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
BEIS No-Deal BREXIT Le­gis­la­tion plans an­nounced
As our pre­vi­ous LawNow men­tioned, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) re­leased a let­ter on 14 Decem­ber 2018 sum­mar­ising a num­ber of pro­posed SIs re­lat­ing to the en­ergy sec­tor.
April 2018
CMS guide to Elec­tric Vehicles
No-Deal EU Exit: RE­MIT Con­tin­gency Ar­range­ments
Our re­cent LawNow high­lighted the in­crease in the num­ber of fines pur­su­ant to the Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1227/2011 on Whole­sale En­ergy Mar­ket In­teg­rity and Trans­par­ency (“RE­MIT”) be­ing im­posed by Na­tion­al Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­it­ies (“NRAs”).
All change for net­work char­ging - Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view launched...
On 18 Decem­ber 2018, Ofgem pub­lished its de­cision to launch a Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view (“SCR”) in­to the elec­tri­city net­work ac­cess and for­ward look­ing char­ging ar­range­ments(the “Elec­tri­city Net­work Ac­cess Pro­ject”) (the “De­cision”).
RE­MIT Up­date: More fines im­posed un­der RE­MIT
Na­tion­al Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­it­ies (“NRA”) in the en­ergy sec­tor are sig­ni­fic­antly step­ping up in­vest­ig­a­tions and fines pur­su­ant to the Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1227/2011 on Whole­sale En­ergy Mar­ket In­teg­rity and Trans­par­ency (“RE­MIT”) across Europe.
The End of the Tri­ad? Up­date on Ofgem's Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view
On 28 Novem­ber 2018, Ofgem pub­lished its “minded to” de­cision on its Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view. The de­cision sets out Ofgem’s view that the re­sid­ual as­pect of elec­tri­city trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work charges should be based on fixed tar­iffs for dif­fer­ent.
DE­FRA re­leases Na­tion­al Policy State­ment for Wa­ter Re­sources In­fra­struc­ture
On 29 Novem­ber 2018, the De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs (“DE­FRA”) re­leased a con­sulta­tion on its draft Na­tion­al Policy State­ment (“NPS”) for Wa­ter Re­sources In­fra­struc­ture. The draft NPS sets out a frame­work for DE­FRA and the Plan­ning In­spect­or­ate.
Se­lect Com­mit­tee re­ports on wa­ter in­dustry reg­u­la­tion
In May 2018, the En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee (“EFRASC”) launched an in­quiry in­to the reg­u­la­tion of the wa­ter in­dustry. EFRASC’s con­clu­sions from the in­quiry were pub­lished in a re­port (the “Re­port”) on 9 Oc­to­ber.
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.
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.