Members of Thirty Nine are teaming up with well-known public affairs consultancy Weber Shandwick to offer their combined expertise to Energy Bill stakeholders. Barristers at Thirty Nine involved in this exciting piece of collaboration include Gordon Nardell QC, a specialist in renewables projects and a former member of the UK Parliamentary Counsel Office, and Duncan Sinclair, former Head of Legal at Ofgem, while Weber Shandwick’s team is led by Bill Royce, Senior Vice President Cleantech, Energy & Sustainability EMEA.
Getting legislation right before it reaches the statute book is always a challenge. The Energy Bill is a legally complex attempt to implement technically complex policy, all against a background of political disagreement within the Coalition. So the opportunities for errors are legion. Businesses and other players in the energy field are likely to find that just one set of skills – legal, technical, political or comms – is not enough to negotiate this difficult terrain successfully.
The project is kicking off with a seminar on 16 January 2013 entitled “Energy Bill: the uncertainties and opportunities to engage.” Speakers will include political figures and experts in the field. The venue is Weber Shandwick’s London office, 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE. The event runs from 6:00 – 8:00pm.