More than just price
"A typical energy project is complex, unpredictable and chaotic," says Peter Roberts, general counsel of Centrica Energy, the upstream business of Centrica. "So attempting to tie a law firm to a fixed fee is an unintelligent way of proceeding." Still, Roberts expects any law firm advising on one of the oil and gas, wind or early phase nuclear power projects Centrica is currently developing to be able to at least provide a cost estimate - even if they end up straying from it: "It's like asking a cabbie how much he reckons it will cost to get to King's Cross," he says. "If he can't at least give you a rough estimate then there is a strong suggestion that he doesn't know what he is doing."
Centrica Energy general counsel Peter Roberts talks to Alex Aldridge about the unpredictability of energy projects, tying law firms down on fees and what he misses about private practice
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