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Field Fisher Waterhouse expands energy sector expertise with planning partner hire

30 August 2011

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP announces today the appointment of partner John Bowman to the firm’s Real Estate practice. John, who will head up the firm’s planning and environment practice, joins from Burness where he was a consultant specialising in planning, non-contentious environmental law and regulatory matters. 

Whilst John deals with all aspects of planning and environmental practice, he has particular expertise advising on the consents process for major infrastructure projects with a focus on energy projects including power stations, wind projects, gas storage facilities and refineries.  In addition, he assists clients in the assessment and management of planning and environmental risk in the context of mergers and acquisitions and complex financing transactions often involving companies or assets in the power, chemical and refining sectors.

John also advises on a range of climate change related matters, including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and alternative ways of addressing carbon dioxide emissions such as carbon capture and storage.  John’s clients include energy companies, multinational corporations, banks and government agencies.

John’s appointment further demonstrates Field Fisher Waterhouse’s commitment to strengthening its cross-practice energy capability.  His appointment follows that of partner Carlos Pierce, an energy sector specialist who joined the team in May 2011 from Squire Sanders Hammonds.

Antony Phillips, Head of Real Estate at Field Fisher Waterhouse, said:  “The firm has a significant number of high profile energy clients including National Grid and BP and John’s considerable energy sector experience will be a great asset to the team.  The firm is focused on increasing our energy service offering as well as providing clients with planning expertise and John will have an important role to play as we continue to grow our market share.”

For further press information, please contact:
Louise Eckersley, PR Manager, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP on +44 (0)20 7861 4120