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Napthens advises as Booths installs electric car chargers

A team from Napthens solicitors has advised independent, family-owned retailer Booths on its plans to install up to 100 electric car chargers at selected stores across the North West and Yorkshire.

Led by Commercial Property partner Martin Beardsworth and solicitor Farhan Saleh, Napthens negotiated and agreed leases with electric car charging specialists InstaVolt Limited to allow delivery of the stations.

Booths is currently working with InstaVolt to install electric car chargers at its stores in Penwortham, Longton, Ulverston, Ilkley, Lytham, Barrowford, Hesketh Bank, Kirkby Lonsdale and Garstang. There will be at least two rapid chargers installed at each site, with the potential for more should there be the demand.

InstaVolt is the UK’s leading provider of rapid electric car chargers. All of its charging stations are available for EV drivers to use on a pay-as-you-go basis with no subscription, card or membership needed. Drivers simply tap their contactless credit or debit card to pay.

The Napthens team worked closely with Booths’ and InstaVolt’s operations teams to identify the proposed locations, negotiating and obtaining the third party consents required for the charging stations.

The project also saw Napthens oversee InstaVolt’s procurement of planning and grid connection approvals,and completing the leases with InstaVolt at each site to enable installation works to begin.

Martin Beardsworth, Commercial Property partner at Napthens, said: “Supermarkets are an ideal location for electric car charging points. Drivers will be able to top up as they shop, and the initiative demonstrates Booths’ commitment to the changing needs of customers.”

 Edwin Booth, Chairman and CEO of Booths, said: “At Booths we take a pride in providing the best possible service to customers both old and new. With the increase in electric car ownership we are working with InstaVolt to offer a new and important facility which is part of the journey towards a more sustainable future for motoring.”