Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP: Recent Environment Group Work01/11/2012

Our recent work is based on many years of working with charities, social enterprises other organisations in the environmental field on a national and international scale including the Marine Stewardship Council, Environment Council, Institute for European Environmental Policy, WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace Environmental Trust, World Society for the Protection of Animals and the Eden Project. 

Recent Environment Group work includes:

  • Advising Energy4All Ltd, since 2004, in relation to the development of its first community windfarm project and each of its subsequent projects. (Julian Blake)
  • Advising NESTA on their investment into Abundance, a investment platform intended to facilitate community investment into renewable energy schemes. (Simon Steeden)
  • Advising on an international commercial participation arrangement involving one of the largest not-for profit networks in the environmental sector (Simon Steedon)
  • Acting for multi-award winning community project Llangattock Green Valley CIC. (Julian Blake and Mark Traynor)
  • Advising Bristol Community Energy Limited in relation to investment into the industrial and provident society and establishing a community energy consultancy service. (David Hunter)
  • Advising the Greenbelt Movement in relation to its international restructuring. (Lawrie Simanowitz)
  • Advising North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Trust, a consortium of bodies which collect environmental data from local authorities, planners and others. (Lawrie Simanowitz)
  • Advising Bristol Community Energy Limited on arrangements to set up a renewable energy co-operative; on draft documentation, including a roof lease for solar panels, and on partnering arrangements with suppliers and property owners (David Hunter).
  • Advising a number of community and public benefit hydro-projects on property matters, structuring, finance and development including Green Valleys CIC, Pembroke CIC, Newtown 2020 and Waterpower Enterprises. (Julian Blake and Mark Traynor)
  • Advising the Energy Saving Trust on a joint venture project with Councils and Regional Development Agencies supporting the Domestic Energy Efficiency and Micro-Generation sectors. 
  • Establishing the International Court for the Environment. (Lawrie Simanowitz)
  • Establishing Action for a Global Climate Community, which lobbies at global climate events for greater understanding between developed and developing nations. (Julian Blake)
  • Advising on the potential establishment of an international social investment fund intended to leverage private investment into environmentally beneficial projects. 
  • Advising on the establishment of a European member of the Wildlife Conservation Society international network (Rosamund McCarthy and Simon Steeden).
  • Advising on the establishment of an international charity intended to promote sustainable food production and supply (Simon Steeden)
  • Establishing “the promotion of the environment” and “the promotion of sustainability” as new, distinct charitable purposes for the Groundwork Federation and the Environment Foundation. 
  • Advising on the establishment of a new community energy generation fund on behalf of an agency currently focussed on the SME market including drafting templates for loan agreements for lending by fund managers to community energy projects. (Stephen Lloyd and Simon Steeden)
  • Advising Yansa CIC in relation to its project to establish a community benefit manufacturing business for community scale turbines based in the North of Spain. (Julian Blake)
  • Working with the Department of Energy & Climate Change on the Low Carbon Community Challenge, a two-year research project to help government, local authorities and communities reduce carbon.
  • Collaborating with Forum for the Future to co-author Funding Revolution: a guide to establishing and running low-carbon community revolving funds to help local authorities, housing associations and community groups set up community energy projects as well as detailed advice on how to make the most impact with a fund. (Luke Fletcher)
  • Working with the Institute for Sustainability to develop models for the delivery of environmental innovations and efficiencies at scale. (David Hunter and Simon Steeden)
  • Advising Water Power Enterprises on corporate structures and related issues. (Julian Blake and Luke Fletcher).
  • Advising on the hiving out from an international environmental charity of an environmentally-focussed investment forum. (Simon Steeden)
  • Advising on the governance issues relating to a national sustainable energy trade association. (Simon Steeden)
  • Advising The Eden Project on various financing, tax, charity and property law issues (Stephen Lloyd, Simon Steedon and Mark Traynor).
  • Establishing numerous start-up sustainable development charities.
  • Advising on and supporting lobbying initiatives in relation to the implications of changes to Feed In Tariffs and the interaction with the Enterprise Investment Scheme and grant funding. (Simon Steeden)
  • Speaking at the Carbon Leapfrog’s inaugural Creating Low Carbon Communities Conference in March 2011