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 Envrionment 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.

  • On the energy side, I specialise in energy efficiency, energy management and renewable generation projects. One of my key focuses is on-site generation of heat, cooling and electricity, and the supply via district networks (CHP, biomass and multi-utility etc). My property developer and large-scale industrial/manufacturer clients often require support in the negotiation of long-term concession arrangements. I guide them through the early strategic stages of tendering and contract structuring, through the negotiations and sometimes through management of the contracts post-completion.
  • Related to this is the world of anaerobic digestion, where my investor and project owner clients seek support in relation to EPCs, Operation Agreements and offtake arrangements.
  • For high energy users, managing consumption and performance of assets is a priority. Energy performance contracting and demand side management are two ways that I help clients with this.
  • Solar projects are still a predominant part of my working day and more frequently include elements such as electricity storage and corporate PPAs. I act for a range of investors, project owners and contractors. A highlight was to draft the template Operation and Maintenance Agreement for TWI and IRENA's global solar contracts standardisation initiative, Open Solar Contracts (formerly SESI).
  • On the environment side, my clients seek help with a variety of matters including corporate responsibilities, corporate or property transaction due diligence, permitting, emissions trading, contaminated land, asbestos, and health and safety, to name just some. A number of clients are international data centres who have to comply with a raft of environmental regulation (most of it not intended to directly impact them).
  • Residential and mixed-use property developer, Barratt London, is a long-standing client and I have completed over fifteen district heating projects for them. Each involves long-term concession arrangements for the supply of heat, cooling and/or electricity on a development-wide basis.
  • For a number of years, I have regularly advised data centre client, InterXion, on a review of the environmental regulation affecting its operations, including emissions standards, corporate reporting and financial incentives.
  • In 2018, I had the pleasure of advising Europe's largest recycled paper manufacturer, DS Smith Paper Limited, on arrangements for the construction and operation of on-site electricity and steam generation plant.
  • In early 2019, I advised a European government body on EU carbon dioxide emissions regulation, particularly the interpretation of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010 and its relationship with the EU Emissions Trading System.
  • One of the larger infrastructure projects that I advised on, was the multi-billion pound redevelopment of Purfleet town centre. This 140 acre Thames Gateway Project, involved corporate, financing and development arrangements for client, Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd and introduction of investment partner, Swan Housing.
Education
  • College of Law, Guildford, LPC
  • University of Exeter, Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2009