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John Howells



I’m a Partner specialising in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular focus on power and renewables and the role zero carbon energy can play in decarbonising industry and transport. I provide development and investment advice across these sectors as we re-wire and re-plumb the country to reach Net Zero by 2050.

I lead very large scale and complex land and development projects, repurposing brownfield sites for renewable energy generation and storage whilst delivering new communities and workplaces.  I am also involved in several nationally significant new infrastructure projects spanning large scale power generation, renewables, energy storage, hydrogen, and carbon capture.  Increasingly we are advising clients on how these new technologies can help decarbonise other sectors including logistics parks, ports, airports, gigafactories and data centres.

During my career I have worked mainly with corporate clients including SSE, RWE, Uniper, Orsted, The Crown Estate, British Airways, ABP, Britishvolt and Horizon Nuclear Power.



Whilst the majority of my work is confidential, I have been involved in the sale of some of the UK’s largest brownfield sites including around 15 fossil fuel power stations for alternative uses, as well as surplus sites for the major water companies and port and airport operators.  I have transacted several thousand acres of development land in my career.  I have also advised several nationally significant infrastructure projects spanning thermal energy, offshore wind, energy storage, nuclear power, data centres and major port redevelopment projects.  I am involved in funding infrastructure projects and releasing capital from existing assets through real estate fundings structures including ground leases and income strips.  I also carry out high level strategic consulting to help corporates to leverage value from their real estate assets.

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