Squire Patton Boggs announces the appointment of Ian Wood as a partner in its global Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group in the London office. Mr. Wood joins the firm from the energy and infrastructure group at King & Wood Mallesons in London, along with senior associate Rebecca Slater from his previous team.
Ian Wood is one of the UK’s leading energy lawyers, with a particular focus in nuclear energy, nuclear waste management and nuclear decommissioning. He also has expertise in power and renewable energy and the low carbon energy sector, advising on regulated procurement, commercial contracts and construction issues. In addition, Mr. Wood advises on major infrastructure projects in the transportation and energy sectors.
Mr. Wood was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a barrister for 10 years before becoming in-house counsel to British Nuclear Fuels plc, where he spent six and half years. He returned to private practice as a partner in an international law firm in 2006.
Among recent examples of Mr. Wood’s work are advising on various aspects of nuclear new build in the UK; acting on the acquisition of Brenig wind farm in Wales; and involvement in an appeal on ROC entitlement.
Lisa Henneberry, partner and global head of the Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group, commented: “Ian is a well respected, sector-focused legal heavyweight who adds further strength to our global team. His work in-house and in private practice has given him a depth of experience and a keen understanding of a highly sophisticated industry sector that few can match. With Ian and Rebecca joining us in London there are obvious synergies with our existing nuclear and renewables expertise in the UK and our US-based nuclear energy practice, and the potential to further develop our full-service offering to global energy clients in power generation, project development and procurement, and regulatory matters.”
“We’re delighted to have Ian and Rebecca with us,” said Robert Weekes, London office managing partner. “They bring with them invaluable practical experience and know-how, as well as a track-record of successful collaboration with our partners Neil Upton and John Danahy on previous energy and infrastructure transactions. This area of legal work continues to be an important focus for us – our energy and infrastructure team in the UK has more than doubled in the past year alone.”
Squire Patton Boggs has long-standing expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors, with strong teams in the US, Australia, China and Europe. The firm has expanded its global group in the past 18 months with the hires of Neil Upton and a five-lawyer team, John Danahy, Luke McCosker, Matthew Mulqueen and Karim Maalioun, and in Washington DC with Lem Smith in the energy public policy arena. In addition, cross-border renewables and energy project and transport infrastructure capabilities have been strengthened through new partners Sabine Pittrof, Manuel Mingot, James Duckworth and Andrew Herring.