Crown Estate picks Hunton, Norton Rose

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Hunton & Williams and Norton Rose are the only firms to bag places on The Crown Estate’s new energy panel, chasing off competition from five other firms that tendered for the work.

The organisation receives advice from Anderson Strathern, Bond Pearce, Burges Salmon, Forsters and Pemberton Greenish across its marine, urban, rural and Windsor estates.

The energy panel is being established to advise on the development of the next phase of the UK’s offshore wind capacity, as first revealed by The Lawyer (14 January).

The successful appointees were approached to pitch in a three-month tender process at the end of last year. Norton Rose has not advised The Crown Estate previously, while Hunton has advised on the marine estate.

Head of energy and utilities Richard Metcalf, who is leading the team at Norton Rose, which includes windfarm specialist partners John Wood and Nick Pincott, told The Lawyer: “It’s well known that The Crown Estate has played important roles in rounds one and two [of offshore windfarm development]. As part of meeting Government targets, it’s under pressure to have some extra people on board.”

Partner John Deacon is leading the team at Hunton.

The two firms will be assigned different tasks, although how this will pan out is still to be clarified.