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James Wright


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

James is an associate in the Energy & Climate Change Team at CMS. He advises clients across the electricity, gas and water sectors in areas including regulatory matters, commercial transactions and projects. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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Relevant experience

  • Various clients on regulation of the Capacity Market, the Renewables Obligation and Feed in Tariffs and the impact of these regulations on generation portfolio transactions.
  • Various overseas clients on electricity and gas market reform.
  • Electricity interconnector developers on various commercial and construction issues.
  • While on secondment to a client in the renewable generation sector, on various commercial and corporate transactions.
  • Various utilities in relation to land rights for electricity and gas apparatus.
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  • 2014 – MA (Cantab), Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
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13 August 2020
The en­ergy re­tail price cap: clean­ing the (ob­ser­va­tion) win­dows
There was much spec­u­la­tion dur­ing 2018 about wheth­er any of the en­ergy sup­pli­ers would dare to chal­lenge Ofgem’s im­ple­ment­a­tion of the en­ergy price cap man­dated by Par­lia­ment through the Do­mest­ic Gas...
22 April 2020
Elec­tri­city In­ter­con­nect­ors: Use of rev­en­ues is­sue re­solved 
On 11 March, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) de­livered its judg­ment on the re­quest by the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court of Sweden for a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on the in­ter­pret­a­tion and valid­ity of Art­icle...
20 September 2019
CfD Al­loc­a­tion Round 3: an­oth­er step to­wards sub­sidy-free re­new­ables?
Earli­er today, the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) an­nounced the al­loc­a­tion of Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“Cf­Ds”) in the third CfD Al­loc­a­tion Round (“AR3”)...
16 April 2019
AI in en­ergy and wa­ter: the smart money is on in­tel­li­gent as­set man­age­ment
En­ergy and wa­ter sys­tems are ex­traordin­ar­ily com­plex and ma­ture. Their ma­tur­ity brings with it age­ing as­sets that need care­ful man­age­ment to con­tin­ue to real­ise their full value. Their com­plex­ity means...
10 April 2019
AI in en­ergy and wa­ter: power to the people
The largely un­reg­u­lated world of AI is chan­ging the heav­ily reg­u­lated world of en­ergy and wa­ter in provid­ing con­sumers the free­dom to choose how they in­ter­act with en­ergy and wa­ter sys­tems, led by de­vel­op­ments...
12 March 2019
The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion – NIC Con­sulta­tion
On 18 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion (the “NIC”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion titled “The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion Study Call for Evid­ence” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) by re­quest of...
27 February 2019
Wa­ter re­sources in­fra­struc­ture - Draft NPS
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...
06 December 2018
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...
03 December 2018
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...