Offshore wind farm
Overview

Wind power makes a substantial contribution to the UK’s energy supply. Our wind power lawyers are deeply embedded in the sector and provide key insight into onshore and offshore wind power projects.

We have a proven track record of helping clients to deliver wind power projects to tight deadlines. Working with experts from across the firm, we advise on all stages of wind power projects – from site assembly, consenting, route to market, planning to build out, financing and operation.

We also advise clients on the acquisition, disposal and refinancing of wind farms. In an increasingly competitive and subsidy free world, we believe our expert knowledge of energy regulation and route to market options gives our clients a competitive advantage. We have been at the forefront of corporate PPA's, asset optimisation and repowering.

Our service spans the whole of the UK – we have specialists in English and Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish law.

Areas of focus

Our wind power expertise includes the following:

  • Real estate (including offshore leasing rounds).
  • Site assembly.
  • Acquisitions and disposals.
  • Project finance.
  • Planning and consenting (including public inquiries, DCO's and section 36 applications).
  • Marine licensing.
  • Grid connection/OFTO advice.
  • Power Purchase Agreements/corporate PPA's.
  • Construction and turbine supply.
  • Energy regulations and incentives.
  • Community ownership.
  • Asset life extension and repowering.
Experience

Advising ERG on the acquisition and subsequent disposal of the Northern Irish 45MW Brockaghboy onshore wind farm and on the acquisition of the Scottish Burcote onshore wind portfolio, including JDA arrangements.

Advising a bidder on its bid for Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

Advising ENGIE on its acquisition of a stake in EDPR's Moray Offshore Windfarm East.

Advising GDF Suez on the acquisition of West Coast Energy and its portfolio of onshore wind sites (West Coast has developed 650 MW of onshore wind capacity).

Advising Seagreen on its 3,500 MW Firth of Forth Round 3 Zone offshore wind farm in Scotland.

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

Advising a party on the acquisition of a stake in the Project Boreas portfolio comprising Centrica's Lynn and Inner Dowsing offshore wind projects (180 MW) and the Glens of Foundland onshore project (26 MW).

Advising Westmill Co-operative on one of the UK's first community wind farm projects.

Advising RES on planning aspects and successful public inquiries including the Grange Farm, Tallentire, Wadlow and Woolley Hill.

Advising Royal Bank of Scotland on the £44.5 million project financing of NTR plc's Quixwood Moor Wind Farm and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the £55 million project financing of NTR's Twin Rivers Wind Farm.

Advising Temporis Capital, UK Green Investment Bank and KKR on the £82 million project financing of the 52 MW Blackcraig Hill wind farm in Scotland.

Advising International Power on a joint development agreement for the development and construction of 10 wind farm sites ranging from 8 MW to 45 MW across England, Wales and Scotland.

Advising a major construction company on the 500 MW turbine installation contracts for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project.

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

Advising Gravis on the acquisition of a 70MWp portfolio of operating wind farms from funds managed by Platina Partners.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Camilla Usher-Clark

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Co-operatives
Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis Partner

  • Banking
  • Projects 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Victoria Allsopp

Victoria Allsopp Director

  • Banking
  • Renewables
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Kelly Loft

Kelly Loft Director

  • Construction and Engineering
Danny Lee

Danny Lee Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

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

Joanna Monaghan Director

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Oil and Gas
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Environment
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

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

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Ann Metherall

Ann Metherall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Safety
  • Transport

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