Lux Nova Partners is a unique kind of law firm.
We focus exclusively on clean energy and our team of City-pedigree lawyers are purpose driven, delivering high quality advice with transparency on fees.

Founding partners


Tom BainbridgeTom Bainbridge advises on commercial and regulatory matters.  He has worked on numerous clean energy deals in the UK and overseas.  These include a number of groundbreaking deals such as the first utility scale wind farm in the Middle East, the world’s first carbon-financed biomass re-fuelling of a coal fired power station, and a pioneering carbon capture and storage project.  He has also advised on utility and urban solar, wind, and biomass projects and a broad range of other commercial and regulatory matters in the clean energy sector.  Tom has worked on many beacon, low carbon heat and cooling projects in and around London and other major cities, constituting some of the largest urban energy infrastructure deals in the UK. He is also deeply involved in policy formation, chairing a number of professional bodies and having given evidence before Parliamentary inquiries.
“His knowledge, understanding and willingness to explore new ideas are very impressive” and “He has a very broad skill set and has the ability to apply detailed and forward-thinking logic to problems.” (Chambers UK).
Leading Individual: Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer: Chambers & Partners
Contact Tom: icons+44(0)7454 779 892


Louisa CilentiLouisa Cilenti Louisa advises on clean energy corporate and financing matters.  She has two decades’ experience across a wide range of infrastructure projects.  She specializes in the structuring and financing of clean energy projects, including negotiation of joint venture arrangements, M&A documentation for equity investment/divestment, and debt financing and security documentation (advising borrowers and lenders). She has worked on a number of groundbreaking UK and international deals, with a track record in emerging markets, including advising the project sponsors on the financing of the first utility scale wind farm in the Middle East (the Tafila project). She has also advised on utility scale and urban solar, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy projects, as well as hydropower projects and a broad range of other commercial and community projects in the clean energy sector. She is especially known for her expertise in the financing of large scale community energy projects, where she has acts for a number of the leading funders in the community energy sector.
“Louisa is very switched on and understands all the ins and outs of the type of deals we are involved in.” (Steve Rademaker, Director, ESCO NRG).
Recommended lawyer: Legal 500
Contact Louisa: icons+44(0)7803 755 964


Sandy AbrahamsSandy Abrahams specialises in clean and low carbon energy projects and UK climate change legislation. She has worked on a wide range of renewable energy deals, including acting on the development of the first utility scale wind farm in the Middle East, advising on utility scale solar farms in Jordan and working on two of the UK’s largest, low carbon district heating schemes, based in London. Sandy advises on the full range of project documents required for clean and low carbon energy development.  She is also actively involved in policy development, assisting representative bodies of community energy groups to push through changes to feed-in tariff legislation and helping industry to develop transformational models encouraging local energy generation and supply, providing strategic legal advice to clients such as Pure Leapfrog, Community Energy Scotland and Open Utility.
“Sandy is thorough, professional and practical. She has a wealth of energy sector experience and is always able to communicate in plain english – a quality that shouldn’t be underestimated. We work with her closely and she is a valuable part of our team.” (James Johnston, CEO, Open Utility).
Recommended lawyer: Legal 500

Contact Sandy: icons+44(0)7734 959 653


Stephen Lister advises on commercial and regulatory disputes in the renewable and clean energy sector. He has over twenty years experience advising on national and cross border disputes in the High Court, the European Courts in arbitration proceedings and at mediation. He has advised extensively on renewable and clean energy certification schemes, trading green gas certificates of origin, RHI and smart meters, as well as on rights to navigate and fish within offshore wind farms. This includes negotiating co-operation agreements with fishing, diving and other marine interests, advising on DCOs, marine licenses, fishing liaison plans and the application of international treaties and COLREGs to submarine cables and cable laying. Stephen has advised on competition and anti trust disputes over discriminatory pricing and government policy for state aid for onshore wind farms, encompassing judicial review, complaints to the European Commission and court proceedings in  UK and Europe. He believes in effective claim management: identifying and resolving disputes at an early stage to prevent escalation to court proceedings.
“Stephen’s clients value his commercial approach and recognize his ability to “combine tremendous legal knowledge with a great understanding of their sectors”” (Chambers UK)

Contact Stephen: icons+44(0)7968 427 059


David Short advises on commercial, technology, real estate and sustainable business matters. He brings 20 years’ experience combining expertise as a lawyer in the fields of environment, energy and technology, with commercial acumen developed through in-house roles in risk management, asset management and sustainability leadership for real estate, infrastructure and technology businesses. Working for GE he managed environmental legal issues on both transactions and commercial matters. He designed and managed the sustainability program for GE’s commercial real estate business. David now specialises in policy work for commercial real estate investors, lenders and occupiers and commercial and governance issues for companies and collaboration organisations offering clean energy and resource efficiency solutions. He chairs the Commercial Real Estate Lender Sustainability Working Group for the Better Buildings Partnership and sits on the Advisory Boards of several cleantech companies.


Contact David: icons+44(0)7841 829233


Rory TaitRory Tait specialises in the provision of advice on renewable and low carbon energy generation projects as well as providing commercial and regulatory advice in the clean energy sector. He has worked on projects across the renewable technologies including large-scale and domestic solar PV, biomass power and CHP, onshore and offshore wind, biogas and AD as well as renewable heat projects including projects under the RHI. He has advised on the RO, FIT and RHI regimes extensively and has advised on projects both in the UK and overseas (including Romania and Africa). He also advised on the first pathfinder ESCO project in North East England. Rory was involved in advising the Association of Electricity Producers in relation to the drafting of the legislation introducing the Renewables Obligation (the Utilities Act 2000). As the Secretary (and a Director from 2009 to 2014) of the Renewable Energy Association he regularly advises on policy and legislative proposals from Government in the clean energy arena.

Contact Rory: icons+44(0)7771 578 616


Robert TudwayNikola Zahariev specialises in the provision of advice on renewable and low carbon energy projects. He has advised commercial banks, multilateral institutions, ECAs, financial and industrial sponsors, fund managers, developers and contractors on projects across the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His recent experience includes advising on the due diligence, funding and security aspects of a variety of projects, including: the refinancing by Aviva of Ecotricity’s onshore wind portfolio through a private placement; a suite of financings provided by Bayerische Landesbank to various solar developers in the UK; the Galloper and Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farms; the London Array and Burbo Bank Extension OFTO transactions; the bankability analysis on behalf of a “pathfinder bank” in relation to the White Rose CCS project; the construction financings of the Birmingham Bio Power and Ince Bio Power gasification plants; and a range of corporate, fund-of-funds and yieldco financings across a range of sectors and technologies.
Next Generation Lawyer: Legal 500

Contact Nikola: icons+44(0)7500 122 635


Consultant – Policy, Markets and Regulation

Nikola ZaharievRobert Tudway advises on commercial, regulatory and public policy issues relating to low and zero carbon energy projects and combines the experience of leading an energy practice in a law firm, with ten year’s experience as an advisor and policy officer in the public sector on climate change energy matters. As a partner in a London law firm, he worked on numerous projects relating to wind, biomass and combined heat and power projects and advising on the regulatory and market structures which support them. He then worked as an officer of the London Government advising on policy, regulatory and market issues and for the Greater London Authority supporting the development of low and zero carbon energy projects within the Greater London area. He has worked extensively with government departments on low and zero carbon energy matters, projects, policies and regulatory issues, most notably with the (then) Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department’s Heat Network Delivery Unit. He speaks extensively on these topics and is General Editor of Energy Law & Regulation in the European Union, the leading text book on the energy laws of the Member States.

Contact Robert: icons+44(0)7894 012 329


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