Law Services for Businesses Energy

A dynamic energy law team advising clients on a diverse range of renewable energy projects.

MacRoberts has been involved in a diverse range of renewable energy projects in Scotland for over 30 years. With our experience in wind, hydro, solar and energy from waste (biomass), we address all of the relevant commercial, strategic, consenting and legal issues from the conception of a project through to its ongoing operation.

 

With a focus on renewable energy development and management, we advise on the full range of legal issues in relation to our clients’ projects, including procurement, regulatory matters, property rights and options, planning and consents, finance, infrastructure, Power Purchase Agreements and grid connection.

A full-service team to support your projects

We are regularly assisted by our colleagues across the firm in relation to tax, contract negotiation, including EPC and supply and maintenance contracts, acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring and dispute resolution.

Our team also provides training sessions for clients on the real estate aspects of onshore windfarms. Please get in touch with a member of our team to find out more

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Market-leading experience

We work closely with clients from all sectors of the Scottish economy in relation to their energy projects, including international engineering and project management companies, wind/solar energy firms, electricity companies, wind farm developers, utility companies, waste management companies, transport organisations, construction and infrastructure firms and financial services institutions.

Our recent experience includes:

Chirmorie Wind Farm Project

Acting for the developer in the site assembly of numerous land, access and cabling agreements for leases and servitudes for the Chirmorie Wind Farm Project, an 80MW 21-turbine consented project located approximately 7km south-west of Barrhill, South Ayrshire.

Battery storage projects

Advising on two big battery storage projects at Hunterston and Kincardine – Europe's two biggest storage facilities. Our work involved putting together all of the land agreements, including a lease option agreement for the main site (supported by standard securities), access rights and cabling rights.

Cumberhead Wind Farm

Acting in the completion of land agreements for the 50MW Cumberhead Wind Farm ahead of its sale to Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc in September 2021.

Hydro scheme

Advising on a proposed hydro scheme with possible battery storage and solar PV installations, including dealing with agricultural tenancies.

Caithness Wind Farm

Advising in relation to a 12-turbine wind farm in Caithness and dealing with complex agricultural and commercial lease matters.

Wind Farm Extensions

Providing advice in relation to proposed servitudes required by Scottish Power in relation to wind farm extensions in Ayrshire.

Dumbarton Solar Array

Acting in relation to an 80MW solar array in Dumbarton, including a private wire agreement for an industrial offtaker.

Orkney Wind Farm

Acting for the landowners in relation to a 30MW island wind farm in Orkney.

Related Services

  • Construction

    One of the largest construction law groups in Scotland, our team is renowned for their expertise provided to clients across the Scottish construction sector.

    Construction
  • Environmental

    We advise on the full range of environmental issues affecting businesses and local authorities, including contaminated land, environmental due diligence in relation to property, corporate, infrastructure and finance deals, PPC permitting and waste and water environment licensing, controls over the movement and transfer of waste, statutory and common law nuisance, and environmental risk management for corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

  • Transport

    With an impressive track record spanning more than 30 years, MacRoberts advises clients across the transport sector on the full range of legal matters.

    Transport
  • Mineral Resources

    Our team advises clients ranging from aggregates businesses and developers to oil and gas and waste management companies on all manner of legal issues relating to mineral resources, including planning, environmental, real estate, dispute resolution and mergers and acquisitions.

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • In 2016, we became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become Living Wage accredited employers.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • We are a proud member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a network of law firms committed to working collaboratively to reduce our environmental impact

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • MacRoberts is a member of The Glass Network, Scotland's organisation for LGBT+ allied legal professionals.
  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.