With the UK committed to reducing its carbon emissions, renewable energy has never been more important. Our renewable energy lawyers understand the financial, policy and regulatory challenges facing our clients and are experienced in driving renewable energy projects to completion.

We have over 20 years’ experience in the sector and are widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading firms in renewable energy law. We have built a reputation on innovative, first-of-a-kind work – from power trading agreements to what is set to become the world’s largest tidal energy project.

Our renewable energy lawyers understand the key technologies at the heart of renewable energy projects. Our advice covers technologies including onshore wind, offshore wind, floating wind, solar, wave and tidal, geothermal, small hydro, anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis and electricity storage and, increasingly, electric vehicles and sustainable energy services.

Through our activity in the sector’s key strategy groups – such as RenewableUK, REA, Scottish Renewables – we help to shape the future of renewable energy in the UK and provide our clients with insight into the wider challenges they face.

Areas of focus

Our renewable energy law expertise includes the following:

  • Regulatory/electricity licensing
  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) / Contracts for Difference
  • Carbon law
  • Marine/offshore renewables projects
  • Project finance
  • Real estate
  • Planning and consenting
  • Construction, procurement and supply chain packages
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Corporate/mergers and acquisitions
  • Fuel supply issues
  • Grid connection
  • Environmental and health and safety matters
  • Energy disputes
  • Grant funding and Subsidy control

Advising DONG Energy/Orsted on the consenting of the Hornsea Round 3 offshore wind farms.

Advising Octopus Group on funding a fleet of electric vehicles for Heathrow Airport.

Advising Nuon Renewables (now Vattenfall) on numerous onshore wind farms including its 300 MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales including negotiating all grid arrangements, preparing and negotiating all construction and procurement arrangements and all consenting aspects and real estate.

Advising Seagreen on its 3,500 MW Firth of Forth Round 3 Zone offshore wind farm in Scotland – Scotland’s largest ever energy project.

Advising EGS Energy on its geothermal project supplying energy to the Eden Project.

Advising ICON Infrastructure on the 19MW Beckton Biomass Plant.

Advising Anesco on the first subsidy free solar project involving co-located battery storage.

Advising Estover Energy on the Speyside and Cramlington biomass CHP plants.

Advising GDF Suez Engie on the acquisition of West Coast Energy and its portfolio of onshore wind sites.

Advising Belectric on the Marsh Farm, Weston Longville, Holton, Higher Tregarne and Willersley solar projects.

Advising GCP Infrastructure Investments on the acquisition of 5 onshore wind farms managed by Platina.

Advising Low Carbon on 300 MW portfolio funding of ground mounted solar with Macquarie.

Advising Marks and Spencer plc on the 6 MW Castle Donnington rooftop solar project.

Advising MeyGen on all aspects of its 400 MW Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Project.

Advising Minesto on its tidal project off Anglesey.

Acting on disposal of Infinis' hydro business to Welsh Water.

Advising ERG on the £163million sale of Brockaghboy wind farm in Northern Ireland to Greencoat.

Advising RBS on the financing of NTR’s Quixwood Moor Wind Farm in Scotland.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

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

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Energy & Utilities
  • Head of Energy Transition
  • Energy Regulation
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy and Utilities
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

  • Banking and Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Project Finance
Camilla Usher-Clark

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Co-operatives
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and Subsidy Control
  • Projects
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Consultant

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Nick Graves

Nick Graves Partner

  • Head of Corporate
  • Corporate Advice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Danny Lee

Danny Lee Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
Stuart McMillan

Stuart McMillan Partner

  • Head of Infrastructure
  • Banking and Finance
  • Energy finance

What others say...

Having engaged the firm to advise on a number of transactions in the clean energy sector, they have a sound understanding of the key issues which arise and consistently provide pragmatic advice.
Legal 500 2023

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