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Energy is today’s buzz word and we have developed a wealth of experience, for both contentious and non contentious issues in the power, renewables and oil/solar sectors. Our clients range across the spectrum including owners and operators, international funders, suppliers and contractors.

At Barton Legal, we understand the commercial and technical issues that must be considered in energy projects. We have worked with many energy consultants and appreciate the importance of their role and the supply chain as a whole. This experience enables us to give you practical legal advice on a  diverse range of issues from environmental assessments, to connection agreements and many more.

We have drafted and negotiated contracts for the construction of wind farms and biomass plants and the connected operating and maintenance agreements, so we fully understand the relevance of take over requirements, operational targets and the need for these to be effective, commercial and enforceable.

Our contracts consider the transfer of risk of machinery at both delivery and hand-over, compliance with stringent planning terms as well as testing and performance criteria. Our contracts also feature damages for non availability, non performance and delay. 

Many projects require bespoke contracts offering the ability to develop a unique format and if it’s for a suite of projects it offers the advantage of economically spreading the costs.

We have worked with FIDIC, Orgalime and CRINE and we are very adept at advising and negotiating contracts in the UK and overseas.

We regard renewable energy as an essential and believe our experience and commercial approach assists our clients to get these projects off the drawing board and into the ground. Part of our approach is our ability to understand what is needed from the very outset until the project comes on line. It’s imperative that everyone understands the terms for the appropriate consultants to begin desktop studies and complex environmental investigations. This understanding is paramount. It needs to be clear that each knows their role, its boundaries and the timescale for every step of the project. Planning or other regulatory aspects may still need to be negotiated or complied with before your project can proceed. Many clients are happy with a standard contract but we can help you create a bespoke version if your project needs something more specific. Discussing and agreeing this as a first stage should be the starting point for your project team. We can help with all of this. Our role as part of the procurement team requires early involvement to derive benefits in terms of a reduction of disputes and a clearer understanding of the lines of responsibility. We will work closely with your team and other parties to arrive at a solution that addresses everyone’s issues. Experience enables us to work closely with all parties to advise the appropriate division of such risk. An effective, manageable and proactive team will bring clear risk reduction and other tangible benefits to the client. With our vast experience we can ensure renewable projects run effortlessly with minimum delays, reduced disputes and increased profitability.