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Hugo Lidbetter, Partner, Energy and Natural Resources

Hugo Lidbetter, Partner, Energy and Natural Resources, Fieldfisher

I am an energy and infrastructure lawyer with 10 years’ experience advising international and domestic clients on a range of project development work in the energy sector. I have spent the last five years working in-house in EDF Energy’s Generation business, where I managed the Generation legal team in delivering support to EDF Energy’s fleet of 8 nuclear power stations, 2 2GW coal stations, CCGT and gas storage sites. This required full-spectrum advice on a range of matters: from structuring new build gas-fired power development to running asset disposals (on both an asset and share sale basis), and from delivering a major internal corporate reorganisation to developing the coal closure and decommissioning strategy.  I was also Head of Legal and Company Secretary for the Thermal business division, which meant taking an active part in the strategic management of the business.

I have a particular expertise in construction law in the energy industry, including advising on industry standard forms as well as bespoke forms of EPC and O&M contracts, and associated ancillary commercial agreements.

Having worked in-house for several years, I also have a broad understanding of the key areas of law applicable to, and regulatory requirements of, energy companies (including export control, competition, IP, employment and GDPR). I have a clear understanding of how external counsel can add best value to their clients. Through my previous role of Company Secretary, I also understand the numerous commercial pressures facing a Board of Directors, and how best to credibly navigate those issues.

I have previously led a team of 8 in-house lawyers and have consistently received excellent feed-back for my approach to leadership and management. I enjoy working with teams of tight-knit, collaborative individuals and take real pleasure in investing time to bring out the best in others.

I have two young children, so my spare time is spent climbing trees, dodging arrows, mediating disputes and mending bike wheels. When time permits, I enjoy running, playing football, reading and watching as much rugby as I can fit in, plus dreaming of the days when I can start travelling again.