Energy and environment

St Pauls London

Squires energy partner leaves for K&L Gates

K&L Gates has brought in an energy disputes partner from Squire Patton Boggs (SPB). Ben Holland arrives at K&L Gates as the first hire it has made in London in nearly a year. Holland joined SPB in 2014 as its first lateral hire in London after the Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs union. He had […]

Los Angeles

A&O wades into LA with Akin Gump team hire

Allen & Overy has launched an office in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer which opened in the region last year. The magic circle firm has hired 19 lawyers from Akin Gump’s project finance and renewables practices across Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, co-led by partners […]

energy use gas

Centrica appoints interim GC

Centrica has appointed an interim general counsel four months after the departure of former legal chief Justine Campbell. Raj Roy, GC of the UK and Ireland, has stepped in to oversee Centrica group’s legal operations. At the beginning of the year, Campbell moved to National Grid to take on the GC and company secretary role, […]

Pinsents calls on consultants in global emissions audit

Pinsent Masons is preparing to unveil targets aimed at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, after carrying out a global audit of data such as electricity usage and business travel. Consultancy giant WSP was appointed by the firm following a tender exercise last summer and has since carried out a three-month gap analysis across each of […]

Reed Smith

Reed Smith partner duo decamp to US rival

A partner duo from Reed Smith have left the firm to join King & Spalding’s London outpost. Projects and construction partners Vincent Rowan and Shareena Edmonds have left Reed Smith after a decade. The two lawyers had joined from Pinsent Masons in 2010. Rowan had spent his entire career at the firm, having joined in […]


WFW to open in Düsseldorf after eight-strong Pinsents raid

Pinsent Masons is to lose an eight-lawyer team to Watson Farley & Williams, as the latter launches a new German office in Düsseldorf. This will be WFW’s fourth German office after Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. For the launch, WFW has recruited Pinsents partners Thorsten Volz and Torsten Wielsch who, along with their team of six, […]

General Electric

General Electric loses second GC this year

GE Power’s general counsel for Europe has moved to Puma Energy, a few months after the departure of the US energy giant’s former GC. Geneva-based Nicole Appert, who was appointed to lead GE Power’s European division at the beginning of the year, has moved to Singaporean multinational mid- and downstream oil company Puma Energy as […]

Reed Smith

Reed Smith hires Orrick’s global oil and gas head

Reed Smith has brought in the global head of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s oil and gas practice, its latest lateral hire in a period that has seen several additions to its City outpost. The US firm has hired partner James Atkin, who will join its energy and natural resources group. At Orrick, Atkin co-helmed the […]

renewable energy

EDF Energy to kick off delayed panel review

EDF Energy will start taking firms’ pitches in the next few weeks as part of its legal panel review, which had been previously delayed due to the arrival of Covid-19. The energy company is looking to resume the process after it had decided to keep its legal advisers roster intact despite its planned expiry in […]

What does the energy transition mean for providers of legal services?

The moment the penny dropped for Dimitri Papaefstratiou was two years ago at the annual International Petroleum Week. “It was a seminal moment,” he recalls. “For the first time, the agenda inside the event was about how the oil and gas industry could align itself with the energy transition. The industry’s most senior executives were […]

Beijing China

Baker Botts exits mainland China with Beijing closure

Houston-headquartered Baker Botts is the latest to pull out of mainland China as the firm plans to close its Beijing office by December this year. Baker Botts leaves China’s capital city after 13 years. The firm opened its second Asia base in Beijing in 2007, when it highlighted the importance of Beijing in Chinese decision-making […]

Stolt-Neilsen appoints new general counsel

Stolt-Neilsen has recruited A-Gas’s general counsel as its global legal chief. Nick Webb joins the listed Norwegian shipping company’s HQ in London in November, where he will oversee all legal and compliance and report to CEO Niels Stolt-Nielsen. Webb replaces Stolt-Neilsen’s former GC Bapsy Dastur. Webb has been global GC of KKR-backed A-Gas International since […]