UK Political Risk - London - Helmsley Partners

Experts in government relations for the energy sector.

Energy is complicated. It requires energy specialists. We help corporate affairs and leadership teams in the energy sector to navigate the world of politics.

We're a London-based public affairs and strategy consultancy focused on the energy sector. Our consultants have worked with clients throughout the industry: upstream, midstream and retail.


We've advised participants and investors in wind, solar, nuclear, storage, bioenergy and oil and gas (including E&P, petrochemicals and power generation). And we've advised some of the UK's leading energy suppliers on business-critical policy programmes, from tariff and network reform to DSR technology development.

From government relations to policy development, transaction due diligence and polling, we help energy companies and their investors to operate with confidence, even in politically uncertain times.

Our services

We tailor our services to client needs, applying a set of tools and methodologies to understand your risks and how to manage them. Then we draw on decades of political and energy industry expertise to help you take the best course of action. Our core services include:

  • Political consulting

  • Pre-transaction political due diligence

  • Policy exposure analysis

  • Senior political counsel/strategic advisory

  • Political risk monitoring

  • Public polling and qualitative research

  • Messaging and communications

  • Government relations / public affairs strategy

  • Political stakeholder mapping

  • Scenario and crisis planning

  • Sustainability / ESG advisory.

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UK Political Risk Competition Law Reforms

The UK Government is consulting on a broad package of reforms to competition and consumer policy, with implications for energy sector M&A.


Read our briefing, which reviews the key elements of the proposals and their political context.

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National Security & Investment Act Briefing

The Act creates a new layer of security-focused merger control in the UK, with energy on the list of sectors that will attract additional scrutiny.

Read our briefing on the Act and which sectors it affects.

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Political Risk Climate Change

Helmsley Energy's Founder, Benedict McAleenan, co-authored an essay ​on the geopolitics of climate change with former CIA Director Gen David Petraeus for the launch of Environmental Affairs.

Access the journal here.