Foot Anstey enables Spaceport Cornwall to prepare for first UK launch

The Space and Satellite team at national law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, has collaborated with Spaceport Cornwall's professional advisors to support its preparations for its first launch into space.

Spaceport Cornwall is a consortium made up of The Cornwall Council, Virgin Orbit UK Ltd. and Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd., set up to deliver the UK’s first spacecraft launch in summer 2022.

Spaceport Cornwall required specialist legal support and advice to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and regulatory frameworks. This had to include the new Space Industry Act 2018, planning regulations, environmental regulations, safety regulations and local authority legal requirements.

Foot Anstey drew on its expert lawyers across the firm and worked closely alongside the team at Spaceport Cornwall and their other advisers to create a detailed report providing legal advice and guidance on the route to launch. The team successfully delivered an integrated report, setting out the steps and actions that Spaceport Cornwall would need to navigate.

The Foot Anstey team included John Catchpole (Partner) who led the team and advised on land powers and security, Christian Silk (Partner) environmental and planning expert, safety legal expert Tim Williamson (Legal Director) and Fergus Baker (Senior Associate) who advised on corporate structuring and governance.

John Catchpole, Partner at Foot Anstey, commented: "We are privileged and excited to support Spaceport Cornwall and its partners to deliver the first ever launch of a spacecraft from UK soil into orbit this summer. This first launch represents a huge milestone for the UK space sector as part of the development of the wider commercial space industry."

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