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  1. Environment
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Michael Barlow leads Burges Salmon LLP’s team, which advises on all aspects of environmental compliance and is ‘one of the best’. Other key figures include nuclear regulatory expert Ian Salter, and Ross Fairley, who specialises in issues in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Alan John’s team at Osborne Clarke has a large advisory workload, and also handles regulatory investigations. The team regularly acts for national housebuilders on high-value acquisitions involving complex contamination risk liability issues. Clients include Dell, Western Power Distribution and Hills Waste Solutions.

The individuals at Bond Dickinson LLP stand out for their ‘combination of a well-developed sense of what is practical and commercial with first-rate legal knowledge’. The team acted on an Environment Agency prosecution relating to the breach of an environmental permit due to a non-permitted release of chemicals. Jon Cooper is a key name to note for environmental regulatory matters. Sarah Holmes is ‘a pleasure to work with’, and Jonathan Bower is ‘calm and focused, with a very sharp legal brain’.

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for a predominantly agricultural client base on environmental prosecutions and other enforcement actions taken by local authorities and by The Environment Agency. The team’s track record also includes advising developers on environmental matters relating to planning applications. Neil Baker and Tim Hayden are the main contacts.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is a popular choice for handling due diligence and providing advice on environmental liabilities arising from property and corporate transactions. Anne Harrison’s team recently acted for Hanson on a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Ealing concerning alleged breaches of an environmental permit at a concrete batching plant. It also advised Bellway on environmental liabilities in relation to the lease of land.

Foot Anstey’s team, led by the well-regarded Chris Pritchett, has a solid environmental energy, waste and regulation practice. Representative clients include British Solar Renewables, Lloyds Bank and Earthworm Energy.

TLT has a ‘strong team of experts’ that handles the full spectrum of environmental matters, including environmental litigation and defending against criminal prosecutions. Katherine Evans advises on property-related environmental issues, with a particular focus on waste regulation and contaminated land. Clients include Barclays Bank, The Environment Agency and Viridor Waste Management.

Ashfords LLP regularly prosecutes a wide range of offences for a number of public utility companies and local authorities. Richard Voke and Jeremy Asher are the main contacts.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s strong public sector practice is headed by Nadeem Arshad, who has particular expertise advising on the contractual aspects of environmental projects and environmental services procurements.

Michelmores LLP is singled out for its ‘grasp of operational and commercial realities’. Key figures include Andrew Oldland QC, who has notable expertise in environmental prosecutions, and Mark Howard, who advised on several multimillion-pound deals for waste and material recycling facilities.

Stephens Scown LLP has particular strength acting for clients in the mining, minerals and waste industries. The team also advises on EIA issues and on the application of the Habitats Regulations and the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2015. Chris Tofts is ‘outstanding’.

Thrings LLP’s team is ‘always ready to go the extra mile’. Clients single out Alex Madden as ‘a highly competent practitioner’.

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