Watch this webinar for essential, urgent guidance on the proposed changes to EPC ratings for commercial properties in the UK that come into effect on 1 April 2023. 

From 1 April, a minimum lawful EPC rating of E applies not only for the grant, renewal or extension of leases of commercial property but also for the continuation of any existing lease or tenancy of a commercial property.

Breaches of MEES regulations can lead to fines of £5,000 or higher, and unfavourable publicity and reputational damage.

This webinar follows newly published guidance on green leases and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards by the Law Society in partnership with the City of London Law Society, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, CBRE and the Chancery Lane Project. This provides information relating to commercial properties in England and Wales.

The webinar, which took place on 21 March 2023, covers: 

  • what April 2023 means for your clients
  • how to read an EPCs, reporting on EPCs and obtaining a new certificate rating
  • getting to grips with the exemptions and how to register them
  • your duty to advise on EPC matters
  • the government’s proposals on improving commercial energy efficiency to 2030 and beyond and possible outcomes for the property market, looking at the forthcoming UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard and EPC A+


  • Clare Harman Clark, senior counsel at Taylor Wessing LLP and chair of Law Society Property Section Advisory Committee 
  • Daniel Montlake, director at Core Sustainability
  • Rob Biddlecombe, partner at Brabners LLP
  • Alasdair Cameron, policy adviser at the Law Society