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Diana France

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Diana has over 30 years' experience of advising on complex international projects, with a focus on the energy sector. Her experience covers a wide range of issues, including upstream oil and gas, LNG, energy management, electricity and renewables, including leading HFW's team of lawyers advising the national oil company of a major oil producing state for over 14 years. 

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Diana has over 30 years' experience of advising on complex international projects, with a focus on the energy sector. Her experience covers a wide range of issues, including upstream oil and gas, LNG, energy management, electricity and renewables, including leading HFW's team of lawyers advising the national oil company of a major oil producing state for over 14 years. 

Diana has a special interest in digitalisation and is a member of the Legal Roundtable for the National Digital Twin, contributing her expertise on the energy industry and legal issues arising from the digital transformation the industry is currently undergoing.

She is also an enthusiastic advocate of capacity building and has a long track-record of working with CWC School for Energy on developing and delivering training on a wide range of legal issues. Other capacity building initiatives include establishing a secondment programme for state energy lawyers to work at HFW's London office and creating and facilitating the State Energy Companies' Legal, Commercial and Risk Network on LinkedIn.

Diana previously worked in industry as with British Gas Exploration and Production (now part of Shell), following which she was General Counsel of Dalkia plc, the UK energy branch of Veolia Environment.

Diana was recognised in the Hot 100 of The Lawyer 2015, named Expert in the Energy section of Euromoney's The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers 2020 (and earlier editions) and Women in Business Law 2020 (and earlier editions) and also appears in the current Best Lawyers Energy and Natural Resources section, as well references in Chambers and Legal 500.

Diana speaks French and chairs the firm's Community Investment Committee. She is a trustee of one of the firm's partner charities, Renewable World.

She is qualified in England and Wales.

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Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

Office Telephone: +44 (0)20 7264 8000
Office Fax: +44 (0)20 7264 8888

Direct Dial (London): +44 (0)20 7264 8103

Mobile: +44 (0)7720 080166

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