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The biggest medium and long-term issue of our time is how to meet our energy needs in a way that sustains the future of the planet, while also sustaining the sector which is so essential to society. Our deep understanding of the Energy sector and its transition to decarbonisation helps bring insight on climate change issues and transformation to clients across all sectors.

With over 450 lawyers, we provide crucial advice to governments and businesses as they engage with the challenge of climate change and shape their responses to it. 

Since the 1980s we have led the way in designing and implementing modern energy markets around the world. We have also helped to guide the renewables sector at every stage of its development.


Many of our clients require specialist legal advisers attuned to global geopolitics, economics and regulation. We help them navigate increasingly interlinked issues such as technological disruption, electrification of transport, smart cities and urbanisation, social concerns and political agendas. 

It is vital that every element of the energy and climate change puzzle is considered. Whether we are advising on climate change strategy or new technology, oil & gas exploration or energy efficiency, project finance or M&A, energy disputes or regulation, we always look at the big picture.

Highlights of the Energy & Climate Change practice track record

UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster on the UK’s most advanced carbon capture project in the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster. BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total have formed a consortium and assumed leadership of the Net Zero Teesside Project, previously known as the Clean Gas Project.

PivotPower on the sale of Pivot Power, a battery storage and EV charging infrastructure provider, to EDF Renewables.

Peter Head CCS project on the state aid and competition law aspects of a joint venture for a major energy project to be funded under the UK Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Commercialisation Programme.

Green Investment Group on the sale of two operational onshore wind parks in Poland to Equitix, a British investor specialising in core infrastructure and energy-efficiency assets.

Romania’s Ministry of Energy on the new support scheme for clean energy power projects, advising alongside NERA Economic Consulting and Marsh Europe.

Equinor on the Hywind project and related M&A, a revolutionary new floating windfarm being installed in UK waters.

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