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Gowling WLG’s four-partner team handles contentious and non-contentious work for a wide variety of real estate and corporate clients. Key players include Lee McBride, who focuses on environmental regulatory issues, and Andrew Litchfield, who advises on investigations, criminal proceedings and civil claims.

At Squire Patton Boggs, practice head David Gordon has particular expertise in contaminated land, REACH and environmental permitting, while senior associate Anita Lloyd focuses on the law surrounding sustainability and climate change. Taylor Wimpey and Luxfer are key clients.

At DLA Piper UK LLP, Charles Arrand and Roy Tozer have expertise in handling criminal investigations and associated civil claims brought by the Environment Agency and other public bodies.

Top of the classPaul Zyda leads the team at Zyda Law, where highlights included advising Teep (UK) on obtaining environmental consents for waste-to-energy plants. Associate director Ian Graves* ‘brings impressive experience from his time at the Environment Agency’. *Since publication, Ian Graves has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

At Ansons Solicitors Ltd, David Anderton handles work ranging from environmental regulations and waste management licensing to environmental enforcement proceedings. Anderton is defending Parry & Evans in a prosecution by Natural Resources Wales relating to a shipment of mixed papers to China.

Shoosmiths LLP senior associate Hayley Saunders has a ‘great attitude’ and focuses on defending clients charged with criminal breaches. Saunders also handles non-contentious work and has a particular niche in renewable energy, including biomass installations and advising solar energy companies in relation to compliance with the Renewable Energy Consumer Code.

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Legal Developments in West Midlands for Environment

  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 


    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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