Northern Irish devolution: Some Assembly required

Before the Assembly collapsed in January this year – in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal – there were extraordinary scenes. In the days in December 2016 all the parties except the DUP left the Chamber as the First Minister, Arlene Foster, got up to defend her role in making the RHIRead more

The winds of change – How offshore wind is set to dominate the UK’s energy landscape and what this auction means for the future of CfDs

The game has changed Monday’s CfD auction winners’ announcement revealed that two new offshore wind farms, with a capacity of 2336MW between them, would be able to generate energy at a strike price (the price that Government will guarantee to pay) of just £57.50 per MWh. To put this into perspective, DONG Energy’s Hornsea 1Read more

Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

WA Investor Services shortlisted for prestigious due diligence award

We’re delighted to announce WA Investor Services has been shortlisted for Specialist Adviser of the Year in Unquote’s 2017 British Private Equity Awards. The annual awards, hosted this year by sports pundit Chris Kamara, celebrate the contribution of private equity to the growth of British business. The past year has seen unprecedented levels of politicalRead more

Devolution? Here in Yorkshire? Don’t talk soft!

Yorkshire and the Humber is by far England’s largest county and, with 5.3 million people at the last census, boasts a larger population than Scotland. It is a region with its own culture, its own dialect and a fierce, almost nationalist pride in its history, particularly on the sports field. It has the most successfulRead more

Back in session: May’s revamp

Parliament has returned from recess and with it so has politics as usual. But the “status quo” of politics is problematic: a minority government, a divided opposition, and a Brexit coloured background. Theresa May has survived the summer too and, considering some coverage in the wake of the election result, this is an achievement. NowRead more

Brexit Briefing – September 2017

With Britain’s formal exit from the European Union in March 2019 looming just 18 months away, we take a look at progress and developments in the Brexit process over the past month. A Brexit vision gradually emerges DExEU has published no fewer than eleven new papers in the last month which are gradually providing aRead more