Conference Programme Speakers

In-person conference | 19 November 2021 | Clyde & Co, London | #RUKLegal21

SPEAKER DETAILS  

Adam Constable QC, Keating Chambers

Adam Constable QC (Keating Chambers) specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology disputes along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors. He has extensive experience in all types of offshore and nearshore construction, and vessels built to operate in marine environments, alongside a traditional construction practice focussing more recently on large scale domestic and international infrastructure projects. Industry commentary notes Adam’s reputation for his mastery of complex factual and technical detail, devastating advocacy with a client-friendly approach. Adam is the General Editor of the leading text in its field, Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering (2nd Edn, published September 2018), a practical work which shines a light on the converging lines of authority in the traditional maritime and on shore construction through commentary on onshore and offshore standard forms.

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Alex Gunning QC, One Essex Court

Alex Gunning QC is an advocate specialising in complex, high-value international disputes, predominantly resolved in arbitration. He is acknowledged in the directories for his expertise in cases concerning large energy and offshore construction projects and the extraction and sale of natural resources. Alex has been involved in a wide range of disputes concerning the drilling, processing and transportation of fossil fuels, the construction of power plants and pipelines, as well as the construction of waste-to-energy and wind turbine projects and disputes concerning power production.

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Chris Smith QC, Quadrant Chambers

Chris Smith QC is a commercial practitioner with a speciality in energy disputes including offshore construction, joint ventures (particularly in respect of PSCs, JOAs, Farmout Agreements and the like), and supply chain disputes. He regularly appears both in court and arbitration proceedings and has experience of appellate courts. His experience relates to both questions of substance and procedure, and encompasses all issues of private international law. He is recommended as a leading barrister for energy. ‘He is lucidly clear, forensically detailed and very well prepared, and he has the ability to give sagacious advice.’ (Legal 500, 2021).

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Chris Stark, CEO, Climate Change Committee (CCC)

Chris Stark is Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the UK’s statutory advisers on tackling climate change. Chris led the Committee’s work in 2019 to recommend a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – now brought into law. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy.

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Clare Foster, Project Finance Partner and Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Clare is Head of Clean Energy at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn and also leads our project finance practice.  Clare is a dual qualified project finance lawyer and has been involved in the energy sector since the early renewable projects of the mid-1990s. Clare advises a variety of clients on UK projects spanning the energy sector (including onshore, offshore and floating wind, biomass, energy efficiency, tidal, hydro, small-scale renewables and heat) and leads the team on most clean energy transactions. A commissioner for the Edinburgh Climate Commission, Clare is also on the Board of RenewableUK.

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Daniel McGrail, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

Dan McGrail took up his post of Chief Executive at RenewableUK in May 2021.  Previously he was the CEO of Siemens Engines. He joined Siemens UK in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles across the energy industry. Between 2010 and 2014 he led Siemens plans to develop and invest in offshore wind turbine manufacturing in the UK. As Managing Director of Siemens Power Generation from 2014-2017, he expanded Siemens UK’s activities in the thermal power market. He became CEO of Siemens Engines in November 2017, leading the rebranding of the company and helping to secure significant growth. He served as Chair of the Association of Decentralised Energy from 2016 to 2019 and was Vice Chair until February 2021. He set up the Heat Network Industry Council to engage politicians and drive policy reform to build zero carbon heat networks. More recently he completed the CBI Leadership programme, in London, Brussels and Washington DC.

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David Anderson, Partner, Shepperd and Wedderburn

David is a property and infrastructure disputes lawyer and has over 29 years' experience of resolving disputes.  He’s specialist in contentious construction with a particular interest in the energy sector and has acted on behalf of developers, contractors and utilities in a wide variety of disputes arising from renewable energy projects over the last 18 years.  He regularly acts on behalf of clients in expert determinations adjudications, litigations, and arbitrations. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator.

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Emma Jones, Barrister, One Essex Court

Emma Jones is a leading junior with a broad practice encompassing all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work. She has extensive experience advising and acting in relation to energy disputes, including for super-majors, and regularly advises on the proper interpretation and application of sale agreements, contracts for difference, joint venture operating agreements, and transportation and processing agreements, particularly on issues relating to price, termination, and force majeure. Emma is ranked in Chambers UK for Energy & Natural Resources, where she is described as drawing “impressive praise from solicitors for her work across commercial energy matters.” 

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Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers

Fionnuala McCredie QC (Keating Chambers) specialises in the fields of construction and engineering, public procurement, energy, environment and professional negligence related claims and insurance disputes. Her practice covers a wide range of advocacy, advisory and drafting for both domestic and international clients, and she is also frequently appointed as mediator. Fionnuala has a significant practice in renewable energy, particular concerning energy from waste disputes including: acting for the designer and builder of an innovative food waste anaerobic digestion plant, advising Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority on a dispute regarding its Recycling and Waste Management PFI, acting for the designer and manufacturing of a biological odour control system and acting for a contracting authority on a dispute regarding the procurement of a waste PFI.

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Gaurav Sharma QC, Quadrant Chambers

Gaurav Sharma specialises in the energy and renewable sector (including in wind, hydro and solar energy). He is a highly accomplished advocate and was named in the Legal 500 as a “Future Leader” and “Next Generation Lawyer” in 2018 and 2019 and is a leading barrister in the Legal 500 for energy. Before joining Quadrant, Gaurav was “Counsel” at the specialist international arbitration law firm Three Crowns LLP.  He spent a number of years as a Senior Legal Counsel at Shell. "User-friendly, thoughtful and measured in everything he does, he brings invaluable commercial experience and insight to the table." (Legal 500, 2021).

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Gemma Morgan, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers

Gemma Morgan is frequently instructed in technically demanding and complex energy disputes.  Gemma also has extensive experience of major offshore construction disputes. In the upstream market, she is regularly instructed to act for and to advise clients in claims arising out of issues of contractual construction arising out of JOAs and PSAs. On the downstream side, Gemma is routinely instructed in contractual disputes arising out of the transportation, distribution and sale of oil, gas and biofuels. "A star junior, extremely intelligent and focused on the detail of every case." (Legal 500, 2021).

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Gordon Nardell QC, Twenty Essex

Gordon is known for his advisory and dispute work across the energy sector including renewables and energy transition. He has appeared in numerous court and arbitral proceedings involving renewable energy including quality and fitness for purpose of solar and wind power plant; consenting of onshore and offshore renewable projects; the UK CfD and capacity regimes; pricing and performance issues under international PPAs.

Gordon also undertakes Parliamentary work and has assisted Renewable UK and other industry players on successive pieces of UK and EU energy legislation. He has advised extensively on EU energy law and the Energy Charter Treaty, and has contributed to publications on renewables topics including the regulation of UK hydrogen projects . Gordon was admitted to the EU-List of the Dutch Brussels Bar in 2020 and has recently joined the Bar of Ireland.  He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR accredited mediator.

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Joanne Button, Senior Associate, HFW

Joanne Button is a Senior Associate specialising in construction and engineering law, in the UK and internationally.  She has particular experience in offshore construction.  Joanne has experience of contract review, negotiation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, including adjudication, arbitration, litigation and mediation. She advises contractors, employers and subcontractors on large scale projects across a variety of sectors including offshore wind, hydro-electric, waste to energy, solar power, infrastructure and oil & gas.  Most recently, Joanne acted for a European contractor with claims worth over €140 million, in an Adjudication in relation to an innovative offshore wind farm using cutting edge technologies.

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Jason Lovell, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Jason Lovell is a corporate partner in our International Infrastructure and Energy Group. He has an international practice comprising a wide range of transactions and projects. Jason has significant international energy experience advising on the sale and purchase of development projects and generating assets, working extensively for both state owned and privately owned entities and also working on a number of high profile energy joint ventures. His experience extends through the full length of the energy chain, including energy transition, CCUS, conventional and unconventional power generation, interconnectors, renewables, battery storage and flexible response generation.

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Jeffery Onions QC, One Essex Court  

Jeffery Onions undertakes a range of complex commercial disputes work both as an advocate and in an advisory context. He has particular expertise in energy/oil and gas and renewables (including waste to energy and wind) banking and finance, company, civil fraud, insurance/reinsurance, shareholder disputes and international arbitration. He accepts appointments as an arbitrator and expert. Jeffery is in Band 1 (Chambers UK) for Energy & Natural Resources: “Acclaimed for his undoubted intellect and fierce commitment to complex commercial cases, many of which have a regulatory or environmental angle. He exhibits deep energy sector expertise and acts for heavyweights in the oil and gas industry.” 

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John Grady,  Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

John is a partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn and has extensive experience across electricity, gas and water markets, developed both in private practice and in-house at ScottishPower.  He has advised on significant utility matters both in the UK and elsewhere, including interconnectors, trading arrangements reforms, the unification of Scottish and English electricity markets, (BETTA), Electricity Market Reform, the current CMA price control appeals and the introduction of competition into the water industry.  John also advises on regulatory and commercial matters more widely including in relation to PPAs, offshore wind and newly emerging hydrogen projects.

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Luisa Deas, Senior Marketing and Business Development Manager, Eversheds Sutherland 

Luisa Deas, Senior Marketing and Business Development Manager, has worked within the professional services sector for the last 20 years. She started her career as a legal editor with Thomson Reuters and then transitioned into marketing and business development within legal services. She joined Eversheds Sutherland in 2020 as the marketing and BD lead for the Energy and Governments & Infrastructure sectors. Additionally, she has taken on the BD lead role for the firm’s global ESG campaign and is currently undertaking a Sustainable Business Strategy course at Harvard Business School.

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Malcolm Jarvis, Barister, Twenty Essex

Malcolm specialises in commercial disputes arising in a variety of sectors including energy and natural resources, international trade and shipping and offshore construction. He acts for domestic and international clients and has extensive experience appearing in the High Court and the appellate courts. He also specialises in jurisdictional and conflict of law disputes, anti-suit and freezing injunctions and EU law issues such as ‘retained EU law’ and post-Brexit agreements. Malcolm acts in commercial arbitrations, including institutional (e.g. ICC and LCIA) and trade (e.g. LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA) and is regularly instructed on challenges to arbitration awards in the High Court.

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Mark Walsh, Partner, Clyde & Co

Mark practices exclusively in the offshore energy and renewables sector, acting for energy companies, marine and engineering contractors, and specialists in the windfarm supply chain. Mark studied engineering at university but subsequently qualified as a barrister and has more than 24 years' experience assisting clients with the management of contractual risk, and where necessary, to resolve disputes before courts, in arbitration proceedings, or through mediation. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has spoken on a wide range of risk management and dispute resolution topics. He sits on Clyde & Co’s Energy, Marine & Natural Resources UK Executive.

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Mary Anne Roff, Partner, Clyde & Co

Mary Anne handles complex EPC, construction and engineering disputes, both in the UK and internationally. She has particular expertise in the energy, power and infrastructure sectors and extensive experience of litigation, arbitration (international and domestic) and adjudication; expert determination; and alternative dispute resolution procedures such as early neutral evaluation and mediation. She also works alongside clients to help them during the delivery phase of their projects so that disputes are avoided where possible and successfully managed when they do arise. She has knowledge of all key standard forms including FIDIC, NEC, IChemE, JCT and MF/1 as well as bespoke agreements.

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Michelle T Davies, Co-Head of ESG and International Head of Climate Risk, Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland

Michelle is a UK and NY qualified lawyer and leads the firm’s International climate change team which advises clients across the entire energy transition.  The team focuses on climate investment and solutions working across the climate sector and has worked on some of the largest and most innovative projects in mature and emerging markets.  Michelle also works closely with governments helping create climate programs capable of attracting global capital and actively contributes to policy. Michelle is dedicated to heling clients secure a value enhancing and sustainable transition to net zero.

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Richard Booth, Partner,  HFW

Richard is an experienced construction lawyer with a particular interest and specialism in renewables, including offshore wind, battery storage, hydrogen and solar energy.  He regularly advises on procurement strategy and all forms of construction documentation, particularly high value complex EPC contracts.  Richard regularly acts in an advisory capacity on renewables projects and is an experienced strategist and dispute resolver.  The directories say "he is a very persuasive negotiator", "excellent at tackling the issues while bearing in mind practical and commercially sensible solutions" and "his strengths are his ability to find solutions in negotiations and to get a deal done."

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Richard Elks, Partner, Clyde & Co

Richard is a corporate specialist, who has extensive experience advising clients on UK and international M&A and investment transactions, including in the energy and renewables sector. Richard has acted for a range of corporates, private equity and institutional investors and management teams. He also advises on corporate governance matters. He has a particular focus on net zero and climate change, and is a member of the Firm’s Power & Renewables Sector Focus Group.

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Richard Power, Partner, Clyde & Co

Richard is a specialist in resolving complex cross-border disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and other forms of ADR.  He has particular experience in the Energy sector, advising major utilities, independent power producers, oil & gas E&P companies and major network owners on commercial, corporate and contractual disputes; judicial reviews and regulatory disputes; PPA and gas supply contract price reviews; Energy Charter Treaty/investment treaty claims; and general risk management. Richard has a particular focus on the power sector, especially "clean energy" including hydrogen, solar and wind power, and he chairs Clyde & Co's Power & Renewables Sector Focus Group.

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Simon Davies, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland

Simon is a Principal Associate within our clean energy team. He advises developers, utilities and financiers on all commercial matters relating to global energy projects, including structured transactions in traded energy wholesale markets. He is specialised in offtake & subsidy regimes, grid and other regulatory aspects of energy projects (in the UK and internationally), including in relation to CfD’s, RO/FiTs, offshore transmission and licensing issues. Simon has recently put in place PPAs/route to market trading contracts in respect of UK renewable generation assets totalling in excess of 1GW.

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Stephen Colliston, Partner - Projects, Shepperd and Wedderburn

Stephen is an infrastructure projects lawyer with extensive experience across all procurement models utilising PFI/PPP, NPD, hub, City Region Deal and alternative models.  Stephen has 21 years’ experience advising on major projects across multiple sectors with a focus on energy from waste, water, healthcare, education, transport, and renewables.  Stephen leads our teams for public sector, sponsors and senior lender clients and fully understands the drivers for all stakeholders in large complex infrastructure projects.  He has advised on a dozen major waste disposal/energy from waste procurements and currently advising on his largest, the North London Heat and Power Project.

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Stephen Hill, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland 

Stephen is a partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate practice. He has worked on a wide variety of national and international corporate transactions from company start-ups and venture capital funding to mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity, infrastructure and other fund raising (acting for both management and funder) and trade exits.

 Stephen has a particular focus on the clean energy sector. He has been involved in a number of high profile transactions in the clean energy sector including the £423m acquisition of two operating offshore assets for BlackRock and GIB, the 42MW sale of a biomass project to CIP and, the acquisition and development of over 1.5GW worth of solar PV in the UK.

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Stephen Jurgenson, Project Finance Partner, Clyde & Co 

Stephen has extensive experience advising on transactions in energy, infrastructure and utilities. His core disciplines include project development and finance, banking and institutional finance, corporate lending, mergers and acquisitions, and construction. He is active in the power, renewable energy, oil and gas, natural resources, hydrogen and carbon capture sectors. He regularly advises clients on infrastructure and PPP matters and also advises on real estate matters. Stephen has worked on transactions in all parts of the world. His work includes advice on regulatory matters such as antibribery and corruption laws, anti-money laundering laws, sanctions and compliance.

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Wendy Miles QC, Twenty Essex

 Wendy is a specialist in international arbitration and dispute resolution with a focus on private and public international law. She brings over 25 years of experience to matters across numerous sectors and has particular expertise in climate change and finance. Clients include a wide range of multinationals, including corporates, sovereign States and State entities and multilateral State organisations. She accepts arbitral appointments ad hoc and under most major arbitral institutions. She has sat as arbitrator since 2005, as sole, co-arbitrator and chair under most major arbitral institutions. Wendy has been appointed by the United Kingdom to the ICSID Panel of arbitrators and ICSID Panel of conciliators effective from 10 November 2020.

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