John Deacon



John focuses on energy projects, carbon finance and trading, and infrastructure law, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and distributed generation both conventional and unconventional.

John's experience began with UK wind projects and has moved into a broad spectrum of global renewable energy projects, including onshore/offshore wind, biomass, large hydro, run-of-river hydro, energy-from-waste and PV (ground and rooftop). John acts for developers, banks, equity providers, employers and contractors in this field. He has advised on projects around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and across the European Union.

Chambers UK ranks John as a leading individual in the Energy and Natural Resources field and Legal 500 UK positions him as “a highly regarded figure in the renewables space.” Clients describe John as a “strong negotiator” who can “easily defuse contentious situations.”

    • An equity investor for a large UK offshore wind project.
    • PGI Group Limited in relation to the development of a hydropower project in Zimbabwe.
    • An EPC contractor for a large hydro project in the Republic of Georgia.
    • A private equity fund providing debt and equity to an advance conversion technology waste-to-energy scheme in France.
    • The banks on the re-refinancing of a large wind portfolio in the Republic of Ireland.
    • The senior debt provider of an inside-the-fence biomass power plan at a large individual facility in the UK.
    • A major international utility on the acquisition of a permitted CCGT site in Turkey.
    • An international contractor advising on the EPC contracts for an LNG-to-energy facility in Namibia.
    • An international utility on the conversion of a 1000 MW coal fired power station from coal to biomass in the UK.
    • The bank providing debt finance for the North Rhins wind farm in Scotland.
    • The developer of the Stronsay wind farm in Scotland.
    • Englefield Capital in the acquisition of a 30% interest in the Zephyr wind portfolio.
    • The developers on the Parc Cynog, Swinford, Blaen Bowi, Mynydd Cloggan, Hynburn and Withernwick wind farms in the UK.
    • The developers of the Thanet off-shore wind farm.