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Utilities

Delivering effective solutions.

DMH Stallard is established as a leading specialist in the utilities sector, providing strategic advice and cost-effective legal solutions to leading utility companies across the UK.

We have worked with household name utility providers including UK Power Networks, ESP Electricity and ES Pipelines for many years and we have developed a strong presence in the industry.

Our utilities sector expertise

Utilities is a highly competitive sector operating within a unique and complex mosaic of market and regulatory challenges. Electricity, gas and water providers face increasing regulation and intense competitive pressure. We know that utility companies require lawyers who understand this challenging market and can deliver sound commercial advice to meet their objectives.

Our utilities sector services

Our specialist Utilities Team has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key issues and requirements facing electricity, gas, and water sectors, including:

Acquisition of land and easements
We deal with more than 1,500 freehold and leasehold acquisitions of operational land and easements every year on behalf of Distribution Network Operators, Independent Distribution Network Operators and Gas Transporters, relating to new connections and maintenance of the network. We understand the need to secure these rights as quickly as possible and our dedicated case management system, DMH Direct, has been specifically designed to streamline and accelerate transactions.

Lease renewals & variations
Our lawyers are all commercial property experts with a wealth of experience and knowledge  in lease renewals and ancillary lease documentation including variations to ensure that the “as laid” and existing network is secured and protected.

Disposal of redundant land and easements 
Utility providers often wish to dispose of redundant land and rights. We routinely deal with such transactions including situations where operational plant is being relocated to enable redevelopment.

Major infrastructure procurement   
Expanding and modernising the network to maintain efficient and consistent supplies for future generations is a major part of all distribution network operators’ businesses.  Our solicitors are regularly involved with major infrastructure projects of vital strategic importance. These projects demand a commercially aware approach and highly developed negotiation skills.