RWE Generation SE, part of the RWE Group, is responsible for electricity production from gas, hard coal, hydro and biomass. The company has 3,000 employees in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Turkey, and operates power plants with a total capacity of over 20 gigawatts.

The legal and compliance team at RWE uses Lexis®Nexis to help them stay on top of the latest legal developments in the energy sector and all the other areas of law required to run a heavily regulated multinational company.

LexisPSL makes it easy to access specific issues

In-house solicitor Louise Hunt is responsible for regulatory and competition work carried out by the legal team. She has advised on many high level investigations, including one into the Didcot collapse, and a probe by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Louise has relied on LexisNexis products for the majority of her legal research work for at least 10 years. She subscribes to LexisLibrary, LexisPSL and various risk and compliance modules.

“LexisPSL makes it easy to access specific issues. Links through to the legislation are particularly useful in the regulatory area when new statutory instruments are being implemented. I also like the toolkits, because they're always relevant and elegantly integrate the relevant legislation and case law. These tools helped me with Brexit and they've also helped me to deal with the fast changing rules associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“With LexisPSL it's all there for you - contract formation, offer and acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations etc. You've got it all presented systematically - and that's the way in which people learn. Another advantage of using the tool for training is that it doesn't miss anything, whereas an ad hoc approach can lead to various steps in the learning process being overlooked.”

A helpful resource for internal training

Louise has also found LexisNexis to be a valuable tool for training other members of staff, including technical officers, contractual specialists and the environmental department at RWE. Although more seasoned legal practitioners often have an intuitive knowledge of the law, training new recruits will generally mean going back to basics and starting afresh. A tool such as LexisPSL can help to guide those less familiar with applying the law to a real world situation.

"The forms and precedents section is essential so that I can quickly and easily look up provisions to include in templates or bespoke project contracts."

Access to LexisNexis increases efficiency

Jo Brodey, another senior solicitor at RWE who specialises in various fields including construction, commercial and employment, finds that having access to the suite of LexisNexis products improves the efficiency of her legal research and work. Not only does it make it easier to stay up to date with changing legislation, but it can also help with creating tailored contracts.

“LexisLibrary provides consolidated (and commented) versions of legislation that are quicker and easier to use than trying to look up various different amendments. I use the legal practice notes to understand new areas or as a refresher to intermittent work. The forms and precedents section is essential so that I can quickly and easily look up provisions to include in templates or bespoke project contracts.”

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