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Chris McGarvey


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Chris is a partner in the Energy & Climate Change Team at CMS.  He specialises in complex process engineering projects, often involving new and innovative technologies including electricity generation and transmission, water and waste-to-energy projects and regulatory compliance work for electricity, gas and water utilities.  Chris joined CMS in May 2019 and has over 17 years of experience advising in the energy and climate change sector. 

Chris has worked on power projects across various European, Sub-Saharan African and South American jurisdictions advising project sponsors, offtakers and funders. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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"He's an excellent lawyer who really knows his stuff, particularly in projects."

Chambers, 2023

Relevant experience

  • A Global Energy Major on renewables offtake and energy trading in Nordic and Iberian power markets. 
  • Project Sponsors on the Acorn St Fergus, Caledonian Grangemouth, White Rose and Longannet Carbon Capture and Storage and Hydrogen Projects. 
  • A leading infrastructure fund on its investments in GB offshore transmission assets.
  • Independent Power Producers and Offtakers on CCGT projects in GB, Netherlands, France, Chile and Rwanda. 
  • Offshore wind developers and equity investors on various offshore wind farms.
  • A Transmission Network Owner on financing and construction procurement of a HVDC Interconnector Link.
  • Sponsors, financiers and offtakers on solar photovoltaic projects in GB, Spain and Nigeria.
  • Sponsors, financiers and offtakers on onshore wind projects in GB, Sweden, Croatia and Ukraine.
  • Energy Retailers and developers on battery storage, demand side response, energy service and asset optimisation projects.
  • Water Utilities on Wastewater Concessions, non-domestic retail and sustainable finance across the UK.
  • Sponsors and equity investors in various biomass CHP, district heating and heat decarbonisation schemes.
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2001 – LL.B (Hons), University of Glasgow 

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Ac­cel­er­at­ing on­shore elec­tri­city trans­mis­sion in­vest­ment: a step for­ward...
Ofgem has pub­lished its de­cision on ac­cel­er­at­ing on­shore elec­tri­city trans­mis­sion in­vest­ment (the “De­cision”), which fol­lows the con­sulta­tion in which Ofgem sought views on its pro­pos­als to sup­port...
UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lishes En­ergy Bill Re­lief Scheme rules
Form­ing part of the Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the cur­rent en­ergy crisis, the En­ergy Prices Act (the “Act”) re­ceived roy­al as­set on 28 Oc­to­ber 2022. The Act grants the Sec­ret­ary of State broad powers...
Fund­ing an­nounced for pi­on­eer­ing new space tech­no­lo­gies
On 20th Ju­ly 2022, the UK Gov­ern­ment an­nounced £3 mil­lion fund­ing to sup­port pi­on­eer­ing new space tech­no­lo­gies. The fund­ing is to be made avail­able for space-based sol­ar power (SB­SP) pro­jects that col­lect...
En­ergy Bill 2022 - Elec­tri­city net­works (On­shore Com­pet­i­tion and MPIs) 
On 6th Ju­ly 2022, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished the En­ergy Se­cur­ity Bill (the “Bill”) which draws to­geth­er a range of meas­ures which are aimed at im­prov­ing in­de­pend­ence and se­cur­ity of sup­ply and con­trib­ute...
Launch of the UK’s first ever car­bon stor­age li­cens­ing round 
A key plank in the North Sea Trans­ition Deal and the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to reach its Net Zero tar­get is the de­vel­op­ment at pace of Car­bon Cap­ture and Stor­age (CCS) Pro­jects, in which the oil & gas in­dustry...
Clar­ity on the scope for Ofgem to provide for self-modi­fic­a­tion of elec­tri­city...
The Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (the CMA) pub­lished the non-sens­it­ive ver­sion of its fi­nal de­term­in­a­tion on the En­ergy Li­cence Modi­fic­a­tions Ap­peals on 1 Novem­ber 2021.  Al­though it is easy to...
One small step for space based sol­ar power
On 27 Septem­ber, 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished an in­de­pend­ent re­port titled “Space Based Sol­ar Power: De-risk­ing the path­way to Net Zero”...
Off­shore Wind En­ergy for In­nov­a­tion Pro­jects and Tar­geted Oil and Gas De­car­bon­sa­tion
On the 24 Au­gust 2021, Mar­ine Scot­land re­leased The Off­shore Wind En­ergy for In­nov­a­tion Pro­jects and Tar­geted Oil and Gas De­car­bon­isa­tion (IN­TOG) Plan­ning Spe­cific­a­tion and Con­text re­port  for pub­lic...
The end of an (tender rev­en­ue stream) era?
On 23 Ju­ly 2021, Ofgem pub­lished its De­cision on the End of Tender Rev­en­ue Stream (“the De­cision”). The De­cision fol­lows the March 2021 Con­sulta­tion, which raised 23 im­port­ant ques­tions re­lat­ing to...
Fi­nally the in­tro­duc­tion of CATO le­gis­la­tion? 
Back­ground On 3 Au­gust, BEIS pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on Com­pet­i­tion in On­shore Elec­tri­city Net­works.  This fol­lows the Gov­ern­ment’s con­firm­a­tion in Decem­ber 2020 that it would bring for­ward le­gis­la­tion...
Early Com­pet­i­tion: op­por­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges for all, but we can­not...
Ofgem’s am­bi­tion of be­ing able to com­pete on­shore trans­mis­sion pro­jects with­in the wider mar­ket, to com­pan­ies oth­er than the in­cum­bent trans­mis­sion own­ers (TOs), has taken a step closer to fruition...
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...