Maxine Symington Director

Speaks:  English, French

Qualified: 1983 - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Maxine Symington

Profit margin versus risk is the key consideration for regulated and complex infrastructure projects. Maxine Symington helps clients to navigate a path through the regulatory, contractual and commercial challenges of contracting in the nuclear and energy sectors.

Maxine is well known in the nuclear industry and advises clients in every part of the nuclear supply chain on how to place themselves in the best position to win projects and maximise return.

In her own words

"With an interest in the socio economics of climate change and the world that my children's children will live in, I am pleased to be practising in the energy sector at such an interesting period in its history. In a long career, having worked both in private practice and in-house, I believe that I am well equipped to stand in clients' shoes in order to help them achieve their objectives."


Acting on high value, complex nuclear projects and devising Alliances in a number of sectors including gas and electricity which genuinely reduce cost, improve programme outcomes and incentivise the supply chain to think of the commercial arrangement as a virtual business.



  • Helping clients with nuclear liability concerns, nuclear export control issues and structuring legal teams to support new build.
  • Advising consortia bidding on the Magnox and Dounreay competitive dialogues with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and advising bidders such as Atkins, Areva, Mace, Morgan Sindall, M+W Group and Arup on a number of major capital and framework projects at Sellafield.
  • Advising EPC contractors and consultants on their contracts with NNB GenCo for Hinkley Point C and with Horizon for Wylfa.

Oil & gas and electricity

  • Advising Transco, BG plc, National Grid, Central Networks, Western Power Distribution and many contractors on the procurement, construction, connection and operation of high, medium and low pressure gas and electricity distribution and transmission systems.
  • Helping to design and support bidders on alliancing frameworks for network replacement and uprating with a particular specialism in alliancing and collaborative contracting.

Wind, wave and tidal, solar and biomass

  • Advising on operation and maintenance arrangements for developers of wind farms such as Robin Rig and London Array where assets are to be transferred to Offshore Transmission Operators.
  • Secondment to E.On with responsibility for construction of the Humber and Kårehamn offshore wind farms and advising clients such as Infinis, Primrose Solar and E.On on construction of renewable generation in addition to a number of on-shore wind developers.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, director
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, director
  • 2012

    • Career
      E.ON (secondment)
  • 2005

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 1997

    • Career
      Transco, BG plc and National Grid
  • 1983

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales