It is an exciting time to be involved in the nuclear industry, which is undergoing rapid change. As well as much of the UK’s existing nuclear fleet reaching the end of generating capability and the challenges of associated decommissioning, we are seeing significant investment in the development of new nuclear-generated power, in fission and now looking towards fusion, to increase the amount of safe and clean energy from reliable sources. Investment in nuclear energy is not only an important part of the UK’s plans to ensure greater energy independence; it will also create high-quality jobs and drive economic growth.
Yet nuclear power is one of the most challenging technologies to deliver. It is a heavily regulated area of law, not least in terms of safety, security and quality. These complexities extend to the legal structures and arrangements necessary to support its development, operations and, ultimately, decommissioning.
At Foot Anstey we have extensive experience in helping our clients to navigate these challenges. Our team has supported developers, site licence companies and contractors at all levels of the nuclear supply chain with achieving their ambitions within the nuclear sector.