Energy and environment

Legal team cuts expected in Centrica’s company-wide cull

Energy and services company Centrica is to axe roles from its legal function, as part of the company’s wide-scale job cuts due to challenges in the energy market. The owner of British Gas and FTSE 100 constituent yesterday announced that it plans to cut around 700 management and back office jobs this summer, although the […]

Simon Courie, EV Network

Addleshaws partner joins The EV Network as first GC

The EV Network (EVN), a specialist in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, has appointed a former Addleshaw Goddard partner as its first general counsel.  Simon Courie moves in-house to EVN after a 20-year career in private practice. He was formerly an infrastructure, projects and energy lawyer at Addleshaw Goddard, making partner in 2015. He joined the […]

oil

Ex-A&O partner to testify next month in ongoing Dutch corruption saga

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) former Dutch senior partner Sietze Hepkema will appear in court as a witness next month to answer questions about his role at SBM Offshore, the oil and gas company embroiled in a long-running corruption probe. Hepkema has been called as a witness at the District Court Noord-Holland (Haarlem) on 22 May, […]

Twelve firms on the radar in National Grid panel review

National Grid has launched its first panel review in four years with the energy provider seeking an “unparalleled” service from its prospective legal advisers. Any firms wishing to pitch for the work has until late March. Firms will be expected to cover at least 12 listed practices. The business last renewed its panel firms in […]

Nuclear power station

Clifford Chance among firms advising on halted nuclear project

Japanese firm Hitachi has suspended its £20bn nuclear power plant project in Anglesey, a construction deal that had been overseen by magic circle firm Clifford Chance and Burges Salmon. A Clifford Chance team led by partner Nigel Howorth, who works on areas including planning, energy and environment, was involved as an advisor to Horizon Nuclear […]

Dubai

Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]

Gowling WLG advises Alectra Utilities in the merger of two electricity distribution utilities

On Jan. 1, 2019, Alectra Utilities Corporation and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. completed the merger of their two electricity distribution utilities. Alectra  is now the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada  by customer base, serving more than one million homes and businesses in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe area. Gowling WLG advised Alectra Utilities Corporation […]

Gowling WLG represents the Canadian Public Health Association in Saskatchewan climate change reference case

By Michael Finley, Jennifer L. King, Liane Langstaff Last week, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), represented by environmental lawyers from Gowling WLG, successfully moved for intervenor status in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal reference case examining the constitutionality of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act – one of the most important environmental and public […]

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