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Prospect Law Ltd
REGUS HOUSE, PEGASUS BUSINESS PARK
CASTLE DONINGTON
DE74 2TZ
England

Projects, energy and natural resources > Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 1

Prospect Law Ltd is recognised at a local and international level for its expertise in renewable and nuclear energy projects. The team also includes experts from various other disciplines including engineers, regulators and economists to provide its clients, which include public authorities and private companies, with advice on all areas of project development matters. Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb lead the team; the former focuses on the regulatory and commercial aspects of international energy projects, while the latter handles contentious issues and has acted in landmark judicial review proceedings relating to solar installations.

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Cowen; Adam Mikula

Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient and very wonderfully reliable.’

‘Edmund Robb is the most dynamic legal advisor that I work with and when we need advice on areas outside of his discipline, he is quick to appoint the relevant expert within their organisation.’

‘Faultless in every way. The advice , communication, professionalism, billing, availability and tone of their offering is without equal in the service sector.’

‘I mainly deal with Ed de la Billiere and have done for nearly six years. I find him to be very responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, well connected and knows exactly which colleague is best suited to utilise both in terms of skill and fit with how I want to work. Rupert Cowen likewise has a depth of experience that shines through and a very pragmatic, down to earth approach. Associate Adam Mikula is also a great asset to the firm and in the couple of years I’ve been dealing with him have seen him grow in stature, maturity and skills. His attention to detail and follow up are commendable.’

‘They are very knowledgeable in the areas of expertise and innovative in their approach.’

‘Our day-to-day contact is Adam Mikula, a solicitor at prospect. Adam has supported us for several years, he is extremely efficient and reliable. He has been especially commendable in proactively bringing issues to our attention that could have otherwise been missed (e.g. aspects of GDPR, public liability, etc).’

‘Prospect Law provides a very flexible approach to providing us with legal support. The team’s strength combines mature experience with youthful enthusiasm. We have never needed to chase Prospect Law for updates and we have confidence that our needs and anxieties on occasion are taken seriously and addressed.’

‘Both Edmund Robb and Edward de la Billiere are extremely visible when it comes to the business, and their clients. Their subject matter knowledge is beyond comparison and they have significant resources when it comes to areas of law where others are better placed to advise.’

Key clients

London Borough of Brent

European Commission

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Brent on a range of planning and environmental law matters concerning development proposals.
  • Providing the European Commission with legal oversight of work to produce a study on the insurance markets in the field of nuclear third party liability for the European Commission.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Hailed for its ‘extensive knowledge of all sectors and technologies in energy’, Prospect Law Ltd is a multi-disciplinary practice; its team includes former regulators, economists, insurance professionals and engineers, meaning clients have access to a much broader range of services than they would from a traditional law firm. The firm is also well-regarded for its ‘combination of barristers and solicitors in one firm’. The team has a track record of acting across the renewable energy and nuclear power arenas, with growing activity in the Middle Eastern markets, advising on large-scale energy assets. Jointly overseen by the highly regarded duo of Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb, the team advises on power generation, wind projects and solar work, and has recently been joined by a number of new arrivals including renewables head Rory Tait, who previously worked at Lux Nova Partners Limited.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent combination of environmental and nuclear knowledge is key for us. Edward de la Billiere and William Wilson have both engaged well us with a willingness to collaborate.’

‘A blend of technical advisory, solicitors and barristers within one practice. They really try to understand your business and what you are trying to achieve in a transaction.’

‘Prospect Law has extensive knowledge of all sectors and technologies in energy and has a particular skill set in assisting companies like us with the raising of significant renewable investment funds worldwide. Prospect Law adds great value to our companies ability to protect itself, its shareholders and its clients wherever we are working in the world.’

‘Prospect Law has an extensive team of experts which are able to focus on our key needs with their keys strengths. We have access to the senior partners, Edward de la Billiere and Edmund Robb. This has meant that we have a strong relationship from the beginning and they fully understand our personal and business journey. They offer great sounding board advice to our ideas, strategy and objectives. Their advice is impartial, measured and non-judgemental. This allows us to freely express our intent, make mistakes and readjust and go again. Our company values the ability of Prospect Law to support the ever changing moods of investors, shareholders, politics, policies and projects.’

‘Prospect Law has a hand-picked team excellent with their specialist knowledge in the renewable sector that would make any law firm envious. Very easy to communicate with. Senior partners will always make themselves available. They have advised us on the construction of renewable energy projects in the EU and India, their advice covered not only legal but also technical issues giving advice on our solar, wind, and hybrid projects, covering finance, commercial property, advice on technical subjects, power purchase agreements, grid connectivity issues, land acquisitions – all issues ensuring all permits and licenses to operate renewable energy projects are in order.’

‘The combination of barristers and solicitors in one firm. Lawyer and non-lawyer technical help. Groundbreaking expertise in law and regulation. A flat management structure, providing an efficient and cost-effective outcome.’

‘Edmund Robb stands out from all other Barristers, I have used. He gets on with the job at hand and does not require us as clients to produce extra work unless it is absolutely necessary. This saves a great deal of my time, allowing me to get on with other work. Essentially I give him the case and he gets on with it efficiently and effectively and does not cause any stress on us as clients. Edmund knows planning law inside out and can argue his client’s case very effectively. He has never shied away in taking difficult cases or tackling rare areas of law.’

’Edmund Robb is extremely knowledgeable and customer focused in his dealings. He is attentive to client needs at all stages.’

Key clients

European Commission

Countryside Renewables Capital LLP

Maris (Africa) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Countryside Renewables LLP on its planned development of solar farms in the UK, the most recent instruction of which culminated in the recent sale of a 50Mw solar farm, one of the largest consented solar farms in Wales.
  • Instructed by the European Commission to provide legal oversight of work to produce a study on the insurance, private and financial markets in the field of nuclear Third Party Liability.

The Firm

Prospect Law specialises in the energy sector.

Founded in 2010, it is owned and managed by barristers and solicitors, and is complemented by the input of its own team of technical experts who include economists, FCA accredited insurance professionals, electrical engineers and power grid experts.

Prospect Law is seen as a ground-breaking firm with a particularly impressive track record of both contentious and non-contentious work in the energy sector. It has a strong reputation for offering regulatory and development advice in the sector on behalf of governments and private developers, and also for challenging energy regulatory bodies and government departments.

The firm has been recognised by legal directories (including The Legal 500 in which Prospect Law is listed as a Leading Firm), for its expertise in the fields of Projects, Energy and Natural Resources.

Main Areas of Practice

Renewable Energy has been at the heart of Prospect Law’s work since the firm was first established in 2010. Initially the firm advised on purely legal issues and for that work very quickly won awards for its pioneering and effective approach to development proposals.

Now Prospect Law advises on issues arising across the full range of its Multi-Disciplinary skillsets including commercial and contract advice, insurance and risk management, economics and financing, grid connections, technical feasibility studies, and a specialist training arm. Clients range from Middle East Governments through to banks, developers and private individuals. Examples of work we have completed include:

1. Advising on a successful planning application and associated High Court challenge for an Energy from Waste plant in the middle of a City.

2. Advising on the financing of wind and solar farms on mainland Europe using sharia-compliant funds.

3. Advising on the development of cost-effective insurance ‘pools’ for the renewables sector.

4. Advising a Government on the pricing of its renewable energy electricity.

5. Advising a UK solar developer on the development and onward sale to pension funds of various ground based solar facilities across the UK.

Nuclear Energy: Prospect Law’s nuclear specialists advise UK and international clients on the full range of nuclear related matters from nuclear new build to decommissioning projects including the modelling and establishment of Decommissioning Trust Funds. Recent instructions have included advising on risk management under European legislation, nuclear fusion developments in the UK, and the protection of Intellectual Property for innovative radioactive waste storage facilities. The firm also advises on the legal and technical aspects of the transportation, storage, security and treatment of radioactive substances. The firm’s lawyers have on several occasions been commended by the United States Department of the Environment for work in facilitating intergovernmental discussions on financing nuclear new builds and decommissioning.

Environmental Law: Prospect Law advises on environmental legislation and regulations, including environmental impact assessments (EIA) and other studies relating to planning applications, environmental permits, waste regulation and producer responsibility; environmental due diligence on corporate projects; claims for damages arising from pollution; representation during the criminal investigation of pollution incidents; environmental controls relating to water, chemicals, pesticides and biocides; and much more, including full-project support for traditional and renewable energy technologies, and other infrastructure and resources schemes.

Maritime, International Trade and Insurance Law: Prospect Law advises UK and overseas corporate clients on dry shipping matters including charterparties, bills of lading, letters of credit, bank guarantees and undertakings, and other shipping and banking documents; on Admiralty issues including collisions, salvage, general average, towage, wreck removal, pilotage, and limitation; on the sale and purchase of ships and other vessels including buying, selling, and scrapping, and on ship and offshore construction; on marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance; on trade and international sale of goods; on public international law aspects of shipping including territorial disputes, embargoes and maritime blockades, marine pollution and environmental disasters, international safety regulations, and piracy, hijacking and other international crimes on the high seas; on dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation; and on drafting contractual documents for shipping and trading ventures.

Corporate and Commercial Law: Prospect Law has developed specialist knowledge of UK and international regulatory systems affecting energy, infrastructure, and natural resources projects. Prospect’s legal expertise is supported by its technical specialists who advise in particular on EPC and operations and maintenance contracts affecting energy projects, grid connections, and power purchase agreements. Prospect Law’s client base includes companies based in the UK, the US, the EU and the MENA Region, as well as private clients, local authorities and public organisations such as energy regulators and local authorities.

Dispute Resolution: Prospect Law’s combination of solicitors and barristers allows the firm to provide clients with a comprehensive range of litigation skill sets in house, and to deal with dispute resolution over a broad range of disputes, and in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The firm regularly appears at all levels in the UK courts, and in a range of matters involving commercial litigation (including arbitration and mediation), corporate governance and investor relations, fraud and regulatory law, planning and environmental prosecutions, and public law cases involving judicial review, declaratory relief and injunctions.

Planning Law: Prospect Law advises on national, regional and local planning policies affecting the full range of infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. Its expertise covers planning applications, conditions and obligations, planning and enforcement appeals, statutory challenges, injunctions and judicial review applications in the High Court, and planning prosecutions and POCA proceedings.

Prospect Law also offers specialist legal advice in a number of complementary and linked areas of law which support our key specialisations including: property law, employment law, immigration law, and regulatory law.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Director Edmund Robber@prospectlaw.co.uk07930 397 531
Director Edward de la Billiereedlb@prospectlaw.co.uk07824 506 022
Commercial/ Corporate Oliver Williamsohw@prospectlaw.co.uk07957 201 707
Dispute Resolution Edmund Robber@prospectlaw.co.uk07930 397 531
Planning/ Public Edmund Robber@prospectlaw.co.uk07930 397 531
Regulatory Edward de la Billiereedlb@prospectlaw.co.uk07824 506 022
Employment Philippa Woodpaw@prospectlaw.co.uk07930 353 420
Immigration Alice Boyleajb@prospectlaw.co.uk07775 902 935
Shipping Moray Hughesmfh@prospectlaw.co.uk07802 949 846
Shipping Reina Maria van Pallandtrmvp@prospectlaw.co.uk020 7947 5354
International Trade/ Arbitration Eric Jiangejj@prospectlaw.co.uk020 7947 5354
Agribusiness/ Disputes Nina Winternmw@prospectlaw.co.uk07826 201576
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