Through our market-leading work in renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy storage, our energy lawyers are leading the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, we recognise the important transitional role to be played by conventional energy sources – and natural gas in particular – in helping to meet our requirements for security of electricity supply and heating during this transition.

We guide and advise our clients through the process of developing, financing and operating a wide range of onshore energy projects, from licensing through to decommissioning. Throughout the business lifecycle, our team provides day-to-day support and advice on various aspects of oil and gas law.

Our oil and gas lawyers can call upon support from colleagues across the firm in the full range of specialisms such as power trading, connection arrangements, real estate, employment, litigation, intellectual property, construction, environmental and health and safety. Our regulatory experts also have vast practical experience of helping clients to understand and benefit from the mechanisms incentivising baseload and flexible gas-fired power projects in the current market, in order to ensure that the UK’s energy security requirements, as well as its climate change targets, are met.

We are well placed to assist our clients to capitalise on opportunities in emerging markets, such as the development of flexible gas peaking projects, the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations and carbon capture and storage.

Areas of focus

Our oil and gas law expertise includes the following:

  • Planning and consenting advice for power generation and gas production facilities
  • Advising on gas and electricity connection arrangements and network issues
  • Advising on the Capacity Market, Route to Market Agreements and balancing services contracts
  • Regulatory and contractual matters relating to the decommissioning of offshore and onshore installations and pipelines
  • Construction, O&M, and other services contracts relating to energy infrastructure, using LOGIC, FIDIC and other common industry forms
  • Port services agreements
  • Environmental compliance and Health and Safety investigations and incident response
  • Assistance with regulatory approvals and permits (including offshore licensing, COMAH and environmental permitting)
  • Dispute resolution
  • Share and asset acquisitions and disposals
  • Advising on the financing of conventional energy infrastructure
  • Securing land rights for the development of conventional energy projects and utilities, including storage facilities and infrastructure related to carbon capture and storage.

Advising Osaka Gas on its strategic investment of up to £20 million in challenger energy supplier, Igloo Energy.

Advising the government on the corporate aspects of establishing the Oil and Gas Authority.

Advising various developers and utilities on planning, environmental permitting, grid connection and real estate matters relating to proposed conventional energy projects.

Advising developers on electricity and heat supply arrangements relating to the installation of 'behind the meter' CHP and storage facilities at various industrial premises.

Providing consenting advice to a developer for a large-scale gas storage project in the North East of England.

Advising an offshore contractor on an HSE investigation following a structural failure in an end-of-life asset in the North Sea.

Advising a CCGT operator on consenting and grid connection advice on the proposed extension of a CCGT facility in England.

Advising a utility on the decommissioning of two gas-fired power stations in England.

Advising multiple developers and investors on dozens of investments into pipelines of new gas-fired reserve power stations across Great Britain.

Advising a developer on the real estate arrangements relating to a proposed 20 mile gas pipeline in England.

Advising a developer on the real estate arrangements relating to a proposed 20 mile pipeline in England.

Advising consortium members on various proposals for carbon capture and storage initiatives including participation in a government competition for funding.

Advising various power station developers on regulatory and contractual issues relating to Capacity Market participation.

Chairing an Oil and Gas UK Working Group developing a LOGIC form of offshore decommissioning contract to assist with the removal of installations from the North Sea.

Meet the team
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Energy & Utilities
  • Head of Energy Transition
  • Energy Regulation
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Consultant

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Danny Lee

Danny Lee Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure

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