Wave and tidal energy

As the world moves away from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable energies, the UK is uniquely positioned to benefit from the transition. 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.

With that potential on our doorstep, it’s crucial to call upon the legal expertise of a firm immersed in the sector and used to handling a range of cases for local authorities, wave and tidal energy companies, contractors, developers, funders and investment managers.

We advised the South West Regional Development Agency on setting up Wave Hub -test sites and support for wave and tidal energy developers. We are able to provide advice to all key stakeholders involved in the supply chain, funding, development, acquisition and sale of wave and tidal energy assets. We have been at the forefront of providing legal advice in respect of renewable energy projects and are able to offer this advice to the UK marine energy sector.

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,  construction and operation agreements, our specialist team works across the marine energy industry.

Our knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers offer advice at every stage of your project, tailoring their approach to ensure you get the best possible outcome – whatever challenges you face.

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
  • Intellectual Property Protection, including collaboration agreements


Our wave and tidal experience:

  • Acted on the set up of Wave Hub in Cornwall.
  • Acted on the funding arrangements for a wave technology business seeking to commercialise its products – including advising on shareholder and corporate governance, as well as working on the company’s intellectual property.
  • Advised on the state aid, public procurement, and grant funding aspects associated with the ocean testing of prototype wave energy generation technology.
  • Acted 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.
  • Secured local consent for an 11km onshore cable route and sub-station for the extension to the off-shore Burbo Bank Wind Farm.
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