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Overview

The energy sector moves quickly. Our clients need advisers who understand not only where the sector is today, but also where it will be tomorrow. Our award-winning energy lawyers innovate and deliver creative solutions. From groundbreaking projects to unparalleled regulatory insight, we provide the very best advice on all aspects of energy law.

We work at the cutting edge of the sector. Our reputation is built upon first-of-a-kind projects and deals, and we provide expert advice throughout the project/plant life cycle.

Collaboration is the key to our service. We work closely with experts from across our firm to provide energy law advice tailored to each client. With a pool of expertise spanning areas including commercial, construction, planning, real estate, environmental and disputes at our disposal, we view complex energy projects from all angles.

Within our team of energy lawyers, we have developed expertise in all the key technologies and activities in the sector: nuclear, renewables, oil and gas, energy regulation, energy storage, waste and water.

Areas of focus

Our energy law expertise includes the following:

  • Consents and planning applications for energy projects.
  • Build out.
  • Power purchase and grid connection.
  • Project finance.
  • Energy regulation.
  • Operational advice.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Energy disputes.
  • Community Energy.
Experience

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

Advising DONG Energy on the consenting of the Hornsea Round three offshore wind farms.

Advising ICON Infrastructure on the 19MW Beckton biomass plant.

Advising Mersey Bioenergy on the £110 million, 20 MW Widnes CHP biomass plant.

Advising on the Westmill Solar Co-operative.

Advising on a 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 Good Energy on an investment and power arrangement at Swansea Bay Lagoon.

Acting on the disposal of Infinis’ hydro business to Welsh Water.

Advising Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on Dounreay PBO competition, Land sales for new build; Springfields.

Advising the Ministry of Defence on the re-contracting of the Atomic Weapons Establishment – a £2.5 billion value contract. This included advice in the tender stages through to the final award of the contract and the establishment of a new consent under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993. Many of the corporate structures employed there are instructive to other contracts in the nuclear sector.

Advising New Earth Solutions as preferred bidder for the £100 million waste PPP scheme involving MBT and ATT (gasification) technologies.

Advising Costain as EPC contractor for the £3.8 billion Greater Manchester Waste PFI Scheme.

Undertaking contractual negotiations, drafting, off-take contracts (digestate, biogas and power), funding (including FITS), planning and permitting for private and public sector clients targeting food waste focused projects – Gwynedd County Council, NE Wales, Heads of Valleys, Biogen Greenfinch, Adgen, and GENeco.

Advising Marks and Spencer plc on its innovative and highly publicised direct renewable energy PPA/CfD structure which has been rolled out to over 25 projects.

Advising Nuon Renewables on a direct PPA with Tarmac plc. This PPA was heralded in the market as a new innovative way of selling green power. Rather than selling to a licensed supplier it was sold to a corporate, Tarmac, and backed off by a supplier.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Chair of Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Ian Salter

Ian Salter Partner

  • Head of Nuclear
  • Projects
  • Environment
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Oil and Gas
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Environment
Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis Partner

  • Banking
  • Projects 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey Partner

  • Corporate
  • Funds and Asset Management
  • Financial Services
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Healthcare
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Partner

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

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Ann Metherall

Ann Metherall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Safety
  • Transport
Paul Browne

Paul Browne Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Finance 
  • Nuclear
  • Real Estate
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson Partner

  • Defence
  • Business Transformation
  • Central Government
Camilla Usher-Clark

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Co-operatives
Nick Graves

Nick Graves Partner

  • Corporate Advice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Reorganisations and Demergers
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

  • Banking
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Project Finance
Racheal Ruane

Rachael Ruane Partner

  • Corporate Banking
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending

What others say...

It is always excellent; they are very efficient, prompt and commercially minded in the advice they provide. 

Chambers UK 2015