Our award winning energy & natural resources team has extensive experience representing developers, funders and investors in a wide variety of energy projects, with a combined generation capacity of over 2GW to date.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide practical, cost efficient and solutions-driven advice from the feasibility stage right through to planning, financing and ultimate construction of the project.
- Owners'/Funders' legal advisor on the project finance and construction of energy projects, including wind (both onshore and offshore), solar, bioenergy, CHP, waste to energy and energy storage projects
- Legal due diligence, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
- Drafting and negotiating all related property documentation, including wind leases, solar leases and wayleaves for grid connection
- Planning law advice to include advising on EIA, AA, modifications to existing planning permissions, planning appeals and Judicial Reviews
- Advice on off-take arrangements, including Power Purchase Agreements, CfDs, Balancing Services Agreements, supplier-lite structures and corporate PPAs
- Energy regulation, to include advising on I-SEM, CRM, DS3 and other upcoming changes in the Irish energy market
- Negotiating turbine supply agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, civil and electrical balance of plant contracts
- Advice on EIIS and other funding arrangements for energy projects
In the acquisition and on-going development of the proposed 600MW Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm, a JV with Saorgus Energy
Advising on the consenting and permitting regime for offshore energy projects in Ireland
C6 WtE Ireland
In the acquisition, development and finance of the €85.4 million Derryclure Waste to Energy Project
In the acquisition of a 103MW battery energy storage portfolio from Highfield Energy
Grange Backup Power
In the sale, by competitive auction, of a 115MW open cycle gas dual fuel power plant to Combined Heat and Power Investments Ireland Limited
In the €20 million project financing of the Clogheravaddy Wind Farm in County Donegal
In the sale of a portfolio of 15 solar PV projects to ESB Solar
Advising on commercial contracts and security documents relating to a change in ownership of the Corrib Gas Field
In the financing of Ballincurry Wind Farm and the refinancing of Castlecool Wind Farm
In the development of its 60MW Lisdrumdoagh battery storage project in County Monaghan
Kiltumper Wind Farm
In the project financing of the a €10 million wind farm in County Clare
In the development and construction of the €75 million Carrowleagh Kilbride Windfarm in County Mayo
In the development and construction of the €50 million Castlewaller Windfarm in County Tipperary
Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta (FST)
On its proposed development of the 400MW Skerd Rocks Offshore Wind Farm off Ireland’s west Atlantic coast
Beauchamp’s renewable energy team is exceptional in terms of the quality of key staff and industry knowledge. They are also fully aware of emerging regulatory developments and important moves by market players.
The team’s integrity, work ethic and reliability are second to none.
The team has both deep, industry-specific skill sets as well as broad corporate capabilities and knowledge. Equally, the partners are long-term relationship driven and invest significant time in maintaining and building these relationships.
Beauchamp’s team can think commercially and find good commercially workable solutions, where necessary accompanied by clear advice on any residual risks.
Beauchamp’s team are very approachable and aware of the issues with the sector and what is the market standard.
Not only is the team strong technically and legally, but it also has an acute awareness of commercial pragmatism.
Beauchamps has been able to quickly understand the complexities we are dealing with and regularly brings considered solutions to challenges in addition to highlighting and communicating the legal issues in simple language.
Beauchamps is a very customer-focused practice. We feel we are a gold-standard client to them and this shows in the level of service we receive. We have been with other firms where we felt we were just another client, prioritised on the basis of the value of current work only. While other practices we have worked with circulate ezines, Beauchamps partners give us a call and discuss changes in the law and how they might apply to ongoing projects we are developing.
The unique aspect of the practice is their insight into the renewable energy business, both in terms of protocol and the commercial activity taking place within.
The Beauchamps team are unique in their deep sector expertise in renewables coupled with broad and complementary corporate expertise. Equally, they are extremely responsive to and supportive of constructive feedback.
Ainsley Heffernan is the standout partner, coupled with Stuart Conaty and John Sweeney. The level of personal client attention and focus is second to none. The team are pragmatic and hands on in getting transactions completed.
Their dedication to covering all aspects of the transaction, and determination, ability and enthusiasm to reach a successful conclusion is notable.
Beauchamps has excellent technical resources and experience.
The work is completed to a high standard and complex issues that arise are dealt with in a satisfactory manner.
It is reassuring to know that Beauchamps have considerable experience and expertise in the field. They understand the commercial subtleties of complex legal agreements which is invaluable.
The energy team in Beauchamps spend time to get to know our energy projects individually and therefore can be (and are) proactive in providing advice on issues as they arise and certainly before they can become critical.
Well connected to the local market and provides client-focused advice.
It's difficult to mention a certain main strength, as we get the feeling that Beauchamps has an excellent understanding of all areas of our business.
Ainsley and his team has successfully brought us through two wind farm financings over the past two years and have consistently shown a great ability to overcome tricky issues that arise during the due diligence period.
Strong energy sector experience. Practical hands on advice. Ainsley Heffernan is very knowledgeable and user friendly.
The depth of knowledge from the Beauchamps energy team is very impressive. They have expertise across a number of areas including property, planning law, construction and project finance. The difference is they are able to draw upon this expertise from within the energy team, rather than having to pull in lawyers from other departments across the firm. In my view this leads to a more seamless service.
The team is extremely well organised and well integrated with other departments across the firm. Ainsley Heffernan, along with his team, has a unique and in-depth understanding of both the corporate as well as renewable sectors. He manages work flows in an extremely efficient and transparent manner.
What sets them apart from other firms we have dealt with in the past is the efficiency of the solutions provided; issues are closed out in a concise, commercial and effective way with no unnecessary fuss.
very experienced in renewable energy
They have a deep understanding of the industry that goes beyond purely legal issues, and an understanding of the commercial challenges.
Clearly understood our requirements and were instrumental in devising solutions to get us there.
Proactive and client-friendly.
Beauchamps ‘renewable energy specialists have significant industry insight.’
Beauchamps handled the task in a prompt manner. Their main strength was their knowledge and experience of the small wind farm sector.
A solid, technically proficient team that is always abreast of market developments.
These lawyers have their finger on the pulse of the wind energy sector.
In-depth knowledge of the renewables market and team head Ainsley Heffernan provides practical solutions.
Their ability to bridge the gap between good business and good legal practice sets them apart from the competition.