Energy

  • Overview
  • Working with clients
  • Case studies
  • We are specialist lawyers in the energy sector. Our clients come to us for advice on more than just energy law – they require support on the commercial drivers for developing an energy project and minimising risks whilst navigating the energy maze.

    We advise on energy generation plant development, from conventional power to all forms of low carbon and renewable generation – nuclear, solar, wind, biomass, energy from waste, geothermal, hydro, tidal and wave.

    We advise on land and site assembly, securing consents, planning and permits, obtaining finance, project structuring, energy regulation, fuel supply, grid connection and power purchase contracts.

    Importantly, we support clients throughout the life of an energy generation plant. We are experts on dealing with legal issues in the construction and commissioning period, as well as helping to manage challenges which may arise in the operational phase - from plant performance issues to refurbishment of key components.

    But, its not just about energy generation, we are market leaders in energy efficiency – a crucial aspect to the UK's low carbon future. We advise on everything from combined heat and power (CHP) to innovative energy efficiency measures in homes and businesses.

    We have helped deliver a significant number of CHP and district energy projects which use waste heat as a valuable fuel for homes and commercial properties. Examples include the heat networks in Plymouth, North London (Edmonton) and South London (Beddington).

    We are energy sector innovators – from advising on the creation of the first modern OFGEM backed municipal energy companies through to DECC funded energy storage demonstration projects.

    Through our unique sector expertise, we will provide up to date market advice, help you develop a suitable project delivery structure, ensure bankability, secure energy subsidies and minimise commercial risk.

    I have been very impressed with your patience and excellent commercial and pragmatic legal advice. Thank you!

    Ex-Head of Legal Engie UK,
  • We find solutions to client needs and resolve disagreements.

    Our teams clients have include OFGEM, the Big 6 utilities, energy companies, local authorities, banks and equity funders, project developers, EPC contractors, technology providers and others in the energy supply chain.

    Clients we have worked with include Engie, Cemex, Viridor, Robin Hood Energy, SDCL, Equitix, Balcas, Birmingham City Council and many local authorities.

    Our specialist team can help you with:

    • Fuelled renewable energy plants
    • Funding – corporate, debt and equity
    • Corporate – shareholder and joint venture issues
    • Fuel supply arrangements
    • Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contracts
    • Power purchase agreements
    • Grid connection issues
    • Energy subsidy – CfD, RO, RHI and FIT
    • Energy regulation
    • Gas and electricity issues
    • Heat networks and district energy
    • Energy distribution and transmission
    • Environmental regulation
    • Health and safety issues
    • Planning, consents and permitting
    • Environmental law
    • Project refinancing
    • Secondary market transactions
    • Dispute mitigation and management – EPC and operational issues
    • Contract variations and renegotiations
    • Contract termination issues
  • Energy Storage demonstration project

    Advised a leading renewable energy project developer on the funding and development arrangements for a £8 million DECC backed Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system - a 5MW/15MWh energy storage demonstration project in the North West of England.  

    Wave Hub, Cornwall

    Advised a client on the funding terms and creation of the Wave Hub delivery vehicle in Cornwall. Wave Hub is a test site for wave and renewable technology companies and will enable project developers to test their technologies before reaching full commercialisation stage.

    Ardley Energy Recovery Facility, Cardiff

    Advised Viridor Waste Management on all the legal aspects for the development of their Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Oxfordshire. We advised on the funding arrangements, a £205 million EPC Contract, PPP arrangements and a planning appeal. The ERF will generate enough renewable power for 38,000 homes and has the potential to supply heat into a district heating network.

    Bristol Energy

    Advised Bristol City Council on the creation of one of the first modern municipal energy companies for retail gas and electricity supply. This included advice on all legal aspects - securing OFGEM licences, corporate and project structuring, commercial, funding, governance, state aid and public law issues.

    Swansea Tidal Lagoon

    Advised a client on the commercial, EPC and legal documentation for the Swansea tidal lagoon project.

    Solar PV project documentation

    Advised Engie on a suite of project and contract documentation for their UK solar PV programme.

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