Robert Armour is senior counsel with Gowling WLG in London and chair of the firm's UK nuclear practice. He has extensive experience in the power sector, particularly nuclear, renewables, electricity distribution networks and smart grids.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert served as general counsel and company secretary for British Energy Group plc from its formation in 1995 until its sale to EDF in 2009 for £12.5 billion. During that time, he played a central role in British Energy's restructuring and flotation in 1996, its groundbreaking AmerGen venture to acquire and operate U.S. nuclear power stations, its acquisition of the Bruce nuclear generating stations in Ontario, its acquisition and later divestment of SWALEC, an electricity retail business, and its purchase of Eggborough Power, a large coal-fired generator.
Robert led the company team in the government-backed solvent restructuring of British Energy from 2002 to 2005, culminating in the refloatation of the company in 2005 after a tortuous two years of creditor negotiations and divestment. As corporate affairs director, Robert led the successful judicial review of Ofgem's proposals for increased powers in 2000 and the response to the FSA investigation in 2003, which cleared British Energy's directors. He led the company's communications and government relations function in the decade up to the sale of British Energy in 2009, and was part of the small executive team leading the turnaround of British Energy's operational performance between 2004 and 2009.
Following the sale of British Energy Group in 2009, Robert managed the disposal of EDF Energy's electricity network businesses to CKI in 2010 for £5.8 billion.
Robert joined the firm in 2010 as senior counsel, advising on energy, and primarily nuclear, matters in the UK, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He is also a non-executive director of several companies investing in renewable generation and is a trustee of the Nuclear Trust, a public trust holding funds to meet the nuclear decommissioning liabilities of EDF Energy's nuclear stations.
In 2013-14, he chaired the Energy Regulation Expert Commission for the Scottish government and from 2015-2020 sat on the board of the UK's Oil and Gas Authority. Robert served as chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry from 2009 to 2013.