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James Trafford, Partner

James Trafford


Practice areas

  • Corporate Real estate
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Project and infrastructure finance
  • Real estate development and regeneration

Practice notes

James Trafford heads up the Eversheds Sutherland real estate energy team and is also head of our Cardiff real estate team.

Energy work has been a speciality since 2002 when James started work for Centrica acquiring combined cycle gas turbine power stations. He continues to act for Centrica as the firm’s client partner. He first became involved in clean energy work in 2005 and since then has built a team over around 15 dedicated real estate energy specialists.

Recent and current work includes:

  • land assembly for Triton Knoll offshore windfarm and the real estate elements of the disposal of 41% to J-Power and Kansai Electric Power and the £1.75 billion financing by a consortium of 15 European banks
  • land assembly for Sofia offshore windfarm, the largest project in innogy SE’s current development portfolio
  • land assembly for the three Doggerbank projects being taken forward by an SSE and Equinor joint venture, each of which will have a capacity of up to 1.2GW
  • acting for National Grid Viking Link Ltd on their Viking Link interconnector project, the world’s longest high voltage power cable to run between UK and Denmark
  • real estate work for EDF Energy in connection with Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, currently Europe’s biggest construction project.

His team also work on all the main conventional and non-conventional technologies, in particular solar and onshore wind, both in the UK and numerous foreign jurisdictions.

He has a particular interest in the energy transition and how this will impact upon the real estate sector in particular.

He is rated as a leading individual in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK. He co-authored and presented the Blundell Lecture of “Tilting at Windfarms: Renewable Energy and Property Law Issues”.

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