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Energy & Utilities

Planning a greener path to business recovery…

Harrison Drury’s Chloe Harrison, has collaborated with Becky Toal, director at Lancashire-based sustainability consultancy firm, Crowberry Consulting, to provide guidance for businesses looking to opt for a greener business strategy…

Is it possible to own ‘wildlife’ when…

Senior associate solicitor, Wendy Newbury, from our commercial property team, highlights a recent case in the Court of Appeal. It challenges whether or not coarse fish kept in man-made lakes…

Getting your commercial properties ready for new…

With new Energy Performance Certificate Regulations looming from 1 April 2020, property lawyer Allan Sumner looks at what landlords must do to get their properties ready. The minimum EPC standard…

What should you do if you’re affected…

Construction firm, Carillion PLC, announced this week that it and its five sister companies had been placed into compulsory liquidation. Harrison Drury’s construction and insolvency teams look at what this…

How will the new Digital Economy Act…

With the new Digital Economy Act 2017 (“the Act”) having received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, Rhian Hawkins from Harrison Drury solicitors explores how this could affect landowners. The…

Fracking approved in Lancashire: What happens next?

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has today overturned Lancashire County Council’s decision to deny a planning application for the Little Plumpton fracking site, allowing shale company Cuadrilla to commence drilling next…

Crucial times ahead for UK fracking industry

The coming months represent a critical time for the UK’s fracking industry as it awaits decisions from the courts and the Communities Secretary in respect of sites in Lancashire and…

Are we really becoming a low-carbon economy?

The government’s latest stats on energy usage show that nearly half of our electricity came from nuclear and renewables in 2015. Katie Kozlowska, head of the energy lawyers team at Harrison Drury,…

New Records Set For Renewable Energy

2015 sets new records for renewable energy across the board We’ve already reported about the renewable energy records broken (Best Year For British Wind Energy) by the UK during 2015…

Energy sector and the EU: The impact…

Much of the UK’s energy sector law is a product of EU membership. Katie Kozlowska, the head of our energy sector, looks at some of the implications a Brexit would…

What being a global leader of green…

It may seem surprising - in fact it may even have passed you by - but over the past five years Britain has quietly confirmed its position as one of…

Will transparent solar panels revolutionise the renewable…

While the use of solar panels continues to grow, many are put off by their appearance and the possible 'uglification' of their property post-installation. That potential obstacle, however, could be about to…

Will renewable energy play a growing part…

When the topic of renewable energy arises, the common questions of impact and cost always crop up, and this inevitably leads on to more serious questions about just how much of…

World’s biggest floating solar-farm launches in London

After five years of careful planning and the manufacture of 23,000 panels, the world’s biggest floating solar farm is finally finished and in full operation on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir…

Are SMEs being held back by high…

Energy bills are finally falling for most of us, but are SMEs being left out of the party? Jacob Walker, a member of the energy and utilities team at Harrison…

How Lancashire and Cumbria are leading the…

Do you live or work in Harrison Drury's heartland of Lancashire or Cumbria? New research has shown that these two counties are way ahead of other regions when it comes to…

Is energy storage the next farm diversification…

After a period of setbacks and uncertainty, the energy storage industry is on the cusp of major growth – with farmers leading the way. Katie Kozlowska, head of the energy…

2015: The best year for British wind…

Official statistics just released by National Grid show that 2015 was the most productive year for wind energy generation. Both the UK’s onshore and offshore wind farms supplied their highest…

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