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The energy sector of the 21st century presents unique challenges and opportunities. Few other industry sectors have as significant a global impact. From inventing new ways of harnessing energy to finding cleaner ways of using existing energy sources. Energy companies across the world are embracing change and challenging the way they do business against a backdrop of geopolitical change and unprecedented natural events.

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    Paul Rice

    Partner - Head of Global Sector, Energy

The global liberalisation of energy markets, significant structural changes brought about by government legislation and policy, constant and rapid technological developments have created an increasingly complex business environment. It is essential that legal advisors have an in-depth understanding of the sector and associate legal issues as well as commercial and technical issues that affect their clients operating in the energy and natural resources markets.

In a sector which is sensitive to political and macroeconomic events, it can be difficult to maintain the pace of change that is required. Our focus is on offering pragmatic advice that makes a real difference - by providing solutions, not just identifying problems. We help our clients to steer a clear path through the regulatory, legal and procurement minefields that stand between them and the development of their business.

Our energy and infrastructure, banking, M&A litigation, health and safety, planning, corporate, construction, and tax lawyers all have a wealth of experience within the sector and regularly draw upon the complementary and specialist skills each other offer within this field. We believe the depth and breadth of our offering is second to none– not just because we are capable of tackling such a wide range of work, but because we have done so numerous times in the past.

As industry experts, Pinsent Masons has represented clients for many years across the whole spectrum of the energy industry. Our clients include utilities oil service companies, oil exploration and refining companies, independent system operators, power station owners and operators, public and private utility contractors, financial institutions and governments.

Our legal services include permits, concessions, joint ventures, procurement techniques and strategies, project structuring and financing, framework and contracting, tender and cost control regimes, regulatory and competition law. To meet the wide ranging needs of our clients, our energy and utilities lawyers are supported by teams of specialists in construction, anti-corruption and sanctions, employment, health & safety, property, planning, environment, corporate and commercial law. In addition, we have significant experience of resolving the myriad of complex disputes that energy projects can give rise to.

The specialist legal expertise we can provide to energy sector includes:

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