DWS lands sole adviser brief as EDF, Thames Water tie up

Denton Wilde Sapte has scooped a 20-year mandate as sole legal adviser to the EDF Energy and Thames Water joint venture, in a multimillion pound utilities services contract for the Thames Gateway.

The venture will provide some 13,000 new homes and up to 10 million sq ft of business space with water, sewerage, gas and electricity for Land Securities developments at Ebbsfleet Valley and Swanscombe.

The Land Securities developments are part of the wider Thames Gateway regeneration project – one of the largest in Europe.

Dentons will appoint a team comprising partners from its energy and infrastructure, banking and finance and real estate departments. The team will be headed by the firm’s energy and infrastructure partner Julian Pope.

“Both EDF Energy and Thames Water are existing clients of the firm and we look forward to working with them on this innovative and ground-breaking project,” said Pope.

The mandate sits alongside Dentons’ impressive list of Thames Gateway clients, including Dartford Borough Council, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Kent County Council, and Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.