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Energy

With an increasing focus on climate change and changing patterns and attitudes towards production and use of energy, the UK energy sector will be a key area of growth over the years to come.

The requirements of the energy market remain diverse. Partnerships are vital in the energy industry and we have developed an external network of legal and non-legal specialists to call upon in order to create opportunities as well as meeting the needs of our clients and their projects.

The North East has a world-class reputation for delivering large scale and specialist engineering projects to companies in the energy industry. We advise a range of businesses operating across all parts of the supply chain – both within the oil & gas and the renewable industries.

We provide support across a full range of legal matters, including: raising equity and debt finance for growth, mergers and acquisitions, advising on succession issues, competition and State aid advice, trade and export contracts, property matters, disputes and employee issues.

Developers and landowners
We have extensive experience of providing property, funding and development advice to commercial property and energy generation projects of all sizes and across a wide range of sectors. Our lawyers have worked with developers on a variety of onshore renewable assets, including wind farms, waste plants and ground and roof based solar installations.

We can offer ‘cradle to grave’ advice to developers and landowners looking to access the renewable energy and onsite power generation markets.

Commercial consumers
Many of our SME clients are implementing energy efficient technology and measures to effectively manage their energy consumption. We have advised clients in industries as diverse as healthcare, retail, education and agriculture in implementing these solutions, putting in place effective legal structures and land rights to allow for the funding and delivery of projects, taking full advantage of incentives available to energy consumers.

Emerging technology
We have developed relationships with a number of early stage technology companies that are developing technology to meet the needs of the renewable and traditional energy markets.

We have worked on funding, joint ventures and a range of intellectual property matters for our clients in areas as diverse as electric vehicle charging, super-conductor materials, hydrogen power cells and cutting edge atomic power technology.

Membership organisations

We needed an adviser who can help be reactive to our needs because when its complex you need someone who is going to stay close to the detail and react quickly to enable you to complete the transaction. We chose Square One Law after we ran a process and looked at various advisers. We wanted a firm where we could have access at partner level throughout the whole process and we wanted to use a local firm who had a knowledge of the region that we were going to be building the plant in, so Square One Law were our partner in this project.

Dr Steve Mahon, CEO, Armstrong Energy,
Armstrong Energy – Corporate/Energy

The reason that our partnership has worked is that when you’re building a business you need to work with organisations that will take the time to understand your business, that have all the resource base that you need and that you trust. I think that when you build up a start-up you need to pull on a lot of resources and having an organisation that you can just lift up the phone – you can talk to somebody – and they’ll give you some interim advice on the spot, then that’s great; then you can go through more detail in the process.

Matthew Lumsden, CEO, Connected Energy,

Square One Law works as a strategic business partner with our management team. They really understand our business and what we want to achieve with our corporate partners.

Dr Colin Herron CBR, Managing Director, Zero Carbon Futures,
Zero Carbon Futures – Commercial/Energy

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