James Stanier Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2011 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Areas of expertise:

James Stanier

James Stanier provides pragmatic legal advice in the energy sector, which is specifically tailored to each client's business and commercial drivers. He breaks down complex issues into clear, easily digestible and succinct advice.

James advises market leading offtakers, major utilities, energy traders, suppliers, network owners and operators, developers and managers of industry codes - helping them to take advantage of the extensive opportunities available in the energy sector whilst also ensuring that they operate within the tight regulatory confines that apply.

James frequently advises on commercial agreements in the energy sector, having a particular specialism in power purchase agreements (PPAs) and heat supply arrangements. He has drafted and negotiated PPAs for a significant proportion of GB's largest renewable projects. Additionally, he has expertise in energy trading documentation - including GTMAs, ISDAs, EFETs, NBPs, master agreements and associated credit support documents.

James has worked in the energy sector throughout his legal career. He counts himself as very lucky to be able to work in a sector which he is passionate about and thrives on providing innovative and technical legal advice in a constantly developing and fast moving environment.


James has advised Statkraft on all of the renewables PPAs which it has entered into since he joined the firm in June 2013, becoming a fully integrated member of Statkraft's PPA team. James has also advised numerous other offtakers and generators on PPAs in Great Britain.

James advised on one of the largest fuel supply agreements that Great Britain has seen, with a projected value of c.$640m over the course of the agreement.

He frequently advises on the commercial agreements required for heat network developments, including agreements for the appointment of Energy Service Companies (ESCos), connection agreements and commercial and residential heat supply agreements.

James advises suppliers on the regulatory environment within which they operate. He frequently drafts and negotiates bespoke electricity and gas supply terms, which often include provision for flexible pricing and sleeving arrangements.

James has advised the GB System Operator extensively on the broad range of ancillary services that it procures, including mandatory (Mandatory Services Agreements), commercial (Commercial Services Agreements) relating to frequency response, reactive power and commercial intertrip; Black Start, Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR), Firm Frequency Response (FFR), Frequency Control Demand Management (FCDM), Fast Reserve and BM Start-up.

He also advises on the Renewables Obligation, CfDs, Feed-in Tariff, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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James Stanier

James Stanier

Gowling WLG advises SmartestEnergy on landmark Origami Energy deal https://t.co/M96Fl0HM05 James Stanier (@jamesstanier) Mar 07,2018

James Stanier

James Stanier

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Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      February 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, senior associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      June 2013
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, solicitor
  • 2011

    • Career
      October 2011
      SGH Martineau LLP, solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2009

    • Career
      October 2009
      SGH Martineau LLP, trainee solicitor
    • Education
      BPP Law School, Manchester, LPC
  • 2008

    • Education
      University of Wales, Aberystwyth, LLB (Hons)