First and foremost we are regulatory specialists – our clients use us to help design and create effective regulatory systems as well as to advise on how they apply in specific cases. The combined experience of our dedicated regulatory team means we are market leaders in economic regulation, frequently advising on price control decisions and the use of market systems to deliver public services. 

We’ve been closely involved in most of the major energy and water industry reform since privatisation of the energy industry and know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to market liberalisation. Our clients throughout the UK and abroad have come to value our ability to cut through complicated systems of economic regulation and see the bigger picture, both from public policy and commercial perspectives.

Our team draws litigation and EU/Competition law expertise together with its core regulation and public/administrative competencies, which allows us to provide a full range of legal and advisory services, including: managing market and regulatory investigations; prosecuting, defending and helping to avoid, judicial reviews; giving vires and other opinions; drafting legislation, licences and industry codes; and handling concurrent competition investigations or dawn raids.

In March 2019, we opened an office in Singapore in direct response to client demand for our internationally-recognised regulatory expertise and our experience of supporting leading businesses in the telecoms, energy and utility sectors. This office is led by Partners Gordon Moir, Gordon Downie and John Grady, who are supported on the ground by Carolyn Lints, a corporate governance specialist and former commercial property lawyer who has lived in Singapore for more than a decade.


Single Electricity Market Committee
We have acted for the Single Electricity Market Committee since 2008, providing it with advice and support as its role and the new market are developed and tested. In particular we support it in relation to the judicial review of its prevention of pass through of the carbon levy costs by generators in the Republic of Ireland.
We have advised ScottishPower on various regulatory matters for a number of years including in relation to Competition Act investigations and price controls. We also advised ScottishPower in relation to an Ofgem investigation into the energy wholesale market. In January 2009 Ofgem closed the investigation without any infringement decision being made against either party.
Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation
We act as general counsel to NIAUR, providing advice on various strategic, interpretative and drafting matters. In particular we support its scrutiny and regulation of NI Water, its interactions with other regulators and Ministerial Departments and advise on the application of competition and EU law.