Energy

The global energy sector is experiencing a period of unprecedented change. As the demand for affordable, secure and sustainable energy supplies continues to grow, rapid developments in generation, transmission and distribution technologies are creating vast new opportunities for investors, power consumers, governments, energy workers and industry thought leaders. With the energy market of tomorrow likely to look very different to that of today, you need experienced advisors in energy law who offer in-depth industry knowledge, practical solutions and sound legal advice.

Working across several practice areas, our energy team operates internationally, serving clients in numerous energy technologies, including ag-energy, biogas, capacity markets, energy storage, geothermal, hydro, hydrogennuclear, oil and gas, solar, and wind. We advise governments, regulators, project developers, network companies, financial institutions and investors, energy suppliers and traders, technology companies and sector supply chains, among others.

We have a deep knowledge of the energy industry and the requirements for success, 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.

Full-service support

Our clients look to us for timely, innovative solutions across a wide range of areas, including:

Proven experience

Whether advising on major energy transactions, the creation of new regulatory frameworks, the development or refurbishment of assets, or the undertaking of commercial activities, we deliver well-informed advice from our extensive experience in the sector. We have played a leading role in major transactions, market transformation programmes and litigation in countries around the world.

  • Cummins Inc.

  • Advising Cummins Inc. on its cross-border acquisition of fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies provider Hydrogenics on its acquisition of Johnson Matthey's automotive battery systems business.

  • AtmosClear Investments

    Acting for AtmosClear Investments on its acquisition of a residential solar photovoltaic rooftop portfolio from Northleaf Capital. The portfolio comprised of 2,940 assets located throughout the UK.

  • Henvey Inlet First Nation

    Counsel to Henvey Inlet First Nation on the development of an on-reserve 300-megawatt wind generation project and transmission line, located on Henvey lands and other reserve and traditional territory.

  • E.ON

  • Representing E.ON while determining contractual responsibility after it was established that grouted connection problems were being encountered in 60 wind turbine generators at an offshore wind farm, as well as across the industry.

  • Longspur Energy

    Acting in relation to the disposal of two operating onshore wind farms managed by Longspur Capital to Octopus Energy. A multi-disciplinary team from corporate, real estate, commercial & regulatory, tax and planning and environmental advised on this transaction.

  • Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP and Lièvre Power LP

    Advising the clients on a point to point transmission customer, in various regulatory matters before the Québec Energy Board ("Régie") pertaining to changes to the Hydro-Québec Open Access Transmission Tariff.

  • Development Bank of South Africa, South African National Treasury and South African Department of Energy

  • Advising all three clients on the development of the country's base and mid-load IPP programme.

  • Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation and the Commission for Energy Regulation

    Advising on the introduction of a new and unique cross-border wholesale power trading market.

Awards and accolades

The team picks up technically and conceptually difficult matters and
translates them into strategy.Chambers and Partners

Our energy lawyers are frequently ranked by some of the world's top legal guides for their work.

We are consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 in the energy, oil and gas, and natural resources categories. Ian Mondrow and James Smellie were named "Notable Practitioners" by Chambers and Partners Canada, with James cited among Chambers' "Senior Statespeople". Clean Energy Pipeline ranked the team ninth for Energy M&A deals by volume in 2021.

Best Lawyers named Gowling WLG "Law Firm of the Year" in 2021 in addition to recognizing multiple individuals. We were also named in The Times Best Law Firms 2021 for energy and renewables. 

Meet our international team

Our team has broad experience supporting energy clients in jurisdictions around the world, including in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the UK. Contact us today to find out how our team can support you with your energy projects.

Thomas Timmins
Partner, Head of Energy (Canada)

Dr. Andreas Woelfle
Partner (Germany)

Jonathan Brufal
Partner, Head of International Projects and Co-Head of Africa Group (UAE)

Gareth Baker
Partner (UK)

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