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Dentons nuclear specialist Rupert Cowen has left the firm, with his destination yet unknown.
Cowen was removed from Dentons’ UK, Middle East and Africa LLP on 31 October and his profile has been taken down from the firm’s website. Dentons confirmed his departure but a spokesperson said they were unable to say where Cowen was going.
Cowen joined legacy SNR Denton in 2010 from legacy Hammonds along with fellow energy partner Jonathan Leech (1 March 2010).
He focuses on the nuclear sector, with a key client being joint venture Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) and consortium member URS Corporation. NMP has been running the Sellafield nuclear site since 2008 and was recently awarded a five-year extension to its contract, under which it is overseeing the decommissioning of the facilities.
Media attention recently focused on the rising cost of the decommissioning, which is now estimated at nearly £70bn.
The news comes as Simmons & Simmons announced the hire of Dentons partner David Risbridger, formerly the head of the firm’s Middle East litigation team (7 November 2013).