Louise Gowman


Projects & Infrastructure

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Louise’s emphasis is on the consenting, development and financing of infrastructure projects. A real estate lawyer by background, she has particularly focused on the ports industry for over 20 years, and during that time has advised ports on projects, financings, development control, marine licensing, statutory orders and public inquiries, harbour regulation, commercial agreements and the management of port estates.

Her infrastructure focus also includes renewables projects, from wind farm developments to energy from waste facilities. Her clients typically come from the entrepreneurial/family business sector and look to Louise for advice across a wide range of issues facing them.

Louise is a founder member of UK Port Advisers, specialist port consultants and advisers focused on the port industry in the UK and worldwide and comprising operations, business, finance, environmental, public affairs and legal specialists, which delivers a wide range of services to ports and their investors, as well as government and port users.

Recent Experience

  • Acts for a UK port in relation to all real estate development and management matters arising in respect of its c2,500 acre estate.
  • Advised a UK port in relation to mitigating the adverse effects of an NSIP (DCO) scheme including drafting and negotiating protective provisions and preparing submissions and evidence throughout the examination process.
  • Acts regularly for a port authority in relation to a range of stevedoring and other marine services contracts, short and long term.
  • Advised a major UK port on its £0.6bn project to develop a deep sea container terminal, including drafting and promoting a harbour revision order and drafting and negotiating a comprehensive agreement for a large-scale habitat creation scheme and wider ecological mitigation and monitoring.
  • Advised a UK port in respect of marine licensing issues in relation to maintenance dredging and related regulatory investigations.
  • Advising a major UK port on a succession of financings.

Career History

Louise joined Wedlake Bell in 2014. With a law degree from Downing College, Cambridge, she trained and qualified at Stephenson Harwood in 1991. Louise also took the Law Society Finals at the College of Law in Guildford. In 1997, she established the real estate practice in the firm later known as Landwell, alongside Coopers & Lybrand/PwC and in 2000 was a founder partner of Tite & Lewis, working alongside Ernst & Young, where she was also responsible for the real estate practice.

Louise joined Lawrence Graham on its merger with Tite & Lewis in 2004 where she focused her efforts on her infrastructure projects practice.