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Claire Wallis

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English

Claire Wallis is a partner in the Real Estate Team based in Edinburgh, specialising in energy and renewables projects. Claire has extensive experience advising a variety of energy clients on the real estate aspects of a broad range of energy projects including wind farms (both onshore and offshore), battery storage projects, grid stabilisation developments, solar farms and hydro schemes. Claire’s experience includes a number of Scotland’s most significant projects, for example advising Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited on the onshore property aspects of the Beatrice offshore windfarm. 

Claire has extensive in house experience, having spent over a year on secondment with SSE Renewables Developments (UK) Limited where she was responsible for management of the property aspects of their large portfolio of onshore wind farm projects and a year on secondment to Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd where she dealt with a broad range of agreements for onshore and offshore wind farm developments and the related property diligence.  

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"Clients are particularly impressed by the quietly efficient Claire Wallis for renewables projects."

Legal 500, 2019

"a name to note at senior associate level for Energy (excluding oil and gas)."

Legal 500, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited on the servitudes and other land agreements which acquire the rights necessary to deliver the onshore transmission infrastructure to connect the electricity generated by the Beatrice offshore windfarm in the Outer Moray Firth to a National Grid Electricity Transmission Substation at Blackhillock, Keith over a route spanning approximately 20km and owned by 30 separate parties.
  • SSE on the real estate aspects of the implementation of the 133MW Strathy South wind farm in the North of Scotland including terminating and varying existing land agreements and putting new land agreements in place with both landowners and third party developers.
  • SSE on the real estate aspects of the sale of a 49.9% stake (£635m) in its Stronelairg and Dunmaglass wind farms to Greencoat UK Wind Plc in partnership with a UK pension fund whose investment is managed by Greencoat Capital. 
  • Aviva on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Crystal Rig III and Brockloch Rig Windfarms from Fred Olsen Renewables AS. 
  • GLIL Infrastructure LLP on its 49:51 equity partnership with global renewable energy investor Cubico Sustainable Investments in relation to an operational wind and solar portfolio covering 18 sites across the UK (including 5 in Scotland).
  • Brookfield on the property aspects of the acquisition of a 1.2GW portfolio of development onshore wind projects from PNE.
  • ESB on acquiring a 50% stake in Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited on the borrower financing aspects of the Kincardine Offshore Wind Project in relation to property reporting and security.
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Education

  • 2003 – Dip LP, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2002 – Law, LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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04/11/2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: Scot­land v East­ern European per­spect­ives...
Hy­dro­gen Many coun­tries across Europe and bey­ond have set tar­gets for re­du­cing car­bon emis­sions with the UK en­act­ing the net-zero tar­get in­to law just over two years ago. As a res­ult, gov­ern­ments are...
08/10/2020
Spot­light Scot­land - The Fu­ture of Re­new­ables
In our second Fu­ture of Re­new­ables we­bin­ar of 2020, a mix of CMS and in­vited speak­ers will look at de­vel­op­ments in the re­new­ables in­dustry in Scot­land over the last six months and what 2021 (and bey­ond)...
17/06/2020
Power Up - Vary­ing, Op­tim­ising and Re­power­ing Re­new­ables Pro­jects
Wind tur­bine tech­no­logy is mov­ing for­ward rap­idly, with step-changes in size, ca­pa­city and ef­fi­ciency. In­creased gov­ern­ment sup­port - in­clu­sion of on­shore wind and sol­ar in the Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence...
02/08/2019
Crown Es­tate Scot­land re­leases “Pre-Launch” ScotWind Leas­ing doc­u­ments
Fol­low­ing the May 2018 launch of ScotWind Leas­ing, the new round of off­shore wind leas­ing in Scot­land, Crown Es­tate Scot­land has now re­leased near-fi­nal doc­u­ment­a­tion to en­able de­velopers to start pre­par­ing...