Clean Energy

Clean Energy and Environment

Thrings’ Clean Energy and Environment Team advises commercial developers, farmers and landowners on the legal aspects of clean energy, environment and biodiversity

We provide specialist advice and legal solutions for a wide range of energy projects. We combine our legal experience across our real estate, construction, planning, corporate, banking and agriculture teams to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.

Our lawyers work on pure energy projects, such as on-shore wind or solar, and increasingly for commercial clients with projects where renewable obligations are required as an integral part of a wider development project. We act for commercial developers, housebuilders, renewable energy developers, lenders nationally to provide pragmatic and cost sensitive solutions.

Our Agriculture team has seen the need for farmers and landowners to create new revenue streams through diversification, the pressures on energy supply and cost and the imperative to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production mean that renewable electricity generation projects present a significant opportunity for landowners and developers alike.

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) credits schemes, rewilding and other carbon offset measures are also an increasingly common way for developers to meet their legal obligations to mitigate the effects of nitrates and phosphates displaced through development, and for landowners to diversify.

Clean and renewable energy structures and technologies are rapidly evolving areas, with contractual, regulatory and other legal requirements necessitating the need for clear, focused and pragmatic advice from specialist lawyers. Our partner-led and cross-office approach supports clients through their project from inception to completion.

More information for developers is available on Development of Land page. If you are a farmer or a landowner, information can be found on our Renewable energy agriculture page.


Key Contacts

Natalia Sokolov

Partner 0117 930 9586

Mark Charter

Partner 02380 930 314

Rosalyn Trotman

Partner 0117 930 9577

 

We advise on environmental aspects of all stages of the development life cycle, including:

  • Advice on overage and title issues which may affect the development of renewable energy projects
  • Options for solar farm development
  • Secured finance for solar projects
  • Challenges to planning decisions
  • Dispute resolution

  • Advice on overage and title issues which may affect the development of renewable energy projects
  • Construction and development arrangements for the development of on-shore wind farms
  • Options for wind farm and turbine development
  • Secured finance for wind turbine projects
  • Challenges to planning decisions
  • Dispute resolution

  • Advice on overage and title issues which may affect the development of renewable energy projects
  • Construction and development arrangements for the development of hydro-energy projects
  • Secured finance for hydro-energy projects
  • Challenges to planning decisions
  • Dispute resolution

  • Planning of biomass and AD plants
  • Construction agreements including operations and maintenance of plant
  • Nutrient neutrality agreements
  • Nitrates and phosphates
  • Offset agreements
  • Option agreements

  • Advice on biodiversity net gain and associated agreements
  • Advice on the Habitats Regulations and other legal requirements governing habitats and conservation


  • Advice on overage and title issues which may affect the development of renewable energy projects
  • Options for battery storage developments
  • Secured finance for battery storage projects
  • Challenges to planning decisions
  • Dispute resolution

  • Advice on substation upgrades to enable provision of electric vehicle charging points
  • Electric vehicle charging point licenses and eases
  • Infrastructure agreements relating to car charging in public and private spaces
  • Export and direct supply agreements between electricity producers and users
  • Terms and conditions for regional EV contractors

  • Sustainability-linked lending agreements
  • Negotiating commercial terms of sustainable financing
  • Green leases

Take Five Guides

BIODIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPERS

BIODIVERSITY FOR FARMERS

PHOSPHATES AND NITRATES

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CLIENTS PRAISE THE TEAM FOR THEIR ‘WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, SWIFT RESPONSE AND ABILITY TO EXPLAIN LEGAL MATTERS CLEARLY TO CLIENTS’. CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS 2019

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