Sectors - Energy & Natural Resources

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.

What you need to know about MER UK

The strategy for Maximising Economic Recovery of the UK Continental Shelf (MER UK) places a positive obligation for greater collaboration and co-operation amongst the players in the oil and gas industry.You can learn more about collaborating within the remits of UK and EU competition law through our interactive quick reference guide.


Watch our videos

Webinar: International Disputes in the Oil and Gas sector

In this fourth webinar in our oil and gas series, David Anderson and Claire Stockford address the key issues arising for companies doing business across jurisdictions.

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The EU Referendum - What's next for the energy sector

In a joint webinar, experts from Shepherd and Wedderburn and PwC came together to discuss the far reaching implications of Brexit for the energy sector.

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MER UK - The dividing line between collaboration and competition

Gordon Downie and Aiste Slezeviciute cover the role of competition law and considerations for the industry. In particular, they comment on the recent publication by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) on Competition and Collaboration, which sets out its position on competition law.

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They are not just corporate legal advisers: they have a deep understanding of the oil and gas industry and what we in Cairn are looking to achieve strategically. They put forward achievable, common sense solutions which always meet our aims.

Jann Brown, Managing Director and CFO
Cairn Energy plc

Key People


Albion Water
On its Competition Act action against Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in relation to bulk supply of water and more recently on its follow on damages claims against Dwr Cymru
Bowleven plc
On its $500 million strategic alliance with Petrofac in respect of the Etinde Permit, offshore Cameroon
Cairn Energy plc
On the $6.3 billion global offering of securities by Cairn India and admission of Cairn India to Bombay and National Stock Exchanges
DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables
On their 389MW West of Duddon Sands JV, dealing with the Crown Estate lease and all onshore cabling and substation landowner agreement
Lloyds TSB
And the consortium of lenders on the £340 million financing of Centrica plc's Boreas portfolio of onshore and offshore windfarms
Single Electricity Market Committee
As sole legal advisers to the SEM Committee (established between the Commission for Energy Regulation and Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation) on various aspects of their work in regulating the electricity wholesale market on the island of Ireland
SMartWind Limited
On the development of 4GW of power in Round 3 Zone off Hornsea, one of the UK's biggest Round 3 offshore wind zones, including property advice, consenting advice in relation to the Planning Act and marine consenting regimes and grid regulation advice on securing connection capacity from National Grid
Viridor Waste Management Limited
In two recent planning inquiries for waste proposals including successfully obtaining permission for a £200 million energy from waste facility at Dunbar