Plant decommissioning and site closure projects are sensitive and not without risk. Businesses face a range of commercial and reputational concerns and need expert guidance through this complex process.

We have developed a specialist service for clients who need advice on plant decommissioning and site closure. We understand the intricacies of the laws around site closure and how the legal aspects of the project interlink with wider business needs.

Our advice covers all of the key legal disciplines involved in plant decommissioning: from planning, construction and real estate issues to employment and health and safety matters. Our specialist lawyers integrate seamlessly with the client's own internal and external advisory teams.

We have worked on many of the UK's most high profile site closure projects, including manufacturing and chemical sites, and coal and gas power stations. We also advised on the decommissioning of Magnox nuclear power stations and the Dounreay site, the largest decommissioning project the UK has seen.

Areas of focus

Our plant decommissioning and site closure expertise includes the following:

  • Environmental permits, variation and surrender and planning issues.
  • Leasehold surrender and surrounding conditions.
  • The dismantling and on-sale of key plant and equipment to third party purchasers.
  • Demolition and remediation contracts.
  • Mitigating environmental liabilities.
  • Dealing with nuisance, trespass and protester actions.
  • Business rates and the wind down of commercial contracts.
  • Redundancy and employment issues.

Advising on the decommissioning of the Magnox fleet of nuclear power stations.

Advising on the closure and sale of the Sevalco UK chemical's site in Avonmouth.

Advising on the closure and decommissioning of a major conventional power station.

Advising on the closure and surrender of the Albemarle UK chemicals site.

Advising on the closure and surrender of the Shotton CHP plant.

Advising on the closure of gasworks sites.

Advising on the closure and mothballing of a major brick manufacturing site.

Advising on the closure and sale of a major Teeside chemicals site.

Advising on the closure of Alcoa UK site.

Advising on the closure (aborted) of a major car component manufacturing site.

Advising on the closure and decommissioning of a major coal-fired power station.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Ian Salter

Ian Salter Partner

  • Head of Nuclear
  • Projects
  • Environment
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Simon Tilling Partner

  • Environment
  • REACH, Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Oil and Gas
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Environment
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson Partner

  • Defence
  • Business Transformation
  • Central Government
Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water