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Carl joins from Osborne Clarke where he led the Bioenergy & Waste team and advised on a wide range of clean energy projects from on-shore & off-shore wind, energy-from-waste and anaerobic digestion to battery storage, solar and tidal developments. He is a recognised expert in the Legal 500 and an experienced adviser on complex large-scale commercial construction and engineering projects across rail, energy, waste and social infrastructure.
Commenting on the news, Ashfords Partner Carl Thompson said: "As decarbonisation, sustainability and the climate agenda play an increasingly significant role in our daily lives, it wasn’t a difficult decision to join Ashfords and be part of their growing team in this area. They have a fantastic track record advising businesses across the energy and waste sectors and a highly experienced construction & infrastructure team regularly advising on major projects across the UK.”
Brian Farrell, Head of Energy & Waste at Ashfords said: “The firm has extensive experience advising across a wide range of clean energy, energy storage and waste & resource management projects - as well as on the wider sustainability agenda. We know how to support the organisations and funders delivering the change needed to achieve the UK’s decarbonisation strategy and to create a more sustainable economy. Carl is an extremely well-regarded expert and his expertise builds further the support we can provide clients in this area.”
Patrick Blake, Head of Construction at Ashfords said: “Carl brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the legal and contractual complexities involved in the delivery of significant energy, construction and infrastructure projects. I am delighted that our clients will have the benefit of Carl’s pragmatic expertise to help them pursue their objectives. This will add further to our established team of construction lawyers who have extensive experience working across the energy & waste sectors, housing and regeneration schemes and on a wide range of infrastructure projects."
Carl’s arrival is one of a number of recent senior energy & waste sector hires including Corporate Partner Kim Hawkins, Planning Legal Director Stephen Humphreys and Commercial Litigator Anusheh Burcher. This forms part of the firm’s wider growth strategy, which has seen Business Risk & Regulation partner Ian Manners, Property Litigation Partner Warren Reid and Real Estate Partner Robin de Wreede join the firm over the last year. Ashfords reported growth in turnover to £47.9m for the financial year ending 30 April 2021.