the contentious side, Malcolm Gunnyeon and senior associate Florinda Soldani are acting for Completion Products Limited (a manufacturer of downhole cable and control line protection systems) in a cross-border dispute with an Omani company; court proceedings are currently pending at the Omani Supreme Court. Gunnyeon also has experience of handling commercial and contractual disputes for clients such as Stork Technical Services (RBG) Limited and Weatherford. Nicola Rae is also recommended. Decom North Sea (the UK decommissioning industry body), KCA Deutag Drilling Limited, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc and DOF Subsea are other clients of the team. Jill Reid has left the firm to set up her own consultancy.

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