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FEATURE SPONSOR


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


PROVIDING SUSTAINABLE LEGAL SOLUTIONS


Wilkin Chapman Solicitors established their specialist renewable energy division in 2011 to meet the growing regional demand for renewable energy related services.


The firm has a number of its branches located in the Humber region which has become a specialist hub for the offshore renewable sector.


INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE


Since this time the division has grown to a team of ten multi-disciplinary specialists from agriculture, corporate, construction and commercial property departments who have accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge, and have a proven track record of realised renewable energy projects. Wind related projects have played a significant part in the development of the division. Support to the onshore wind energy sector includes providing advice on all legal aspects relating to the purchase, installation, financing and re-financing of commercial wind turbines. The firm has advised on over 60 onshore windfarm projects ranging from single turbines through to multi-landowner projects of 15-40 megawatts.


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Richard Frogson


THE FIRM HAS ADVISED ON OVER 60 ONSHORE WINDFARM PROJECTS...


OFFSHORE WIND – CASE STUDY


In relation to offshore wind projects, the firm has recently advised multiple significant landowners in relation to the onshore cabelling proposed for the Triton Knoll windfarm which is being constructed 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire. The windfarm could


generate electricity to supply 800,000 average UK homes per year. The offshore cabling is being dealt with by The Crown Estate granting the developers a time limited lease of the sea bed. However, the project also proposes to lay electrical cables onshore in a circa 60km long 60m wide easement strip across Lincolnshire. A project on this scale affects significant numbers of landowners and Wilkin Chapman were instructed to provide advice on a variety of legal issues arising out of the proposed easement and construction works. These issues related to property, environmental, planning, agricultural occupancy structures, reinstatement of drainage systems, subsidy payments paid to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy, access terms for carrying out surveys and disturbance claims.


COMMUNICATION


Commenting on the project, Head of Renewables, Richard Frogson said, “One of the main challenges for the firm has been producing a co-ordinated


response to the proposals from multiple landowners. In this we worked jointly with the NFU and the Lincolnshire Association of Agricultural Valuers to ensure that landowners’ interests were heard at each stage of the project.”


IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING


The firm has also been involved in acting for multiple landowners and tenants in relation to other nationally significant offshore wind energy projects including Smartwind, Hornsea Project One, Hornsea Project Two and the Humber Gateway. Wilkin Chapman has an in depth understanding of the requirements from the perspective of landowners, developers, investors or suppliers and are able to respond to evolving legislation.


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