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Silke Goldberg


Silke is a partner specialising in energy law. She is Global Head of ESG and leads the firm's Climate Change practice.

Contact details when in Paris (+33 1 53 57 76 69) or Germany (+49 211 975 59016)



Silke has over 17 years' experience of working in the energy sector, advising clients in relation to complex energy and climate change issues internationally with a particular focus on renewable energy and the energy transition.

Silke also advises clients on all aspects of European and UK energy law and regulations, including unbundling issues, REMIT, and network codes.  She has long standing experience in electricity and gas trading arrangements and has advised interconnectors and other transmission and distribution system operators.

Silke was recently named Individual (London) of the Year for Projects, energy and natural resources by The Legal 500 UK 2020.

Silke has advised:

  • an international mining company in relation to their climate change strategy, climate change report, and ongoing climate change related EU and UK Regulatory and policy (and litigation) updates
  • BP on their strategic partnership with Equinor for the development of 2GW of US offshore wind for $1.1bn 
  • a number of companies on climate change related risks and opportunities
  • a UK listed oil company on assisting in the preparation and review of the company’s Sustainability Report and the sustainability section in its Annual Report, as well as ongoing climate disclosures.
  • Aquind on the development and operation of a 200MW interconnector between the United Kingdom and France 
  • Aquind on a successful challenge against ACER in front of the EU General Court 
  • PEARL Infrastructure Capital as majority stakeholder on its joint investment with Wismar Pellets in financing the construction of the Bioenergie Wismar Combined Heat and Power Plant
  • a number of investors in relation to investments in German and English offshore wind farms
  • a number of UK and European utilities in relation to their energy and emission trading strategy in the UK ETS, EU ETS and other international emission trading systems
  • sale and purchase arrangements with Distrigas


The list below is a selection of articles and book chapters in third party publications. In addition, Silke has contributed to numerous Herbert Smith client publications and has been the co-editor of the annual "EER- the European Energy Handbook" since 2007.

  • S Goldberg; J Bille "The UK’s Green Industrial Revolution" (2021) Vol 23 Issue 2 Utilities Law Review, p 47
  • S Goldberg; A Eckenroth"Governance of the energy market in the European Union" Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (2021) 169-179
  • S Goldberg; J. Bille "Power Storage in Europe - The Regulatory Landscape of Electricity Storage at a European Level and in the UK" OGEL 6 (2020),  
  • S Goldberg, C Davis "The Baltic Cable Case: A new Level Playing Field for Single Interconnector Transmission System Operators (C-454/18 Baltic Cable)" European Competition and Regulatory Law Journal 4(3) (2020) 243-248
  • S. Goldberg; J. Bille “Potential Hurdles to the Regulation of Electricity Storage Development in the UK” (2020) European Energy Law Report XIII, pp.79-100
  • Gesetz für den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien – Vor §1 Vorbemerkungen: Bedeutung der Erneuerbaren Energien in Europa, Greb/Boewe (Hrsg): Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz Kommentar, Beck Verlag (2018)
  • "Les droits de l'homme – nouvel enjeu du contentieux climatique", Juriste d'entreprise, Magazine No 30, 2018. (with Stéphane Brabant)
  • "Brexit & Interconnectors" on: OGEL 2 (2017), URL:
  • S.M. Goldberg; S. Sumit; "Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from Euratom" OGEL 2 (2017),
  • "Issues Arising From the United Kingdom's Exit from Euratom", in Utilities Law Review Vol. 21- issue 4 (with Shekhar Sumit)
  • "Practical application of Commodity Derivatives" in: A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Market Abuse, Thomson Reuters, London 2017 (with Daniel Rados and Jennifer Courey)
  • "The Emergence of EU Energy Law" in: Delivery Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US- A Reader, Heffron, Raphael J and Little, Gavin F.M., Edinburgh University Press 2016
  • Lord, Richard; Goldberg, Silke et al "Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice", Cambridge University Press 2012
  • "Climate Change"- chapter in "Burnett – Hall on Environmental Law", Sweet & Maxwell 2012 (co-authored with Kevin O'Connor)



Silke is admitted to practice in England and Wales, Germany and France and is also a member of the Law Society of Ireland.

She is a Visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London for international energy regulation; an affiliated professor with the University of Haifa, and a visiting professor at the University of Groningen. Silke is the editor of the European Energy Handbook and regularly publishes on aspects of energy and climate change law.

Silke advises in English, French, German and Dutch

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