Retail Supply Spotlight
We’re proud to have worked with Npower for over 20 years on their debt recovery requirements. In this time we’ve worked
with them on a broad range of recoveries, including:
Campaign to collect millions of pounds of debts, acting for an insolvency practitioner and for Npower
Recovery of over £2million from a consortium of local authorities, settlement being achieved on the eve of a High Court trial
Recovery of significant sums from a household telecommunications company on a multi-site contested claim
Successful recovery of monies from a well known house builder following a complex claim arising out of unmetered supplies made to a number of residential developments
A claim valued at over £1 million following undercharging arising out of an under recording meter
Strategic advice on both internal and external collections campaigns to maximise recoveries
Last Mile Site in South Wales
This project involved a highly complex site with multiple landowners, including landlords and third party owners, a DNO and an investment fund with their own stringent requirements. To add to this multifaceted site, there was also an unregistered freehold following transfer of part on an estate, an unregistered leasehold title, as well as various environmental concerns.
Our team of experts completed the transaction within three months, meeting the developer’s tight completion window with ease
Our dedicated team of experts included representation at senior level to progress the instruction as quickly as possible
We secured cost contributions from the developer, resulting in large cost savings to
The developer also benefitted, with no delay to practical completion, no liquidated damages payable to the investment fund and tenant, and importantly no lost rental income – representing substantial savings to all parties involved
Advising on Nemo Link – a new interconnector between the UK and Belgium
All UK interconnectors involve the exchange of services between the neighbouring system operators, typically by way of an adjustment to post trading scheduled flows to assist the requesting system operator in managing its local energy balancing and system security needs.
These arrangements for cross border balancing services are complex, but important to ensuring the benefits of the interconnector are delivered to the two power systems which it connects.
Our role was to work with the GB system operator National Grid ESO to help develop and draft the contractual arrangements between National Grid ESO and its counterpart in Belgium, Elia Group. These arrangements included trilateral commercial and operational elements involving the owner and operator of the interconnector, Nemo Link. Particular attention was needed to the overarching legal and regulatory framework established by the EU law in this area, notably the EU Network Codes, and the uncertainty created by Brexit was also a factor to be considered and addressed.
We worked throughout 2018 and into 2019 with all stakeholders to meet the challenging timescales, which resulted in full operations for Nemo Link in February 2019.
1,000 MW electricity interconnector between the UK and Belgium
Major €500m + energy infrastructure project designed to secure the UK energy system
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Statera Energy - Two 50MW gas peaking reserve power plants
We advised Saltholme North Ltd and Saltholme South Ltd, subsidiary companies of Statera Energy, on the building of two 49.9 megawatt gas peaking reserve power plants connecting into the high pressure gas mains.
Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the facilities were designed to use a shared infrastructure but operate as two wholly independent facilities. This unique structure meant that our team had to navigate extremely complex legal arrangements to ensure the independence of each project, including a multi faceted leasehold structure.
In addition, there were challenging environmental concerns around the plant, as they were being built on an RSPB reserve. We also had to create bespoke documentation with National Grid for the connection into the high-pressure gas mains, with documentation being prepared from scratch as National Grid has done these type of documents before.
Working closely with our colleagues across our energy team we were able to navigate this extremely complex regulatory environment quickly and efficiently.
Water Network & Supplier Spotlights
In February 2020, our team of utilities experts were one of five law firms appointed to the legal panel of FTSE100 water company Severn Trent, with a specific brief to support its renewables and services arm.
We’re proud to be working with the leading water supplier on a broad range of legal services, from commercial and IP, real estate and construction, through to regulation and litigation. Notably, we’re currently working with Severn Trent Green Power to build renewable energy projects on their surplus land.
“We firmly believe we’ve picked the firms that can help us drive costs down for our customers while also offering us the benefits of their experience and innovative ideas. On top of that, we’re delighted to be working with them to promote inclusion and diversity in the legal industry which is something that we’re extremely keen to support.”
Head of Legal at Severn Trent Water
We advised Highway Stops Retail Limited on the terms and conditions of an EV hosting agreement for the installation of EV charging points to be operated by a public charging network operator.
The deal also included drafting and negotiating construction contracts for contestable works in relation to the grid connection offer, which HSRL have procured to carry out.
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Judgment handed down in landmark case that affects the energy sector and insolvent energy suppliers.
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