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Energy and infrastructure sector

Recently we’ve seen unprecedented challenges in the energy and infrastructure sector, both domestically and across the globe. All three pillars of the energy trilemma - affordability security and sustainability - are now simultaneously critical. Despite these conditions, our energy lawyers have continued to work on some of the most important recent transactions in the energy market, supporting a broad range of energy and infrastructure sector clients.

The pace of change in the energy and infrastructure sector has been somewhat dizzying. Global issues such as decarbonisation, innovation, protectionism and resource scarcity have led to the introduction of many UK law and policy initiatives, and this continues to rapidly evolve. The effects of these global pressures are very much being felt at national and regional levels.

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, rising energy costs, inflation geopolitical tensions and the effects of climate change, the significant momentum surrounding the energy transition presents a real need for rapid development and innovation – and thus opportunity.

The urgent need for investment into clean technology, renewable energy and associated infrastructure is continuing to grow. Whilst liquidity in the infrastructure market continues to be strong, challenges remain in the sphere of lesser-matured clean and infra technology and these must be addressed in order to further the net zero agenda.

Societal and environmental impact are at the top of our business agenda and we’re proud to support the delivery of transactions in this sphere. As a firm we’re underpinned by a firmwide sustainable energy and net zero commitment, and view our work in the energy and infrastructure sector as an extension of our values.

Our energy and infrastructure sector-aligned teams take a pragmatic approach, making the complex simple and forging connections between clients to find creative solutions. We draw on our experience working with a broad range of clients including sponsors, equity investors, financiers corporates, public sector clients, contractors, construction companies, developers, landowners and energy purchasers. This unique combination of a leading-edge public sector practice (backed by a commitment to and understanding of Government), a strong private sector base and a wide breadth of clients, means our energy lawyers are familiar with the concerns and objectives of all participants in the energy and infrastructure sector.

What we do

We cover the full energy and infrastructure industry asset life cycle from the underlying technological concept, through the regulatory, procurement, planning and authorisation phase to the raising of equity and debt capital, development and everyday operational aspects (including negotiating the ongoing commercial contracts, advising on agreements with governments, license agreements and securing/protecting the related IP) and the sale or acquisition of such assets and businesses, including the provision of sector-focused advice around asset-level legal due diligence.

Partner led

We believe in smaller, partner led teams - but we can field dsignificant resources when required.

Sector expertise

Our energy law advice is underpinned by energy and infrastructure sector and asset specific knowledge and experience.

Solution oriented

We believe that legal and commercial issues should be met with solutions.

Commercial

We add commercial value through providing innovative, practical and thoughtful energy law advice.

Collaborative

We understand the intricacies of transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector and as such we approach transactions in a collaborative and open minded manner.

Timely completion

We are focussed on achieving your deadlines and transaction milestones.

Commitment

We are committed to helping you achieve your transactional aims and ensuring you only pay for value.

Strategic partner

We strive to build long-term relationships with our energy and infrastructure clients, recognising this will require investment and energy.

Full-service energy law offering

Our energy and infrastructure industry lawyers provide constructive, innovative and pragmatic advice which addresses and anticipates the wide variety of issues which can arise during transactions. We believe that connection gets results, makes all parties stronger and is central to the Browne Jacobson approach. We’re excited to be growing our relationships with energy and infrastructure clients, working collaboratively and forging connections in what is likely to be a period of rapid innovation and development for the energy and infrastructure sector.

Expert energy law teams

Members of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) a not-for-profit trade association that provides a leading industry voice helping to shape the future policy direction within the energy sector.

We’re a founding member of Pangea Net and its specialised energy and renewables group. Pangea Net is a non-exclusive network of full-service law firms across the globe, giving our energy sector clients to access high- quality, specialist advice, efficiently and cost effectively.

We work very closely with the Midlands Engine on sustainability policy and strategy, helping to develop its Green Growth Action Plan, chairing its Green Growth Board, and engaging with industry, academic and public partners.

The first law firm to become an official partner to O-Shaped, an innovative movement with a mission to drive positive change within the legal sector and promote greater collaboration between law firms and their clients.

Working together

We cover the full energy and infrastructure industry asset life cycle from the underlying technological concept, through the regulatory, procurement, planning and authorisation phase to the raising of equity and debt capital, development and everyday operational aspects (including negotiating the ongoing commercial contracts, advising on agreements with governments, license agreements and securing/protecting the related IP) and the sale or acquisition of such assets and businesses, including the provision of sector-focused advice around asset-level legal due diligence.

Partner led

We believe in smaller, partner led teams - but we can field dsignificant resources when required.

Sector expertise

Our energy law advice is underpinned by energy and infrastructure sector and asset specific knowledge and experience.

Solution oriented

We believe that legal and commercial issues should be met with solutions.

Commercial

We add commercial value through providing innovative, practical and thoughtful energy law advice.

Collaborative

We understand the intricacies of transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector and as such we approach transactions in a collaborative and open minded manner.

Timely completion

We are focussed on achieving your deadlines and transaction milestones.

Commitment

We are committed to helping you achieve your transactional aims and ensuring you only pay for value.

Strategic partner

We strive to build long-term relationships with our energy and infrastructure clients, recognising this will require investment and energy.

Full-service energy law offering

Our energy and infrastructure industry lawyers provide constructive, innovative and pragmatic advice which addresses and anticipates the wide variety of issues which can arise during transactions. We believe that connection gets results, makes all parties stronger and is central to the Browne Jacobson approach. We’re excited to be growing our relationships with energy and infrastructure clients, working collaboratively and forging connections in what is likely to be a period of rapid innovation and development for the energy and infrastructure sector.

Expert energy law teams

Members of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) a not-for-profit trade association that provides a leading industry voice helping to shape the future policy direction within the energy sector.

We’re a founding member of Pangea Net and its specialised energy and renewables group. Pangea Net is a non-exclusive network of full-service law firms across the globe, giving our energy sector clients to access high- quality, specialist advice, efficiently and cost effectively.

We work very closely with the Midlands Engine on sustainability policy and strategy, helping to develop its Green Growth Action Plan, chairing its Green Growth Board, and engaging with industry, academic and public partners.

The first law firm to become an official partner to O-Shaped, an innovative movement with a mission to drive positive change within the legal sector and promote greater collaboration between law firms and their clients.

Working together

Featured experience

Hydrogen technology

Advised green hydrogen technology and manufacturing company CPH2 on its AIM floatation and its licensing and distribution arrangements. 

Advising award-winning H2GO Power on investment rounds and R&D collaborations to develop its proprietary hydrogen storage technology and AI platform.

Innovative decarbonisation heat network project

Advising Manchester City Council on an innovative decarbonisation heat network project for the city.

Infrastructure projects

Advising the Welsh European Funding Office on a significant tidal infrastructure project to facilitate the further development of tidal power generation technologies through providing ‘plug and play’ infrastructure.

Advised Oxford City Council on a high-profile infrastructure project which will support the City of Oxford in its sustainable goals strategy through the launch of an electrical vehicle (EV) charging hub.

Flagship garden town project

Advising Folkestone and Hythe District Council in relation to Otterpool Park a flagship garden town project with an estimated gross development value of £2.8bn, the potential to deliver up to 10,000 new homes and employment space supporting up to 8,000 jobs.

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Energy lawyers handle everything related to energy and infrastructure assets, from regulations and finances to contracts and transactions. They give practical advice, focusing on teamwork, meeting deadlines, and adding value for their clients.

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