Osborne Clarke is a trusted long-term adviser to many of the major power and utility firms, particularly providers of electricity and gas. We advise them on the wide range of issues that impact their businesses, including: 

•    Significant regeneration projects
•    Large, high-value infrastructure projects
•    Protection of assets
•    Compulsory purchase requirements
•    Energy regulation
•    Connection issues
•    Innovative energy projects
•    Property-related disputes

Our team has a wealth of experience advising on projects at the innovative end of the market. Our lawyers engage with clients in this sector on the impact of transformational trends, particularly digitalisation (including cyber) and decarbonisation. We have specialist experience in advising on innovative smart meter and connection projects.   

We also support the clients in the sector with their business as usual matters, such as contracts, employment law, health and safety, IT, intellectual property, data protection requirements and day-to-day claims and dispute resolution.

Experience

Utility businesses

Advising utility businesses on the impact of large-scale infrastructure projects on their infrastructure, including the HS2 project, Hinkley Point C Connection and Highways England road scheme.

Utility businesses

Advising utility businesses on the use of their compulsory purchase powers.

Large utility provider

Advised a large utility provider on a £100m claim concerning the scope of land rights held for their infrastructure.

National Grid Electricity

Advised National Grid Electricity Distribution on strategic commercial and innovation projects, including legal advice relating to energy flexibility/demand side response services.

Utility businesses

Advised various utility businesses on contracts for the procurement of construction services including framework agreements, design and construction contracts, maintenance agreements and associated documents.

Centrica

Advised Centrica on its Cornwall Local Energy Market project, covering commercial, IT, IP, consumer protection, State aid, procurement and energy regulatory matters.

Centrica

Advised Centrica on the international rollout of "Hive" as part of its connected home offering, including commercial and regulatory law support and coordinating international regulatory advice across multiple jurisdictions.

UK Distribution Network Operators

Advising UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) on construction disputes with contractors and suppliers, including in relation to defects, variations, payment notices and account valuations.