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Energy

Regardless of how you are involved in the energy construction sector, we have the global expertise combined with acquired local knowledge and capabilities, to assist you in the UK – and abroad – with your legal matters, whatever sector you operate in, whichever parties are involved and wherever they arise in the world.

We can provide you with up-to-date advice that helps you keep pace with the changes in this rapidly evolving sector. We are experienced in advising on conventional, nuclear and renewable power generation projects, as well as transmission and distribution projects, both in the UK and overseas.


Our construction team has the expertise to deal with matters relating to procurement, regulation, contract choice, drafting and negotiation, stakeholder engagement and management, and dispute avoidance and resolution. We also recognize that the test of such projects often endures beyond the commissioning stage and we can also advise on suitable contracts for the operation and maintenance of the finished product.

We understand the environment in a range of industries and the interfaces between these environments, risk and delivery. The size and international scope of our practice, coupled with our industry knowledge, puts us at the forefront of legal advisers in the sector and our approach gives our clients access to teams of lawyers who combine local market knowledge with an international perspective.

So, whatever the scope of your project, we can offer you a commercial and strategic approach to steer your venture from inception to completion and beyond.


Renewable Energy

As a respected construction, engineering and projects legal practice with offices throughout the UK, Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, we have advised on many aspects of renewable energy projects.

Our experience includes onshore and offshore windfarms, CHP plants, hydroelectricity, biomass, waste to energy and tidal and wave energy. We are also uniquely involved in the biofuels sector, advising on the only completed bioethanol project in the UK and a number of other UK-based bioethanol projects that have not yet completed.

We have experience acting for a range of clients in the renewable energy sector, including owner-operators, sponsors, licensees, funders, regeneration agencies, developers, contractors (including EPC and EPC–M), professionals, subcontractors and other specialist contractors.

Nuclear

We have experience and in-depth understanding of the EU and UK nuclear liability regime and surrounding practical issues. Our focus on the nuclear sector, coupled with our experience advising in relation to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) competition – as well as our in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial issues – ensures we understand the necessary inter-relationship of key government departments.

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  • Magnox – Advising in relation to the New Engineering Contracts in its procurement process. 
  • NIBC bank – Advising on the possible investment into Thanet Wind Farm, a circa 300MW offshore wind farm development with 100 turbines, as well as on Fidic EPC contracts.
  • EnerG Combined Power/EnerG plc – Advising on the commencement of its US operations in the CHP, EfW and energy services sectors. 
  • Advising on engineering and construction documentation in relation to a corporate transaction valued at approximately £1.5 billion in the power sector. 
  • Representing in an ICC arbitration regarding building of a transmission line of more than 300 kilometers in length, in Papua New Guinea, on a FIDIC contract. 
  • Advising on an offshore wind farm undersea array cable contract worth £15 million. 
  • Thermal Engineering International Limited – Advising on claims for loss and expense against a main contractor arising under a subcontract for HRSGs and pipework at Sutton Bridge power station (circa 790MW gas-fired power station). 
  • Balcke Duerr Limited – Advising this subcontractor on claims regarding alleged negligent design of steelwork elements relating to the construction of a number of power generation plants in the US and related claims downstream against subcontractors in the UK under bespoke forms of agreement. 
  • Major engineering contractor – Acting in substantial claims in arbitration concerning Connah’s Quay Power station. 
  • Major contractor – Acting in adjudication in relation to an IChemE reimbursable EPC contract regarding Aberthaw Power Station. 
  • Major UK energy provider – Advising on its standard suite of contracts (based on FIDIC forms) for providing works to its network and the adoption of the NEC form of contract as an alternative based contract. Analyzing client position as to risk and key areas for contract amendments.