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energy

 

Our energy team has experience in dealing with power generation, renewables – wind, solar and tidal, oil and gas, nuclear, energy disputes and utilities. 

We have a range of specialist industry knowledge advising on major technology collaborations, procurement, joint ventures, contractual negotiations, property management, outsourcing, competition issues, employment and industry regulation. 
 
Our clients include major corporates, central government, developers, landowners and energy purchasers both in the UK and internationally.

what we do...

  • Intellectual property - We have experience advising private and public sector bodies including utilities in the oil and gas, renewables, nuclear, electric and water industries on their IP strategies, portfolios and protection advice. In addition we advise on exploitation strategies, enforcement and monetisation of IP.

  • Commercial & IT - Experience advising on major projects and short form arrangements within the various regulatory frameworks. We also advise on the development of technology through R & D and joint venture arrangements using various funding streams including Innovate UK, Ofgem and ERDF funding, including advising on technology transfer arrangements.

  • Procurement & state aid - We have experience of advising central and local government on public procurement and state aid in the context of a variety of energy projects including establishing £multi-billion national energy frameworks, district heating schemes, regional and national solar schemes and CHP installations.

    We have also been appointed by BEIS to prepare national guidance on the state aid, public procurement and vires implications of developing district heating schemes in England and Wales.

  • Property - We have advised landowners, developers and funders on a variety of energy related transactions. Our experience includes advising landed estates on proposed oil and fracking extraction agreements, health and education clients on the installation of roof top solar panels across their estates, and investors in and developers of solar farms. We have considerable expertise acting for property developers generally, which involves dealing with infrastructure agreements such as easements and substation agreements with Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).

  • Regulatory - We have experience of advising on a range of planning and environmental matters in the energy sector. We have provided planning advice or undertaken planning inquiries in relation to wind farms, energy from waste facilities and solar farms. We have also advised on the obtaining of permits for onshore oil and gas production. We have extensive experience of environmental permitting, including advising in relation to inquiries and prosecutions.

  • Litigation & disputes - We have extensive experience of advising energy companies on a wide variety of risk and dispute issues, from the pre-action stage through to trial/appeal. Our experience includes common BAU risk issues together with more specialist matters (e.g. litigation involving domestic and business customers of ‘big six’ energy suppliers; disputes relating to energy trading, power/renewables, Feed-in Tariffs etc).

focus on...

Blogs

UK gas stability in light of the recent political unrest with Russia and the future for onshore fracking

Political commentators highlight that deteriorating political relations between Russia and the UK could have a negative future impact on the UK gas market, post-Brexit.

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What happens within the culture of an organisation when failure is not an option?

Our discussion starts with Kweku Adoboli recounting his experiences during the 2011 UBS Swiss bank scandal, and moves to the various lessons learned and the potential solutions for minimising the risk of wrongdoing.

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Brexit

What does the future hold for the UK’s gas supply post-Brexit? Will the gas run out?

As the UK is in the midst of negotiations on Brexit, the future of the UK’s energy trading positon post-Brexit has been shrouded in uncertainty.

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Legal updates

Legal and practical impact of the Ofgem consultation on NIA and NIC

Ofgem has recently reviewed the governance arrangements for the gas and electricity NIA and NIC, as well as a number of other arrangements relating to holders of Gas Transporter or Electricity Transmission / Distribution Licences.

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