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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25 April 2018
De­liv­er­ing first-class ex­pert­ise to the wa­ter sec­tor
Pro­gress, but still much to do: An up­date on the Smart Sys­tems and...
On 16 Oc­to­ber 2018, the gov­ern­ment De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) and Ofgem re­leased a pro­gress up­date (the “Up­date”) in re­la­tion to their Ju­ly 2017 joint pa­per Up­grad­ing Our En­ergy Sys­tem: Smart Sys­tems and Flex­ib­il­ity Plan.
April 2018
CMS guide to Elec­tric Vehicles
RE­MIT Up­date: French reg­u­lat­or im­poses € 5 mil­lion for mar­ket ma­nip­u­la­tion
Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No. 1227/2011 on whole­sale en­ergy mar­ket in­teg­rity and trans­par­ency (RE­MIT) pro­hib­its mar­ket ab­use in re­la­tion to wholse­sale en­ergy products, re­quires ef­fect­ive and timely pub­lic dis­clos­ure of in­side in­form­a­tion by mar­ket par­ti­cipants and ob­liges.
Elec­tric vehicles: homeside and work­side
Our art­icle on the Gov­ern­ment’s strategy on clean­er road trans­port, Road to Zero Strategy (“Strategy”), set out an over­view of the key in­ten­tion of the Strategy and oth­er re­cent de­vel­op­ments. Be­low we set out a little more de­tail how the Strategy ap­proaches.
Is the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket fit for pur­pose?: BEIS is­sues Ca­pa­city Mar­ket...
On 8 Au­gust 2018, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished a call for evid­ence for its re­view of the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket (“CM”) five years on since the le­gis­la­tion in­tro­du­cing the CM, the En­ergy Act 2013, was passed (“Call.
Mo­mentum build­ing on elec­tric vehicle trans­ition: driv­ing to­ward change
On 9 Ju­ly 2018, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long awaited Road to Zero Strategy (“Strategy”), set­ting out plans to in­crease clean road trans­port in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try, re­duce vehicle emis­sions, and drive the com­mit­ment to zero emis­sion vehicles.
And it all starts again: De­tails of the next Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tion...
Whilst it feels like the dust has scarcely settled on the 2017 CM auc­tions held in Janu­ary & Feb­ru­ary 2018 (dis­cussed in our pre­vi­ous law now), the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) has con­firmed the para­met­ers for both the T-4.
Gov­ern­ment Con­sulta­tion Re­sponse on Pro­posed Amend­ments to the CfD...
On 15 Decem­ber 2017, the Gov­ern­ment re­leased their con­sulta­tion on amend­ments to the Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”) re­gime 1 (the “Con­sulta­tion”) (dis­cussed in our pre­vi­ous law-now). In Janu­ary 2018, shortly after the Con­sulta­tion and the Gov­ern­ment’s Re­mote.
Up­date on the fu­ture of Bal­an­cing Ser­vices
The pub­lic­a­tion of the Sys­tem Needs and Product Strategy (“SNAPS”) con­sulta­tion in June 2017 was the first Na­tion­al Grid de­liv­er­able as sys­tem op­er­at­or (“SO”) of its am­bi­tion to im­prove bal­an­cing ser­vices and mar­kets by provid­ing great­er clar­ity and in­vestor.
European Com­mis­sion is­sues guid­ance doc­u­ment on en­ergy trans­mis­sion...
On 8 May 2018, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished guid­ance on how en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects on land and at sea can op­er­ate in ac­cord­ance with re­quire­ments of the EU Hab­it­ats and Birds Dir­ect­ives, (to­geth­er the “Nature Dir­ect­ives”).
Re­forms pro­posed to al­low DNOs to charge for con­nec­tion of­fers
The draft Elec­tri­city (Con­nec­tion Of­fer Ex­penses) Reg­u­la­tions 2018 (the “Reg­u­la­tions”) were pub­lished on 28 Feb­ru­ary 2018. The Reg­u­la­tions provide for dis­tri­bu­tion net­work op­er­at­ors (“DNOs”) to re­cov­er cer­tain charges in re­la­tion to dis­tri­bu­tion con­nec­tion.