Conference Programme

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

08:30 - 09:00 Registration with networking coffee
09:00 - 09:25

Welcome  & Opening Address - COP26, net zero and the law: From big aspirations to implementation

The UK has committed to taking action on climate change and enshrined targets and milestones into law. What needs to happen to make these targets a reality?

  Chris Stark, CEO, CCC
  Wendy Miles QQ, Twenty Essex
09:30 - 10:30

Panel 1 - The energy transition and the 3D's – how the law is enabling Decarbonisation, Digitisation and Decentralisation

The energy transition is about decarbonisation – which will be enabled through decentralisation and digitisation. What role will the law play in enabling the 3Ds through speed, scale and innovation?

  Jason Lovell, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
  Gaurav Sharma QC, Quadrant Chambers
  Richard Elks, Partner, Clyde & Co
10:30 - 11:00  Networking coffee break
 11:00 - 12:00

Panel 2 - Financing net zero: Challenges and Opportunities 

The sector is increasingly attracting the interest of investors – what bankable deal structures and financing opportunities are there for renewables, carbon capture, hydrogen and other new tech and projects?

Chair Clare Foster, Project Finance Partner and Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Panellists Stephen Hill, Corporate Partner, Eversheds Sutherland 
  Stephen Jurgenson, Project Finance Partner, Clyde & Co 
 12:00 - 12:45

Panel 3 - Case study based discussion: The effective management of entitlement and disputes in the supply chain

This case study will look at a floating offshore wind project during the COVID era – the challenges, the lessons learned, and the trends and precedents arising.

  Richard Booth, Partner,  HFW
  Mary Anne Roff, Partner, Clyde & Co
  Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers

Panel 4 - Incentives and disincentives: legal challenges and opportunities for generators

A panel of experts will discuss current and forward-looking energy market trends to consider how to “future proof” PPAs in the years to come.

Panellists John Grady, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  Simon Davies, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 - 14:45

Panel 5 - New technologies in the energy transition - the legal aspects and challenges

This session will look at new technologies in the road to net zero, including carbon capture, storage and hydrogen, and the pertinent legal trends surrounding them.

Chair Tom Swan, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Panellists Gordon Nardell QC, Twenty Essex 
  John Grady,  Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
14:45 - 15:30

Panel 6 -  The energy transition: market led or Government directed?

This panel will look at what (if any) regulation is missing to enable the energy transition at the pace required for the UK to meet its statutory targets.

Chair Luisa Deas,  Senior Marketing and Business Development Manager, Eversheds Sutherland 
Panellists Michelle T Davies, Co-Head of ESG and International Head of Climate Risk, Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland
  Wendy Miles QC, Twenty Essex
  Richard Power, Partner, Clyde & Co
15:30 - 16:30

Panel 7 - Disputes and legal pitfalls in Waste to Energy and Offshore Wind

This session will examine common disputes and pitfalls in renewable energy, including risks up and down the supply chain, decommissioning and the change of law provisions in handling  and resolving disputes.

Chair Alex Gunning QC, One Essex Court
Panellists Jeffery Onions QC, One Essex Court  
  Stephen Colliston, Partner - Projects, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  Chris Smith QC, Quadrant Chambers
  David Anderson, Partner, Shepperd and Wedderburn
  Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers
16:30 - 16:45 Networking coffee break
16:45 - 17:45

 Panel 8 -   Contract risk allocation: force majeure, suspension and termination

This panel will deploy pre-event audience engagement to identify contract issues of interest to the audience.

Chair Richard Booth, Partner,  HFW
Panellists Emma Jones, Barrister, One Essex Court
  Malcolm Jarvis, Barister, Twenty Essex
  Gemma Morgan, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers


 Panel 9 – Contracting principles and risk allocation in offshore wind

This panel discussion will examine how land-based construction contracting principles and offshore risk-allocation principles have differed historically, how this plays out in contract negotiations, and how the two can be reconciled.

Chair Adam Constable QC, Keating Chambers
Panellists Mark Walsh, Partner, Clyde & Co
  Ian Taylor, Offshore Country Manager, DEME 
  Joanne Button, Senior Associate, HFW
17:45 - 18:00

Closing Keynote Address 

Daniel McGrail, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

The UK White Paper and 10 point plan: what does it mean in the context of legal input for the sector? 

Daniel McGrail will connect the dots, how every piece of the economy will play its part in delivering the 10 pt plan and net zero, the role of our members, the role of the law.

18:00 - 20:00

Drinks Reception