Harnessing the full power of Scotland's resources

Scotland’s energy & natural resources sector plays an unparalleled role in the country’s economy and future prospects – and we are very much part of the efforts to harness the abundance of energy that makes the country rich in energy potential.

Our award-winning energy & natural resources group is a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers who provide innovative legal advice on every aspect of the energy supply chain, from planning permission and property advice for wind and minerals projects, to advice on securing funding, negotiating community benefits and taking advantage of incentives.

We specialise in renewable energy projects and minerals, advising developers, landowners, planning authorities and funders in projects big and small. From some of Europe’s largest onshore and offshore windfarms, to community projects of all types we use our experience and knowledge of the industry to provide pragmatic commercial advice to all of our clients.

Our Energy & Natural Resources team is ranked in both of the leading independent legal directories, Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500, with two Partners ranked as ‘Leaders in the Field’.

Why choose Harper Macleod

We know the energy & natural resources sector inside out, drawing on specialists from across one of Scotland’s leading law firms to identify risk and opportunity, translating our insights into the practical advice that can take your project from an idea right through to the generation of power.

Our knowledge of the sector and expertise has seen us named Scotland's Energy Team of the Year three times, testament to the enviable reputation we have in Scotland and beyond.

We have helped Scotland to meet Government targets on renewable energy, with members of our team advising in transactions involving the installation of more than 2.3GW of renewable energy – more than a third of the total renewable electricity installed in Scotland to date.

And we understand land, working closely with landowners on all scales, including acting on behalf of Scotland’s largest landowner, which has an 8.5% share of the total land in Scotland.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biomass
  • Coal and other mineral extractions and licenses
  • Crofting law
  • Community based projects
  • Contract for difference (CFD) for renewable energy
  • Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) regime
  • Hydro
  • On & offshore wind
  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • Solar
  • Supply chain & contracting
  • Wave & tidal

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