Qualified in 1980 as Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.
Commenced work in the gas industry in 1978 with the majority of the 25 years involved first hand in the legal documentation including the compulsory acquisition of the necessary rights and interpretation of related statute.
The move to a management role involved policy decisions in such work, negotiating and settling standard documentation and overseeing panel lawyers.
Stuart joined McHale & Co in 2003 and is the first point of contact for all gas, electricity, water and drainage related matters.
The practice is one of a small number of panel lawyers providing a legal service to gas transporters, electricity distribution network operators and utility infrastructure providers as well as private clients needing to respond to approaches for routing utility plant and for placing onshore gas exploration facilities, in their land.