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Sarah King

Sarah King


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Spanish, Portuguese

Sarah is a partner embedded within our market leading CMS Energy Team and has built up over 10 years’ experience advising on Energy infrastructure projects across their lifecycle. Our distinction is our sector expertise, ensuring we have the tools to align our client’s business with the nuances of the industry framework and requirements. Sarah advises on network, renewable energy (offshore and onshore), conventional power and nuclear projects. She is a leading adviser on electricity interconnector projects having advised on transformative projects and the broadest portfolio.

Energy infrastructure projects can be large and complex or small-scale and portfolio based. Sarah thrives on leading multi-disciplinary, cross-border teams, helping clients achieve important milestones on tight timescales, efficiently. She is a trusted adviser to the full range of industry participants including network owners, developers, sponsors, funders and the supply chain. Based in our London office, Sarah advises clients globally with experience spanning the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and China. She speaks fluent Spanish. Respect and inclusion are core to Sarah’s practice; she is co-chair of our CMS Women’s Network Committee.

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Relevant experience

  • Networks (Interconnectors): on the full range of electricity interconnector projects including the East West Interconnector (Ireland-England), BritNed (Netherlands-England), NSL (Norway-England), NeuConnect (Germany England), IFA2 (France-England), the Channel Islands Electricity Grid and Greenlink (Ireland-England), amongst others. Sarah leads the multi-disciplinary CMS team that has advised on the 2GW Western HVDC Link Project for over 8 years and won Legal Business Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year for this advice on contract award.
  • Networks (Others): Building upon the transmission network and interconnector projects advice, Sarah and the team advises on a whole range of issues relating to other network projects at both transmission and distribution level, including on the interface between electricity networks and other infrastructure (rail, water, etc.) and IDNO gas and electricity projects.
  • Onshore and offshore wind: Sarah led the project contract due diligence on the sale of the 350MW Clyde onshore wind farms, one of the largest onshore wind transactions in the UK in 2016. Following this in 2017 by advising on the purchase of the 650MW onshore Markbygden ETT wind farm in Northern Sweden. In the offshore wind market, Sarah was central to our advice on the development of the Contract for Difference form on the early Investment Contract projects, helping to shape those terms.
  • Other renewable energy (Solar and Tidal): Sarah has also advised on a range of solar projects (rooftop and green-field) from the inception of the market in the UK, and advises on the market-first Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project.
  • Conventional power: Sarah’s practice in the Energy sector began advising on a variety of conventional power projects (including CCGTs) in the Middle East (Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq), Eastern Europe (Lithuania) and South America (Venezuela). As the CCS sector developed in the UK, Sarah also advised on two CCS projects at Peterhead and Longannet.
  • Nuclear: In the nuclear sector, Sarah has advised on both nuclear fission and nuclear fusion technologies in the context of new nuclear build, the ITER project and decommissioning facilities.
  • Water: Sarah advised a bidder for the Infrastructure Provider role on the contracting and regulatory framework of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.
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2010 - Intensive Portuguese language course, Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal

2006 - Intensive Spanish language course, Gadir, Cadiz, Spain

2004 - Legal Practice Course, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom

2003 - Intensive Spanish language course, Enforex, Madrid, Spain

2002 - International Law, Erasmus Programme, Stokholms Universitet, Sweden

2002 - First Class, LLB (Hons), Law, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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Energy Committee of the City of London Solicitors Company

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Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation (Contributor of UK Chapter), The Consolidation of Energy Law Across Europe, Second Edition, 2016, OUP

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