Nuclear Decommissioning Authority seeks new legal chief as Higgins becomes director

Having appointed former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins to director in charge of all business services , the hunt for a new legal chief is underway.

Higgins has stepped into one of three new executive positions that opened up following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year. 

Higgins, who joined NDA mid-panel review in 2009 , still heads up the group’s three-strong legal team and remains close to the NDA’s imminent panel process.

The agency has been reshuffled and streamlined in two separate revamps since Higgins arrived and the latest review is likely to mirror the structure of the one in 2010.

Among the firms vying to retain roles are Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons, who usurped Herbert Smith Freehills and Norton Rose Fullbright at the last review.

Burges Salmon , DLA Piper and Fieldfisher will also be looking to hold on to the places they maintained in 2010, when Scottish firms Brodies and Burness and regionals Cartmell Shepherd and HFT Gough lost out.

The NDA has a lot on its plate, most notably with the decommissioning of Sellafield, so the new legal head will doubtless be busy.

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