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The Hull and Humber region has been thrust into the forefront of the UK's green energy revolution.  With Siemens, Europe's largest engineering conglomerate announcing its decision to invest £160 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Green Port Hull along with a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in Paull, East Yorkshire, events in the Humber ports are moving apace as other major companies respond to the wider renewable energy opportunities, including significant developments in biomass energy.

The Humber estuary provides the ideal testing ground for innovative developments in tidal and wave power, and its proximity to the North Sea wind farms means it is strongly placed to take a leading international role in renewable energy.

With the government's 2020 carbon emissions deadline approaching, developments in the wider Yorkshire region are also gathering momentum. Many collaborative projects aim to place the region at the forefront of a low carbon economy, generating a host of new opportunities and strong business investment.

Alongside the huge and exciting changes in energy production, Rollits is responding to evolving legislation and the significant increase in demand for specialist legal advice.  The likely commencement of fracking and the extraction of shale gas will be controversial and likely to lead landowners and others to seek technical legal advice in relation to issues that arise.  Our team is ready to address all issues including those of planning and other regulatory approvals, easements, leases and environmental issues.

Our sector experience

Rollits has over a decade of experience in dealing with legal issues surrounding renewable energy developments. Many of our clients were among the first in the UK to grasp the opportunities provided by new energy technology. Throughout that period we have formed strong partnerships with clients, gathering the essential experience needed to deal effectively and comprehensively with the complex and specific legal aspects of the sector.

We work with many landowners located throughout the Yorkshire region and beyond on wind farm developments at all stages, and have helped many agricultural clients to maximise the returns offered by wind energy installations. Rollits has enviable expertise in hydroelectricity developments, working on behalf of hydroelectricity companies, consortiums of landowners, community interest companies and for the prestigious Charity Bank, advising on financial security issues. We also have significant experience in biomass, photovoltaic technology and combined heat and power plants. We utilise our specialist knowledge and expertise to assist in the transactional legal issues that surround the renewable energy sector, in particular those relating to leases to secure land options, land development diligence, planning, utility contract negotiations, funding, construction and project management.

This experience has lead several renewable energy developers instructing us on some very exciting projects.

Why use Rollits?

Our strength is in our exceptional cross-disciplinary approach for which we have become renowned. We excel in many specialist areas of law, meaning that our clients are confident that they will have access to equally high levels of expertise across the full spectrum of their legal requirements, whether it relates to property, corporate finance, planning, intellectual property, company formation or dispute resolution for example.

We always remain focused on a client's aspirations. For that reason we have become the law firm of choice, both for established renewable energy providers and landowners, as well as for fledgling, innovative companies that are seeking a trusted advisor. A green future is in all of our hands. Choosing to work in partnership with experts will bring about the anticipated environmental, financial and energy security benefits much more readily.

Our services

  • Intellectual Property
  • Contracts and Commercial
  • Planning
  • Construction and Development
  • Project Finance
  • Joint Ventures
  • Banking and Finance
  • Public Private Collaborations
  • Corporate Tax Schemes
  • Land Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Dispute Resolution

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To discuss our services, please contact us.

Key contact

Neil Franklin

Direct dial +44 (0) 1482 337250

Email neil.franklin@rollits.com

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