SJ Berwin hires veteran infra lawyer

Neil Upton, who has had spells with the likes of White and Case and DLA Piper, has joined SJ Berwin as a partner in London to head up its energy & infrastructure team alongside existing partner Elaine Gibson-Bolton.

SJ Berwin has appointed Neil Upton as a partner to “lead the development” of the firm’s energy & infrastructure team in London alongside the existing head of the team, Elaine Gibson-Bolton.

Upton has held a number of number of senior roles in the past, including global head of power at White and Case and global head of energy at DLA Piper. He was most recently a consultant and head of the UK energy practice at Greenberg Traurig Maher.

Upton’s extensive CV includes some high-profile advisory roles including: acting for the UK government on electricity privatisation; for the EU Commission on structures available for the creation of single markets for electricity and gas in the European Union; and on the liberalisation of the South African power market, including the establishment of energy trading activities.

“The energy and infrastructure sector is an important driver of global growth and an area the firm has wanted to strengthen for some time,” said SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day in a statement. “We are delighted Neil Upton, who has an excellent market reputation and an international client base that complements our own, has joined us to focus on this sector.”

Upton follows in the footsteps of Rinku Bhadoria, Mark Hoyle and Michelle Thomsen, who all joined the energy & infrastructure team in July last year from Clifford Chance, Al Tamimi and Babcock & Brown respectively.