Environmental, Energy & Utility
Environmental considerations are becoming a more pressing concern both nationally and in HD’s localities. Due to increased consumer pressure and more stringent environmental regulations, more and more businesses require legal expertise to assist them.
At HD we recognise that our Energy and Utilities Clients are currently those particularly affected but we are also able to assist Clients involved in:
- Property & construction
- Architecture and conservation
- Land development
- Estate management
- Energy companies
- Renewable companies and start-ups
- Utility companies.
Our team of solicitors are able to offer specialist expertise to businesses and individuals across a span of industries. We provide commercial advice and support to our clients throughout every aspect, making it possible for our clients to exploit new opportunities and mitigate the risks of operating within their sectors.
Our energy lawyers offer expertise across a range of energy technologies. These include:
- Solar power legal advice
- Wind energy legal advice
- Gas & oil extraction and storage, including legal advice on fracking
- Anaerobic Digestion
- Biomass legal advice
- Hydro power legalities
- Geothermal Power
- Energy from waste
Our team also includes specialist renewable energy solicitors from across our service lines, and together we deliver expertise to our clients in the following areas:
- Property, corporate and business acquisitions and disposals
- Planning applications and site preparation, including obtaining the necessary permits, licences and insurances to enable you to carry out works
- Acquiring and granting of easements and rights of way
- Compulsory purchase and statutory compensation
- Advice on compliance with the regulatory framework to ensure energy works are carried out safely and prosecution is avoided
- Advising on service and procurement contracts with regards to renewable energy law
- Energy Dispute Resolution Services, including litigating contractual disputes, company disputes, construction disputes and defending claims brought by regulatory bodies like the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency
- Joint Energy Ventures
- Share Purchase Agreements including Solar Power Purchase Agreements
- Drafting bespoke contractual documents and litigating contractual energy disputes
Furthermore, our links with other professional firms and consultants across the region, and through our membership of the Alliot Group, mean that our energy lawyers can assist you wherever you operate in the world.
Five green changes for businesses to prepare for in 2021
The Government’s target to reduce UK carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 has resulted in substantial changes to business policy and legislation which seeks to improve the environmental impact…
The implications for waste disposal companies that do not comply to regulatory responsibilities
David Edwards, director and head of Harrison Drury’s regulatory team, considers recent case decisions against waste disposal companies and outlines the responsibilities to businesses and implications for non-compliance with the…
Planning a greener path to business recovery after COVID-19
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 buying or selling agricultural land?
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…
What does a ‘conservation covenant’ mean for landowners?
Chloe Harrison, trainee solicitor in Harrison Drury’s property litigation department, discusses the proposals in the government’s latest green initiative and what they may mean for landowners and future developers. The…
Can I protect the access to sunlight to my solar panels?
Following a recent case, Jody Proudman of Harrison Drury’s property litigation team, discusses the implications for planning applications that affect natural light reaching existing solar panels. Solar panels have in…
Harrison Drury team advises on sale of Ribble Fuel Oils
Harrison Drury’s corporate team has played a role in a major deal that has seen Preston-based Ribble Fuel Oils sold to NWF Fuels. The deal will drive further growth for…
Getting your commercial properties ready for new EPC Regulations
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 by Carillion’s insolvency?
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 affect landowners?
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…