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PwC boosts energy capability with hire of NRF head of nuclear Fiona Reilly

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has boosted its nuclear energy capability with the hire of longstanding Norton Rose Fulbright energy partner and head of nuclear services Fiona Reilly, the third departure from the top 10 LB100 firm’s London office this month.

Reilly joined the now 2647-lawyer firm in January 1999, having previously worked in-house as commercial counsel at UK nuclear steam turbine producer Alstom.

During her time at Norton Rose Reilly, who became a partner in 2011, was seconded to Star Energy as its general counsel, advising on corporate and commercial issues.She specialises in all aspects of the nuclear cycle from new build and licensing, decommissioning, fuel storage and waste management, and frequently advises on liability regimes and contracts relating to the financing and construction of nuclear stations.

Reilly joins PwC as a director in the nuclear energy team to develop the global energy practice, where she will be involved in transactions, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance.

Her departure comes six months after the merger between Norton Rose and Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski went live in June, and marks the third exit this month after longstanding antitrust partner Mark Jones most recently announced he is to join the antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice at fellow transatlantic firm Hogan Lovells in the New Year, as announced by the firm on Tuesday (19 November).

Jones’ resignation only shortly follows that of leading competition partner Michael Grenfell, who confirmed to Legal Business last Thursday (14 November) that he is to join the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as a senior sectoral director, having specialised in competition for 25 years and headed NRF’s competition group between 2002-2011.

A spokesperson for Norton Rose Fulbright said: ‘We confirm that Fiona has left the practice. We thank her for her contribution and wish her all the best in her new role.’

PwC was unavailable for comment immediately at the time of writing.