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Matthew Brown


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

Matthew is a Partner in the Energy & Climate Change Team.

Matthew has a track record of advising government, regulators, network companies, developers and investors on energy sector regulation, renewables, and wider transactions in the utilities sector.

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

  • The Department of Energy & Climate Change (as was) on Great Britain Electricity Market Reform.
  • SSE Energy Supply Limited in relation to smart meter roll-out.
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks on the introduction of contestability in connections in Northern Ireland.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Consulting Editorial Board Member - LexisPSL Energy
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  • Prosumers Rule, Utility Week
  • Staying Sharp in the Digital Age, Gas International
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  • 2007 – LPC, BPP Law School, Leeds
  • 2006 – GDL, BPP Law School, Leeds
  • 2005 – MA, English Literature, University of St Andrews, St Andrews
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Energy Sector: Is this REUL-ly happening? Update on the Retained EU Law...
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Update on the Smarter Regulation initiative in the energy context
Alongside the Autumn Statement and the Connections Action Plan and Transmission Acceleration Action Plan (on which we commented in a recent separate article), the Department of Business and Trade (the...
The taming of the queue: November 2023 update on electricity network development...
We return to our series on the scarcity of electricity grid connection capacity in areas across Great Britain as some further pertinent policy papers have been published. Among the developments noted...
Ofgem Approves Queue Management Process to Manage Transmission Connections
Ofgem published its decision on 13 November 2023 in relation to CMP376 that the “WACM7” modification should be made to the Connection and Use of System Code (“CUSC”) in order to implement queue...
Availability of Electricity Network Connections: Update on Key Reforms...
The scarcity of electricity grid connection capacity available in areas across Great Britain (and beyond) is fast rising to the top of the agenda for businesses across a broad range of sectors. The findings...
A Touch of Class: Update on Electricity Licence Exemptions Consultation
It has been almost three years since the UK Government published its October 2020 short call for evidence (the “Con­sulta­tion”) on reform of the electricity licence exemptions regime in Great Britain...
The Department for Energy Security & Net Zero responds to the REMA Consultation
In March 2023 the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (“DESNZ”) published a summary of the responses (the “Consultation Response”) to the REMA Consultation (which we previously discussed...
Powering up Britain: March 2023 GB energy policy package
On 30 March 2023, as its wide-ranging Energy Bill continues to undergo parliamentary scrutiny (see our range of previous articles on the Energy Bill e.g. here, here and here), the UK Government released...
Large Energy Users – Spring 2023 update on energy market reforms
Those who develop, own, operate, manage or occupy sites with large or complex energy needs are being required to engage with the energy sector like never before. This Law-Now continues our series focussing...
Getting ready for UK CCUS dispatch: Contract terms published
On 15 November 2022, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) published its response to the April 2022 consultation (the “Con­sulta­tion”) together with updates to the...
Contracts for Difference AR4 – Key trends looking towards AR5
Overview On 14th October 2022 the UK Government released the draft timeline for AR5. The timeline proposes that the draft Allocation Framework outlining the core auction parameters including the pot structure...
Large Energy Users – Summer 2022 update on electricity and heat market...
Energy policymakers are in the midst of an intense phase of activity seeking to ensure the Great Britain energy market is fit for the energy transition and to respond to the many challenges being faced...