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Energy & Natural Resources

5 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Powerhouse energy practice with an impressive breadth of experience in corporate oil and gas matters. Also fields an enviable power practice with regulatory expertise and a number of renewables experts, often handling offshore wind and carbon capture and storage matters. Offers strength in the full spectrum of energy projects in numerous jurisdictions and stands out for its ability to handle North Sea oil and gas matters. Acts for an enviable roster of clients, including oil majors and multinational energy companies.

Strengths

One client reports: "The team is very strong technically and provides very commercial advice."

Another remarks that the team "offers a lot of value-added services and is very dependable."

Work highlights

Advised Eni on the terms of multiple linked M&A, finance and commercial transactions which, when completed, will see the Damietta LNG facility in Egypt resume operations and LNG exports.

Assisted NeuConnect with the £1.4 billion development of a 1400 MW electricity interconnector that will run between England and Germany.

Advised Equinor on the USD1.1 billion sale of 50% of its interests in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets on the east coast of the USA.

Notable practitioners

Charles Currier is noted for his expert representation of energy companies, infrastructure funds and other investors. He frequently assists with the acquisition and disposal of wind and solar assets, including North Sea wind farms.
"He is a pragmatic lawyer who gets things done."

Jonathan Woolf is an oil and gas lawyer with noteworthy experience of assisting clients with M&A transactions and joint ventures. His clients include multinational oil and gas companies in both the upstream and downstream spaces.
"He is a very good oil and gas lawyer who is sensible and pragmatic."

Munir Hassan has noteworthy expertise in renewable energy transactions, with particular experience handling mandates relating to offshore wind and solar projects. He frequently assists clients with acquisitions, disposals and project financing matters.

Penelope Warne is a notable figure in the oil and gas sector, known for her expertise in regulatory matters. She is the senior partner of CMS and also leads the energy team at the firm.
"She is an absolute force of nature in the sector and knows it inside out."

Phillip Ashley is regularly instructed by high-profile energy clients for representation in disputes pertaining to pricing structure, design defects and delay costs, among other issues. He has extensive experience of ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as court proceedings, concerning both oil and gas and conventional power assets.
"He has great attention to detail, great client skills and is a good negotiator." "He is an extremely knowledgeable technician as well as a practical tactician."

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK-wide

Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes


Phillip Ashley
Band 2

Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas


Jonathan Woolf
Band 4
Penelope Warne
Eminent Practitioners

Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy


Charles Currier
Band 4
Munir Hassan
Band 3