Simon Hughes > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Real estate: energy and natural resources.


Simon is a partner specialising in real estate with particular reference to infrastructure development work. He leads the firm’s energy and natural resources real estate team and has extensive experience of project development work in relation to both renewable energy and conventional power generation projects, including CCGT power stations and lengthy linear schemes for both gas pipelines and electricity cables. Simon acts for numerous public and private companies and currently has instructions involving various clean energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, waste to energy and wave as well as conventional power projects.


Qualified 1998 with Harvey Ingram Owston; subsequently associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; joined Bond Pearce in 2003 becoming partner in 2008; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


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Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol

With ‘an excellent team that provides commercially minded and highly effective advice and support’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s real estate practice acts for public and private sector clients, often in matters pertaining to energy, institutional real estate investments and retail. The team is jointly led by Katherine Douglas, energy and natural resources expert Simon Hughes, and head of the Bristol office Fiona O’Kane. Institutional investments and development projects form the core areas of Andrew Harding‘s offering, who also regularly advises clients from the hospitality and leisure sectors.

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.