Energy in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

Under the leadership of Mark Whitehead, who is highly regarded for his advice on energy infrastructure matters, Ward Hadaway LLP takes a cross-departmental approach to energy projects, advising clients with operations across the fossil fuel, renewables, utilities, distribution and energy technology sectors. The group is particularly highlighted for its expertise in biogas generation projects and acts for funders, developers and contractors; it is currently advising EOS Project Developments on the financing of a biogas to grid facility in Somerset. Colin Hewitt also contributes to the practice and is noted for his knowledge of upstream and downstream hydrocarbon issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hewitt

Key clients

Lower Drayton Biogas

Blaise Biogas

Wardley Biogas

Evercreech Biogas


Pacifica Group

Newcastle International Airport

O-Power Limited

EOS Developments

Teesside International Airport

Muckle LLP

Muckle LLP’s client base encompasses a wide variety of energy industry sectors, ranging from traditional oil and gas companies to businesses in the nuclear and energy technology sectors. The group also draws on the expertise from across the firm to assist with property, finance, construction, corporate, competition and contractual mandates. Corporate specialist Andrew Davison heads up the cross-departmental group, which also includes development expert Libbie Henderson, who regularly handles greenfield and brownfield regeneration matters and land-based energy projects, and construction specialist Lucilla Waugh.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Davison

Other key lawyers:

Libbie Henderson; Lucilla Waugh

Key clients

Port of Blyth

Port of Tyne

Guernsey Electricity

Penultimate Power UK Ltd

Jersey Electricity PLC

The Banks Group

Jersey Water

Blue Water Energy

Morrison Data Services

Smulders BV

Avid Technology

TSG Marine

3T Energy

Newcastle University

SK Utilities (t/a Smart Utility Management)

ExaMotive SA/OPLY UK Limited

Aura Newcastle Limited

Aura (Newcastle) Project Company

Aura (Newcastle) Project Company Phase 2

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Aura Newcastle upon Tyne group of companies in relation to the implementation of Newcastle upon Tyne City Council‘s decarbonisation programme, for which NCC has been successful in obtaining grant funding from the Government for the design and installation of solar photovoltaic panels and heat pumps in a number of schools in the North East of England.
  • Advised the Newcastle upon Tyne University on the funding for a heat networks investment project with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  • Acted for ten separate landowners in negotiating and agreeing Options for Leases for a proposed 1,200-acre solar farm in the North East of England.