We have three core practice areas:
We provide the full range of legal services required to help clean energy projects get from the drawing board to financial close to commercial operations and beyond, in the UK and in emerging markets.
We support projects of all scales, from off-grid rural electrification programmes to community funded mid-scale renewables right the way up to structured finance, grid-connected utility scale projects.
We also support clients on all related commercial, financing and regulatory matters, including property, planning, grid connection, financing, construction, O&M, off-take, etc.
Our market-leading team has been deeply involved at the heart of the district heating industry for nearly a decade, acting on many of the biggest schemes in the UK.
Recognised for our deep expertise in structuring, applicable legislation and contract drafting, team members were selected by the Government to assist in the drafting of guidance for local authority and private district heating scheme promotors and developers and by industry body, the Heat Trust, to sit on its committee.
We provide a wide spectrum of services to our heating and cooling clients, ranging from commercial structuring, governance and supplier of last resort arrangements, to drafting of heat concessions, heat connection and supply agreements, D&B and O&M agreements as well as use of system agreements and bulk supply agreements for unbundled networks.
We have market-leading experience advising across the full range of options for alternative routes to market for electricity output.
We have unique experience advising on Licence Lite and peer-to-peer (generator to consumer) trading, having advised the pioneers in these two areas (the Greater London Authority and Open Utility, respectively), creating the contract architecture to make these work.
We have also advised on wheeling and sleeving arrangements under framework electricity supply agreements, white labelling, flexible trading and many distributed generation PPAs, as well as merchant and private wire off take agreements and all associated regulatory issues.
The services we offer:
Our business legal services offering includes:
- a range of corporate and commercial, finance and regulatory legal services needed to develop low carbon, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and to capture value from generated electricity, heating, cooling production and energy savings
- international legal counsel on clean energy projects in emerging markets, using English law for the core documentation
- ‘special counsel’ support for blue chip clients who want specialist advice on climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency regulation and compliance and clean energy procurement
- working with other law firms practising in the UK, without energy expertise, looking to leverage off their clients and contacts and increase revenue without taking on the expense and risk of recruiting in an energy team
The types of client we act for:
We advise clients throughout the energy supply chain: Governments, local authorities, regulators, developers, funders, generators, suppliers, commercial and industrial consumers, distribution companies, technology companies and community groups.