MEMBER NEWS: Burness Paull hires energy expert to spearhead its team

May 14, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: Burness Paull hires energy expert to spearhead its team

Courtesy of Scottish Business Insider.

Leading energy lawyer Bob Ruddiman has been appointed to lead and grow the energy team at Burness Paull.

The new-look team will advise a growing client base, as transition to a low carbon future impacts more companies and draws in a wider range of technologies.

The law firm stated that this shift is only set to increase during the build-up to COP26 in Glasgow, as the nation seeks to take a leading role in the global energy transition agenda.

In his previous role at Pinsent Masons, where he held a number of senior leadership positions, including heading the global energy sector team, Ruddiman operated across the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia; as well as the UK.

Peter Lawson, chair of Burness Paull, said: “Bringing a lawyer of Bob’s stature to the firm is a real coup – he will build on our strength in the energy sector and his reputation as an industry leader is well-recognised and justified given his knowledge and network.

“His addition to the firm underlines our strategy to be present within the key themes for the Scottish and global economy – climate, health and technology.”

Read the article on Insider here.

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