We provide wide-ranging expert advice in the climate change & energy markets
Our Climate Change & Energy group specialises in sustainable energy, electricity, coal and upstream oil and gas.
Issues such as climate change and sustainable energy are increasingly in the public eye and on the government agenda. As a result, energy producers, suppliers, distributors and property developers face increasing scrutiny, legislation and regulation and, in turn, need accurate and practical legal advice more than ever before. We can help.
Our solicitors advise the promoters of low carbon energy and renewables schemes. We also advise on the procurement of low carbon energy or state-of-the-art utility systems suitable for alternative energy distribution. We have experience of the emissions trading markets, in particular the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the Clean Development Mechanism.
We have a rapidly expanding sustainable energy practice. This includes acting and fundraising for clean technology companies and environmentally compatible energy schemes and advising on policy and regulation.
We are also a prominent legal adviser in the marketplace for coal and other minerals. We advise both the Coal Authority and UK Coal, the UK’s largest coal producer, on surface mining, wind power and methane extraction, as well as providing general corporate, property, banking and litigation advice.
Our expert advice covers a range of issues, including environmental, regulatory, construction and property, corporate and intellectual property matters. Our clients span the entire energy market – government agencies responsible for developing policy and overseeing its implementation, electricity generators charged with producing low emission power, and property developers required to deliver low or zero carbon housing and commercial developments. We also advise major UK industrial and commercial energy users on the on-site generation and off-site purchase of low carbon energy.
Our latest alerts, briefings & reports
Nabarro briefings and reports
Simplifying the CRC Scheme – counting of onsite energy generation. Respond by 17 December
On 20 November, the Department of Energy and Climate Change
(DECC) issued a consultation seeking industry opinion on a tidy up of the
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on two issues. View full briefing
ESOS: a real opportunity for energy savings or just more green tape?
UK companies struggling with energy and emissions monitoring and reporting obligations should be aware that more obligations are coming. View full briefing
Wind farm ruling puts large scale renewables in Scotland at risk
On 24 September the Scottish Court of Session gave a ruling that implies the majority of wind farms in Scotland will require an electricity generating licence or an exemption from Ofgem, before planning consent is given. View full briefing
Contracts for Difference – sufficient certainty and stability for the renewable energy sector?
In order to encourage investment in low-carbon technologies and reduce the UK's carbon emissions, the Government is aware of the need to provide predictable revenue streams to investors. Contracts for Difference (CfDs) are the Government's chosen mechanism to support this guaranteed income, by improving electricity price certainty and by providing the backing of a long-term contract.
A detailed draft of the standard form contract was published on 7 August 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of the package of reforms to be introduced by the Energy Bill which is due to be enacted as primary legislation later this year. Given recent uncertainty over the form of renewable and low-carbon energy support, it is key to investors, developers and generators alike, that the CfD actually delivers a stable market with sufficient incentives. View full briefing
ONEL: what constitutes genuine use of a Community Trade Mark?
On 19 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its long-anticipated judgment in the ONEL/OMEL case. This reference from the Court of Appeal of the Hague sought guidance on the question of whether use of a Community Trade Mark (CTM) in a single member state constitutes genuine use in the Community. View full briefing