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Leading the energy transition to a net-zero future


Energy is the life-blood of our global economy.  The system for delivering energy to the world is changing in the face of growing demand and the challenges of climate change.  The energy transition is underway, enabled by technology, human creativity and bold decision-making.

Our mission is to bring the full capabilities of our firm to support our clients in the energy sector to succeed long into the future. 

We are committed to helping our clients enter and thrive in the brave new world of energy, and to give them the confidence to continue to provide the capital needed to meet growing demand and to undertake the energy transition. 

Herbert Smith Freehills has been involved in the energy sector for decades and we have accumulated vast experience across all aspects of the industry.  We work with our clients to assess and manage the risks associated with the large scale investments needed to deliver energy to the world, to finance the projects and to enforce the bargains that underpin the investment decisions. 

We have captured this strong sense of purpose in our vision for the Herbert Smith Freehills global energy sector team: Lead the transition, energise the world, support the change.

Recent Experience


Advised longstanding client bp on its move into offshore wind for the first time with a new strategic partnership with Equinor.

National Grid

Advised on its £7.8 billion acquisition of Western Power Distribution, a transformational deal to help deliver the UK’s net zero targets.


Advised on its strategic partnership with fast-growing UK energy retailer and advanced technology provider, Octopus Energy. Origin has acquired a 20% equity interest in Octopus Energy and a licence to use Kraken, Octopus Energy’s leading customer technology platform, in Australia. 


Advised on the project to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in the UK.


Advised on its grant funding of A$47 million in relation to the Kidston Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project.


Advised on the project financing of Nexif Energy’s 154 MW Snapper Point Power Station in South Australia.

Insights and updates

30th June 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’...
13th April 2022
Amid soaring prices, political obstacles and pressure for enhanced security, the Government’s new energy playbook...
17th March 2022
Decarbonisation and energy transition pose a major industrial and commercial challenge of our time. The...
4th March 2022
Supply security, climate change goals and affordability.

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