Burges Salmon’s unique strength is that it has deep knowledge and expertise across the key sectors of energy, transport, infrastructure and the built environment, with many of our lawyers recognised as leaders in these fields. These sectors have to work together to hit the Net Zero target and the success of a hydrogen economy in the UK will also depend on this.

We have been advising on hydrogen for many years particularly in the electrolyser sector and we are now at the heart of the hydrogen conversation in the UK: our lawyers sit on the Executive of the UK Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, sit on the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Hydrogen Task Force working group for standards and regulation, and work closely with the Department for International Trade. We promote industry dialogue through regular round-table events and seminars.

Our work spans all forms of hydrogen from large clusters to on-site bespoke solutions. As well as the hydrogen producers and developers, we work closely with renewable energy providers engaged in the opportunities which hydrogen presents and with the demand side of hydrogen looking at future supplies and uses.

Areas of focus

Multi-disciplinary team: We offer a full suite of legal services to ensure you are fully-supported throughout a project’s life cycle, including advising on:

  • Consenting of projects, pipelines, storage and networks
  • Regulatory Matters and government incentives
  • Procurement, construction, operation and decommissioning
  • Hydrogen supply and distribution
  • Corporate
  • Financing
  • Taxation
  • Real estate
  • Health and safety
  • Dispute management and trouble-shooting

Worldwide support: We have lawyers qualified to work in all three UK jurisdictions, as well as a close network of international law firms, with whom we work regularly, to ensure you receive a seamless service, irrespective of the location of a project and the parties involved in it.


Advising a sector-leading contractor on its bid to help deliver a “first of a kind” green-hydrogen-to-home heating network on the East Coast of Scotland.

Advising a global contractor on its role as a technology supplier for NEOM, the world’s largest green hydrogen project.

Advising Protium on the development funding and contracting aspects of its roll out of green hydrogen production and energy services across a variety of UK industrial and manufacturing sites.

Developing collaboration agreements to facilitate the roll-out of a pipeline of <20MW hydrogen projects in the UK.

Advising a UK transport operator on its framework arrangements (manufacturing supply agreements) for the procurement of hydrogen buses.

Advising an offshore wind farm developer on the potential supply of renewable energy to produce hydrogen on a large scale including the supply contract arrangements.

Advising Progressive Energy and others on the development of the HyNet project – a hydrogen energy and CCUS project in the North West of England and Wales.

Assisting ITM Power over a decade with a number of matters, including drafting and reviewing commercial agreements for ITM projects, and advising on proposed corporate re-organisations, fundraising rounds, corporate governance and compliance.

Advising a major international contractor on the supply of water electrolysis equipment to Shell as part of a hydrogen manufacturing plant in the Netherlands.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Emma Andrews

Emma Andrews Director

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste and Resource Management
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare
Colin Ligman

Colin Ligman Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Danny Lee

Danny Lee Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Head of Environment
  • Head of Water
  • Head of ESG
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy and Utilities
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Consultant

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Lucy Pegler

Lucy Pegler Partner

  • Technology and Communications
  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Outsourcing
Brioney Thomas

Brioney Thomas Partner

  • Head of Transport
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
  • Commercial

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