Energy & Resources

Our energy and resources team brings together lawyers with experience in energy, oil and gas, mining and renewables, both in the UK and overseas across a range of legal disciplines including commercial contracts, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, construction and engineering contracts, and projects. We have particular experience of sector-related transactions in Africa and eastern Europe.

Capital Markets & Contracts

We have advised on numerous corporate finance and M&A transactions for energy and resources companies, including flotations and secondary fundraisings on the AIM market, where we have acted both for companies and nominated advisers/brokers.

Renewables, Projects & Construction

We have considerable expertise in advising on the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector, both in the UK and internationally. Acting for investors, developers and contractors, we have completed successfully some significant projects including in:

  • Solar, ground mounted and rooftop
  • Wind
  • Energy from waste
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biomass schemes

We provide advice at every stage of these projects, from asset acquisition, through development and construction, to sale or further investment into completed and ongoing projects. This encompasses:

  • Reviewing the legislation impacting government subsidies
  • Connection and power purchase agreements with utilities companies
  • Negotiating contracts and associated legal documents for contractors designing and installing plant
  • Advising prospective investors in, or sellers of, projects

Nuclear

We also have extensive experience in the nuclear industry, from new build to decommissioning both in the UK and internationally. We have advised on contracts for use in nuclear-licensed sites, on international nuclear law and on insurance provisions on nuclear sites.

Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors.

If you have any questions or queries please call Paul on +44 (0)20 3036 7235 or email pairley@fladgate.com

If you have any questions or queries please call David on +44 (0)20 3036 7358 or email drobinson@fladgate.com

Advises on engineering, building and development projects, alongside disputes. Significant and expanding focus on renewable energy projects, including issues relating to wind, solar and waste to energy. “They compare very favourably against other firms in regard to value for money and level of service.”

Chambers UK
 
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Fladgate LLP’s 12-strong team was strengthened by the arrivals of Chris Chrysanthou and Nigel Gordon from Fasken Martineau LLP. Gordon jointly leads the team and advised Xtract Resources on its $13m acquisition of the Manica Gold project in Mozambique from Auroch Minerals. Fellow joint head Paul Airley is also recommended.

Legal 500

Fladgate LLP bolstered its [capital markets] practice with the arrivals of Nigel Gordon and life sciences and natural resources expert Chris Chrysanthou from Fasken Martineau LLP.

Legal 500

Fladgate LLP’s ‘cerebral and dedicated’ [construction] practice … has expertise in renewable energy and is acting for BTS Biogas on the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant in south Yorkshire. Gillian Birkby and Alan Woolston head the practice and handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work.

Legal 500

Renewable energy projects are Fladgate LLP’s forte. The group defended Hitachi Zosen Inova against a £1.8m claim by a contractor relating to an energy-from-waste plant. Gillian Birkby leads the practice. Fladgate “always provides good service on competitive terms”. The “diligent, tenacious and practical” David Robinson has “a very deep understanding of commercial and legal issues”, and recently advised BidTimes on its re-admission to AIM as Powerhouse Energy Group.

Legal 500

This firm is expanding further into the energy sector. The team receives instructions on a number of wind, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. The firm’s top-level clients include Weltec Biopower and Hitachi Zosen Inova. Alan Erwin is described by clients as “exceedingly conscientious, even with very complicated matters”. He has particular experience acting for German, Austrian and Swiss clients on such matters as biomass plants, waste sorting plants and prefabricated houses. The “absolutely superb” Gillian Birkby heads the firm’s construction team. Her recent work includes advice on the design and construction of a number of high-value waste-to-energy projects across the UK.

Chambers UK

Has a good reputation on cross-border M&A transactions and expertise in the hotel and leisure, energy and publishing sectors. Strengths: Clarity: “The advice is clear, accurate and dynamic.” Client service: “In one word: excellent!” Represented Touchstone Gold on its business combination with Atlantis Gold Mines and on its re-domiciliation from the British Virgin Islands to Ontario, Canada.

Chambers UK

  • Various EPC contractors – acting for a number of EPC contractors, including Weltec Biopower GmbH and BTS Biogas SRL, in relation to the construction of biogas plants using anaerobic digestion, including gas to grid, food waste and farm based plants.
  • EIG – financing and joint venturing of a very large prospective wind farm (total 662 MW) in Poland.
  • BDI Anlagengesellschaft m.b.H – contract for the supply of a plant producing biodiesel fuel from cooking oils and animal fats, which was the first large–scale biodiesel production unit in the UK.
  • Vertal Limited – raising of £5m from funds management company Foresight Group for this UK based waste technology business. Vertal was established to develop a new commercial based application of Aerobic Digestion (ATAD). This innovative application of ATAD technology is based on industrial sites producing high value fertiliser from the recycling of food waste.
  • Premier African Minerals Limited – sale of its Togolese and Malian mineral assets. Ethiopian Potash Corp purchased Premier’s Togolese subsidiary, G and B African Resources SARL, and its Malian subsidiary, G and B African Resources Mali SARL, for an aggregate consideration of 120 million new shares in EPC. Following completion, Premier will hold approximately 42% of the issued share capital of EPC.
  • Hitachi Zosen Inova AG – acting on over 20 matters, with a combined contract value of over £3bn, including: an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth in excess of £100m, to deliver an energy from waste (EfW) facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh; a contract to construct a new 34 MW energy recovery facility in South Gloucestershire, as part of a public private partnership contract between the West London Waste Authority and a consortium led by SITA UK; a contract with Ferrybridge MFE Ltd to develop a £300m multifuel generation facility at the Ferrybridge power station in West Yorkshire; a CHF200m contract with SITA UK for a new energy–from–waste plant developed for the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership as part of a PFI deal; and an agreement with Riverside Resource Recovery Ltd for the building of an energy–from–waste plant in Belvedere, London, one of the largest energy–from–waste plants in the UK.
  • Long distance oil pipeline in Africa – drafting and negotiating a contract for replacement engines at six pumping stations.
  • D1–BP and jatropha crop growers in Brazil – split of responsibilities between local representatives and managers and the bodies representing growers; advising on agency and representation agreements.
  • An international contractor – advising on: onshore and offshore works as part of the flagship 576 MW Gwynt–Y–Mor offshore wind farm project, which was the biggest in Europe when constructed; offshore cabling works in relation to the Global tech 1 offshore wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone of the German North Sea; and cabling works to support multiple renewable generation projects in and around the Hunterston area.
  • Social housing properties – installing solar PV projects in a number of London Boroughs.
  • Solar PV plant investors, developers, EPC contractors, O&M contractors – land assembly and land agreements; contract negotiation; power purchase and connection agreements; contracts for contestable and non–contestable works; planning consents; re–financing options, including the sale of assets and shares; and advising on the Government subsidies available from FITs, ROCs and Contracts for Difference. Working for Smarter Energy Solutions, Risen Projects 1, Granite Consulting, B&W Energy, Ingenious and Solar Asset Management, Lakehouse Contracts.