Ben Thomson



Ben is an Associate in the Commercial team, with a focus on the energy and waste sectors, particularly renewable energy and energy from waste solutions. 

Ben works with individuals, asset managers and national energy, waste and utility companies. He advises clients on a full range of non-contentious commercial services, including advising on the full lifecycle of energy and waste projects such as energy and feedstock supply and the reorganisation of energy and waste portfolios. 

Before joining Ashfords, Ben worked as a corporate solicitor at a Lex 100 ranked firm. Ben has a First Class law degree from the University of Exeter and an LLM from the University of Law (London Bloomsbury).

Relevant experience

  • Assisting with advice to an EIS company on its investment into the purchase and installation of carbon dioxide supply and storage equipment (and related assets) within greenhouses provided and funded on an “as a service” basis. 
  • Assisting in preparing a Development Services Agreement for a 40MWe battery storage facility being developed by a Council in a joint venture. 
  • Assisting with advising on the proposed development of a 25MWe energy recovery facility using gasification technology. 
  • Carrying out due diligence on the potential purchase of a waste-wood biomass plant project to generate 39MWe of baseload electricity. 
  • North Yorkshire County Council: acting for the Council in respect of various variations to its EfW PFI project. 
  • Assisting with advising the Ingenious Group on the sale to Biogen of five anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities with an annual electrical equivalent capacity of 300,000 MWh (this being enough energy to supply more than 100,000 average households with electricity per year).
  • Assisting an asset management company specialising in sustainable energy and waste with their acquisition of three anaerobic digestion plants, including carrying out commercial due diligence on Power Purchase Agreements, Feedstock Supply Agreements and Digestate Management Agreements. 

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