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Overview

As the demand for clean energy increases, and photovoltaic (PV) technology becomes more efficient, opportunities are emerging in this rapidly growing sector. Our solar lawyers have a deep understanding of the sector, having advised on over 300 commercial solar projects.

We draw on the knowledge of legal experts from across the firm to deliver expert guidance to clients throughout the project lifecycle – from real estate and planning through construction issues to financing and regulatory matters.

We also advise clients on investment in – and acquisition of – solar portfolios. Our expertise in renewable energy deals is nationally recognised and we were named Advisory Firm of the Year at the New Energy and Cleantech Awards 2015.

Our solar lawyers are active in shaping the future of the sector. Using our wider energy expertise, we have been instrumental in helping the sector to overcome regulatory challenges in the UK. Our lawyers are also members of key industry bodies, such as the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in solar projects and deals includes the following:

  • Ground mounted and rooftop solar.
  • Corporate set up.
  • Innovative power trading and private wire arrangements.
  • Grid agreements.
  • Consenting.
  • Applications for accreditation under the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in-Tariff regulations.
  • Community energy companies.
  • Electricity market reform.
  • Electricity licensing.
  • Construction and procurement.
  • Real estate.
  • Financing.
  • Acquisition and disposals.
Experience

Advising Low Carbon Group on the sale of three operational solar parks to InfraRed Capital Partners.

Acting for Sun Power Corporation and Belectric solar on their entire UK solar portfolio and subsequent sale of assets to various developers.

Advising a bidder on the sale by Centrica of its entire rooftop solar portfolio.

Advising Bluefield on their £21 million solar farm acquisition in Swindon.

Advising Good Energy on the sale of its 49.9 MW solar site in West Raynham to Trina Solar.

Advising OPDE on the sale of the Mountmills, Natewood Oaklands and Bishops Sutton ground mounted solar projects.

Advising a fund on the acquisition of solar/PV projects from Solar Century.

Advising National Trust on its procurement of solar PV rooftop and ground mounted for its Welsh properties – including drafting all documentation.

Acting for Marks and Spencer plc on its power offtake arrangements from solar PV projects planned to be established across their portfolio of properties.

Advising Sustainable Power Partners on private wire and direct PPAs / electricity sales arrangements to onsite and adjacent site users.

Acting for RGE on the drafting and negotiations of a bespoke framework construction subcontract for the installation of sola PV panels relating to a number of sites across the North of England.

Advising a large UK port authority in preparing EPC and O&M contracts to go out to tender on a 5MW planned solar park to be constructed on the port authority's land in South Wales, and will be advising on tender returns and negotiating and finalising the contracts.

Advising Westmill Solar Co-operative on fundraising to acquire the Westmill Solar Park in Wiltshire.

Advising Sunstroom on an EPC and O&M contract in connection with the sale of its 5MW solar PV installation in Malmesbury, Wiltshire to Foresight.

Advising Bath and North East Somerset Council on the roll out of solar panels on school rooftops.

Meet the team
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Healthcare
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

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

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

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

Nathan Curtis Partner

  • Banking
  • Projects 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

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

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