The Mills Selig Climate & Energy Team standing in front of a Wind Turbine

Expansion and growth for Mills Selig’s Climate and Energy Team

Date: Aug 19, 2022

Mills Selig has announced the expansion of its Climate and Energy team with the recruitment of Aveen McGahon as a Solicitor upon her qualification in September.

The announcement comes after the team at Mills Selig delivered one of its most prolific years within the climate and energy sector.

Led by Anna-Marie McAlinden, Partner, and Glenn Watterson, Partner, the Climate and Energy team are experts in renewable energy and climate law. The team has a particular specialism in wind, solar, anaerobic digestion and battery storage projects and advises clients on a wide range of legal matters relating to such projects including set-up, commercialisation, and investment/divestment. Their expertise has attracted global attention, and in the past year alone the team has worked on transactions totalling over £160m. In addition to this, projects delivered by the team in the field of renewable energy during this time equates to the sufficient power generation for over 200,000 homes (for one full year based on average UK household annual consumption).

If numbers truly speak for themselves, then Mills Selig’s Climate and Energy team is undoubtedly one of the most active and reputable legal teams in Northern Ireland. Partners Anna-Marie McAlinden and Glenn Watterson have a combined total of over 20 years of specialist knowledge and experience within the industry. Coupled with that, both partners hold additional legal expertise that complements the energy sector. Anna-Marie is one of the leading partners within Mills Selig’s commercial property team, and Glenn is a partner within the corporate team with a special interest in both technology and intellectual property. This broad set of skills allows them to offer comprehensive advice for projects from conception to completion, with an eye to future changes for example, green tech.

With the team on track to mark another record year, Anna-Marie McAlinden, Partner, Mills Selig said;

“This is a critical time for the planet, the devastating impact of climate change is starting to reveal itself with more ferocity and at an alarming rate.  It is clear that the climate emergency is real, and now. However, there are hopeful signs that we are reacting at all levels of society. Northern Ireland now has a new Climate Change Act with a net zero target (for most sectors) by 2050, and a new Path to Net Zero Energy Strategy

“Many of our clients have been delivering on emission reduction projects both here and elsewhere in Europe for many years and are already making a difference. The recent Climate legislation (and the policies that will hopefully result from it) should be a driver for even more businesses to deliver projects that will help to reduce emissions. With so many years advising at the helm of this sector, we will be well placed to continue to guide businesses operating in this sector as it expands and develops.

“The projects we are working on can be vast, are usually complex, but all are quite extraordinary in their own right. When engaged on these projects we offer our clients a full team approach, which often includes legal guidance from across Mills Selig, ranging from construction to banking, to litigation and beyond.

“In the context of the growth of this sector and the critical need for a more renewable energy development, the recruitment of Aveen is key and something we are extremely pleased with. She will be one of a very small pool of lawyers in this country who will be trained as an expert in this specialist field at this pivotal time. Our team is expanding as our client needs expand, and we aim to continue on this trajectory as we go forward.”

Clients of Mills Selig’s Climate and Energy team include The Electric Storage Company, BSI Wind Ltd., 3T Power Limited and Alpha Real Capital.

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Photo Caption (L-R)

Aveen McGahon, Trainee Solicitor (Qualifying September 2022); Adrian Kerr, Partner, Head of Construction; Anna-Marie McAlinden, Partner, Head of Climate & Energy; Glenn Watterson, Partner, Climate & Energy and Corporate and Conor Mulligan, Solicitor, Construction at Mills Selig.

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