Bakers expected to win spot on new-look EDF panel

EDF Energy is set to appoint a raft of firms including Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds and Herbert Smith Freehills to a revamped legal panel expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Squire Sanders and Bristol’s TLT are also on course to be appointed to the roster, with Bakers the only one of the firms not to be on the panel already.

EDF is currently carrying out the review and plans to bring it to a close within weeks.

A company spokesperson said in a statement: “EDF Energy’s current panel arrangement is due to expire on the 31 December 2012. We’re currently in ongoing negotiations with a number of firms over their possible appointment to the panel on a full-service basis.

“While these negotiations continue we’re unable to comment further save to say that we hope to conclude negotiations and finalise new framework agreements in the next few weeks.”

The news follows the appointment of group general counsel Eric Thomas earlier this year, taking over the duties previously carried out by general secretary Alain Tchernonog, to whom Thomas now reports.

Thomas joined the energy giant from aerospace and defence company Thales, where he was also general counsel (13 March 2012).

Energy rival Eon recently launched a real estate legal panel following a blind auction, giving spots to Eversheds, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Shakespeares and Wright Hassall. It also added Eversheds and Squire Sanders to a new planning panel and Shepherd and Wedderburn to an inaugural Scottish roster (25 September 2012).

Meanwhile, GDF Suez formed its first legal panel earlier this year, with Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling and French independent Bredin Prat taking places (30 January 2012).