Our team has a market leading understanding of the hydrogen sector built upon having expertise gained from decades advising clients on onshore and offshore energy and more recently being involved with a number of the latest hydrogen projects in the UK and the EU. 

Our hydrogen practice combines comprehensive know-how in all relevant legal areas with profound, real-world industry knowledge. We deliver practical, commercial legal advice for every aspect of your business.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

We have a multi-disciplinary team of experts who have experience of working with energy companies who are already heavily involved in the hydrogen sector and those who are transitioning to hydrogen. Our clients include service companies, contractors, insurers, funders, banks, clean tech start-ups, SMEs and developers.

Our decades of onshore and offshore energy experience combined with dealing with specialist hydrogen clientele enables us to provide market leading advice to clients involved in or considering becoming involved in hydrogen.

Our practice has already advised on the following hydrogen projects and transactions:

  • Corporate and project financing 
  • Acquisitions 
  • EPC contracts
  • Mass storage and transportation solutions 
  • Dispute resolution
  • Transition projects 
  • Pre-feasibility studies and agreements  
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Full feasibility studies and agreements
  • Equipment and asset leasing arrangements

In addition, the practice advises in relation to certain highly specialised areas that few international energy practices can replicate such as offshore contracting matters and maritime. These specialist areas complement our hydrogen expertise to enable us to provide a full range of legal advice to those operating in the offshore hydrogen sector. 

Clients include Sizewell C, Corre Energy, Highview Power and Protium Green Solutions Ltd.

Green hydrogen developer

Advising a developer on an innovative hydrogen production and fuel supply project in the UK. The circa £40 million project involves the construction and operation of a hydrogen production facility at a major production facility. The hydrogen will be used to power both the production facility and its fleet of forklift trucks and lorries. The energy used to produce the hydrogen will be from onshore wind and solar making this project an entirely green energy solution. There is the capacity to produce and sell excess hydrogen to the wider local market

Mass energy storage and hydrogen developer

Advised a Northern European energy storage developer who uses hydrogen-fuelled Compressed Air Energy Storage in connection with its multi-jurisdictional corporate restructure and acceptance of its first private investment into the new Group. 

UK hydrogen developer

Advising a large UK hydrogen developer on its collaboration agreements for undertaking pre and full feasibility studies to produce and utilise green hydrogen to decarbonise a manufacturing facility in northern England.

European hydrogen producer

Advising a European green hydrogen producer on the policy and commercial considerations when negotiating providing hydrogen to a third-party offtake facility for several mobility applications 

Major energy provider 

Advising a major European energy provider on producing low-carbon hydrogen from nuclear power. 

Cathal Leigh-Doyle Senior associate

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Latest news & insights

09 Sep 2021

From Insights

The roadmap for hydrogen in the UK is now clear – next up is the detail!

On 17 August 2021, the UK Government published its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy.


03 Aug 2021

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Hydrogen quarterly insight - August 2021

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17 May 2021

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Regulation & Licence Highway - Key milestones in UK hydrogen projects

Everyone involved in the design and implementation of hydrogen projects is eagerly awaiting the UK Government's Hydrogen Strategy, revealed in the 2020 Energy White Pa..


05 Mar 2021

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Hydrogen quarterly insight - March 2021

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10 Dec 2020

From Insights

What are the top 5 points raised by leading UK hydrogen developers?

With everyone talking about hydrogen, Stephenson Harwood lists the top 5 takeaways after discussing hydrogen projects with three market leading UK hydrogen developers.


26 Nov 2020

From Insights

Hydrogen projects – from the developers’ perspective

Following on from our first seminar ‘Why is everyone talking about hydrogen’, we hope you will be able to join us for our second hydrogen seminar where we will be disc..


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