Energy and Renewables

Our team of dedicated corporate, planning, environment, property, regulatory, finance, property and commercial lawyers has unrivalled experience in the energy and renewables sector in Northern Ireland. Our enviable broad client base ranges from on-shore and off-shore renewable power generators to the electricity network owner in Northern Ireland.

We are also in the unique position in the Northern Ireland legal services market of being able to offer the full range of specialist legal services to our energy clients entirely from our Belfast based team, without relying on external Dublin or London based resources. This means we are in a position to deliver unparalleled services at very competitive rates.

What we do

  • Energy Regulation
  • Grid connection
  • Power purchase agreements
  • EPC & O&M contracts
  • Project Finance
  • Procurement
  • Renewable Support Advice
  • EU & Competition
  • M&A
  • Site Assembly and Project Structuring

What Others Say About Us

​Chambers and Partners UK 2017

What the team is known for

Acts for a wide range of clients, such as network operators and energy developers, on a variety of high-profile matters. Able to handle renewables and waste issues, as well as traditional energy mandates. Also valued for the environmental and planning expertise available across the firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They send us a good deal of detail, and they provide it on time and regularly."

"They have a huge amount of experience in the wind energy sector."

Work highlights

Assisted NTR with its £5 million purchase of the entire share capital of Ora More, as well as the £23 million project finance for the scheme.

Advised River Ridge Recycling on its role as sponsor and shareholder in relation to the Full Circle Power waste-to-energy project, the largest such scheme in Northern Ireland to date.

Notable practitioners

Corporate partner Neasa Quigley has an in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Commentators see her as a "key player" at the firm and hold her in high regard for her combined corporate and energy expertise.

Significant clients firmus, RES, Connective Energy, TCI Renewables, SSE.

Legal 500 2016 (First Tier)

What the team is known for Prominent multidisciplinary energy practice with particular expertise in sector transactions and planning issues. A one-stop shop for a number of major renewable energy developers and utilities groups. Additional experience in unconventional gas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They'll engage directly with the issues and tell it to you straight."

"The firm pulled out all the stops to get everything done for us."

Work highlights

Acted for WH Energy on the development of an anaerobic digestion project, assisting with the establishment of a joint venture and in negotiating engineering, procurement and construction contracts and feed-supply agreements.

Advised Rathlin Energy on plans for the exploration of hydrocarbon resources for fracking in County Antrim.

Notable practitioners

Neasa Quigley is a prominent corporate lawyer with a focus on the energy sector. Sources are quick to underscore her experience in the renewables space, where she recently assisted Connective Energy with project financing for an anaerobic digestion facility. One client describes Quigley as "outstanding," adding: "She goes way beyond the call of duty on my work."