UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has made three key appointments to further strengthen its leading Energy and Renewables practice.  

Formerly Head of Pinsent Masons’ Banking and Finance Group in Scotland, Clare Foster has over 16 years’ experience as a Project Finance lawyer.  With a strong focus on Power, Infrastructure and Renewables, Clare has advised on a number of significant PPP, PFI,  Renewable Power Plant and Wind Farm projects.

Also from Pinsent Masons, Scott McCallum has wide-ranging experience in Planning and Environmental matters and has been involved in high value projects in a range of sectors, including Energy, Waste and Mining.  Scott has advised on some of the UK’s largest Renewable Energy schemes, including Onshore and Offshore Wind and Energy from Waste projects.

Clare Foster joins the firm as a partner in the Corporate team, based in Edinburgh, while Scott McCallum will become a partner in the Planning team, working out of Glasgow. 

In addition, Shepherd and Wedderburn has also appointed Julian Poullain as an assistant in the Construction team, part of the Property and Infrastructure practice.  Julian joins from the Co-operative Bank where he was Legal Counsel in the Renewable Energy and Asset Finance team in Manchester.

Commenting on the new appointments, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Chief Executive Stephen Gibb said: “These high-profile appointments bring essential expertise in Project Finance, Planning and Construction and will augment our already strong offering in the Energy and Renewables Sector.  I am delighted to welcome Clare, Scott and Julian to the firm.

Gordon Downie, Head of Energy and Natural Resources, adds “I am delighted to have Claire, Scott and Julian join the team, these hires support the incredibly exciting prospects and direction for our market-leading Energy and Natural Resources practice.”

The new hires bring the firm’s Energy and Renewables capability to 66 lawyers, including 28 partners and spanning practice groups Construction and special projects; Corporate M&A; Dispute Resolution; Economic Regulation and Competition; Employment & Benefits; Intellectual Property; Planning and Environment; Project finance; Property; Public procurement/Public law; and Tax