Gowling WLG strengthens nuclear practice with addition of Paul Murphy

09 March 2016

Cementing its position as the global leader in nuclear energy law, Gowling WLG has added Paul Murphy, one of the industry's foremost practitioners, to its nuclear team as managing director. Murphy will work closely with Ahab Abdel-Aziz, global leader of Gowling WLG's nuclear practice, and Robert Armour, chair of the firm's UK nuclear practice, to strengthen and grow the team internationally.

"Nuclear law is a highly specialised domain," said Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG Canada. "Of the select few with the expertise to practise in the sector, Paul is, without exaggeration, at the very top of his field. His ability to manage complex mandates and deliver results across multiple jurisdictions makes him an ideal addition to our firm."

A former senior lawyer at a leading international law firm, Murphy's practice focuses on multiple issues relating to nuclear energy, including project development and financing, international regulatory and treaty frameworks, and nuclear liability issues. Complementing this concentration is a rich background in corporate law and EPC contracting, both in North America and abroad.

Consistently ranked in prestigious legal guides such as Who's Who Legal: Energy, Murphy is regularly called upon to advise international agencies - including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nuclear Energy Agency and International Framework for Nuclear Energy Co-operation - and has been appointed to serve on the US Secretary of Commerce's Civilian Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee three times. He is frequently invited to teach at IAEA training events, which support countries wishing to develop nuclear power programs, and is often asked to speak at nuclear energy summits around the world.

"Gowling WLG's nuclear practice is truly without equal. Not only does it operate in more countries than any other group of its kind, but the depth of collective expertise among its professionals is unrivalled in the industry," said Murphy. "I'm excited to join my new colleagues as we work with diverse project stakeholders - from lenders and investors to project developers and governments - on a global scale, supporting our clients in the development and delivery of clean energy projects around the world."

The Gowling WLG Nuclear Energy Group delivers hands-on legal and strategic guidance in all aspects of nuclear power operations at every stage, from project development and financing to regulatory affairs. Drawing from an international network of relationships and an in-depth understanding of the nuclear industry, the group provides trusted counsel on operating facility compliance, dispute resolution, waste management and decommissioning, and acts for a wide range of clients, including providers of equipment, materials and services to the nuclear industry.

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