The global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) announced that it has won a place on National Grid’s legal panel.

This follows the FTSE 100 company’s announcement in February this year that it put out a tender for a new legal panel. The energy provider reduced the size of its panel from its previous roster of 12 law firms and BCLP retained its place despite strong competition in this year’s procurement process.

National Grid is one of the world’s largest investor-owned energy firms, with a global remit spanning competitive markets in the Northeast US, the UK and parts of Europe. Within the UK, the company’s core businesses are focused on electricity transmission, gas transmission and joint venture projects. In the US, National Grid is expanding its investments in energy transmission, as well as corporate ventures with emerging businesses in the market, including electric vehicles and non-fossil fuel generation. BCLP will advise the energy giant on a broad range of legal services.

London Partner Christian Drage, BCLP’s project lead, stated: “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have worked with National Grid for over 10 years now. BCLP is known for its work within the international energy sector and to retain our place on National Grid’s legal panel signifies the level of trust the client places in us for such work. This result recognizes BCLP’s efforts in advising National Grid on some of its most significant projects in recent years. We look forward to working with National Grid on many more successful projects to come and to working with them to deliver an innovative and efficient legal service fit for the future.”

The BCLP bid team included a core group comprising Partners Christian Drage (planning and zoning), Tessa Kimber (core real estate) and Bob Maynard (contentious construction), with support from Associate Director James Parker (planning and zoning), Billie Chappel (business development) and Michael Shanahan (Practice Economics Group).

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