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Maria Connolly

very dedicated, professional and knowledgeable
Legal 500 uk

About Maria

Maria is head of Real Estate at TLT and leads TLT's cross-discipline Clean energy team. Maria has significant expertise in renewable energy having acted in relation to several hundred wind, solar, biomass, hydro and energy storage projects. Maria advises on a wide spectrum of property matters including acquisitions of existing renewable energy projects, drafting bespoke documentation, negotiation of exclusivity agreements, option agreements and leases and undertaking full due diligence.

Maria has been instrumental in tackling the legal issues around energy storage projects. She advised in relation to 40% of those sites that were awarded contracts in the National Grid Enhanced Frequency Response Tender, and acted on a significant number of the projects that were entered into the National Grid Capacity Market auction, including many of those that were successfully awarded capacity market contracts.

Maria is currently advising on some of the first electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure projects to be implemented in the UK.

Maria also has significant experience in dealing with the property aspects of corporate insolvencies, including fixed charge receivers, administrations and acting for lenders in connection with both property finance, mortgage book transfers and recoveries. She has expertise in portfolio management for corporate clients in various sectors, including retail, industrial, and minerals and aggregates.

Maria is independently recognised as an expert in the field of Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy (UK-wide) and Real Estate (Bristol & Surrounds) by Chambers UK, and a leading individual in the field of Energy by Legal 500. Maria is a mentor for the RegenSW Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy programme and is a regular speaker at industry events, particularly on the topic of energy storage.

Maria qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.

Jurisdiction: England and Wales

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