Energy and environment


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Clifford Chance among firms advising on halted nuclear project

Japanese firm Hitachi has suspended its £20bn nuclear power plant project in Anglesey, a construction deal that had been overseen by magic circle firm Clifford Chance and Burges Salmon. A Clifford Chance team led by partner Nigel Howorth, who works on areas including planning, energy and environment, was involved as an advisor to Horizon Nuclear […]


Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]


Centrica names new GC as longstanding chief retires

Centrica’s deputy general counsel Justine Campbell has been named as the company’s new legal head following the retirement of its longstanding chief Grant Dawson. Campbell joined Centrica in 2013 as general counsel of its British Gas business, before rising through the ranks to the role of Centrica’s general counsel for UK and Ireland and then […]

Ashurst and Freshfields face off in battle for British oil company

Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and K&L Gates are advising on the £608m hostile takeover offer of British oil and gas company Faroe Petroleum by a Norwegian rival. At the end of November, Norwegian company DNO ASA swooped in amid the slide in the price of oil to announce its firm intention to make an offer for Faroe Petroleum, […]


Slaughters leads Arsenal in UK’s first battery powered stadium

Slaughter and May, Burges Salmon and Foot Anstey have advised in the world’s first football stadium battery at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which will power the whole ground from kick-off to full time. Tucked in the basement of the stadium, the battery storage system (BSS), follows three years of development between Arsenal, developer Pivot Power and investment company […]


Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

Featured Briefings

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

2019 Planning predictions

2019 is likely to be an unpredictable and turbulent year in the UK and abroad, and few will be confident enough to predict whether Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union in March; whether we will enjoy a heatwave in the Summer; or what the nation will watch now that Big Brother […]

Supreme Court lays down guidelines to determine the interest payable on arbitral awards in International Commercial Arbitrations

On 11 October 2018, the Supreme Court of India (Supreme Court), in Vedanta Limited v Shenzen Shandong Nuclear Power Construction Company Limited (Civil Appeal No. 10394 of 2018), laid down the guidelines to be followed by arbitrators while awarding interest in an arbitral award pursuant to an international commercial arbitration. These guidelines take into account […]

Energy digest Ukraine – December 2018 in review

By Olena Kuchynska, Viktoriia Pysmenna RENEWABLES: New rules may promote more environment-friendly solutions In December 2018, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine “On Amending the Tax Code of Ukraine and Other Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Improving Administration and Revision of Some Taxes and Fees” No. 2628-VIII dated 23 November 2018 (“Law No. 2628”). […]

Future FIT: SEGue to the future of embedded generation

By Marianne Anton The ghost of tariffs past Following its announcement in December 2018 of the closure of the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT) to new applications after 31 March 2019, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation on 8 January 2019 on the introduction of a mandatory supplier-led route to […]

Romania: Amendments to the tax law as of 1 January 2019

By Theodor Artenie, Anamaria Tocaci, Alexandra Barbu Emergency Ordinance No. 114/2018, on the establishment of measures in the field of public investments and of fiscal-budgetary measures, the amendment and supplementation of some normative acts and the extension of some deadlines, recently introduced a series of legal changes with a fiscal impact. Below we summarise the most important changes in […]

What the Resource and Waste Strategy means for food and drink businesses

By Ben Sheppard The Government published the Resource and Waste Strategy for England on 18 December 2018. Key policies affecting food and drink businesses include the following. A £15 million pilot fund to help reduce food waste WRAP has identified 205,000 tonnes of food that could potentially be redistributed and that enough food for about 250 […]

When an occupier’s waste becomes a landowner’s problem

By Angus Evers, Joanne Sears A landowner has been convicted and fined after his tenants illegally stockpiled waste wood on his land. This is just the latest in a series of cases brought by environmental regulators against landowners whose tenants have committed waste-related offences, and all the indications are that this trend will continue. As we […]

The Mining Law Review – Mozambique

Much of the mining sector continues to emerge from a lengthy down-cycle. The world economy continues to expand, albeit at a deliberate pace. Demand for minerals is generally sustained and exploration in many parts of the world – in Canada in particular – has rebounded. But new risks beyond the control of miners are gathering […]

Into the Lusophone: The Euro Elite in Africa

While Francophone and Anglophone Africa remain more open markets for global elite firms, in Lusophone Africa it is tougher for non Portuguese players to make progress as the larger market leaders in Lisbon make bigger commitments to former colonial territories. ‘The international firms in our jurisdictions don’t seem to be looking to expand,’ says Vieira […]

Headline legal changes: what to expect in 2019

By Victoria Brett A summary of some of the headline legal changes relevant to commercial organisations anticipated in 2019: Capital allowances To stimulate capital investment from 1 January 2019 (until 31 December 2020) the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) will be temporarily increased from £200,000 to £1 million for all qualifying investments in plant and machinery (i.e. […]

New waste and resources strategy for England published by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

By Stephen C Kenny, Lee P McBride, Ben Stansfield The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published its strategy for waste and resources in England earlier today. Part of the Government’s ambition to move towards a circular economy, the strategy offers solutions to problems such as single use plastics, recycling confusion, excessive packaging and waste […]

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