National law firm TLT has been appointed by Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to advise on potential solutions to the Green Deal barrier consent issue.
The TLT team which will be advising DECC includes Alison Deighton, partner in the commercial team; Maria Connolly, real estate partner and head of TLT's renewable energy team; Mark Routley, partner and head of the property litigation team; and Kate Silverman, a real estate partner.
Green Deal is the Government's scheme which enables 'improvers' to install energy efficiency measures in their properties without any up front payment. Improvers pay back the capital cost through 'Green Deal Charges' which are added to their energy bill. DECC has identified that the various consents that an improver must obtain before being able to enter into a Green Deal Plan constitute a barrier to the uptake of the Green Deal. TLT has been appointed to advise DECC on potential solutions to the barrier consent issue.
To deliver the project TLT is partnering with its long-standing client the Energy Saving Trust, who will run a series of focus groups with stakeholders to test the market's appetite for proposed solutions. TLT will then use feedback to draw up a recommendations paper, which will be presented to Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Alison Deighton says, "This is a very exciting opportunity for TLT to assist DECC with Green Deal policy development and our appointment is testament to our expertise in this area."
Clients have voted TLT the best UK law firm for client service in Legal Week's independently researched Client Satisfaction Report 2012. TLT has also been named National Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2013 acknowledging the firm's strategy and growth in Scotland and Northern Ireland and TLT was named Best Managed Firm and won Best Community Engagement at this year's Managing Partners' Forum Awards.