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Overview

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 and offshore wind, solar, wave and tidal, geothermal, small hydro, anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis and electricity storage.

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).
  • 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 state aid.
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 3 offshore wind farms.

Advising Infinergy on the project financing of the Ferndale, Castle Pill, Wear Point and Mean Moor wind farms.

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

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

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

Advising Westmill on the Westmill solar co-operative.

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

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

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis Partner

  • Banking
  • Projects 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Oil and Gas
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Environment
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
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
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Healthcare
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

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

Graham Soar Partner

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

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

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

Jonathan Eves Partner

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

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Partner

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

Julian Boswall Partner

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

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Nick Graves

Nick Graves Partner

  • Corporate Advice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Reorganisations and Demergers

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Chambers UK 2016