Three new partners for Foot Anstey as it builds on its strength in energy and infrastructure

December 6, 2022

Foot Anstey has promoted three of its lawyers – two of them from its Bristol office – to its partnership in a move that brings to eight the number of partner promotions this financial year.

Kutahya Cherry, Suriya Edwards and Dickon Court – all members of the firm’s EPIC (energy, projects, infrastructure and construction) team – take up their new roles from 1 Janauary.

Bristol-based Kutahya focusies on all property law aspects of renewable energy transactions.

She works predominantly for developer and funder clients in the energy sector on solar, storage, EV infrastructure and other renewable projects and has dealt with projects from inception through to sale and finance.

Kutahya has detailed knowledge of the renewable energy market and helps clients navigate site acquisition, development, funding and sale of their projects, be they stand-alone or large asset portfolios.

Her previous experience covers wider general commercial property asset classes, which she has also put to good use in assisting energy clients on their broader property-related legal needs.

Suriya, also based in Bristol, is a construction lawyer and Foot Anstey’s net zero construction lead.

Her core technical specialism is to advise on a range of non-contentious construction matters and her experience covers energy – including advising on solar power plants and battery storage facilities – development and infrastructure projects.

Suriya’s broad experience means she considers cross-sector synergies as critical to future-proofing contracts and in facilitating contract/commercial solutions.

Her clients are contractors, private sector developers, funders, consultants, housing associations and public sector bodies, and she is an active participant in The Chancery Lane Project, as well as being a CBI Infrastructure board member.

Dickon, who is based in Foot Anstey’s Plymouth, is a dispute resolution solicitor who leads major disputes and dispute avoidance processes for national and international clients.

His focus is on resolving disputes arising out of significant energy, infrastructure and construction projects and he has been involved in a number of the early disputes in the battery storage space, which to date have included financing issues and technical failure as well as delay and availability problems.

Dickon’s experience includes both high value commercial disputes and disputes in construction and engineering.

Foot Anstey managing partner Martin Hirst said: “Congratulations to Kutahya, Dickon and Suriya on their promotions to the partnership, which reflect the consistently high-quality advice and service they offer our clients, as well as their outstanding contributions to our firm’s communities.

“Also, each of these new partners has a strong sector focus and illustrates the continued success and strength of our sector strategy, and the scale of our ambitions for future growth.”

Foot Anstey, which also has offices in Exeter, London, Southampton, Taunton and Truro, operates in six key sectors – development, energy & infrastructure, private equity, private wealth and retail & consumer and Islamic finance.

Pictured, from left: Suriya Edwards, Dickon Court and Kutahya Cherry

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