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16 December 21

Affinity Water appoints a Legal Panel

Affinity Water has appointed five law firms to its new Legal Panel to work with the Company on a range of important issues in a heavily regulated sector facing a number of challenges including climate change and the increasing pressure on water resources.

The Legal Panel firms: Addleshaw Goddard, Burges Salmon, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons were appointed following a competitive tendering process. The firms will work closely with Affinity Water’s in-house legal team, who will be able to draw on technology solutions offered by the firms to help it efficiently and transparently manage legal work and fees. They will advise Affinity Water on a wide range of sector issues including regulation, the environment, energy, competition, property, employment and corporate finance.

The appointments will run for three years initially, with an option to extend for up to a further five years.

Stuart Ledger, Affinity Water’s Interim Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to be working with our five panel firms. As the UK’s largest Water only company the expert advice we receive from them will help us to protect the environment, and ensure we deliver a first-rate service to our communities at a challenging time for the climate and the water sector.”

Sunita Kaushal, General Counsel and Company Secretary said: “The newly appointed Legal Panel will give us the knowledge and expertise we need to allow us to improve our decision making as we prepare our business plans for the future. The water industry has to grapple with climate change and other pressing issues which impact on the environment and water resources particularly in the South-East. We are looking forward to building a long-standing trusted relationship with our five legal partners.”

David Shaw, Partner, Head of Water, Addleshaw Goddard said: “The industry has seen some massive changes over the last few years, from retail market opening to the introduction of the new regulatory funding model, Direct Procurement for Customers. We are absolutely delighted to be joining Affinity Water's Legal Panel, allowing us to stand alongside the UK's largest water only company as it thrives on the opportunities the market offers, over the years to come".

Michael Barlow, Partner, Burges Salmon said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Affinity Water and look forward to partnering with their team in order to bring their plans to fruition. There is now perhaps a greater than ever appreciation of the current challenges facing the industry, from climate change to Net Zero targets, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to assist Affinity as they continue to deliver a high-quality service to all of their customers”.

Jonathan Exten-Wright, Client Relationship Partner, DLA Piper, commented: “We are delighted to have won a place on Affinity’s Legal Panel, at a time when it is responding to key challenges of water supply in an era of climate change. This appointment is a great fit with our leading infrastructure and environmental teams."

Charles Ford and Julian Craughan of Hogan Lovells said: “We are delighted to be working with Affinity at such a critical juncture for the water industry, which sits right at the cutting edge of the ESG agenda, and to support the delivery of its ambitious net zero, water resource and biodiversity goals. Our unparalleled regulatory and finance strength and best in class industry sector programme position us ideally to help Affinity Water to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, collaborating towards a sustainable future and pioneering ESG in action through the most innovative solutions”.

Gordon McCreath, Partner Pinsent Masons said: “The challenges facing today’s water companies range from making major investments to respond to climate change, to meeting the expectations of regulators on innovation and new funding models, all whilst delivering first class service and best value for customers. Affinity Water is at the forefront of industry efforts to meet those challenges and we are delighted to be part of the team working with to them to meet and exceed their targets in the crucial years to come."

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