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RORY TAIT

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We have found Rory to be highly capable, not just in highlighting the legal issues but also demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of our sector and the potential impact of the legal issues and associated risks our business might face. He has always conducted himself in a highly professional way and has become a trusted advisor to our business.
— Stuart Pocock, Chief Operating Officer, REA

Rory has 30 years of experience of acting as a commercial/energy lawyer. He specialises in the provision of advice on renewable and low carbon energy generation projects as well as providing commercial and regulatory advice in the clean energy sector. He has worked on projects across the renewable technologies including large-scale and domestic solar PV, biomass power and CHP, onshore and offshore wind, biogas and AD as well as renewable heat projects including projects under the RHI.

He has advised on the RO, FIT and RHI regimes extensively and has advised on projects both in the UK and overseas (including Romania and Africa). He also advised on the first pathfinder ESCO project in North East England. Rory was involved in advising the Association of Electricity Producers in relation to the drafting of the legislation introducing the Renewables Obligation (the Utilities Act 2000). As the Secretary (and a Director from 2009 to 2014) of the Renewable Energy Association he regularly advises on policy and legislative proposals from Government in the clean energy arena.


Key relevant experience includes:

  • Biomass CHP - advising the developer of a 49MW biomass-fired CHP plant in Scotland on all regulatory and contractual aspects, including drafting the steam and electricity supply contracts, offtake arrangements and connection issues and the regulatory and licensing issues surrounding generation and supply licences and available exemptions;

  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council – advising on an ESCO for a regeneration project in Redcar, including drafting and advising on the terms of the Services Agreement and tendering and all related regulatory and licensing issues;

  • Hammerson UK Properties – advising in relation to their joint venture with Land Securities for the redevelopment of the Broadmead Shopping Centre in Bristol and advising on a Utility Infrastructure Agreement entered into with Scottish and Southern Electricity plc for the provision and/or adoption of all relevant utility infrastructure on the site;

  • Hammerson UK Properties – advising in relation to all utility infrastructure diversion issues in relation to their New Retail Quarter project in Sheffield;

  • Taylor Wimpey – advising in relation to ESCO proposals for the provision of heat to the new development in East London and the drafting of a form of service provision agreement to be entered into by the service provider;

  • Community heat - advising a community group in relation to the establishment of a biomass-fuelled heat network and drafting the relevant supply contracts with end users and the fuel supply contract required;

  • Solar- advising a developer in relation to the development and disposal of 7 large ground-mounted solar farms in England and Wales;

  • Solar- advising a developer in relation to the terms of two Concession Agreements with a Local Authority and a Social Housing entity for the installation of solar panels on a portfolio of domestic properties including advising on CESP and CERT Agreements with licensed electricity suppliers;

  • Communities for Renewables CIC- advising the company on the acquisition of two 5MW solar farms in Somerset;

  • Mongoose Energy Limited- advising the company on its disposal of its portfolio of wind assets in Scotland;

Other relevant experience includes: PPAs - advising on the terms of various power purchase agreements for developers of projects in the on-shore wind, biomass and biogas sectors; private wire - advising the landlord of a commercial development in relation to the terms of its electricity supply and use of system agreements with tenants connected to its private wires network and advising on the regulatory and licensing regime relating to on-site supplies of electricity; advising a large energy generation company in relation to the contracts required to enable supplies of electricity to be made over a private wires network as well as exported to the grid and drafting necessary use of system, supply and shared services agreements relating to both the physical delivery of power over the system and the contractual arrangements needed to supply the power generated including arrangements with an external supplier for electricity for an import supply; FiTs - advising developers of renewable generation projects in the Solar PV and biomass sectors in relation to the Feed in Tariff Scheme (“FITs) and in particular advising on the details of the FITs relating to the payments to be received by developers of FIT-qualifying projects and how these payments may be captured by such developers.


previous work history:

Before joining Lux Nova Partners in 2016, Rory worked in a number of firms, including with Trinity International LLP on energy projects in Africa and Romania, heading the energy team at Eversheds LLP for a number of years working on renewable energy projects and, prior to that, working in the energy team at CMS Cameron McKenna, on market structuring and intra-industry agreements.


qualifications:

  • Solicitor - admitted 1986

  • LLB Law (University of Exeter) - 1983