Helen Emmerson > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
TWO SNOWHILL
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6WR
England
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Work Department

Energy; Real Estate; Asset Management; Retail

Position

Partner

Career

Helen Emmerson is a partner specialising in helping her clients develop, fund and invest in energy generation facilities, crossing a range of technologies. Her focus is on the acquisition of the necessary land rights and grid connection requirements, as swiftly and efficiently as possible, whilst always being mindful of the funding and investment perspective which sits alongside these developments, together with the regulatory challenges of the sector.

Helen has worked with many of her clients to develop streamlined precedents and working methodologies, providing a robust platform for taking their business forwards.

In addition, Helen supports some of our key corporate occupier and retail clients, on the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold properties. Helen’s understanding of the key business drivers for both landlords and tenants, together with her experience in a wide range of asset management work, means she understands how to maximise the value of real estate holdings. Helen also has considerable experience in managing a number of fast paced acquisition and disposal programmes.

Helen is known for identifying issues early and proposes resolutions that strike an equitable balance between the various stakeholders, avoiding unnecessary and costly negotiation. She is known for her sensible approach and client friendly manner.

Clients

Energy

Lightsource Renewable Energy, Partnerships for Renewables, Octopus Investments, Primrose Solar, Infinis and UK Power Networks.

Retail and Corporate Occupier

Nike, B & Q and Midcounties Co-op. Qinetiq and GKN.

Experience

Advising on the property aspects of E.ON’s proposed Isle of Grain development of a 1200MW power station, together with the related gas and heat pipe easements and leases to allow the import of gas and the supply of heat and chill to the Grain LNG facility. This was a major piece of infrastructure development, requiring numerous complex legal arrangements to be put in place to ensure the successful operation of the project.

Working with a major Energy-from-Waste developer on the negotiation of documentation to secure land rights to permit the development of a commercial waste to energy project, including a heat supply network.

Supporting Partnerships for Renewables on the creation and negotiation of standard property documentation for the creation of a large portfolio of onshore wind projects on public sector land, together with the subsequent negotiation of that documentation across a wide range of sites, together with the associated title due diligence.

Advising on and negotiating options and leases for the development of a number of UK onshore renewable energy plants, including the drafting and negotiation of revenue sharing arrangements based on income from energy (and associated benefits).

Helping an offshore windfarm developer with ownership issues for land surrounding the foreshore, together with Crown Estate owned portions of land arising from the proposed connection arrangements for the project.

Advising a major landfill gas operator on leases of compounds and landfill gas collection networks across its extensive portfolio, including revenue sharing arrangements linked to electricity generation and/or injection of gas into the national grid

Acting on the acquisition of flagship retail premises for Nike to secure key presence for the London 2012 Olympics, together with dealing with the related branding and marketing issues presented by the unique challenge of the Olympics.

Advising on numerous leasehold acquisitions, at speed, for a major retai…

Languages

English

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

Commercially astute with a keen eye for detail‘, Gowling WLG‘s eminent real estate practice is consistently sought out by an enviable lineup of developers, investors, and blue-chip corporate occupiers for its capabilities in big-ticket projects. Practice head Richard Bate is a seasoned market presence with decades of experience in residential development matters, helping to deliver numerous consortium developments, planning and infrastructure agreements, and mixed-use schemes. Duncan Murphy acts as the go-to advisor for many of the nation’s top house builders and sports stadiums, advising on big-ticket transactions as well as the full scope of commercial concerns. John Burns is a highly experienced advisor to clients in the industrial developer community, with recent highlights including major regeneration projects in the manufacturing sector. Logistics co-chair Mike Trainer attracts superlative praise for his ‘formidable‘ and ‘incredibly insightful‘ work on developments in the logistics, office, retail, and energy sectors. Helen Emmerson heads up the firm’s energy and utility real estate offering as well as its corporate occupier desk, and is particularly noted for her capabilities in large-scale renewable energy projects. Matthew Walker, who heads up the firm’s student accommodation offering, is also noted for his expertise in industrial and logistics, retail and office sectors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

 

London > Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include insitutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

London > Real estate > Commercial property: development

Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include institutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

London > Real estate > Commercial property: investment

Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include insitutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.