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William-James Kettlewell

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL


William-James Kettlewell is an associate in the EU Competition and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group of the Brussels office.

Practice Focus

William-James advises businesses extensively on European-wide energy, climate and sustainability issues. His engineering background brings a novel perspective on legal matters as well as a practical understanding of energy and climate policies, with specific knowledge in the EU ETS, hydrogen markets, and the EU taxonomy.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisted a large international oil and gas company with developing its legal and policy strategy with the aim of adapting to the European Union’s energy and climate agenda.

  • Advised multiple clients on the Commission's proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and its links to the EU ETS.

  • Advised multiple clients on the developing regulatory and market framework for hydrogen in the EU.

  • Assisted with the development of the design of – and with the analysis of the political and constitutional feasibility of implementing – a national regulatory framework for hydrogen, in particular hydrogen infrastructure, pre-empting European legislation.

  • Assisted with the energy aspects of the investment in a special purpose vehicle for the construction and operations of an onshore wind farm, including in particular the review of the agreements for the sale of electricity and green certificates.

  • Assisted in the regulatory analysis of an innovative business and legal framework for the charging of electric vehicles in the Netherlands.

  • Assisted and advised a multinational investor group with the analysis of the general electricity market framework and the framework for renewable electricity subsidies and public support on an EU-wide level and with the Belgian context in particular.


  • Brussels~Belgium (2018)


  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Master's degree in Law, magna cum laude, Ganshof van der Meersch Award) (2018)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Master's degree in Engineering, magna cum laude) (2015)


  • English
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Japanese

Co-author and co-editor, “The Internal Energy Market,” Fifth edition, Claeys & Casteels, 2021

Co-author, “The European Green Deal in Times of Recuperation from COVID-19,” Law Notebook for Engineers (XII) – Wolters Kluwer España, February 2021

Co-author, “How will EU Policies Shape the Clean Hydrogen Funding Landscape,” Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, November 2020