Andrew Newbery

Andrew's long and diverse international experience includes – prior to joining Gowling - being one of the three individuals who, in 2015, devised, seed-funded and co-developed the Germany to UK NeuConnect HVDC interconnector project . #NeuConnect will play a significant role in delivering #NetZero (recently applauded by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Angela Merkel ), as well as helping to resolve the other elements of the energy trilemma – i.e. (i) security of energy supply and (ii) affordable energy The NeuConnect project is to be project financed - with financial close scheduled for 2022.

Since joining Gowling, Andrew has built on the above experience as well as on his experience as Head of Commercial to Thames Water on the successful procurement of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel - the RAB-based delivery model which is being adopted and adapted in the nuclear sector for Sizewell C (also see Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear) and in the water sector as part of Ofwat's Direct Procurement for Customers programme.

Andrew's three decades of commercial and legal experience (which also includes advice in respect of nuclear, as well as advising on the structuring of the UK's earliest onshore and offshore windfarms) means that Andrew is uniquely placed to lead teams advising on most projects emanating from the UK government's 2022 energy strategy.

Andrew also advises on the financing of mining projects in emerging and other markets.

Andrew was a partner at two other major law firms – being based in the Middle East for part of this time. Andrew returned to the UK in 2013; successfully studied for arbitration exams before then getting involved in Tideway and then starting NeuConnect. project.

Recent transactional experience includes:

  • Andrew is the firm's relationship partner for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
  • PFI handback / Expiry. Lead partner advising authority on the expiry and handback of some of the earlies and largest UK PFIs (2018-2022)
  • Abu Dhabi PPP project. Advising lenders supporting a bidder. (2021-2022)
  • Recently advised Japanese-led consortia on the project financing aspects of their bids for a power, water and HVDC interconnector projects in the UAE. Andrew has been involved in more than a dozen 'Abu Dhabi model' I(W)PP since 1999.
  • Advised Siemens' consortium on power generation project - the first successful greenfield project financing in Armenia which achieved financial close in 2019 (2017-19).
  • Advised Bacanora on Eurobond project financing of Lithium mine in Mexico which reached financial close in July of last year (2019).
  • Part of team advising Highways England on the procurement of the £1.5+ billion A303 Stonehenge tunnel (2018-22).

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2021

  • 2020

    • Rankings & Awards
      October 2020
      Legal 500 UK 2021 - Leading Lawyers - Water, London
  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2020 Leading Individuals - Water
    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Energy & natural resources: Power - Band 3
  • 2016

    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG, Partner
  • 2015

  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
       2014
      Who's Who Legal Business Lawyers
  • 2013

    • Career
       2013
      Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration
    • Career
       2013
      Thames Tideway Tunnel Project, senior consultant/commercial adviser as Thames Water's Head of Commercial
    • Career
       2013
      VN Consulting Ltd, Director
    • Rankings & Awards
       2013
      Who's Who Legal Business Lawyers
  • 2008

    • Career
       2008
      Herbert Smith, Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi Office
  • 2006

    • Career
       2006
      Herbert Smith, London, Partner
  • 2001

    • Career
       2001
      Norton Rose Group, Partner
  • 2000

    • Career
       2000
      New York Bar
  • 1994

    • Career
       1994
      Norton Rose Group, Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1994
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1992

    • Career
       1992
      Norton Rose, London and Singapore, Articled Clerk
  • 1991

    • Education
       1991
      College of Law, York
    • Career
       1991
      Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, Paralegal