Gillespie Macandrew boosts energy team with new legal director

Simon Williams

Gillespie Macandrew has bolstered its energy, natural resources and strategic land team with the recruitment of legal director Simon Williams.

Mr Williams is dual-qualified in both Scotland and England & Wales and specialises in renewable energy and strategic land development projects. He is also experienced in a wide variety of complex property work including minerals, investment, commercial development and security transactions.

He joins a ten-strong team in Gillespie Macandrew’s energy sector following a successful year of business growth for the team, including advising Rio Tinto in a £330 million deal for the sale of Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd. He will be a key contributor to the firm’s upcoming major projects.

Derek McCulloch, head of energy, natural resources & strategic land at Gillespie Macandrew said: “Simon’s appointment evidences the ambition of Gillespie Macandrew to build on its impressive Energy, Land and Infrastructure capabilities across the UK.

“He joins a team handling major energy, land and engineering projects and brings not only his experience under English law but also in solar, hydro, minerals and commercial projects generally. As we continue to build strength in depth Simon’s expertise and drive will also assist us in our continuing development and attraction of talented lawyers.

Chris West, chief executive of Gillespie Macandrew, added: “The energy sector team at Gillespie Macandrew continues to deliver strong results for the business and I am delighted to welcome Simon to both the team and the firm.

“His expertise will further strengthen this experienced team and help drive further expansion in one of our key growth areas.”