James Bruce

James Bruce helps clients to reach commercial agreement and bring projects to contract signature and successful financial close quickly and efficiently.

The procurement of energy and infrastructure projects can be complex and logistically challenging, particularly in cross-border transactions. James brings his knowledge and experience of the energy and infrastructure sectors from major projects in the UK and internationally to reach the best solution for his clients.

James’ experience as in house legal counsel at a multi-national engineering conglomerate prior to joining  the firm offered him a real insight into how our clients benefit from legal advice, how we as lawyers are perceived and how the right legal advice can make a real difference for a business to achieve its goals and to be part of that success in the renewable industry.

James has taken those lessons learnt while working in-house into private practice. Since joining the firm, James has worked on projects across the UK, Middle East and Africa. Every jurisdiction has its own unique challenges and every project its own requirements of us as lawyers and advisers to our client’s business. Getting the law right is crucial, but understanding how this relates to our clients is what turns our advice into a real commercial advantage.


  • advising a global development institution on private sector participation in the electricity transmission and distribution network in Afghanistan
  • advising a project sponsor on EPC matters for a gas-fired power station in Turkey
  • assisting a UK recycling and resource management company on energy from waste plants in the UK
  • responsible for legal matters for a multi-national engineering conglomerate on all aspects of the construction, supply, installation and operation of onshore and offshore wind farms
  • advising a UK project sponsor on several projects under the UK’s Building Schools for the Future programme
  • part of a team providing a workshop on Public Private Partnerships in Rwanda

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, Associate
  • 2011

    • Career
      Siemens plc, Commercial Lawyer
  • 2007

    • Career
      Allen & Overy LLP, Associate
  • 2005

    • Career
      Allen & Overy LLP,Trainee Solicitor
  • 2004

    • Education
      Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, PgDip (CPE),
  • 2003

    • Education
      University of Bristol BSc (Hons)