With its constant and rapid development at the crossroads of several areas of law, the energy sector requires a multi-disciplinary legal approach. Our teams in London, Brussels and Paris work closely together to provide an integrated service covering UK, Belgian, French and EU regulatory advice in a co-ordinated manner.  

On the regulatory front, there is a variety of activity; and we are at the heart of it. The Third Energy Package is in force across Europe and we are advising on its implications for affected companies at all levels of supply: producers, interconnectors, distributors, and suppliers.  We help clients with re-structuring, triggered by the unbundling rules; exemption applications; the advent of the network codes; functional unbundling issues.  We can also assist on REMIT regulations; smart meters; capacity issues; third party access rights; market pricing issues; carbon trading; waste-to-energy projects; generation subsidies; connection and construction agreements.

Clients benefit from our advice as members of our team have worked inside regulatory organisations, which means we can bring to you a unique understanding of the approach and priorities of competition officials, policymakers and enforcers.  


Notable deals / highlights

  • Advising cross-border electricity and gas interconnectors on competition, regulatory issues and connection  and construction agreements.  

  • Advising producers and trading companies on REMIT.
  • Advising on the implementation of Smart Meters, which are to be installed in all UK homes and small businesses by the end of 2020. 

  • Advising an energy company on the development of gas-fired electricity generation plants. We are assisting with regulatory and permitting procedures and contracting arrangements. 

  • Representing a utilities company in proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority on electricity wholesale markets pricing abuse. 

  • Advising on the extended exploitation of nuclear power plants in Belgium and on related financial opportunities and liabilities. 

  • Representing a utilities company in proceedings before the Court of Justice in relation to the circulation of guarantees of origin and green energy certificate. 

  • Advising the UK Government on the sale of its stake in British Energy to EDF, including handling the complex state aid issues.

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