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Thomas Forman

Senior Associate

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

Thomas Forman is a Senior Associate in the Power Team advising developers, investors, utilities and energy users on transactions, regulatory matters and commercial matters both in the UK and internationally.  .

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

  • Centrica in relation to the successful acquisition of the customer book of the licensed energy supplier, Robin Hood Energy.
  • Octopus Energy on a 20% investment by Orgin Energy valuing Octopus Energy at over £1 billion.
  • A number of new entrants to the GB energy supply market including in relation to commerical contracts, smart metering and regulatory issues. 
  • RWE on the disposal of a 49% stake in the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm (219MW) to Greencoat.
  • EDF Renewables in relation to the acquisition of a 51% stake in Conservation Energy, an in-development 500MW solar and 500MW storage project.
  • ESB on its acquisition of a 50% stake in EDF's 450-MW NnG offshore wind project.
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners on the joint venture to acquire X-Elio for a total commitment in the range of $500 million. 
  • SSE on the sale of a 49.9% stake in Stronelairg onshore wind farm (225MW) and Dunmaglass onshore wind farm (94.1MW) to Greencoat, including full due diligence, drafting and negotiating of the PPAs and MSAs and restructuring issues.
  •  A consortium on its acquisition of Electricity North West.
  • National Grid on the separation of the the electricity system operator from the electricity system owner. 
  • UK Power Networks on two appeals brought against the RIIO-ED1 price control.
  • SSE on the GBP 621m sale to ADIA of a 16.7% stake in SGN, the owner and operator of two gas distribution networks.
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  • 2013 – LPC, University of Law, London
  • 2012 – GDL, University of Law, London
  • 2011 – Economics BSc, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
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CMS scoops En­ergy Team of the Year at The Law­yer Awards
CMS has been named En­ergy Team of the Year at The Law­yer Awards 2016, held in Lon­don.CMS was re­cog­nised for its role ad­vising UK Power Net­works, the largest Dis­tri­bu­tion Net­work Op­er­at­or group in the...


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27 November 2020
Ofgem up­dates sup­ply li­cences to strengthen re­si­li­ence and pro­tect con­sumers
Sum­mary In re­cent years, the num­ber of en­ergy sup­pli­er fail­ures have in­creased dra­mat­ic­ally. For both con­sumers and the wider en­ergy sup­ply chain, such fail­ures can be highly dis­rupt­ive and costly. Ofgem...
23 July 2020
An­oth­er op­por­tun­ity to play in the sand­box - Ofgem pub­lishes guid­ance to...
On Monday 20 Ju­ly Ofgem, the en­ergy reg­u­lat­or, Ofgem, pub­lished guid­ance on its En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion Sand­box Ser­vice (the “Sand­box”). The Sand­box is a ser­vice that en­ables in­nov­at­ors to try out new ideas...
29 May 2020
A Bal­an­cing Act: the GB Sys­tem Op­er­at­or's re­sponse to COV­ID-19
Elec­tri­city de­mand in Bri­tain has fallen very sig­ni­fic­antly in the last couple of months as a res­ult of the re­sponse to COV­ID-19. The lack of de­mand from com­mer­cial and in­dus­tri­al premises has not been...
21 November 2019
CMS re-ap­poin­ted to Na­tion­al Grid pan­el
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has been re-ap­poin­ted to Na­tion­al Grid’s leg­al pan­el fol­low­ing an in­tens­ive six-month re­view pro­cess re­du­cing the num­ber of pan­el firms from 12 to 10.  The pan­el will be­gin...
25 September 2019
CMS ad­vises The Re­new­ables In­fra­struc­ture Group Lim­ited on key off­shore...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised The Re­new­ables In­fra­struc­ture Group Lim­ited (“TRIG”), a fund man­aged by In­fraRed Cap­it­al Part­ners, on the ac­quis­i­tion of a 25% in­dir­ect equity in­terest in Gode...
20 September 2019
Gov­ern­ment are con­sult­ing on pro­pos­als for a new smart meter policy frame­work...
Over­view Re­cent press re­ports sug­gest that the smart meter rol­lout dead­line has been “ex­ten­ded” or “delayed” un­til 2024. However, this is some­what a sim­pli­fic­a­tion of GB gov­ern­ment’s con­sulta­tion...
17 July 2019
Elec­tri­city stor­age li­cens­ing – an­oth­er step closer to reg­u­lat­ory cer­tainty
On 26 June 2019, Ofgem pub­lished its stat­utory con­sulta­tion no­tice and cov­er­ing let­ter on elec­tri­city gen­er­a­tion li­cence changes (“2019 Con­sulta­tion”), which sets out the reg­u­lat­or’s pro­posed frame­work...
19 April 2019
Ofgem an­nounces fi­nal pro­pos­als for sup­pli­er li­cens­ing re­form
Ob­tain­ing a li­cence to sup­ply elec­tri­city or gas in Great Bri­tain (GB) is set to get more dif­fi­cult fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, on 11 April 2019, of Ofgem’s fi­nal pro­pos­als on new entry li­cens­ing re­quire­ments...
12 March 2019
Off­shore Wind Sec­tor Deal aims for a third of UK en­ergy from off­shore by...
On 7 March 2019, Clean Growth Min­is­ter Claire Perry an­nounced the launch of the new joint gov­ern­ment-in­dustry Off­shore Wind Sec­tor Deal. Over­seen by the gov­ern­ment-in­dustry body, the Off­shore Wind In­dustry...
09 January 2019
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...
19 October 2018
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...
22 February 2018
Cus­tom­er data in the util­it­ies sec­tor
Fol­low­ing our pre­vi­ous art­icle on Ofwat’s fi­nal meth­od­o­logy for the 2019 Price Re­view (“PR19”), this art­icle fo­cuses on one of the areas that Ofwat is ex­pect­ing to see covered in un­der­tak­ings’...