Recent examples of our work include:

  • Barclays Bank Plc: Acting in relation to funding and security arrangements in respect of a major agricultural investment involving the acquisition of a portfolio of land (extending to some 2,200 acres and valued in excess of £8million) from UK Coal Plc.

  • Chevron Texaco: Advice in relation to a number of its property management issues including the defence of a claim for damages for dilapidations of circa £2.6m following the departure from it West End office premises.

  • Commercial Agreements: Advised various clients on the terms of electricity and gas supply agreements, including flexible purchasing arrangements.

  • Coal mining client: Advising in its negotiation of a high value, long term Supply and Purchase Agreement with a large UK electricity supplier for the supply of high quality coal to one of the electricity supplier's power stations.

  • Electricity North West: Advising the electricity distribution network operator for the North West on a sole mandate concerning all its operational property requirements.

  • Energy Assets Networks, ESP Electricity, Harlaxton Energy Networks and UK Power Distribution: Acting for these independent distribution network operators on a national basis regarding their operational property needs.

  • Energy generation client: Advising on its energy trading documentation for power and gas with various counterparties, including banks and utility suppliers.

  • Energy Suppliers: Providing volume dispute resolution assistance to several leading energy suppliers in relation to consumer claims brought about as a result of alleged supply/service failures and wrongful disconnections.

  • Energy Suppliers: Advising a range of energy generators on energy supply contracts.

  • ES Pipelines: Advising this independent gas transporter on a national basis in connection with its operational property essentials.

  • Global manufacturer of surface and underground mining equipment: Acted in the defence of a $142m claim arising out of alleged system failures during early years of extraction equipment.

  • Government White Paper: Advised on the proposals in the UK Government’s “Water for Life” White Paper and the legislative options and procedures that could follow from those proposals, with particular reference to “inset” appointments, licensed water suppliers and DCC’s operations in Herefordshire.

  • Hafod Quarry: Successfully defending a multi million compensation claim following the designation of the Johnstown Newts SAC . We worked closely with experts from the then Countryside Council for Wales to defeat the claim in its entirety.

  • HM Land Registry: Achieving a historic breakthrough with the Land Registry to protect utility companies and their networks in respect of transactions made for nominal or no consideration so that these can be registered with priority.

  • Julian Hodge Bank: Advising on provision of facilities for wind turbine projects.

  • Leading supplier of photovoltaic panels: Advising on a range of supply and maintenance agreements.

  • Major gas supplier: Acting in relation to claims arising from its agency and distribution arrangements, health and safety issues, insurance matters and the procurement of IT solutions.

  • Methane Generation: Originally instructed by Hyder Industrial Limited to act on their behalf in their first methane to electricity generation development scheme, we have subsequently we acted on a number of such schemes, the largest of which involved a portfolio of 19 landfill sites owned by SITA. We developed a standard form of option agreement and lease for use where the landfill site owner could be prevailed upon to use UUGEL’s standard documentation. These standard documents were refined over a number of months in discussion with UUGEL’s in house legal counsel.

  • Multi‐national energy provider: Advising in a breach of contract dispute concerning the ability of customers to back out of volume purchase commitments that caused a substantial hedging loss to the provider.

  • Public Enquiry: Representing Powys County Council in the Mid Wales (Powys) Windfarm inquiry in relation to five windfarm applications, each of which is nationally significant, and one grid connection application. This was the largest inquiry ever held into a wind energy proposal and the longest public inquiry held in Wales, lasting over a year.

  • Renewable energy projects: including a generator of hydro‐electric power on a project under the Feed‐in Tariff (FITs) scheme, a German supplier and installer of biogas plants on three contracts for the erection and commissioning of three biogas plants in the UK, a commercial producer of liquid biomethane fuel on a liquefaction project at a landfill site owned by a leading recycling and waste management company and a company providing installation of solar photovoltaic panels.

  • South Derbyshire District Council: Advising in regard to its obligations under the Habitats Directive in relation to the impacts of a chalet development on the River Mease SAC, enabling a grant of planning permission without objectors taking a threatened legal challenge.

  • UK Power Networks: Representing the UK’s second largest electricity distribution network operator (by geographical area) in respect of its operational properties in all its licence areas (London, East and South East).

  • Water Utility Sector: Advising on the application of the devolution settlement to the water utility sector, particularly the “jagged edges” of the present division of functions between the Welsh Ministers and the Secretary of State and of legislative competence between Westminster and the Senedd in relation to water services.

  • Welsh Government: Advising the Welsh Government on the designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and successfully defending the designation of one site, which was alleged to be eutrophic, on appeal at a public inquiry.

  • Western Power Distribution: Advising on obtaining and subsequent allegations of failure to comply with, CCW consents in relation to works within a SSSI at Llanishen reservoir.

  • Western Power Distribution: Acting for the UK’s largest electricity distribution network operator (by geographical area) on a sole mandate regarding all its operational property requirements throughout its licence areas (East and West Midlands, South Wales and South West).

  • Wind Energy: Advised the Forestry Commission on its procurement of up to 850MW of wind turbine development.

  • Wind Energy: Advised Associated British Ports in putting in place an umbrella agreement for the development of wind farms at five of its ports.

  • Wrexham County Borough Council: Advising in relation to the modification of planning permissions following designation of part of an operational waste site as a Special Area of Conservation, and successfully defending subsequent compensation claims, based on the inability of the operator to obtain a derogation license to impact upon European Protected Species.


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