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ENeRgize - Autumn 2015

16 September 2015

Welcome to our Autumn edition of the ENeRgize newsletter, focusing on the latest news and views from the Energy & Natural Resources team at Charles Russell Speechlys.

We found particular success recently with our work with Harvest Minerals Ltd, helping them with their admission to the AIM market. Harvest Minerals Ltd is a mining company, based in Brazil, specialising in Potash and Phosphate exploration and development projects.

Despite the general downturn in the mining sector, it is encouraging to see more overseas listed mining companies positioning themselves for the upturn by securing a London listing.

We also highlight in this edition, the ENR team's work with Europa Oil & Gas Holdings plc in securing their ability to carry out hydrocarbon exploration in the Weald Basin, having faced many planning challenges. The site at Holmwood has the potential to be the UK’s fifth largest on-shore source for hydrocarbons and the decision provides a major win for the exploration industry.

We are pleased to also showcase our leading IP team in this edition and the key role they play in protecting IP in the hydrocarbon sector.

Spotlight on IP: From R&D to protection & exploitation

The Oil & Gas industry has always been attuned to the fact that innovation is at its heart. The importance of investing in R&D, protecting and monetising innovation and preventing competitors from threatening that exploitation are not novel issues.

Investing in the development of new technology to extract oil and gas has tended to be cyclical: the easier to extract and sell at a profit, the lower the incentive to be innovative and vice versa. Click here.

Positive inspector's decision for hydrocarbon exploration

An Inspector has allowed an appeal by AIM listed Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc to carry out short term conventional hydrocarbon exploration, at Holmwood, in the Weald Basin. Click here.

For more information, please contact Clive Hopewell on +44 (0)20 7203 5203 or at clive.hopewell@crsblaw.com