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 UK 2021

What the team is known for

Acts for a wide range of clients including network operators, energy developers and funders. Able to handle renewable energy issues as well as traditional energy mandates. Frequently advises on wind and solar power contracts, with further expertise in environmental and planning mandates. Offers a comprehensive service with skill in regulatory and transactional issues as well as project finance matters. Regularly assists clients with energy-related disputes.


Clients laud the team for its "excellent service provision," going on to note its "very flexible" approach.

Work highlights

Assisted TCI Renewables with the sale of its entire share capital in Pigeon Top Wind Farm to Energia Renewables.

Notable practitioners

Neasa Quigley

The Legal 500 2021

The practice at Carson McDowell runs the gamut of corporate, commercial and finance work relating to energy projects, and also draws on the support of planning and environment specialist Gary McGhee. Neasa Quigley, who leads the team, is an expert in energy-related corporate transactions. Project finance work is primarily handled by Sinead McGrath, while property work is Emma Cooper's core area of expertise. Gerard Armstrong has extensive experience in PFI/PPP work.

Key clients

  • TCI Renewables Limited
  • Belfast Power Limited
  • ESB Renewables Limited
  • System Operator for Northern Ireland Limited (SONI)
  • RES (UK & Ireland) Limited
  • Firmus Energy Group
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited
  • Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited
  • Gore Street Capital
  • Wind Renewables Income Holdco 2 Limited