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Power and utilities



Meet the team

We are one of the few global legal practices that can offer our clients in the power and utilities sector a true ‘cradle to grave’ service. Our services don’t stop when a power project has been built - we work with our clients every day, providing advice on the full spectrum of legal issues including tax, employment, environmental and safety, disposals, trading, emergency response, dispute resolution and arbitration.

“Its strong reputation derives from its assured handling of a wealth of projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.” — Chambers Global, 2017

Our experience in the power sector has been gained by advising on all aspects of the development of the electricity industry, its diversity reflecting the changes in the sector through privatization, new models of regulation and financing, and increasing internationalization. Likewise, we continue to be at the cutting edge of new developments in nuclear, gas, coal and oil-fired power in both existing and emerging markets.

We maintain a strong nuclear practice in which we offer legal advice in all aspects of the nuclear cycle including feasibility studies for the development of new nuclear stations, new build (construction and financing), operational issues, uranium mining, fuel fabrication, transportation and supply, waste management and disposal and decommissioning.

We never underestimate the challenges that ‘country first’ projects present which is why our power team is highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable at dealing with such innovative transactions.

Our areas of work include

  • Capital markets, including debt and equity
  • Construction and engineering
  • Decommissioning
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Environmental law, including permitting, land use and waste disposal
  • Feasibility studies, including planning
  • Fuel supply and transportation
  • Investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, statutory electricity providers and commercial plants
  • M&A
  • Nuclear
  • Operations & Maintenance (O&M)
  • Power purchase agreements (PPA) and power trading
  • Projects
  • Public and government finance, including export credit agency
  • Renewables and sustainability, including efficient power conversion (EPC)
  • Tax

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Projects & Energy: Power, Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Chambers Global, UK-wide: Energy & Natural Resources: Power (Band 1), Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Legal 500 UK, Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2017
  • Project Finance International (PFI) Awards, Americas Power Deal of the Year: AES Southland (Advised a consortium of lenders on an approximately US$2.3bn financing for the 1,394MW Southland repowering project in Southern California sponsored by the AES Corporation.), Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • Project Finance International (PFI) Awards, Americas P3 Deal of the Year: Fort McMurray West (Advised the Alberta Electric System Operator on the development and implementation of P3 contracts relating to the design, build, ownership, operation and maintenance of a 500kV, 500KM, C$1.65bn transmission line, the largest public-private financing ever completed in Canada.), Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • Project Finance International (PFI) Awards, Middle East and Africa Power Deal of the Year: Sweihan (Advised Marubeni Corporation and JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd in relation to the US$900m financing for the Sweihan IPP (independent power project) in Abu Dhabi.), Thomson Reuters, 2017