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In an industry that refuses to stand still, driving innovation in regulated markets can be a daunting prospect.

With each new technological, economic and environmental challenge the importance of finding a true partner to stand by your side and provide commercially focused legal advice becomes greater. 

With over 15 lawyers, we have one of the UK’s strongest specialist waste teams. With a national presence, and a track record of advising on all aspects of waste and EfW projects, we make it our business to be there when and where you need us.  

We make sure the advice we provide is prompt, actionable and delivered in plain English. The breadth of our work demonstrates our commitment to the industry and our place within it – as one of the UK’s leading legal teams. We have advised on a wide range of waste-related matters ranging from waste services procurements, project development (for public and private sector, across a range of technologies) through to waste regulation, transport and disposal. 

As members of the CIWM, ESA and CIWM South West Centre Council, it's important to us that we represent the industry as well as working within it. We have worked on key planning inquiries for developers.  We have advised public authorities on the procurement of long term waste services contracts, and have advised multi-national utilities on the development of large EfW projects. We have been at the forefront of the development of subsidy mechanisms for renewables and have helped to deliver projects and outcomes which are at the technological forefront of the sector.

Whether you’re a developer, operator, co-investor, lender, local authority, supply-chain contractor, landowner or power or heat offtaker, it’s important to us that you trust us to ask the right questions and get you the right solutions.

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What we do

We offer scale and experience across a wide range of activities: procuring, and bidding for, waste services contracts; land assembly and planning consents for waste projects (including planning appeals, call-in inquiries and judicial reviews); environmental permits; consortium and corporate structure; equity and debt funding; and commercial contracts for project development and operation. 

  • Land Assembly
  • Planning Consents
  • Advice on Environmental Impact Assessments and legal review of Environmental Statements and Habitat Regulations Assessments
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Equity and Debt Finance
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Heat and Power Offtake Agreements
  • Regulatory Support Mechanisms (ROCs, FiTs, CfD and RHI)
  • Waste Services Contracts (including WIDIP and WIDIP derivations)
  • O&M, Feedstock Supply, and other First and Second Tier Sub-contracting Arrangements
  • Waste Services Procurements (including advising on Public Procurement Regulations)
  • Waste Regulation (including definitions of waste, end of waste and transfrontier shipment of waste)
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory, Health and Safety and governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Tax (including landfill tax and aggregates levy).

Sector expertise

Examples of work

  • Advising Cumbria County Council and Northumberland County Council on their £60 million and £90 million waste schemes respectively. The Northumberland project was a waste PFI scheme for the procurement of integrated waste management services (including an EfW plant), and the Cumbria scheme involved the outsourcing of the Council's waste management services (including its landfill operations, transfer stations and household waste recovery centres, which were formerly operated by the local authority)
  • Advising Veolia, SITA, MVV and Cory in relation to planning appeals and call-in inquiries in connection with new EfW facilities, in Plymouth, Norfolk, Cornwall, South Gloucestershire, Shrewsbury, East Northants, Hull and Nottinghamshire. We have also advised in relation to judicial review proceedings or statutory challenges to consents for EfW facilities in East Sussex, Hull, Plymouth and Cornwall.
  • Advising ATCO Power Generation, a Canadian utility company, on the development of two merchant EfW projects in East London and Merseyside. We advised on all aspects of the projects, including construction agreements, O&M and fuel supply arrangements, power purchase agreements and regulatory support mechanisms, real estate and financing. We also advised on the acquisition by ATCO of its interest in these development projects, and on the joint venture arrangements in relation to those interests
  • Advising Augean Plc on all procedural aspects to extend their hazardous waste landfill and to continue to accept low level radioactive waste under the new consenting regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. A DCO was made for this project in July 2013, which was the first hazardous waste DCO to be made under the NSIP regime
  • Advising on the construction aspects of a number of EfW and biomass projects, including anaerobic digestion projects. By way of example, we advised in relation to the Cardiff Food and Green Waste project and the Lincolnshire Waste PPP (acting for the technology contractor and Orchid Environmental respectively), as well as advising an equity funded SPV in relation to construction aspects of an anaerobic digestion facility. These projects included advising in relation to bespoke and IChemE based EPC Contracts and associated ancillary documents for those projects.