With renewable energy moving forward apace, competition in the sector makes securing land and contracts even more lucrative. If you have the ambition to transform land into a renewable energy site, getting legal arrangements in place will help you move forward with your plans. You may have proposals for a wind, solar, hydro, AD or battery storage plot, and our legal experts will use work closely with you to maximise the potential of your development.

Key Contacts

Mark Charter

Partner 02380 930 314

Alex Madden

Partner 0117 930 9575


Whether you are a landowner or developer, you may feel excited about your plans but also concerned that issues with agreements could put the process on hold. You could be at the early stages of selling or renting out land and looking to set up contracts that protect your interests, or perhaps you are facing planning difficulties that are threatening the viability of your project. From securing the energy supply to managing grid constraints and dealing with planning difficulties, you may face a number of complications.

As a landowner, when a good diversification project comes along, it is crucial you work with a team of experienced professionals in order to secure your aims and protect your interests. With many years of experience acting specifically for landowners on clean energy projects, we will assemble a team swiftly, tailored to your individual needs in order to advise you fully and achieve the best outcome for you and for your family or company’s longer term plans.

Whatever your commercial and individual objectives, our clear directions will help you resolve any complexities with confidence. Where necessary, our network of consultants in areas such as land agency, accountancy and tax will find innovative ways to secure long-term sustainability, from both a renewable and business point of view.

Our Renewables Team has been involved in a number of high-profile and significant matters. Highlights include:

  • Completing on the sale of Wroughton Airfield Solar Park,one of the UK’s largest solar farms with 41MW of installed capacity
  • Negotiating lease terms on behalf of the owners of a 230-acre farm in Oxfordshire for the development of what was then the UK’s largest solar farm
  • Completing on a lease and ancillary documents for a hydro electricity generator, cable route and pipeline for a project in Wales
  • Negotiating option, lease and finance documents on one of the largest  community wind farms in Wales, which now has planning permission, grid connection and Feed-in Tariff secured
  • Negotiating several Deeds of Variation and Supplemental Agreements to allow developers to share renewables projects with community groups
  • Acting for commercial and agricultural landowners on numerous ground-mounted solar farm and wind farm developments as well as rooftop solar projects
  • Negotiating options and leases for battery storage, including those required for entry into the Capacity Market auctions

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Drafting and negotiating option agreements, leases, deeds of variation, wayleave agreements, deeds of grant and ancillary documents with funders including direct agreements and certificates of title
  • Property and commercial due diligence, prior to securing a site and prior to acquiring a project
  • Drafting and negotiating asset purchase agreements, power purchase agreements and connection agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating EPC contracts, and renewables construction, operation and maintenance agreements
  • Reviewing existing partnerships, joint venture and company structures
  • Assisting in tax mitigation for landowners through the use of trusts
  • Advising on inheritance planning and wealth management