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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Full-service renewables group with notable strength in the financing, sale and purchase of assets. Regularly advises on the development and construction of renewable energy projects, as well as related supply agreements. Has recently worked on innovative schemes, including floating wave and wind turbines.

Strengths Clients say: "It is a very good team with good depth and knowledge."

Another client notes the team's "good range of lawyers with the required mix of skills and experience."

Work highlights Advised Edintore Wind Farm throughout the financing, procurement and construction of a six-turbine wind farm in Scotland, funded by a European bank.

Acted for Donside Community Hydro, a community energy project, on the development of a hydro scheme on the River Don in Aberdeen.

Significant clients Burcote Wind Group, BT, Greenpower International, Roxhill Developments, Floating Power Plan.

Notable practitioners

"Serious energy lawyer" Paul Minto advises clients ranging from community groups to banks on a variety of renewable energy and electricity matters. "He brings a very practical commercial perspective," says a client.

Alan Shanks is best known for his banking and finance work. A client says: "He can solve problems and present excellent solutions. He is a very good person to have by your side when the going gets tough."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/sectors/energy-and-utilities/


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Anderson Strathern - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Experienced in a wide range of renewable energy projects, including onshore wind, solar power and anaerobic digestion facilities. Regularly advises landowners and developers. Well known for work for The Crown Estate.

Strengths A client says that they are "very happy with the quality of advice, promptness and cost."

"They are always accessible, with good depth and bench strength," comments a client, who also finds the team's ability to advise on both Scottish and English law "useful and important."

Work highlights Acted for iPower Energy on the acquisition of the right to purchase two 5 MW solar farm projects in England and Scotland. Both the farms are now generating electricity.

Advised Livos Energy on the sale of two operational wind farms to a renewable energy fund purchaser.

Significant clients Elgin Energy, The Crown Estate, Buchan Biogas, Locogen, Emergya Wind Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Farquhar is an expert in corporate deals in the renewable energy space. One client says: "He is very experienced, creative and works fast and well." He recently advised Locogen Developments on the share purchase of Ben Mor Hydro from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Coigach Community Development Company.

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Brodies LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong renewables team with the skills to handle all aspects of renewable energy projects, from consenting and regulation to finance. Also fields a group of dedicated oil and gas specialists advising some of the largest operators in the market, offering significant expertise in decommissioning, FPSO matters and drilling issues.

Strengths A client says: "The partners have a wealth of experience that means they understand our business needs and actively find solutions to achieve the results we want. This commercial acumen is complemented by in-depth technical knowledge."

"They offered excellent advice on renewables with access to all areas of the firm when required, and adopted a very commercial and pragmatic attitude," says a client of the renewable energy team.

"They have a huge breadth of oil and gas knowledge, and the upstream team is great," notes a source.

Work highlights Advised MeyGen on an active network management (ANM) arrangement combining tidal and wind power, enabling Lochend wind farm to use the MeyGen grid connection at times when there is spare capacity. The team advised on the tender process, as well as during the drafting and negotiation of the ANM contract package.

Advised INEOS Upstream on the acquisition of various Moorland companies in order to obtain onshore oil and gas licences. The transaction involved taking into account both conventional and unconventional activity on the licences, as well as a third-party investor.

Assisted subsidiaries of Velocita Energy Developments with the financing and development of wind farms in Scotland with approximately 50 MW of power, more than doubling the size of Velocita's portfolio under construction.

Significant clients City of Edinburgh Council, Chevron, Banks Renewables, Total E&P UK, Iona Capital.

Notable practitioners

Head of the energy and infrastructure team Clare Munro specialises in UKCS operations, including licensing and purchase agreements, and also has considerable international experience. Clients praise her as "a go-to lawyer for complex upstream and midstream legal issues," highlighting her "excellent blend of technical ability, industry expertise and commercial acumen." Sources also note her in-house experience and resulting pragmatic approach.

Greg May is part of the oil and gas team and continues to be recognised as "a real expert in the drilling industry." Sources also commend his "focused, commercially astute advice, which allows the client to make informed decisions." He advises on the management of existing drilling contracts and continues to handle a variety of international drilling matters.

Keith Patterson continues to act for notable renewables clients and banks on the financing of clean energy schemes, along with a host of other transactional matters. He is described as "a perceptive, well-connected partner who offers pragmatic, common sense advice."

Managing associate Suzanne Hopkinson is reported by clients to be "a very good lawyer who is proactive and commercially astute." Her practice is focused on upstream oil and gas issues, particularly those relating to the UKCS.

Sonia Love has significant oil and gas expertise gained in-house and in private practice. She advises on transactional matters and project development, including FPSO contracts. Sources say that she has "excellent technical ability" and note that "the advice she provides is carefully tailored to the clients' requirements."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Broad team experienced in a range of renewable energy matters, including onshore wind, hydro and biomass developments. Clients include landowners, banks and community groups.

Strengths "The team offers reliable and readily accessible advice for critical and urgent commercial decision-making, and they have a very quick appreciation of the significance of commercial issues," says a client.

Another source says: "They are excellent communicators and get to the heart of the matter."

Work highlights Advised Garbhaig Hydro Power Company on the redevelopment of a 2 MW storage hydro scheme, including both the decommissioning of the previous scheme and development of the new project.

Acted for Triodos Bank on the funding of a three-turbine wind farm being developed as a joint venture between a housing association and Community Energy Scotland. The team put together the funding stucture and carried out due diligence.

Significant clients Baldowrie Estate, CRF Hydro Power, Ederline Estate, Luss Estate Company, Turnalt Hydro.

Notable practitioners

Nicolas McBride is a key contact.

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Burness Paull - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Respected team covering the full spectrum of oil and gas work, including M&A transactions and overseas oil development projects, including recent work in Egypt and Nigeria. Also adept at handling power and renewables matters such as grid issues. Regularly handles the real estate and planning aspects of renewable energy developments and has expertise in community renewable schemes.

Strengths One client says of the firm's oil and gas team: "They really engage with you to understand holistically what you are trying to do with the end game in mind. They are super-responsive and proactive, and fully understand the business we are in."

"We have a very good impression of all the team members – they are extremely diligent," says a client.

Work highlights Acted for I3 Energy, a new oil and gas company, on the negotiation of a sale and purchase agreement to acquire an asset from Dana Petroleum.

Represented Verus Petroleum in the multimillion-pound sale of the share capital of Oyster Petroleum, the holder of several North Sea oil fields.

Advised BayWa r.e. UK on the acquisition of the 21 MW Wathegar 2 Wind Farm near Caithness.

Acted for West Harris Trust in connection with a community energy and storage project on the Isle of Harris.

Significant clients Centrica, Total, Fred Olsen Renewables, Maersk, ScottishPower Renewables, Ecotricity.

Notable practitioners

Bruce McLeod has extensive experience of corporate and commercial oil matters, regularly advising companies involved in North Sea and international oil fields. Clients appreciate his "excellent commercial sense" and one source says: "He really understands our business and, through his proactive approach, anticipates problem areas."

Tamar Tammes has particular expertise in the property aspects of onshore wind farm developments. She also regularly advises on hydro and solar schemes. Clients praise her as "very good with good local connections, pragmatic and strong on renewables and Scottish planning-related law."

Senior associate Peter Ward advises on a variety of regulatory matters and grid and connection issues. He is noted for being "particularly engaging and pragmatic in his approach to some of the complexities of the power sector" as well as providing "very good specialist advice that is easily understandable."

Brian Hemming advises on upstream oil and gas matters, and brings significant in-house experience to the table. He is described by one client as "customer-focused, knowledgeable, flexible and always accessible." Another source notes that he is "very easy to work with."

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CMS - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Full-service energy offering with extensive expertise in the renewables and oil and gas sectors. Handles a wide range of matters, within the UK and internationally, for a number of high-profile clients. Equipped to advise on complex electricity transmission issues, solar projects, and onshore and offshore wind schemes. Recent work for the oil and gas team includes restructuring and insolvency matters, and M&A deals.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "the team is very capable, knowledgeable and approachable, and advice is always given in a practical, relevant and timely way."

Another client says: "They understand our business well and the constraints. Their industry knowledge is second to none."

"The team is focused and they drive the project," adds a source.

Work highlights Advised BP on the restructuring of the Eastern Trough Area Project asset, a development of nine fields in the North Sea, of which six are operated by BP. The work has involved the realignment of ownership interests and cost sharing.

Acted for Apache in relation to the drafting, negotiation and completion of a farm-out of interests in two North Sea oil fields to Origo UK Exploration.

Advised SSE on the sale of a 49.9% stake in its 350 MW Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire to Greencoat UK Wind and GLIL for £355 million.

Continued to advise Statoil Wind on its Hywind offshore floating turbine demonstration project of five 6 MW turbines.

Significant clients EDF Energy Renewables, Scottish Water, Premier Oil, Shell, Ineos.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Millar is "a massively respected name in the field." He is the managing partner of the firm and continues to work with a number of the department's key clients. He has a wealth of experience in upstream and midstream matters, particularly in relation to the UKCS.

Judith Aldersey-Williams is described as "a very smart lawyer" by sources. She is known by those in the market for her high quality work on industry-wide initiatives and regulatory matters.

Leader of the firm's Scottish oil and gas team Norman Wisely is best known for his significant M&A practice. He works on both international and UKCS deals. "He's great," says a client, continuing: "He is very approachable and very responsive to our needs."

Donald Cumming is held in high regard for his vast experience in the field. He continues to advise clients such as energy companies and public bodies on a variety of corporate transactions and project developments.

Senior associate Paula Kidd has a growing reputation in the oil and gas market. She has recently assisted a number of energy companies with high-value asset and licence transactions. Clients praise her commercial awareness and describes her as "a rising star."

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Dentons - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises on renewable energy matters across Scotland and the UK, including investment transactions and project financing. Also works on a host of regulatory issues. Fields experts in wind, hydro and energy from waste matters.

Strengths One client says: "I like and appreciate their work because they really seem keen to understand what we are looking for - they are client-orientated."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of purchasers on the Scottish aspects of the acquisition of a 49.9% stake in SSE's 350 MW Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire.

Acted for a Green Highland Renewables SPV, in relation to the development of a 2 MW hydro scheme.

Significant clients Aggreko, Dalmore Capital, European Energy Efficiency Fund, Green Investment Bank, European Marine Energy Centre.

Notable practitioners

"Quality operator" David Cruickshank heads the firm's renewable energy team. He advises on a wide range of clean energy projects and deals, including wind and hydro matters.

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DWF LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of issues relating to renewable energy projects, including corporate, real estate and planning matters. Able to draw on a deep pool of resources from across the firm's national network. Continues to undertake notable work for ScottishPower Group.

Strengths "They have always done sterling work for us and are a very reliable firm," says a client.

Another client comments on the team's "good breadth of expertise and skills," as well as the fact that the group is "very approachable and will happily give short ad hoc advice and thoughts."

Work highlights Advised ScottishPower Generation on various matters relating to the operation of two thermal power stations at Damhead Creek in Kent and Shoreham in West Sussex. The team assisted with the transfer of assets and various environmental permits.

Acted for Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services. The team also continued to support Dundee City Council in connection with its discussions with Dundee Energy Recycling, the company that operates the facility which currently processes the Councils’ residual waste.

Significant clients Aberdeenshire Council, Certas Energy UK, Economy Energy, Yingli Green Energy, Vensys Energy.

Notable practitioners

Wayne Lawrence is known for his corporate work and continues to advise a number of notable energy clients. One client notes that "he is good on strategic advice," while another appreciate that "he understands the background to our organisation and knows all of the internal stakeholders."

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Harper Macleod LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers expertise ranging from wind and hydro matters to solar projects. Acts for both developers and landowners across the industry, particularly in relation to wind farm developments.

Strengths One source says: "They have been able to work through some very complex issues, and have been responsive to some alternative approaches. They have shown flexibility, and I have been able to rely on them to get on with stuff."

Work highlights Advised Fred Olsen Renewables on all Scottish legal aspects of the development of the Crystal Rig Wind Farm Phase III, having previously assisted with Phases I and II.

Advised Sovereign Partners on the acquisition of four operating wind turbine sites from Locogen for £12 million.

Significant clients Forestry Commission Scotland, Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings, Natural Power, OurPower, Local Energy Scotland.

Notable practitioners

David Bone is "a very well-regarded name" in the Scottish market and known particularly for his expertise in the real estate aspects of renewable energy developments. One client reports: "He is quick to get back to us and very accessible. He gives advice which is not just the nuts and bolts, but also relates to our future intentions."

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

Our award-winning Energy & Natural Resources team is one of the largest in Scotland, specialising in renewable energy projects and minerals. We provide advice on all types of renewable energy project, including onshore wind, hydro, marine and off-shore wind, solar and renewable heat.

We advise developers, landowners, planning authorities and funders in projects big and small. From some of Europe’s largest onshore and offshore windfarms, to community projects of all types we use our experience and knowledge of the industry to provide pragmatic commercial advice to all of our clients.

Headed by Senior Partner David Bone, one of Scotland’s leading renewables solicitors, our team operates from offices across the country, allowing us to provide face-to-face advice no matter where projects are based.

Our lawyers have helped Scotland to meet Government targets on renewable energy, with members of our team advising in transactions involving the installation of more than a third of the total renewable electricity installed in Scotland to date.

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MacRoberts LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Particular emphasis on hydro schemes and onshore wind, including planning and financing issues. Also regularly involved in distribution and transmission issues. Equipped to advise on the full life cycle of a clean energy project, from planning permission through construction to post-build transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They are easy to deal with, approachable and straightforward."

Another client values the team's "experience and good judgement," continuing: "They provide sound advice."

Work highlights Advised ScottishPower Renewables (UK) on the property aspects of an extension of Harehill Wind Farm, adding additional capacity of around 33 MW.

Advised on the development and funding for a 500 kW community hydro scheme at Rumbling Bridge, Kinross.

Significant clients Brookfield Renewable UK, Coriolis Energy, ENGIE Renewables, Falck Renewables Wind, Tillicoultry Quarries.

Notable practitioners

Renewables expert Nick Jones has many years of experience advising on the property issues associated with clean energy schemes. He is especially knowledgeable on onshore wind projects.

About the Team (content provided by MacRoberts LLP)

Our Energy & Natural Resources Group is one of the strongest in Scotland. We utilise our strength in depth and broad​experience to best serve our clients across a diverse and complex range of legal issues. Our specific experience covers:

Onshore Wind, Small Hydro and Solar Electricity Generation Schemes:
  • site assembly
  • option and lease arrangements
  • access arrangements
  • securing rights for connections
  • planning and consenting strategies
  • s75 agreements
  • planning appeals and advocacy
  • bonding
  • agreements with Trunk Roads Authority
  • purchase and sale of options
  • advising on civils contracts
  • disputes re civils contracts
  • financing
  • community schemes


Electricity Transmission and Distribution:

  • Acting for SP Transmission plc re various high profile projects
  • Promoting CPOs in relation to transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Securing necessary wayleaves (including contentious hearings)


Mining and Quarrying:

  • Acting for the largest independent aggregates business in the UK in relation to all of
    its legal requirements in Scotland, including real estate, planning, environmental
    and other regulatory work

  • Acting for the developer in relation to all real estate and planning work on a deep
    mine project in Perthshire for extraction of barytes;

  • Advising a major oil and gas company, as a pipeline operator, on the impact on minerals
    extraction projects in the vicinity of major hazard high pressure pipelines

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Pinsent Masons - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Broad practice with a high-quality renewables offering and extensive experience in the oil industry. Clients include oil majors, regulatory bodies, energy investors and financial institutions. Regularly counsels on the property and planning aspects of energy developments. Also able to advise on high-value M&A transactions across the energy sector.

Strengths "I'm very pleased with their work," says a client, continuing: "They are efficient at synthesising information in a commercial manner and know how to present information in a helpful way for me."

"They're very thorough and attentive. They look out for us," says a client of the firm's renewable energy experts.

Work highlights Acted for Siccar Point on the acquisition of an asset in the Mariner Field from JX Nippo.

Advised Origo Exploration on various purchases, including the acquisition of an interest in the Kinord Field from Apache.

Advised KfW IPEX Bank as lead arranger and sole lender on the 30 MW Sanquhar Wind Farm.

Continued to act for Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm on its 750 MW offshore wind project. the team advised on various property, regulatory and port and harbour-related issues.

Significant clients BP, EDF, E.ON, Shell UK, Total E&P UK.

Notable practitioners

Ian McCarlie is "very industrious and puts in the hard yards," says a source. He is held in high esteem by fellow practitioners and continues to advise well-known clients on clean energy M&A and financing.

The "easy to work with" Shirley Allen is a decommissioning expert with extensive knowledge of wider upstream oil and gas issues. She recently advised Suncor Energy on the acquisition of a 30% interest in the Rosebank Field from OMV (UK).

As head of the firm's global energy sector group, Bob Ruddiman is held in "very high regard" by clients. Described as a practitioner with "very good industry and regional expertise," he has advised on many upstream oil and gas deals involving the UKCS and international assets.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary group with the capacity to handle a broad range of regulatory and transactional issues in the renewables space, as well as a host of development matters. Offers extensive expertise in onshore and offshore wind projects and hydro schemes. Advises an enviable list of clients, including well-known power companies.

Strengths A client says: "They are market leaders in Scotland and offer strength in depth and good advice."

Sources also find the team to be "very client-focused."

Work highlights Continued to advise DONG Energy on all environmental, planning, property and commercial aspects of the 1.8 GW Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm.

Acted for Velocita Energy Developments Holdings on the preparation of a vendor report and various aspects of a share purchase agreement in relation to several Scottish onshore wind projects.

Significant clients ScottishPower, UK Green Investment Bank, UK Mainstream Renewable Power, Banks Renewables, Vatenfall Wind Power.

Notable practitioners

Gordon Downie provides "excellent technical knowledge and client service," according to interviewees. Market commentators note his competition and regulatory expertise. Downie advises both regulatory bodies and organisations subject to regulation.

Several sources note that Patricia Hawthorn enjoys a "high profile in the sector." She retains her position as Chair of Scottish Renewables and is known for her work on the planning and consent aspects of wind farm developments. She also has experience in hydro matters.

Liz McRobb provides "excellent technical knowledge and client service" to her clients. She is frequently retained to advise on the regulatory aspects of the electricity market or water and wind projects. "She is thorough and takes time to get to grips with a matter," says a client, continuing: "Her drafting is excellent."

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The energy and natural resources sector plays a uniquely important role in global efforts to balance economic growth, environmental sustainability and social cohesion. Our Energy & Natural Resources lawyers are at the forefront of this sector and have an enviable reputation for successfully advising leading organisations within the sector on a wide variety of complex and innovative transactions.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s dedicated team is drawn from experts across the firm with the specialist skills and practical experience necessary to take projects from initial feasibility through to completion. The team has experience in the energy and natural resources sector and a proven track record of advising clients on matters relating to energy markets and networks, renewables, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), water, waste and mining.

Our specialist team of lawyers regularly work with leading industry players, regulators, trade bodies, local authorities, developers and funders in all aspects of energy and natural resources projects, identifying industry risks and issues, analysing the implications for our clients and turning those insights into real added value.

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Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness

What the team is known for Diverse renewables practice advising a range of developers and utility companies, among other clients. Frequently sought to advise on the planning issues associated with onshore wind projects. Recent work has included advice on battery storage and hydro schemes.

Strengths One client says: "I find all the solicitors I have worked with to be knowledgeable, helpful and keen, and able to assist with solutions to problems that we come across."

Work highlights Continued to advise Renewable Energy Systems on the proposed Highlee Hill Wind Farm. The team has recently negotiated a second option agreement for the project.

Advised 2020 Renewables on its proposed 51.4 MW Whitelaw Brae Wind Farm, which includes an element of battery storage.

Significant clients Innogy Renewables, Brookfield Renewable UK, Muirhall Energy, Coriolis Energy, Partnership for Renewables.

Notable practitioners

Alan Simpson is a key contact.

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At Wright, Johnston &Mackenzie LLP we like to think our Renewables Team offers something differentfrom our competitors.

At the heart of that offering isour partner-led service. Our partners look after our clients from the moment theyengage the firm all the way through to completion of their projects, remainingclosely involved in the outstanding day-to-day service required to deliver ourclients’ goals. 

Delivery of those goalsand that service can only be achieved with outstanding individuals.Our team is full of them and is led by Andy McFarlane, one of Scotland’s foremostrenewable energy lawyers. The work the team delivers is also driven by our excellentassociates and solicitors.

Renewables has been a leading sector inour firm’s overall business plan for some time. We sit in anetwork of clients, funders, consultants and industry bodies, taking pride inour sector knowledge. As well as putting on our own conferences and seminars,we attend multiple industry events during the year and deliver training to/receivetraining from our clients.

We provide advice on alltechnologies in the renewables sector including onshore wind, battery storage,hydro, offshore wind, tidal, wave, biomass and photovoltaic/solar. We have in-house specialists to complement our outstanding property, planningand corporate teams. Our clients have the benefit on major projects ofmarket-leading tax advice from Susan Hoyle and from Neil Darling onagricultural and crofting matters.

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Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Bone is "a very well-regarded name" in the Scottish market and known particularly for his expertise in the real estate aspects of renewable energy developments. One client reports: "He is quick to get back to us and very accessible. He gives advice which is not just the nuts and bolts, but also relates to our future intentions."

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gordon Downie provides "excellent technical knowledge and client service," according to interviewees. Market commentators note his competition and regulatory expertise. Downie advises both regulatory bodies and organisations subject to regulation.

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Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian McCarlie is "very industrious and puts in the hard yards," says a source. He is held in high esteem by fellow practitioners and continues to advise well-known clients on clean energy M&A and financing.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Liz McRobb provides "excellent technical knowledge and client service" to her clients. She is frequently retained to advise on the regulatory aspects of the electricity market or water and wind projects. "She is thorough and takes time to get to grips with a matter," says a client, continuing: "Her drafting is excellent."

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Band 2

Patricia Hawthorn

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Several sources note that Patricia Hawthorn enjoys a "high profile in the sector." She retains her position as Chair of Scottish Renewables and is known for her work on the planning and consent aspects of wind farm developments. She also has experience in hydro matters.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Donald Cumming is held in high regard for his vast experience in the field. He continues to advise clients such as energy companies and public bodies on a variety of corporate transactions and project developments.

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Band 3

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Farquhar is an expert in corporate deals in the renewable energy space. One client says: "He is very experienced, creative and works fast and well." He recently advised Locogen Developments on the share purchase of Ben Mor Hydro from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Coigach Community Development Company.

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Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Keith Patterson continues to act for notable renewables clients and banks on the financing of clean energy schemes, along with a host of other transactional matters. He is described as "a perceptive, well-connected partner who offers pragmatic, common sense advice."

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Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Tamar Tammes has particular expertise in the property aspects of onshore wind farm developments. She also regularly advises on hydro and solar schemes. Clients praise her as "very good with good local connections, pragmatic and strong on renewables and Scottish planning-related law."

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Band 4

David Cruickshank

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

"Quality operator" David Cruickshank heads the firm's renewable energy team. He advises on a wide range of clean energy projects and deals, including wind and hydro matters.

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Band 4

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Renewables expert Nick Jones has many years of experience advising on the property issues associated with clean energy schemes. He is especially knowledgeable on onshore wind projects.

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Band 4

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Wayne Lawrence is known for his corporate work and continues to advise a number of notable energy clients. One client notes that "he is good on strategic advice," while another appreciate that "he understands the background to our organisation and knows all of the internal stakeholders."

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Serious energy lawyer" Paul Minto advises clients ranging from community groups to banks on a variety of renewable energy and electricity matters. "He brings a very practical commercial perspective," says a client.

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Shanks is best known for his banking and finance work. A client says: "He can solve problems and present excellent solutions. He is a very good person to have by your side when the going gets tough."

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Hazel Tait of Eversheds Sutherland is a known name in the Scottish renewable energy market. She draws on extensive in-house experience to advise clients on the property aspects of energy schemes. Clients appreciate that "she is very experienced and very straightforward to deal with."

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Associates to watch

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Peter Ward advises on a variety of regulatory matters and grid and connection issues. He is noted for being "particularly engaging and pragmatic in his approach to some of the complexities of the power sector" as well as providing "very good specialist advice that is easily understandable."

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