Energy and Natural Resources

Specialist energy and natural resources lawyers advising on the full spectrum of energy technologies, from clean energy to oil and gas.

The energy and natural resources sector plays a vital role in global efforts to balance economic growth with environmental sustainability.

Shepherd and Wedderburn has been at the forefront of the sector – in Scotland, the UK and internationally – for over 30 years and our energy lawyers have a reputation for advising on innovative, unique and complex projects. 

Our energy and natural resources team comprises more than 90 specialist solicitors drawn from the full spectrum of legal disciplines, who advise on every aspect of energy projects – from inception through to the achievement of financial close and beyond.

Our work spans energy technologies from clean energy to oil and gas, and our team has unique knowledge of the regulatory aspects of the sector.

Our clients include promoters and developers, investors and funders, technology innovators and providers, the wider supply chain, industry bodies and research organisations.

How can Shepherd and Wedderburn's energy lawyers help you?

We provide innovative and practical commercial advice across a variety of key areas:

  • planning and environmental;
  • real estate;
  • construction and supply chain;
  • regulatory;
  • power purchasing;
  • M&A/corporate;
  • finance (including project finance); and
  • dispute resolution.

Speak to our energy solicitors to find out how we can help your business grow.

Albion Water

Advised Albion Water on its Competition Act action against Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in relation to the bulk supply of water and, more recently, on its follow-on damages claims against Dwr Cymru

Bowleven plc

Advised Bowleven plc on its $500 million strategic alliance with Petrofac in respect of the Etinde Permit, offshore Cameroon

Cairn Energy plc

Advised 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

Advised 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 agreements

Lloyds TSB

Advised 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

Sole legal advisers to the Single Electricity Market Committee (established between the Commission for Energy Regulation and Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation) on various aspects of its work in regulating the electricity wholesale market on the island of Ireland

SMartWind Limited

Advised 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

Advised Viridor Waste Management Limited on two recent planning inquiries for waste proposals, including successfully obtaining permission for a £200 million energy from waste facility at Dunbar