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We have extensive experience in and retain a strong reputation for our work in power and renewable energy, with innovation at the heart of our advice.

Five of the 'big six' energy providers trust us to provide advice on everything from onshore and offshore wind and solar. 

We’re proud to be one of the few law firms with a proven track record in both renewable energy and thermal power. Embracing change and opportunities sit at the heart of this industry and finding out what you want to achieve is important to us. We understand the importance of providing expertise tailored to the different types of generation technology, as well as the scale of each project.  

Our broad and deep sector knowledge spans all areas of the law from consenting and construction to health and safety and decommissioning, as well as all major corporate transactions and disputes. In particular, our reputation for providing prompt, practical, commercially-focused advice on onshore wind and electricity generation projects, covering all technologies from CCGT, solar, landfill gas, biomass energy from waste, is tough to beat.

But don’t just take our word for it. With more than 60 lawyers working within the sector group you can trust that you have the right people working alongside you.  We have huge scale of experience, with more than 300 renewables projects under our belts since 1989. Other examples include London Array (the largest operating offshore wind farm in the world), Triton Knoll (the largest consented wind farm in the world) and various offshore wind farms in round three.

"They produce excellent work. They display flexibility, adaptability and are very easy to work with."

Chambers 2017

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What we do

The breadth of our work is best explained in the life-cycle of a project:

Phase 1

  • Consenting 
  • ​Real Estate 
  • Grid Connection

Phase 2

  • Construction
  • Power Trading
  • Government Support Mechanisms
  • Regulatory
  • Financing: Banking, Restructuring & Insolvency

Phase 3

  • Operations
  • Asset Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Sector expertise

We have expertise across a range of sectors including:

Examples of work

  • Advising long-standing client Renewable Energy Systems Limited (RES) and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (InfraRed) on the sale of a portfolio of 14 operational onshore wind farms and four solar PV parks in the UK, Republic of Ireland and France to The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG), a new investment company. The sale was funded by the £300 million initial public offering (IPO) raised by TRIG on the London Stock Exchange, the largest ever flotation of a dedicated UK-based renewable energy fund. The portfolio of 18 projects contained three project financed portfolios and one standalone financed project
  • Advising East Anglia Offshore Wind on the development of the first three projects to be developed in the East Anglia Round Three offshore wind zone including consenting, agreements with The Crown Estate, onshore grid connection route (Real Estate, CPO and grid) and the OFTO (offshore transmission owner) aspects
  • Advising REG Windpower Limited Project Woodcote on the sale of wind farms to a fund managed by BlackRock with project finance debt remaining in place. We advised on a long-term asset investment agreement and an asset management agreement that provides a framework for future co-operation between the two parties. This had an enterprise value of £55 million
  • Acting as project counsel for the development of the Knottingley 1500 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station and associated infrastructure. This work is ongoing. Our work to date has included:
    • An application for a development consent order for the power station and associated infrastructure
    • Providing advice on the preparation and submission of Development Consent Order application to PINS, advice on regulatory and property transactions
  • Advising the Department of Energy & Climate Change on the of the 'backstop' power purchase agreement
  • Acting as an advisor to the DECC on the development of the 'backstop' power purchase agreement - a key part of UK Government's drive to increase liquidity in the electricity market, to make it more accessible to independent low-carbon generators and electricity suppliers