Tom Bainbridge#7088

Tom Bainbridge

Founding Partner, Lux Nova Partners
Tom Bainbridge has been recognised as a “leading individual” in the legal directories for many years. He has been recommended by clients and praised for seeing the big picture, for his innovative thinking and his commerciality.
His experience includes advising on numerous projects in the clean energy sector that were world firsts in their day – including the world’s first carbon financed biomass refuelling of a power station, the EU’s leading carbon capture and storage project and the first project financed wind and solar farms in the Middle East.
He is a recognised thought leader in the decentralised energy sector, providing award winning structuring, commercial and regulatory advice. He continues to help shape the heat market through his work on major district heating projects, leading the Lux Nova team on the high-profile £320m HNIP work, drafting industry guidance and a suite of published standard contracts for the heat sector.
Tom continues to innovate on clean and decentralised energy and energy efficiency:
  • leading work on renewable energy PPAs, including developing ground-breaking renewable energy corporate PPAs demonstrating true ‘additionality’ for the property sector;
  • negotiating guaranteed energy performance contracts, helping to save clients millions of pounds on their energy bills;
  • innovating on some of the largest smart-grid, storage and EV charging projects in the UK.
He has also been a prominent author and speaker on energy and climate change topics over many years, has chaired and been involved in numerous professional bodies and has given evidence before Select Committees and the National Audit Office. 
Contributed to


The Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations—heat supplier and landlord obligations
The Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations—heat supplier and landlord obligations
Practice notes

This Practice Note summarises the obligations under the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/3120. The regulations affect landlords, management companies and developers who supply heating, hot water and air-conditioning to tenants in multi-let buildings. This Practice Note looks at who the obligations apply to, the buildings affected, the duties imposed, as well as providing information on replacing meters, renovations, maintenance obligations, billing and enforcement. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author


  • Director, UK Emissions Trading Group
  • Former Chair, independent Committee of the Heat Trust, 2017-2019
  • Former Convenor, UK Environmental Law Association Climate Change & Energy Working Party (2006-2015)


  • Admitted to the Roll (1999)
  • Legal Practice Course (1997)
  • BSc (Hons) Law with Environmental Science (1996)


  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London (1996-1997)
  • BSc (Hons) Law with Environmental Science, University of Hertfordshire (1992-1996)

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