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Harper Macleod appointed to advise pioneering marine energy centre EMEC

Harper Macleod has been appointed to provide legal services to the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal power devices.

The firm won a place on EMEC’s new Legal Services Framework following a tender process and the appointment will last for three years.

David Bone, Head of Energy & Natural Resources at Harper Macleod and one of Scotland’s leading renewable energy lawyers, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide legal support to EMEC, which is a fantastic example of how Scotland continues to play a leading role at the cutting edge of renewable energy development. Over the years we have advised a number of companies pushing marine energy technology forward and it is great to play a part in EMEC continuing to drive that work so that marine energy can be at the centre of a clean energy system.”


Since it was established in 2003, EMEC has been at the forefront of developing the marine renewable energy sector with more wave and tidal energy devices having been tested at EMEC than any other site. EMEC is also driving the development of a green hydrogen economy in Orkney and uses its expertise and facilities to support other sectors progress towards net zero.

Harper Macleod’s Energy & Natural Resources team has been among Scotland’s leading renewables advisers for more than a decade, with its lawyers advising on around a third of all renewable energy development installed in the country – more than 4GW of installed capacity. They will join a number of other law firms on the EMEC panel.

Earlier this year, Harper Macleod’s hosted the inaugural Marine Economy Week, a five-day virtual conference which attracted more than 250 attendees and which closed with a session dedicated to marine renewable energy.

The firm, whose offices in Inverness, Elgin, Lerwick, Thurso, Edinburgh and Glasgow place it close to the major centres of activity in the sector around Scotland, also has a Marine Economy team with extensive experience in the wider marine industry including ports and harbours, shipping, fishing and aquaculture.