New partner is Shoosmiths energy catalyst

New partner is Shoosmiths energy catalyst


Author: Alastair Gray

Shoosmiths has appointed a new partner to head its growing Energy Group.

Rory Tait joins the national law firm's 22-strong, multi-disciplinary team, whose clients include Vivergo Fuels, which it advised on the construction and setting-up of the UK's largest bio-refinery, which officially opened in July.

A commercial lawyer, Tait is a renewable energy specialist who has advised energy developers and sponsors on the suite of commercial contracts, regulatory matters, and power purchase agreements encountered in renewable and sustainable energy projects.

He regularly acts for both leading players and new entrants in the renewable and sustainable energy sector, and has also advised property developers on their utility infrastructure arrangements. Rory's arrival brings with him Solafields, Alogen, and Viridor Waste Management Limited.

Tait, who is director and secretary of the Renewable Energy Association, as well as being a founder director and secretary of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development, joins from Everyman Legal, having formerly worked in a senior role at Eversheds.

Shoosmiths partner and Energy Group real estate member Graham Bennett said: "Rory's joining will act as a catalyst, helping us seek new opportunities and offer cost-effective expert advice on renewable energy projects at a time of increasing demand from both private sector developers and public sector energy users.

"Rory has in-depth knowledge and experience of the energy sector's regulatory regime, drafting sector-specific documentation including connection and supply agreements, offtake contracts and licensing matters. He's a perfect fit."

Bennett said Tait's national role will extend to Scotland, where he will be supported by ACH Shoosmiths, in Edinburgh.

Shoosmiths' Energy Group includes commercial, corporate, real estate, planning, construction, regulatory, tax, environmental, competition, procurement, state aid, and intellectual property specialists.

Recent work has seen it advise on the acquisition of an onshore wind farm and construction of a solar farm; and it has been approached to advise on a hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking' - project, and the commissioning of an anaerobic digestion plant.