The global energy sector is going through a period of unprecedented change. As the demand for affordable, secure and sustainable energy supplies continues to grow across the world, developments in technology are creating new opportunities, leading to the development of new business models and encouraging many new entrants to the sector. The energy world of tomorrow will look very different to that of today.

At Gowling WLG, we have been at the forefront of major sector developments for many years. We have a deep knowledge of the industry and the requirements of operating successfully in it, meaning we can help our clients identify and overcome challenges and take advantage of the opportunities arising in what is a fast paced and heavily regulated sector.

First class service

Our multi-disciplinary team has a first-class reputation and operates seamlessly around the globe. We advise governments, regulators, project developers, network companies, financial institutions and investors, energy suppliers and traders, technology companies and the sector supply chain among others.

We have strong experience across all generation types, including, thermal, energy from waste hydropower, wind, biomass, solar, new technologies (including storage) and nuclear.

Our advice is delivered by people who combine first class legal knowledge with a deep understanding of the complexities of the sector. Our specialist lawyers are frequently ranked by some of the world's top legal guides for their work and regularly act as trusted counsel to senior policy makers and energy executives. We have played a leading role in major transactions, market transformation programmes and litigation in countries around the world.

Whether we are advising on major energy transactions, the creation of new regulatory frameworks, the development or refurbishment of assets or the undertaking of commercial activities in the sector we deliver innovative pragmatic, commercial advice informed by our comprehensive sector experience.

Professionals you can trust

We can advise you on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Project development - generation, transmission, distribution and storage
  • Capital markets advice, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and IPOs
  • Construction, equipment supply and O&M
  • Dispute resolution
  • Energy purchasing and supply arrangements
  • Energy market structuring and regulation
  • Project and structured finance
  • New technology deployment and funding
  • Real estate, planning and environmental
  • Tax
  • Ag-Energy

Examples of our work

  • Counsel to the Development Bank of South Africa, South African National Treasury and South African Department of Energy on the development of the country's base and mid-load IPP programme
  • Counsel to the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation and the Commission for Energy Regulation on the introduction of a new and unique cross-border wholesale power trading market
  • Advised BEIS's smart meter programme - the largest new technology infrastructure programme of its kind ever undertaken in Great Britain - involving an £11 billion installation of smart meters in all domestic and small business premises, requiring 30 million premises to be visited. The project saw the firm's Energy and Natural Resources team named as Energy & Infrastructure Team of the Year at the 2017 British Legal Awards
  • Advised Primrose Solar in relation to the disposal of its final five UK solar farms to Equitix Infrastructure, a 350MW programme of acquisition, development, commissioning and disposal undertaken by Primrose since 2013
  • Represented E.ON, commencing legal proceedings to determine contractual responsibility after it was established that grouted connection problems were being encountered in 60 wind turbine generators at an offshore wind farm, and across the industry. The team advised E.ON to establish the appropriate rectification strategy and to understand and manage its business risks, representing them throughout the ensuing litigation proceedings. This widely reported case culminated in a decision of the Supreme Court in August 2017. The team's contractual interpretation changed the way contracts, in particular technical documents, should be looked at in the future
  • Counsel to a variety of offshore infrastructure developer owners on project development, acquisitions and divestitures, financings and commercial contracts
  • Advising the Government of Barbados in reviewing the Power Purchase Agreement and ancillary contracts with Cahill Energy
  • Counsel to Sterigenics, a portfolio company of GTCR, in its US$826 million cross-border acquisition of Nordion Inc.
  • Special counsel to Emera Inc. on the negotiation of formal agreements with Nalcor Energy for the development and transmission of hydroelectric power from the CAD$7 billion Muskrat Falls, Canada
  • Counsel to AGR Energy Limited No. 1, which has proposed to invest approximately £37.1 million in Max Petroleum Plc by way of a conditional cash subscription of new ordinary shares

Learn more

To find out how we can help you with your energy project, please contact any member of our team.