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Stephen Lister


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Stephen “combines tremendous legal knowledge with a great understanding of their sectors”.
— Chambers Legal Directory

Stephen advises on commercial and regulatory disputes in the renewable and clean energy sector. In a career spanning over twenty years he has advised on national and cross border disputes in the High Court, the European Courts in arbitration proceedings and at mediation. He has advised extensively in relation to off shore and on shore wind farms, solar power, renewable and clean energy certification schemes, trading in green gas certificates of origin, the introduction of smart meters and the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.

recent experience includes:

  • Offshore Wind (services): successfully defending a joint venture developer of an offshore wind farm in relation to breach of contract claims brought by a supplier of health and safety services.

  • Offshore Wind (marine interests): Advising extensively on rights to navigate and fish within offshore wind farms, negotiating co-operation agreements with fishing, diving and other marine interests, advising on DCOs, marine licenses, fishing liaison plans and the application of international treaties and COLREGs to submarine cables and cable laying.

  • Certification Schemes: Advising the administrators of renewable fuels and recyclable packaging certification schemes on matters of public and private law.

  • Rooftop Solar: Advising an overseas listed company on its rights under a turnkey agreement and the recovery of its assets from an insolvent UK subcontractor.

  • Project Financing: Acting for the developer in arbitration proceedings concerning project funding arrangements for the development of an offshore energy project in the North Sea.

  • Onshore Wind (generator): Advising a renewable energy generator on a complaint to the European Commission and parallel judicial review proceedings concerning the grant of state aid for the development of onshore wind generation projects on land in the public sector;

  • Onshore Wind (services): Advising an electrical engineering company in relation to obligations under a contract to supply and install plant at an onshore wind farm;

  • Energy from Waste: Acting for a Canadian renewable energy business in relation to a dispute arising from the development and construction of an energy from waste plant in Barbados.

previous work history

Stephen joined Lux Nova Partners following 11 years as a dispute resolution partner at Bond Dickinson and prior to that as a solicitor for 9 years in the litigation department of international firm Nabarro.