Sebastian Briggs > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
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Sebastian is a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, financing and joint ventures. He has particular expertise in the energy sector. He has acted on transactions for the sale, purchase, financing or investment in more than 75 renewable energy projects with a combined capacity in excess of 5GW, including RWE Npower’s groundbreaking Zephyr transaction. His experience includes onshore and offshore wind, biomass, wave and tidal, waste to energy, geothermal, combined heat and power, solar and energy storage projects. In addition to his transactional experience, Sebastian advises corporate clients on governance and other risk and compliance related matters. He regularly presents seminars on these subjects.


1994 – 1999 solicitor, Rowe & Maw; 1999 – 2001 solicitor, The Simkins Partnership; 2001 – 2002 partner, The Simkins Partnership; 2002 – 2004 associate, Bond Pearce; 2004 partner, Bond Pearce; 2013 partner Bond Dickinson on merger; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Southampton-based corporate and commercial offering is jointly headed by Ian Holden, who leads the corporate group, and Paula Bartlett, who heads the commercial group. Holden also heads the firm’s French desk, and has particular expertise in M&As, joint venture agreements, and corporate finance. Bartlett, meanwhile, is well known for her work for clients in the technology sector and on issues relating to data protection. Stephen Pierce heads the corporate offering at the national level. The corporate and commercial team boasts significant strength in depth, while its structure, split into four subteams, allows it to offer specialist, focused advice in commercial contracts and outsourcing, data and privacy, IP, and technology. Sebastian Briggs acts for clients in the marine and technology sectors, and is well known for his work on renewable energy transactions. Legal director Carly Holt is recommended for her experience in the financial industry.

South West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Praised for its ‘unique insight into the forces at play in the market’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s South West energy and utilities practice, located in Bristol and Southampton, advises clients on a broad range of matters, from hydrogen and decarbonisation to oil and gas, and supply arrangements. It is also involved in the full spectrum of renewable technologies, where the team advises a number of domestic and international players in the market. Christopher Towner presides over the department and focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects. Sebastian Briggs, who splits his time between Southampton and London, specialises in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources. The real estate aspects of projects are handled by Simon Hughes, while Charles Robson covers the development and financing of infrastructure projects.

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on developments, projects and disputes relating to onshore wind, offshore wind, CCUS, decarbonisation of heat and hydrogen projects. The team are instructed by some of the largest players in the renewable energy development space including EDF, E.ON and Iberdrola. Richard Cockburn  regularly works with developers and contractors and heads the energy and utilities team. Sebastian Briggs acts on the sale, purchase and financing of renewable projects with support from Chris Towner. Corporate expert Simon Hewes focuses on M&A and private equity transactions.