Energy and environment


Hogan Lovells joins magic circle firm on £2bn energy project

Linklaters, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright have sealed the construction of Triton Knoll, a major offshore wind farm which will provide 800,000 households with renewable energy. Led by projects partner Richard Coar and energy partner John Pickett, Linklaters acted for Triton Knoll on the project financing work. The pair were supported by counsel Andrew Penfold and […]

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Ofwat puts out tender for £4bn Thames Tideway work

Ofwat has put out a tender for the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT), the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry, which has so far drawn in a raft of firms. Water regulator Ofwat, which has its headquarters in Birmingham, is seeking a sole legal supplier to advise on the construction of the TTT (also […]


Former Pinsents partner named as Ofgem’s new legal head

Green Investment Group (GIG) general counsel and former Pinsent Masons partner Euan McVicar has joined Ofgem to become the energy regulator’s next top lawyer. McVicar spent nearly 14 years as a Pinsents partner before leaving to take on the role of general counsel and company secretary at GIG five years ago this month. It is […]

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National Grid UK GC takes up new role at utility giant

National Grid’s UK general counsel Rachael Davidson has swapped her role for another within the company, taking on a new position in the group’s non-core business unit. Davidson has become general counsel for National Grid Ventures, which operates in competitive markets outside of National Grid’s core regulated activities in the UK and US. Her role […]


Magic circle duo lead on £2bn Vivo Energy IPO

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have taken the lead roles on the stock market listing of Vivo Energy. Vivo provides energy across Africa, running nearly 2,000 Shell-branded service stations. Freshfields won the top role for the company, with a team led by London partners Julian Makin and Sam Newhouse. The pair are co-heads of […]


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The speed read: what you need to know about the market this week

When Wayne Rooney landed at Manchester United in 2004, the story went that it wasn’t because Sir Alex Ferguson needed another striker, but because Newcastle had put in a bid for the young Evertonian and he couldn’t countenance seeing such an exciting talent anywhere else. That brings us to this week’s news that former SFO […]

Featured Briefings

Angola’s Shipping Law Review

By Joao Afonso Fialho, Jose Miguel Oliveira, Angela Viana The fifth edition of this book aims to continue to provide those involved in handling shipping disputes with an overview of the key issues relevant to multiple jurisdictions. We have again invited contributions on the law of leading maritime nations, including both major flag states and […]

Lenders round-up – September 2018

By Richard Hall Landmark decision on Legal Privilege The Court of Appeal has overturned a previous judgment allowing the Serious Fraud Office access to documents shared between the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and its former legal adviser Dechert in relation to ENRC’s findings during a criminal investigation into alleged bribery and financial malpractices. The earlier […]

Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

Prinsjesdag- Tax plan 2019

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of parts of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Change of rates in corporation tax, income tax and VAT 2. Limiting depreciation possibilities buildings in own use 3. Limitation periods for loss settlement in corporation […]

Policies for streamlining operations of PSCs

On 18 July 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved policy framework for streamlining operations of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for increased domestic production of hydrocarbon resources (Policy). By way of background, the Government of India had awarded 28 exploration blocks (13 offshore and 15 onshore) to private companies between 1980. This was prior […]

Financing of solar panels on company premises simplified by Standard Act

By Joris van de Bunt By introducing a standard deed, property owners can now conclude an agreement with solar panel operators faster and cheaper for the installation of solar panels on company premises. In the past, explanation and assessment due to complexity led to long lead times and high consultancy costs. Because of this, smaller projects threatened […]

Taxation in Guernsey- A summary

A company incorporated in Guernsey is treated as tax resident in Guernsey in any year of charge. Companies resident in Guernsey are subject to income tax on their worldwide income (foreign tax relief is available). A standard rate of 0% applies to most companies that are tax resident in Guernsey. However, income arising from certain activities […]

Will new state targets lead to reduced environmental protection in Austria?

By Philipp Strondl, Christoph Jirak Since the beginning of the Second Republic, the Constitution has provided so-called ‘state targets’, which have guided the government to declare certain interests to be substantial. The targets are broadly diversified and include, for example, state targets on: wide-ranging state defence; a nuclear-free Austria; schools and education; securing the independence […]

Exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons- Policy framework

By Dibyanshu, Prateek Bhandari, Sathyajith Nair The Union Cabinet on 1 August 2018 approved the policy framework (Policy) for the exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons. By way of background, the exploration and production regime of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP), Coal Bed Methane Policy (CBM Policy) and nomination regime did not permit the contractors to exploit unconventional hydrocarbons […]

Effect of Brexit on automotive regulation

By Kieran Laird The automotive sector is subject to a variety of EU regulations covering a range of issues including technical standards, safety, vehicle categorisation and environmental protection. The automotive sector is subject to a complex web of regulations covering a range of issues including technical standards, safety, vehicle registration, environmental protection and vehicle categorisation. The […]

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