2015

News and Legal Cases/Activity from Prospect Law

December:

  • Prospect represents the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the Court of Appeal dealing with the meaning of protected trees and the development of woodland within the context of Tree Replacement Notices served under sections 206/207 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in Distinctive Properties (Ascot) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead [2015] EWCA Civ 1250).
  • Prospect instructed to prepare an option for an easement in relation to a 5 Mw + ground based UK solar project (December 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to review commercial documentation for an EU based corporate client purchasing a series of UK renewable energy facilities (December 2015)
  • Prospect completes on a 5 Mw + solar project for an EU based corporate client (December 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise in relation to a FOI dispute affecting the conduct of environmental investigations concerning a sensitive and protected development site in England (December 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to provide property, planning and commercial advice to an EU based corporate client in relation to a series of residential development schemes in England (December 2015)

November:

  • Prospect instructed by an EU based developer to draft EPC contractual documentation for a 5 Mw + ground based solar project in the UK (November 2015)
  • Prospect exhibits at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate Supply Chain showcase at Event City in Manchester (November 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead  in respect of a Public Inquiry concerning the development of land in Berkshire (November 2015)
  • Prospect instructed by an EU based investment organisation to draft a suite of contractual and other legal documentation for a series of residential development schemes around the UK (November 2015)

October:

  • Prospect announced as the winner of The Legal 500 UK 2015 firm of the year (regional): Projects, energy and natural resources (October 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise in relation to a public law challenge to proposed changes to the Green Deal (October 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise in relation to defending environmental/criminal charges affecting a development site in North London (October 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise in relation to the unlawful use of commercial vessels moored on the River Thames in London (October 2015)
  • Prospect completes on purchase of 5Mw PV farm in the Midlands (October 2015)

September:

  • Prospect instructed to advise on a potential High Court claim against an electricity supplier in relation to a Power Purchase Agreement (September 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent a London local authority in a planning prosecution under s.179 (4) and (5) of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (September 2015)
  • Prospect lawyers recommended in Legal 500 rankings for work on Projects, Energy and Natural Resources (September 2015)
  • Prospect speaking at the Middle East Association’s Opportunity Arabia on renewable and nuclear energy developments in Saudi Arabia (September 2015)

August:

  • Prospect instructed to represent a defendant firm in a civil claim concerning environmental issues relating to the escape of harmful waste from an industrial facility in South East England (August 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to carry out a full suite of legal and technical due diligence work in relation to the purchase of three ground based solar projects around the UK (August 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a Midlands based small scale renewables firm on various planning and regulatory issues affecting the installation of wind turbines in Staffordshire (August 2015)

July:

  • Prospect asked to advise in relation to DECC’s announcement on the closure of the Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Scheme (July 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise an EU based renewable energy private equity fund on the legal and technical aspects of its acquisition of a UK wind project (July 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a major international consumer goods firm in relation to the legal and technical issues affecting a biomass plant installation project in the UK (July 2015)

June:

  • Prospect Law attends London conference on Shale Gas in the UK – Regulations, addressing challenges, and energy security (June 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise on an EPC requirement dispute with Ofgem concerning a linked ground and roof mounted solar installation in the Midlands (June 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent an East Anglia based community organisation as a Rule 6 Party in a planning appeal opposing a 50 MW ground based solar installation on farmland (June 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the Court of Appeal concerning the scope of tree replanting orders for protected woodland under s.207 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act in the case of Distinctive Properties (Ascot) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead [2015] EWHC 729 (Admin) (June 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a European utility company on the heads of terms agreement for its acquisition of a multi MW wind project in the UK (June 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a European corporate investor on the offer duration and variable cost risk, and ongoing connection curtailment risk, of grid connection offers for renewable energy projects in congested grid connection areas (June 2015)

May:

  • Prospect invited to address the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) in Vienna on “International perspectives on future spent fuel needs (regulatory aspects) (May 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a UK power producer on proposed changes by DECC to Capacity Market (CM) rules (May 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise in relation to legal DD for a 5 MW PV development at an agricultural estate in the UK Midlands (May 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise a UK investment group on the implications of grid curtailment and “First in Last Off” (FILO) for UK solar projects (May 2015)

April:

  • Prospect instructed to advise community organisations in relation to FITs rules for community owned solar projects in the East Midlands (April 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent a local planning authority in two Crown Court Proceeds of Crime Act applications concerning environmental and planning offences in North London (April 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to advise on Permitted Development rights concerning the development of an airfield in the Cotswolds (April 2015)

March:

  • Prospect leads successful Rule 6 party opposition to a wind farm development affecting a protected landscape and historic buildings in Norfolk (March 2015)
  • Prospect instructed in High Court injunction proceedings concerning two environmentally sensitive sites in Berkshire (March 2015)

February:

  • Prospect Law instructed to advise an energy utility group in relation to a DECC RO consultation announcement (February 2015)
  • Prospect Law instructed to conduct due diligence for a multi turbine wind project for a UK banking group (February 2015)
  • Prospect Law instructed to review commercial contracts for a major UK based new build biomass plant (February 2015)

January:

  • Prospect Law instructed to review the option and lease, and Prospect Energy instructed to due diligence the planning permission and associated conditions for a 50 MW ground based solar project in East Anglia (January 2015)
  • Prospect Law and Prospect Energy instructed to advise an international energy firm on the scope of regulatory powers employed by OFGEM (January 2015)
  • Prospect Law instructed to represent an EU based renewables investor in litigation concerning non payment of fees for UK based solar projects (January 2015)
  • Prospect instructed to represent a local authority in the Court of Appeal concerning a challenge to the High Court’s decision to refuse permission to Judicially Review the Council’s decision to prosecute for environmental offences in London (January 2015)
  • Prospect represents renewable energy developers in registering options for leases over unregistered agricultural land near Grantham, Lincolnshire, near Cherington in Gloucestershire and on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales (January 2015)