Trinity is recognised by the leading legal guides for its focus on projects in emerging markets. Chambers 2016 says “the firm is very thorough and very committed”” and in previous years has highlighted that the team is “Lauded for its deep bench of projects and financing experts who also offer significant expertise in the oil and gas and energy sectors.”
Trinity as a firm is ranked in Tier 1 in both the Energy and Renewable Energy sectors in the IFLR 1000 2015 rankings for sub-Saharan Africa. Their comments include:
“The performance of Trinity on the Lake Turkana Wind power project was exceptional…the team showed leadership and professionalism”.
“Trinity is an outstanding firm and is both a force to reckon with and a firm to watch out for. Their small size disguises their large capability and their lawyers are very savvy, astute and deal- oriented”.
“They’re great, they know the market very well from PPAs to government consent and they were familiar with the steps. A very good experience.”
The IFLR 1000 2014 said the firm “comes highly recommended by many commentators as a boutique outfit focusing on power projects in Africa”. The guide goes onto say that Trinity “is a leading law firm…Trinity ranks well ahead of all other law firms in terms of depth of experience and quality of advice”.
The Legal 500 describes Trinity as “one of the best firms active in the African continent” having “unparalleled knowledge of Africa”. The guide goes onto say that “clients praise its focused and relevant advice, and exceptionally personalised service”.
Trinity has won several awards for its work in emerging markets:
- – The Lawyer Law Firm of the Year (Boutique—City category) 2015;
- – Project Finance International African Power Deal of the Year (2014) for Cenpower IPP in Ghana;
- – Project Finance International African Power Deal of the Year (2016) for Amandi IPP in Ghana;
- – IJ Global Best Multisourced Financing (Africa) (2015) for the Azura-Edo gas IPP in Nigeria;
- -Project Finance International African Renewables Deal of the Year (2014) and IJ Global Europe & Africa Renewables Deal of the Year (2014) for the Lake Turkana Wind Project in Kenya;
- Project Finance Renewables Deal of the Year (2012) for Chirnogeni wind farm in Romania;
- – PFI and Project Finance Power Deal of the Year (2008/2009) for Rabai IPP in Kenya;
- – PFI and Project Finance Infrastructure Deal of the Year (2008/2009) for the Lekki toll road in Nigeria;
- – Project Finance and Euromoney African Renewable Deal of the Year (2009) and EMEA Finance Best EMEA Sustainability Deal (2008), for Olkaria III geothermal IPP in Kenya; and
- – Project Finance Africa Deal of the Year (2006) for the MBO of Copperbelt Energy Corporation in Zambia.
Paul Biggs is rated in the highest category (Band 1) by Chambers. Sources describe him as “one of the leading legal lights of Africa.” Patrick Leece lauded as “a pragmatic and commercial lawyer who understands how to apply the law to real-world situations and provide the client with a practical and workable solution.” Simon Norris “has matured into a very good lawyer especially in power and oil and gas work.” Conrad Marais is recognised in various legal publications including Chambers Global (described as a “standout individual” for his projects work in Africa) and the 2017 Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers listing of Australia’s top project finance lawyers.
In its fourth year, Trinity was rated by Legal 500, The Clients’ Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm appears in (1) Projects, energy and natural resources: Power, (2) Projects, energy and natural resources: Infrastructure and (3) Finance: Emerging Markets.
Legal 500 highlights that Trinity ‘impresses with its speed of response and soundness of advice’ and that it ‘holds its own against the bigger names by virtue of its niche expertise’.