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Cleantech & Renewable Energy

As more investors show an interest in this asset class, our work in the renewable energy sector is an increasingly important part of our Energy & Natural Resources practice.

We also recognise the importance of innovative technology, both in the expansion of sustainable energy generation and more efficient power distribution and usage.

The team is multidisciplinary including corporate, commercial, banking, intellectual property, planning, and litigation lawyers. We advise our cleantech & renewable energy clients on a range of transactions and operational issues such as:

  • joint ventures (including international joint ventures)
  • mergers and acquisitions (public and private)
  • financing whether by debt, equity or a combination of the two
  • family office and private equity investments
  • construction, operation and maintenance advice throughout the lifecycle of a project, including   decommissioning
  • property, planning and environmental matters
  • development and commercialisation of intellectual property in new technologies
  • competition, procurement and regulatory issues, and
  • supply chain, power purchase and grid connection agreements.

We make it our business to understand fully how our clients operate in their different sectors, fostering long term relationships and providing an exceptional combination of commercial knowledge and legal expertise to achieve desired goals.

Our team works closely with our Technology, Media & Telecommunications team, which allows our clients to benefit from their technical expertise, particularly where Smart Cities and "The Internet of Things" are concerned.


Geothermal technology

Acted for Greenfield Energy Group since its establishment in 2008 on the application of its geothermal technology on a number of infrastructure projects.

Onshore wind farm development

Advised The Renewable Power Exchange on an onshore wind farm development project in Scotland.

Biodiesel investment

Advised Puma Investments Limited, as manager of the Puma VCTs, on an investment to fund the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil.

Waste to energy

Advised on a joint venture formed by French engineering contractor CNIM and construction company Clugston in connection with the construction of a £68 million waste-to-energy facility to convert 255,000 tonnes of municipal domestic waste into 20MW of electricity for the City of Sheffield.

Solar and wind farm

Advised the owners of the Westmill project in Oxfordshire on the development of the largest combined solar and wind farm in the UK which included acting for the option holders who have the right to buy the assets from the developers.

Tidal electricity

Advised Isle of Wight Council on sea bed leases with the Crown Estate for use as a test site for tidal electricity generation with the potential to generate 20% of the Island’s electricity requirements.

Clean technology investment

Acted for a leading sustainability investment fund manager on outsourcing arrangements and for an LLP with anticipated funds of £1.1 billion for investment in clean technology.

Wind turbine testing facility

Advised the Energy Technologies Institute on a project involving the design and build of a test facility for wind turbine systems which is set to provide a world-leading prototype development and testing platform for wind turbine drive trains and nacelles (Project Fujin). Also advised the Energy Technologies Institute on the licensing, development and hosting of a national asset database of potential offshore CO2 storage sites.

Offshore wind turbines

Advised Artemis Intelligent Power (owned ultimately by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) on agreements relating to research, development and technology licensing associated with Digital Displacement® hydraulic power technology.