Energy from Waste and Energy Market Masterclass

21st September 2011


This interactive masterclass offers an expert overview of the current issues and developing trends in Energy from Waste project and Energy Markets. With in-depth analysis and advise on topics such as power markets, project finance, technical and planning considerations and a special focus on the future of nuclear projects, this masterclass aims to build confidence in understanding these areas.  Attend and gain the benefits of understanding the basic risks and the key terms, so you can act in energy markets with confidence. Hear the latest news and key tips on energy from waste projects, financing energy projects, the effect of the Localism Bill on obtaining planning for energy projects and new nuclear projects.

The purpose of this masterclass is to inform and advise delegates of all the latest legal developments in the energy sector. Hear from lawyers specialising in each discrete area who will bring practical insight as well as detailed legal knowledge. As a delegate, you will learn about the key areas to focus on and key risks to consider in financing and delivering energy projects of this nature

Who should attend:
  • Heads of Infrastructure
  • Heads of Planning and Strategy
  • Commercial Directors
  • Heads of Waste and Waste Infrastructure
  • Waste Management Programme Directors
  • Project Developers
  • Project Engineers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Policy Officers 


Addleshaw Goddard is uncompromising  in  its commitment to quality, and focused on helping our clients and our people to succeed and flourish. We create sustainable value for FTSE100 organisations, financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals through our insight, excellence in advice and understanding of what really matters to clients. With over 1,200 people  in London, Leeds and Manchester, as well as an international capability, our lawyers are leaders across a range of practice areas.

Michael O'Connor - Partner, Infrastructure Projects and Energy

Mike has been a partner with Addleshaw Goddard LLP since 1996 and leads the firm's Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Group. Mike has extensive knowledge of all aspects of PFI projects and has a reputation as one of the leading legal experts on Public/Private Partnerships. He also specialises in financing and leasing transactions generally and Public Private Partnerships and Projects and Infrastructure deals. Mike also advises a wide range of public bodies on procurement strategies and techniques on capital and revenue projects, outsourcing and governance issues. Mike is regarded by the independent commentators for his drafting and knowledge of the PPP market and as an effective closer of deals.

Richard Goodfellow - Partner, Infrastructure Projects and Energy

Richard specialises in energy and utilities work. He has a broad mix of commercial, regulatory and corporate experience, all within the electricity, gas and water projects business. Richard's experience includes:

  • Being client partner and lead advisor to the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, the economic regulator for electricity, water and gas in Northern Ireland. Work done to date includes the implications of the Hillyard report on structuring the water industry; work around the Single Electricity Market and enforcement in water and electricity
  • Lead energy specific lawyer on the largest on-shore wind farm deal in England & Wales in 2006, the 65MW Scout Moor wind farm, including work on the power purchase agreement and connection documentation
  • Advising Peel Holdings Group / Dong on the innovative DECC-led carbon capture European Union grant funding competition
  • Lead energy specific lawyer on a bid for a large Round One offshore wind farm development
  • Lead energy lawyer for Peel Utilities on their innovative provisions of water, gas and electricity services at various Peel sitesLead energy specific lawyer on an LNG ship purchase and storage joint venture
Gary Sector - Managing Associate, Planning and Environment

Gary advises on all aspects of town and country planning, highways and compulsory purchase law. He has considerable experience of both Public Inquiry and High Court work.

Gary has over 10 years experience of advising on waste to energy proposals, including advising on Hampshire Waste Service's Chineham, Portsmouth and Marchwood facilities in Hampshire, WRG's Eastcroft in Nottingham (100,000 tpa extension to existing facility), as well as sites for SITA in Surrey.  He advised Peel Environmental Limited in successfully obtaining consent for their 420,00tpa refuse derived fuel facility and related waste park at Ince in Cheshire, and continues to advise the company in relation to the site.  

Gary also advises clients on mixed use and retail led schemes.  His non-waste sector clients include Sainsbury's, Taylor Wimpey, BNP Paribas and BAE Systems (Operations) Limited.  Gary regularly writes and gives seminars on all aspects of planning and local government law.

Marnix Elsenaar - Partner and Head of Planning & Environment

Marnix heads the firm's planning and environment team. His experience includes advising developers, local authorities and urban development corporations on planning issues and compulsory purchase orders for major regeneration schemes. He advises on environmental statements and other planning application documents, negotiates complex section 106 agreements and advises on probity and vires issues. He has advised Peel in connection with its refuse derived fuel facility at Ince in Cheshire and a major utility in connection with the expansion of its LNG facility.

Recent matters include advising the Environment Agency on a number of flood alleviation schemes, National Grid on a number of its redevelopment proposals and Muse on a regeneration scheme in Reading.

Andrew Petry - Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance

Andrew has a broad range of experience in the Energy and Infrastructure sectors, acquisition finance, restructurings and banking with a particular emphasis on PPPs and project finance in the transport, accommodation, wastewater, renewables, electricity and LNG sectors. Andrew's clients are financiers, project sponsors, borrowers, public sector entities and infrastructure funds. Andrew also has significant experience in Islamic Finance and has acted on transactions in many jurisdictions in the EU, CEE, CIS and Asia.

Roger Clayson - Legal Director in the Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Group

Roger is a real estate and construction lawyer by background and moved into the nuclear industry when he joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as its Property Lawyer in 2006. He became Head of Legal in December 2007 and held that post until September 2009. Roger has worked on a number of key nuclear projects, including the restructuring of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, the competition to appoint a parent body to manage the Sellafield site and the sale of land to potential operators of new nuclear power stations (including the 2009 e auction).
Roger specialises in the real estate, construction, planning and environmental aspects of the nuclear industry. He joined Addleshaw Goddard in November 2009 to assist the Head of Nuclear, James Reynolds, in providing services to the firm's clients in the sector

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Financing energy facilities

Andrew Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Addleshaw Goddard

• What a typical PPA looks like
• Key risks to consider
• Interaction with CHP
• Grid access
• Alternative models

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Basic principles of the power market

Sam  Greatorex

Sam Greatorex, Managing Associate - PFI Projects, Addleshaw Goddard

• What does a funder look for?
• Sponsor support
• Bonds and guarantees
• Off-take commitment

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Planning and permitting

Marnix Elsenaar

Marnix Elsenaar, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Amanda  Beresford

Amanda Beresford, Legal Director, Addleshaw Goddard

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Nuclear: The Road to Newbuild

Roger Clayson

Roger Clayson, Nuclear Market Expert, Addleshaw Goddard

• The National Policy Statement
• Planning
• The sites and their issues
• What's happening with waste
• Stakeholder Engagement

16:45 Audience Questions and Close of Masterclass


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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