About Ainsley

Ainsley Heffernan is a partner and head of our award winning Energy & Natural Resources Group. He has over fifteen years’ experience advising clients in the energy sector. Ainsley and his team have extensive experience representing clients involved in wind farm projects (both onshore and offshore), solar PV, energy storage, anaerobic digestion and CHP. He has spoken at numerous conferences and regularly contributes to a variety of industry publications. Ainsley is also included in the Energy Ireland Yearbook as one of the “leading movers and shakers in the energy sector”.

His specialties include energy law, planning and development, corporate law and contract negotiation.

Recent experience

  • ABO Wind on the finance and construction of the Cappawhite B and Clogheravaddy Wind Farms
  • Innogy Renewables on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the 600MW Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm and a 100% stake in a 103MW battery energy storage portfolio
  • Triodos Bank on the project finance of Gurteen Wind Farm and the refinance of Castlecool Wind Farm
  • C6 WTE in the acquisition, development and finance of the €85.4 million Derryclure Waste to Energy Project
  • Grange Backup Power on the development and subsequent sale of a 115MW open cycle gas dual fuel power plant
Ainsley Heffernan is really the best energy lawyer we have worked with to date. He is customer focused but also has a flare for commercial problem solving. It’s in this area in particular that he differentiates himself from others.
Legal 500 2022
Ainsley Heffernan is the standout partner. The level of personal client attention and focus is second to none. The team are pragmatic and hands on in getting transactions completed.
Legal 500 2022
He is commercially aware, highly experienced and dedicated.
Chambers & Partners Europe 2022
Ainsley is the reason we moved to Beauchamps from our previous adviser and the reason we are still with them. Apart from the benefits of his long experience in the wind sector Ainsley has a very commercial approach to complex issues – this instinct cuts to the key points and facilitates a faster resolution of issues. Ainsley is also a very personable individual, a good person to discuss industry churn with at any time.
Legal 500 2021
Ainsley Heffernan is both a highly specialised renewables lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the Irish renewables market and an extremely capable corporate lawyer. Generally, our experience of other firms is that you need two separate lawyers to deliver the capabilities that Ainsley brings to the table. In addition, the team has been strengthened in recent years with excellent new hires in the team both at junior, mid level and senior level to support and complement Ainsley.’
Legal 500 2021
Ainsley Heffernan is an expert in the energy sector who is able to quickly identify the key issues and present deliverable solutions. I would have no hesitation in putting him in to bat on any energy project.
Legal 500 2021
Ainsley Heffernan brings unique skills to any transaction. In addition to the skills, his passion for the sector, his personal engagement with clients and his sincerity are second to none.
Legal 500 2021
Very solution-oriented, a creative problem solver, extremely diligent and works incredibly hard to protect clients' interests.
Chambers & Partners 2021
Excellent market know-how and pragmatic approach to find commercial solutions.
Chambers & Partners 2020
Ainsley Heffernan is a very commercially minded individual meaning that his proposed solutions consider what our overall objectives for a project are and are never narrowly focused.
Legal 500 2020
Strong energy sector experience. Practical hands on advice. Ainsley Heffernan is very knowledgeable and user friendly.’
Legal 500 2020
Ainsley is a very experienced solicitor in the renewable energy industry in Ireland and has a great personal interest and curiosity for planning law. This experience together with a very proactive approach often provide us with an ability to “look around the corner” when it comes to our preparations on planning applications and project financing.
Legal 500 2020
Ainsley has been an excellent “partner” in our recent successes in the Irish market.
Legal 500 2020
Ainsley Heffernan, along with his team, has a unique and in-depth understanding of both the corporate as well as renewable sectors. He manages work flows in an extremely efficient and transparent manner.
Legal 500 2020
I worked mostly with team head, Ainsley Heffernan. Ainsley has that rare and valuable ability to combine his legal knowledge with a highly commercial and solutions-focused approach. The result is a level of service and advice which is second to none in the Irish legal market.
Legal 500 2020
Very experienced in renewable energy.
Chambers & Partners 2019
Depth and breadth of experience in planning and energy
Chambers & Partners 2020
He has a great deal of experience on the transactional side of the sector.
Chambers & Partners 2018
He has a deep understanding of the issues faced by renewable energy developers and funders
Legal 500 2018
Always seeking to solve problems in the most clean and efficient manner and is immediately on top of new developments in the industry
Chambers & Partners 2018
Excellent market knowledge.
Chambers & Partners 2018
Very energetic and approachable.
Chambers Europe 2017
Practice head Ainsley Heffernan is ‘at the top of his game’
Legal 500 2017
Ainsley Heffernan offers a 'wealth of experience'.
Chambers Europe 2017
He has that rare ability to combine legal expertise, commercial awareness and sound judgement.
Chambers & Partners 2016
He is a phenomenal lawyer and an excellent negotiator. Unlike most lawyers he doesn’t just identify the problems in the deal, but focuses on coming up with innovative and practical solutions to those problems.
Chambers & Partners 2015
Ainsley Heffernan’s ability to bridge the gap between good business and good legal practice sets him apart from the competition.
Legal 500, 2014
Ainsley Heffernan is highlighted for his negotiation skills, attention to detail and overall grasp of the field, which is second to none.
Chambers & Partners 2013