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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).

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Upcoming webinars

Parallel imports what brand and IP owners need to know

Parallel importers seek to exploit price differentials for goods sold in different countries.

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Legal updates

State aid – guidance on applying the market economy operator principle to district heating schemes

A recent commission decision regarding the reacquisition of the Hamburg District Heating Network (Decision) has given some useful insight in to ensuring that investment in to a district heating scheme by a public body is done in a way which is compliant with state aid principles, specifically the market economy operator principle (MEOP).

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The impact of Brexit on environmental law - hear from Richard Barlow

Brexit has brought with it a great deal of uncertainty for environmental law.

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Brexit resources

Headline Brexit issues for the energy sector

In this update, we review various aspects of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement which organisations in the energy sector should know about.

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