Legal & Commercial Conference 2021

In-person conference | 19 November 2021 | Clyde & Co, London | #RUKLegal21

Why now?

The week after COP26 the sector will be abuzz with ideas to implement the net zero strategy and make the most of the opportunity. There has never been a more exciting time for renewable energy in the UK. The UK Government has enshrined ambitious targets into law, published a whitepaper with steps to deliver net zero, and the budget is being looked at to ensure that decarbonisation is not only an ideal, but an achievable goal within the next few decades. What role will the law play in enabling all this, to ensure that the sector takes advantage of the opportunities and trends of the energy transition?

What will be covered?

  • How to get from net zero aspirations to implementation in the year of COP26 and beyond
  • Legal trends in enabling decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation
  • Developing risk allocations and investable and bankable deal structures for new technologies to attract private investment and finance
  • The effective management of entitlement and disputes in the supply chain
  • Contract risk allocation
  • Disputes and legal pitfalls in Waste to Energy and Offshore Wind.

Why attend?

The first annual RenewableUK Legal & Commercial Conference will bring together legal professionals who advise and execute legal strategy across the renewables sector. Expert speakers from our sponsoring law firms and barristers chambers and commercial, procurement and legal experts in our member companies will focus on the Energy Transition and the enabling legal trends and opportunities that will make it possible. Join us to enjoy:

  • Panel sessions looking at topical areas for renewable energy
  • A combination of higher level and detailed legal topics on all relevant renewable energy technologies and trends
  • Access to expert legal professionals as speakers
  • Networking opportunities with 80+ attendees
  • Access to business to business meetings throughout the conference
  • An event designed with clear business needs and objectives in mind.


Who will you meet?

Law professionals in law firms and chambers, commercial directors, procurement directors and legal counsel in the renewable energy sector and relevant government departments.


Welcome message from our Event Partners

Clyde & Co team

Clyde & Co are delighted to sponsor this conference which takes place at a time of real significance for the UK’s renewable energy sector. With the long awaited release of the Energy White Paper, and the UK's hosting of COP26 later in 2021, we're excited to be standing on the brink of what may in due course be seen as the inflexion point where the move to renewables and low-carbon power became irresistible.  

This conference is a great opportunity to  explore the legal issues, problems and potential solutions which arise in the push for Net Zero and renewables' crucial role in that regard.  Moreover, we believe this is a great opportunity to bring together, possibly for the first time in this country, the legal community in the sector, both in-house and outside counsel, to exchange ideas and support the pace of the move forward to decarbonisation.    We look forward to seeing you there. 

 Stephen Hill, Partner and Head of Clean Energy (International), Eversheds Sutherland

The energy transition is not going to be without its challenges but it presents huge opportunities as well.  To access these it is going to be more important than ever to understand Government policy and how different markets will respond to this including capital and power. I think the role of lawyers is going to be more important than ever in helping identify risk, securing appropriate coverage and utilising the transition to enhance value.  Lawyers will play a key role in helping the sector work with Government to frame policy, to help map regulation against innovation and importantly to help derisk projects to enable the availability of more low cost capital and in turn help that capital be deployed in a way which also meets the provider’s milestones. 

The energy transition is happening within the context (and at pace because of) of a new understanding of climate risk and decarbonisation.  The legal frameworks which will be built up around this will be shaped by lawyers.  This is our entire focus at the moment and we are delighted to be able to help share our understanding of the direction of travel and what the market is experiencing and importantly to collaborate with our expert colleagues from other legal practices to help develop best solutions.  Thank you RUK for giving us this opportunity. 

 Clare Foster, Partner and Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn

As the host nation of COP26, the eyes of the world will be on the UK. COP26 will be a platform for us to demonstrate the power of collaboration in our collective journey to net zero. Our country’s proud history of innovation, investment in infrastructure and delivering pioneering clean energy projects – coupled with abundant natural resources to generate renewable energy – mean we are ideally placed to lead the way.  But the work doesn’t stop when COP26 ends and it is incumbent upon those in the sector to ensure we do everything we can to help the UK achieve its statutory targets for net zero.

 The challenges of decarbonisation are huge but so too are the opportunities. So many sectors need to work together (financial, construction, energy, transport and manufacturing, amongst others) to find solutions to decarbonise. It is vital that we speak to each other, share best practice and innovate. That is why we are pleased to support the RenewableUK Legal and Commercial Conference, which is emblematic of the collaborative approach required to address the challenges, seize the opportunities and, above all, deliver the legal solutions that will unlock this country’s potential and help define the route map to net zero.