Surge in renewable energy instructions boosts law firm renewables team

Alastair Frew Lodders renewables launch 2020[2]

Law firm Lodders has unveiled details of a new service launched this month following a surge in new instructions and work from landowners and businesses planning to install renewable energy solutions.  

With the UK National Grid reporting that it burned no coal at all in May, and with around one-third of the UK’s electricity needs produced from renewable sources, the majority of it coming from wind turbines and solar farms, Lodders’ new Renewables Team draws expertise from across its real estate, agriculture, landed estates, commercial property and private client practices, to provide legal advice renewable energy such as wind turbines and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. 

Lodders, which has offices in Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Cheltenham and Henley-in-Arden, has formalised its renewable energy services following a ‘significant increase’ in recent months from property developers, landowners, farmers and rural enterprises, seeking legal advice around renewable energy system installations.

Partner Alastair Frew, said: “Knowledge of and interest in renewables has reached unprecedented levels, as landowners and developers embrace the technology to minimise running and business interruption through loss of energy, and take advantage of the potential cost savings and reduced business overheads that come from being self-sufficient and ‘off-grid’. 

“Renewable energy has truly come of age, and developers and operators are busy building this new green infrastructure, increasingly planning to install wind turbines and solar panels, ensuring secure energy supplies for now, and the future,” he said.  

Alastair added: “Developers and operators need land and buildings to make this new green energy infrastructure possible, so are approaching landowners to strike a deal. 

“For the landowners themselves, there is much to consider to be sure they get the best and right deal. Not just on the sale of land, but also clarity on the tax savings and complex tax planning that surrounds these transactions. Getting agreements water-tight from the off is vital, whether developing land for the production of solar energy for a new settlement, erecting a single wind turbine, installing a reserve power station, or installing a bank of public car-charging points.” 

Along with Alastair Frew Lodders’ Renewable Energy team includes Mark Miller and Dan MacLeod (Real Estate), James Spreckley (Agriculture) and John Rouse (Private Client and tax planning). 

Paul Mourton, Lodders’ managing partner, adds: “The creation of our new Renewable Energy team typifies how the firm continues to be responsive and agile, and its launch follows hot on the heels of the new service for landowners and developers that focuses on advice on the biodiversity net gain scheme featured in the Environment Bill.”