Brian Farrell



Brian is a Partner and head of the Commercial Team and Head of the Energy & Waste Sector.

Brian has significant experience in advising clients on sub-contracts, service contracts, EPC contracts, joint venture arrangements, corporate governance and M&A arrangements. This experience includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. Brian is recognised as a Leader in his field by Legal 500.

Relevant experience

  • Pennon: Lead adviser to the Pennon in-house legal team on the sale of Viridor Limited for £4.2bn in respect of the commercial and property aspects.
  • Lakeside Energy from Waste: Lead adviser on the possible relocation of the 440ktpa energy from waste facility west of London.
  • Funds/Sponsors: Advising on numerous investments (as lead equity investor) including the acquisitions, sales and developments of energy from waste/biomass, Anaerobic Digestion and solar projects.
  • Developer: Advising a developer on the restructuring and second phase of a distressed biomass project.
  • Viridor: Lead adviser in respect of a Polymers recycling plant including the cross border (USA, France, Singapore) supply of end-products.
  • Urbaser S.A. and Meridiam: Advising Urbaser S.A. in respect of their bid for the Belgrade EFW Project (based on UK PFI standards).

Brian is an extremely capable, reliable and commercial lawyer. He understands the business and the nature of an in-house role. These attributes mean that, where needed, I can trust him trust him to deal with my internal commercial clients on complex and time critical matters. His attitude to client service, including understanding our current and future service needs (both in the legal and commercial arenas), make him a valued client relationship partner.”

Simon Pugsley, General Counsel Pennon Group Plc

Brian is a “trusted pair of hands” who is “very commercial and on the ball”. He is also “a pleasure to work with. He just gets it”.

Legal 500, 2020