Specialising in energy and environmental law, I support clients with their energy management, renewable generation and environmental needs. I'm a senior associate in our Energy & Utilities team, co-head of our International Energy Management Group and member of our Environment Group in London.
I was drawn towards clean energy projects from more traditional legal disciplines, because it is constantly changing with developments in new technologies and ways of approaching projects. The law has to keep up with what our clients are creating and I love the fact that we are frequently setting new contractual structures and drafting from scratch rather than following the crowd. The unregulated world of heat networks and the new horizons of electricity storage and corporate PPAs are great examples of this.
As co-head of our International Energy Management Group, my focus has been to continue to grow our strong offering in the world of energy efficiency, on-site generation and low carbon projects across our international offices. As economic and environmental pressures build around our sustainable use of energy, I want our team to continue to support high energy users to manage their costs and consumption, as well as support technology innovators to capture such markets.
My specialisation in construction law at the start of my legal career in 2009 set me up well for project-based transactions, particularly internationally. I'm particularly proud of my involvement with TWI and IRENA's global Open Solar Contracts initiative, which aims to substantially boost global uptake of solar projects and bring renewable electricity to millions in emerging markets who are currently without.
My other key specialisation of environmental law is equally diverse and often goes hand in hand with energy projects. It was flagged by government as an area with high likelihood of disruption following Brexit and a number of our clients want to understand how it will impact on their obligations around corporate diligence, permitting, emissions trading, contamination, asbestos etc.
Again, the environment is another area where scrutiny and pressures will continue to intensify and the post-Brexit puzzle of legislation and regulation will have to be traversed with care.