Energy specialist joins commercial and IT law practice at Clarion

Energy specialist joins commercial and IT law practice at Clarion

Experienced low carbon, energy and renewables lawyer Christian Hellmund has joined Leeds-based Clarion as a partner in its commercial and IT law practice.

Specialising in national and international energy, renewables, waste and infrastructure projects, Hellmund joins from a global law firm where he held the role of head of renewables.

In 2006, prior to undertaking his legal training, Hellmund spent two years as associate counsel at the International Capital Market Association in Zurich.

Over the past 14 years, Hellmund has advised on a range of national and international energy and infrastructure projects, such as electricity and gas generation, transmission, distribution and supply, and low-carbon and renewables projects, including solar photovoltaics, onshore wind, wave and tidal, battery storage, energy from waste, and bioenergy.

Hellmund has spent considerable time advising National Grid Gas Plc’s gas transmission and distribution business, Scottish Power’s energy management team, and Drax Power’s fuel procurement and trading team while being there on secondment.

Matthew Hattersley, the partner who leads the commercial law team at Clarion, said: “With his strong credentials and outstanding  expertise advising on low carbon, renewable energy and energy regulation issues, Christian enables us to add new service lines in the energy space, complementing our commercial offering and building on the firm’s strategy of expanding the specialisms we offer to clients.”

Hellmund added: “I am excited to be joining an ambitious, growing firm with a great internal culture and excellent existing client base. Heading up Clarion’s energy and renewables sector, I am looking forward to assisting the firm’s clients to structure and deliver low carbon energy projects in order to achieve ambitious governmental climate change targets and overcome energy regulatory challenges.”

“This is an exciting time in the energy and renewables sector, particularly given the current climate of change  which presents a great opportunity to alter the ways in which we generate, distribute and use energy to drive down carbon emissions, creating a cleaner and healthier environment while also reducing costs and ensuring energy security.”

Pictured: Matthew Hattersley and Christian Hellmund
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