Eversheds poaches partners from Norton Rose

Clean energy specialists Mark Dennison and Conrad Purcell have joined the UK firm’s infrastructure practice.

International law firm Eversheds has appointed Mark Dennison and Conrad Purcell as project finance partners to its energy and infrastructure team.

Both of them join from rival firm Norton Rose Fulbright. They have been hired as part of an effort to bolster the current practice and are not replacing any outgoing staff, Eversheds told Infrastructure Investor.

Dennison had been at Norton Rose since starting there as a trainee in 2003. He joined the firm’s renewable energy and infrastructure project finance department in 2005 and provided advice on deals including the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK, which reached a £2.6 billion ($3.5 billion; €3.1 billion) financial close in May.

Meanwhile, Purcell had worked at Norton Rose since June 2011. He previously acted as in-house counsel to renewable energy developer RES Group. He has advised on projects in Central Europe and the UK as well as Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.

“These two high-calibre lawyers will ensure we are very well placed to advise clients across the clean energy board and in the delivery of new infrastructure,” Indraj Mangat, head of clean energy finance, said in a statement.