Myton Law to Collaborate in Hull University’s Offshore Renewables Research Project (UK)

Myton Law to Collaborate in Hull University's Offshore Renewables Research Project (UK)

Myton Law is supporting a University of Hull research project, which is set to clarify current legislation governing the multiple uses of the UK’s coastal waters. The aim of the research is to provide a clearer legal framework for managing possible conflicts arising out of the development and operation of offshore energy installations, such as wind farms.

This research is part of the University of Hull’s multimillion pound investment in renewables, which is led by CASS, its business facing renewable energy and low carbon organisation. The project will study the interaction of offshore renewable energy installations (wind, tidal and wave) and other stakeholders, including fisheries and fishing communities, and the wider marine environment.

Over the next year University research associate Nikki Christie will be working with Myton Law’s team of shipping and maritime lawyers as she assesses current governance and regulation, in order to establish strategies for resolving conflicts of use in coastal waters, and gathers knowledge of operational, planning and policy issues.

Myton Law and the University’s Law School believe the resulting study will be of relevance to all involved in marine activities, including fishermen, renewable energy companies, offshore industry suppliers, ports operators, shipping companies, environmental and marine management organisations and leisure users.

Professor Richard Barnes, of the University of Hull’s Law School, explains: “Across a number of departments the University has offshore legal knowledge and experience of shipping, conducting environmental impact assessments and estuarine and coastal studies, as well as people working to develop renewable energy technologies. We are harnessing our capabilities across these areas to produce a comprehensive study that will translate in to real value for operators in this area.”

“As a specialist legal practice advising a diverse range of clients operating in the maritime sector, Myton Law’s support in helping us to address the governance and regulation aspect of this project will add an important practical and commercial dimension to our research,” he said.

Myton Law’s Scott Yates is pleased to be involved: “Clarifying the legal framework within which offshore energy installations are to be developed in our coastal waters will be of benefit to all working in maritime industries, including many of Myton Law’s clients.

“We have had and currently have a number of matters ongoing for which the research should be beneficial. We have seen an increase in conflict between the various users of coastal waters and the outcome of the research will, we hope, help to reduce the areas for possible conflict. So, the Myton Law team is excited to be assisting the University in undertaking this important research.

“The resulting report will also contribute towards positioning Hull as a leading centre for renewable energy and maritime expertise.” 


Press release, September 26, 2012; Image: Myton Law