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Wave and Tidal Energy

With some of the best wave and tidal energy resources in the world, state-of-the-art testing facilities and technical experience, the UK offers major commercial opportunities in a range of marine energy projects.

It’s become clear that the world needs cleaner, more renewable sources of energy than fossil fuels, and the UK is uniquely positioned to benefit from the transition.

Dependable legal expertise for wave and tidal projects, supported by in-depth sector knowledge

With such potential in the sector, it’s crucial to call on legal expertise from a team that understands it fully and already has wide-ranging experience. We’ve already handled a range of cases for local authorities, wave and tidal energy companies, contractors, developers, funders and investment managers.

Proven capabilities across the legal complexities of wave and tidal developments

We advised on the establishment of the Wave Hub offshore wind and wave power research project off the coast of Cornwall, and provide ongoing support for wave and tidal energy developers. We can provide expert advice for all key stakeholders in the supply chain, funding, development, and acquisition and sale of wave and tidal energy assets.

From initial incorporation and the protection of your intellectual property, to funding and planning, through to leases, grid connections, procurements, power purchase agreements and supply, and construction and operation agreements, our specialist team is on hand to help you navigate sector-specific complexities and realise opportunities.

Focused on your unique needs, at every stage

Our knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers offer strategically minded advice at every project stage, tailoring their approach to ensure you achieve the best possible outcomes, whatever the challenges en-route.

Our wave and tidal expertise includes:

  • grant funding and state aid
  • corporate fundraising, and mergers and acquisitions
  • commercial – including supplier contracts
  • acquisition and disposals
  • energy regulation and renewable energy support mechanisms
  • procurement and supply-chain packages and advice
  • real estate – including offshore leases and berthing agreements
  • consenting on and offshore
  • power and grid
  • protecting your intellectual property, including support with collaboration agreements.

Our experience includes:

  • acting on the set up of Wave Hub in Cornwall
  • acting on the funding arrangements for a wave technology business seeking to commercialise its products – including advising on shareholder and corporate governance, and working on the company’s intellectual property
  • advising on the state aid, public procurement and grant funding aspects of  ocean-testing a prototype wave energy-generation technology
  • acting on the setting up of grid sharing agreements to facilitate marine energy assets connecting to the National Grid
  • advising on the real estate, planning and construction issues related to marine energy developments
  • securing local consent for an 11km onshore cable route and sub-station for an extension to the off-shore Burbo Bank Wind Farm.


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