Martineaus handed NGT Gas Metering Arrangements work

Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice.

The Birmingham firm’s energy group, led by partner Andrew Whitehead, advised NGT on the successful implementation of new gas metering arrangements for England, Scotland and Wales.

The instruction was a coup for Martineaus, as until recently it advised legacy company National Grid on electricity work. It is understood that Denton Wilde Sapte has historically advised Transco, which was formerly part of the Lattice Group, on gas-related issues.

Other firms that had relationships with Lattice prior to its merger with National Grid are understood to have included Allen & Overy, Hammonds, Linklaters, Osborne Clarke, Pinsents and Wragge & Co.

Commenting on the instruction, Whitehead said: “We advised NGT for more than 10 years, mostly on its electricity business. But this is the first significant gas-related project on which we’ve advised Transco since the merger.”

Former NGT global general counsel Fiona Stark finalised the appointment of its secondary advisers in autumn 2002, adding Eversheds, Martineaus and Wragges to its list of preferred advisers.

Wragges, which traditionally advised Lattice on mid-sized corporate deals, was retained to advise NGT in the same area, while Eversheds handles pensions-related work.

The Review of the Gas Metering Arrangements Project was designed to support a competitive gas metering services market and to facilitate the separation of Transco’s transportation and metering businesses.