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Gowling WLG’s practice is led by Lee McBride, who deals with contaminated land, environmental permitting and other regulatory issues arising in commercial property transactions, major projects and large corporate transactions. On the contentious side, Andrew Litchfield advises on investigations and defending criminal proceedings brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and by local authorities, and bringing and defending civil claims for damages for environmental incidents. Recent examples of the team’s work include acting for a buyer of a 130-hectare former MOD site, including reviewing contaminated land assessments and negotiating reliance letters, and defending a prosecution relating to a potential breach of a trade effluent consent. Director Samantha Holland specialises in bespoke high-value environmental insurance policies.

Squire Patton Boggs’ team has a ‘high degree of technical ability, is commercial and is good to deal with’, and assists clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including chemicals, property development, energy, manufacturing and automotive. Key players include ‘excellent all-rounderDavid Gordon, who specialises in contaminated land,

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and environmental permitting, and director Anita Lloyd, who focuses on sustainability and climate change. Lloyd recently advised American Greetings on a range of producer responsibility matters, including Packaging Waste Regulations, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances

(RoHS) regulations, and Toys Safety Regulations. Another name to note is senior associate

Caroline Almond, who advised an international purchaser on the environmental aspects associated with the acquisition of a leading flexible packaging business with sites across the UK and Ireland. The practice is led from Manchester by contentious specialist Robert Elvin. INEOS, Olin and Linden Homes are clients.

Shoosmiths LLP developed its offering with the hire of regulatory specialist

Roy Tozer from DLA Piper UK LLP, and the promotion of Hayley Saunders to the partnership. The team defends clients on a range of investigations and prosecutions by environmental regulators such as the EA in a number of different sectors, including retail, construction and manufacturing. On the non-contentious side, Saunders recently assisted London-based Angus Evers in advising Clarcor and its Italian subsidiary on compliance with the EU REACH regulation in response to requests for information received from customers about the chemical composition of its products.

At Zyda Law, name partner Paul Zyda’s experience includes securing environmental permits for energy projects in the nuclear, gas and waste sectors, as well as dealing with regulators such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the EA and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Recent highlights include advising Dounreay Site Restoration on the environmental aspects of the decommissioning of the Dounreay power station, and obtaining hazardous substances consents for EDF Energy’s fleet of nuclear power stations. Ian Graves left for Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

At Ansons, regulatory specialist David Anderton assisted a number of clients with EA interviews under caution following alleged waste offences, and is also defending Parry and Evans in the Crown Court in a case brought by Natural Resources Wales relating to a shipment of waste to China.

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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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