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Gowling WLG is at the forefront of the nuclear industry's revitalisation, advising on sophisticated new build projects and decommissioning programmes around the world.

Supporting clients throughout the lifecycle of nuclear projects, our advice encompasses finance and structuring, project documentation (including Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contracts and fuel supply agreements), power purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and regulatory issues, nuclear liability, nuclear governance, construction delay, claims management and dispute resolution, intellectual property rights, protections, nuclear waste management, decommissioning and environmental issues, uranium mining and uranics.

Providing practical legal advice and strategic guidance, our international team of top-ranked legal professionals understands the highly competitive and dynamic nature of the nuclear sector and the issues facing its stakeholders.

With experience across multiple jurisdictions, we've acted for a wide range of clients all over the world, including  Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Many of us are involved with - and in some cases, founding members of - global industry organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency, International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, International Nuclear Law Association, World Nuclear Association, Women in Nuclear and the Nuclear Industry Association.

New-build projects

Working with governments, financiers, technicians, exporters, purchasers, developers and technology providers, we've advised on some of the largest and most ambitious new-build projects in the world, helping clients navigate risks to ensure project viability and success.

Nuclear finance

Regardless of its size, complexity or location, our nuclear finance lawyers can help you lay a strong financing foundation for your project. We provide international reach through our global offices and have acted on major nuclear financings around the world.

Nuclear regulation and compliance

We advise clients on a range of regulatory matters, including the design of regulatory systems, the development of laws and regulations, and the navigation of licensing approvals and compliance matters. We have also advised on nuclear governance arrangements, using World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) guidance as a good practice benchmark.

Intellectual property (IP) expertise

We provide IP protection services on nuclear reactor core design;  reactor, fuel route and safety systems; fuel design, production and enrichment, nuclear waste, storage and clean up solutions; and related conventional plant designs.


Nuclear decommissioning is a complex discipline requiring specialist expertise. With significant and diverse experience we provide counsel on the regulatory requirements for reactor defueling, deconstruction, interim storage and decommissioning under various contractual models adopted around the world. This enables our team to provide a comprehensive, multi-faceted advisory approach that enables our clients to deliver complex, policy-focused, and commercially-oriented solutions to decommissioning challenges

Waste management

We advise on the establishment of new waste storage facilities, including regulatory approvals and compliance, licensing and environmental impact assessments and the impact of nuclear waste legislation on contractual relations.

Export controls

We help to manage compliance around the contractual arrangements for the import, export and logistics for nuclear and dual use components and information.

Claims management and dispute resolution

We provide strategic litigation advice and representation in negotiation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution situations inside and outside the courtroom.


Our team has more than 20 years' experience with projects involving nuclear steam supply systems and related technology.

Nuclear Liability

With a comprehensive understanding of all nuclear liability conventions, we help to identify gap liability between national and convention obligations. We advise boards on the value of available indemnities and assist with the assessment of residual legal risk.

Radiological protection and regulation

We advise on local radiological protection regulations, as well as on the management of nuclear safety, security and safeguards across multiple jurisdictions.


We advise defence clients on nuclear licensing and indemnities, within the context of major defence procurements.


We have one of the most thriving mining practices in the world and advise mining companies on listings, capital raises and contractual matters.

To find out how we can help you with your nuclear project, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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Robert M. Armour
Robert M. Armour

Andrew Newbery
Andrew Newbery

Maxine Symington
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