Bird & Bird strengthens its energy, clean tech and climate change team

11 November 2011

Bird & Bird is delighted to announce the arrival of Helen Loose to our International Energy and Utilities Sector Group and International Commercial Practice Group.  Helen’s arrival will boost our group’s environment expertise, an area which has rapidly increased in significance for our clients.

Helen is a senior environmental lawyer and has most recently been working as a policy advisor at Environmental Services Association and consultant at Keystone Law.  Prior to that, she spent ten years at Ashurst, where she was a partner and head of their Environmental & Climate Change Group.  She was ranked in the top tier both in Chambers and the Legal 500 directories as a leading environmental practitioner from 2000-2007.

Helen’s expertise has a particular emphasis on waste and clean-tech in the waste sector although she has wide-ranging experience in transactional risk management, regulatory advice, contentious matters and planning/real estate issues, all from an environmental and climate change perspective.  She will work particularly closely with our Energy and Utilities group on energy and infrastructure projects, waste, climate change and carbon law matters, as well as health and safety law.  Helen’s expertise will also benefit our other sector groups including Aviation and Defence, Automotive, Life Sciences, Electronics and Food and Beverage.  Helen is co-author of “A practical guide to Environmental Issues in Commercial Property Transactions”.

John Drake, Joint Head of Bird & Bird’s International Energy and Utilities Sector Group, commented: “Helen’s appointment builds on the recent hires into our London Energy & Utilities group of partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd. We are seeing a rapid rise of activity in the sector across all our offices on the back of the current high level of need for innovative top quality lawyers.”

Helen added: “I am delighted to be joining Bird & Bird - firstly, they are serious in building upon their European and international expertise in energy and utilities and clearly recognise that specialist environmental and climate change input is one essential component in that strategy.  That strategy and their focus on building long-term and sustainable relationships with clients provide me both the opportunity and the platform to grow a specialist practice in a supportive and dynamic firm.”