Flint helps companies and investors navigate the UK water sector, and the complex – and evolving – political, policy and regulatory environment in which it operates.

We advise regulated water companies and major institutional investors on their strategic and investment decisions. Our team brings together experts from regulators, government and industry; we draw on our deep understanding of how the sector is run, regulated and governed, as well as the wider political context. Our coverage is broad: we advise on price controls and redeterminations, on policy development within central government, on regulatory developments and reform within Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, and on engagement with politicians, policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders.

Flint’s approach

We focus on identifying and translating political, policy and regulatory developments into new business opportunities and commercially valuable advice for effective investor and business management.
Helping companies navigate price control processes
We support companies preparing submissions, developing their evidence base, engaging with the regulator, and understanding regulator’s publications and proposals.
Advising on regulatory, policy and political risks
We analyse and advise on current and future risks in the sector, which underpin major investment decisions by current and prospective asset owners.
Advising on regulatory and political engagement
We advise companies and investors on how to engage with their regulators and other decision makers, including in relation to price control decisions, strategic policy development and other regulatory processes.
Helping companies with positioning and reputation
Drawing on a deep understanding of how the sector works and the challenges it faces, we help companies to develop and explain their corporate, regulatory and policy positioning. We know how the sector should be regulated, and influence other relevant areas of government policy, including environment and climate change policy.
Support on regulatory appeals and redeterminations
We help companies assess the risks and potential benefits of regulatory appeals and redeterminations and – where companies choose to take action – we provide strategic and substantive support to maximise the prospects of success.

Our experts

Ed Richards

Ed assists clients who seek to navigate successfully developments in the policy, political and regulatory arenas.

Mark Caines

Mark provides expert advice on economic regulation and policy with a particular focus on infrastructure sectors.

Kiran Horwich

Kiran is a Partner at Flint serving corporate clients and investors across many sectors.

Tim Pitt

Tim works in Flint’s policy and political practice.

Nikki da Costa

Nikki works with clients on UK legislative, policy, and regulatory issues. She works part-time for Flint.

Craig Lonie

Craig supports clients on complex financial and economic matters, in regulation and competition.

Sarah Latham

Sarah advises corporate and investor clients on policy, political and regulatory challenges across a range of sectors.

Rohan Sakhrani

Rohan supports clients on competition, regulation and policy issues across a number of sectors.

Martin Holterman

Martin Holterman supports clients on competition and regulation matters in the UK, the Netherlands, and the EU.

Ed Mills

Ed Mills advises clients on regulation, competition and economic issues, particularly in network industries.

Zoe Alipranti

Zoe advises clients on climate and sustainability issues, mainly in infrastructure and financial services.

Jeremy Adams

Jeremy advises clients on energy and other regulatory issues.

Let’s discuss

We will be delighted to discuss how Flint could support you and tailor our services to help you deliver commercial success in this area.
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A late change to an incoming prudential regime resulted in a client’s international operations being brought in scope, meaning the client would be required to hold significant additional capital. The client needed support to consider the options and make a decision about how best to mitigate the impact of this.
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