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The range and depth of expertise we offer across the full spectrum of environmental issues is what make us stand out from the crowd.

We thrive on working with clients to deliver down-to-earth, commercial solutions to environmental matters. Solutions that demonstrate an understanding of your business and the things you want to achieve.

We’re proud of our reputation as one of the UK’s leading environmental law practices. With a depth of expertise covering compliance advice, enforcement prosecutions, market development and business risk management, we work hard to help you do business better.  

Our clients include chemical, automotive and other manufacturers, leading oil and gas and renewable energy companies across the energy sector, local authorities, educational institutions, property developers, investors and portfolio owners. 

We understand that you want a partner. A team you can trust to ask the right questions and get you the right answers. To help guide you through the process of dealing with the Environment Agency, local authorities and other regulators. To work with you to identify new market opportunities in the face of changing environmental regulation, resource constraints and competition.

Our focus is on helping you to protect your brand, anticipate and respond to risk and incidents and avoid or manage regulatory investigations and prosecutions. We deliver practical, prompt solutions tailored to your circumstances. Whether you need strategic advice and guidance on liability management, property sales and acquisitions, development projects or site decommissioning, or whether you’re facing a regulatory prosecution, defending a nuisance claim or seeking to judicially review a decision of a public body. You can rely on us to be the right people for the job.

"When under pressure they always come through and are unflappable."

"They are an excellent firm." 

Chambers 2017

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T:+44 (0)191 279 9136

What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Transactional services, such as due diligence, insurance and risk management and commercial contracts
  • Environmental compliance advice including waste, water and contaminated land
  • Real Estate 
  • Environmental impact assessment and Habitats Regulations assessment for development projects on and offshore
  • Consenting and planning for onshore and offshore wind farm projects
  • Carbon trading and carbon law
  • Site closures and decommissioning
  • Sustainability strategies and the circular economy 
  • Critical Incident response
  • Regulatory investigations, enforcement and prosecutions 
  • Civil litigation (including nuisance)
  • Judicial Review.

 

Examples of work

  • We conducted a review of a company’s environmental legislation compliance procedure in relation to a multi-billion pound marine building project. This involved interviewing key legal and operational staff members and advising on reporting processes. We prepared a detailed report for the client identifying key areas of risk and recommendations for improving their compliance procedures.
  • We advised a major oil company on a critical compliance issue concerning water discharge, waste management obligations and transfrontier obligations under waste legislation. Our advice enabled the client to proceed in its commercial activities having received a clear view of the legal position.
  • We advised the UK operation of a multinational chemicals manufacturer in relation to the full range of environmental issues arising from the decommissioning and demolition of a production plant. Our strategic advice has enabled the client to proceed with confidence in its engagement with regulators and manage its activities in a way unlikely to give risk to significant liability burdens.
  • We advised a large refining and chemicals company on the closure and remediation of a former manufacturing facility. Our role has included advising on the company’s obligations pursuant to permit surrender, remediation obligations and on the selection and appointment of environmental consultants and remediation contractors. We provided strategic advice to the client on day to day issues and have been an integral part of the multi-national project team which includes site personnel and senior management.
  • We provide a virtually real-time environmental and health & safety law extranet for subscribing clients. Each client has unlimited access to an extranet platform that is client-branded and bespoke to each client's activities. Providing information in plain-English for each of the four UK jurisdictions on all topics relevant to a client, the extranet highlights differences between jurisdictions, enabling clients to develop UK-wide governance and policies that will meet all relevant legal requirements. Designed to be used at every level within an organisation, the extranet is personalised at the point of access by individuals within an organisation, enabling choice of jurisdictions and areas of interest for news alerts, legislation updates and hot topics.   
     

Our clients include: General Motors (UK) Limited, Huntsman Corporation, Innovia Films Limited, Fine Organics Limited, Bellway, J Sainsbury’s plc, RES UK & Ireland Limited and the Education Funding Agency.