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David boasts over a decade of experience advising on the investment, sale and development of renewable energy projects as well as advising landowners, developers and investors on the purchase and sale of large-scale residential and logistics property developments throughout the UK.
David has carved a reputation for being a leader in his field through his work as primary counsel for one of the most influential solar developers in the world, Lightsource BP, on all its UK development and freehold acquisition work. He is also recognised as a leading individual by the Legal 500 and Band 2 Chambers in respect of acting for the rural sector in relation to a variety of agricultural matters.
David has worked on some of the most pioneering renewable energy projects in the country, including acting for a landowner on the first installed 49.9MW battery project in the UK and acting for a landowner in a proposed hybrid development – a combination of has reciprocal engines totalling 600MW alongside battery storage capacity totalling 600MWh with electrical output of 150MW.
Additional experience has included (but is not limited to) acting for landowner consortiums on the disposal of sites of 700 up to 4,500 residential units and employment areas. David is also very active in strategic land work acting on large nationally important strategic sites.
Based in the firm’s Belfast office, David will advise landowners and developers on site identification, project structuring and the negotiation of commercial terms in connection with solar, hydro and other renewable energy projects, as well as large-scale infrastructure projects across the UK. As part of the real estate team at TLT, David will work closely with the firm’s future energy team providing specialist guidance and support to some of the firm’s key clients.
David commented: “Whether from political pressure from local or national government, public opinion or volatile markets for natural resources, the clean energy sector continues to grow year-on-year. The market is forever changing and and I’m delighted to be joining TLT at what is clearly a time of growth for the firm.
“The investment into TLT’s future energy sector has contributed to the firm being recognised as leading national adviser. I’m excited to be joining a law firm that lives and breathes the sector as I do. I look forward to working with TLT’s expert future energy team, to help continue to support the market and drive forwards innovative and dynamic projects that will prepare our clients for what comes next.”
Maria Connolly, head of future energy and real estate at TLT said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming David to our team. David has a proven track record of developing strong and lasting relationships with his clients, exemplified through his longstanding work with Lightsource BP, which will help support the strategic growth of our national practice. We also welcome David’s unique experience having advised several estates and farming clients, which will bolster the firm’s practice in the agricultural sector.”
07 February 2023