The trio join as the firm continues to see a significant increase in client demand for advice and support with renewable energy and resource management projects in the continued UK drive towards Net Zero across the private and public sector.
Nadeem Arshad, head of the Energy & Resource Management Group at Bevan Brittan, which now numbers more than 50 lawyers, said the latest recruits would add expertise and depth to meet the growing number of UK instructions.
The recruits include experienced lawyer Rob Williams, who brings with him a ten-year track record of acting for private and public sector clients on non-contentious construction matters and has joined as a Senior Associate in Bristol. Rob’s career has seen him act for commercial organisations in the construction and energy sector, as well as lending institutions, local authorities, and an in-house legal counsel role at the Welsh Assembly.
He is joined by Desiree Chong, an infrastructure and projects lawyer who has worked across both the private and public sectors, advising on complex transport and renewable energy projects in Australia. She has advised government bodies, developers, contractors and public authorities, supporting them throughout the project life cycle from initial planning stage through to completion. Desiree joins as an Associate in London.
The trio of new joiners is completed by Ricardo Johnson, who joins as a Solicitor and was previously Legal Counsel at grid connection provider G2 Energy.
Nadeem Arshad said: “Net Zero projects are foremost in the minds of all organisations, whether they are in the public sector or private sector, and that is only going to increase in the coming decade.”
“We are seeing more and more requests for advice in both established markets like EV charging infrastructure, solar and battery, district heating networks and energy from waste, as well as in new sectors such as hydrogen and carbon capture”.
“On that basis, the latest three members of our fast-growing team have arrived at the perfect time and their collective and individual experience will be invaluable to the clients we are working with now and those we will be helping in the future. I am delighted to welcome Rob, Desiree and Ricardo to the firm.”
The Group advises developers, investors, funders, utilities, corporates and public sector organisations and agencies on matters including energy generation, energy efficiency, innovation and helping clients to achieve their Net Zero objectives. They support clients throughout the lifecycle of a project from land assembly, planning, and funding, through to construction, operation and decommissioning.
The Energy & Resource Management Group is recognised for its industry-leading expertise in the legal directories. Client testimonials in the 2024 edition of the Legal 500 include:
‘Excellent blend of experience and knowledge of the energy sector with very close attention to detail on the project and contractual specifics.’