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Gowling WLG's  Lee McBride provides advice concerning remediation work prior to developments, including treatment work required to particularly challenging former industrial sties before conversion into housing. Andrew Lichfield handles contentious regulatory work, such as Environmental Agency prosecutions and litigation against subcontractors running in tandem. Clients include significant names in sectors such as natural resources, construction materials, food and real estate.

DWF¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėtenacious, well-informed and pragmatic‚Äô team in the West Midlands is headed by¬†David Egan, who handles a range of contentious work concerning Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions and enforcement undertaking negotiations. He advises clients such as Persimmon, Bloor Homes and Rolawn. Resource consultant Simon Stuttaford¬†is a name of note for non-contentious matters. New River Retail is another client for transactional matters.

Gateley Plc 's Ruth Armstrong and associate Kate Oliver  are regularly called on to handle Environment Agency and local authority prosecutions, as well as assisting with transactional risk advice. Clients include major housebuilders, waste management companies and administrators of insolvent companies.

Squire Patton Boggs¬†'s¬†David Gordon¬†¬†and senior associate¬†Robert Biddlecombe¬†advised Taylor Wimpey on a costs award following an earlier successful defence of a contaminated land appeal ‚Äď Gordon also advises other well-known businesses on contentious regulatory matters. Biddlecombe also advised Mitha Forecourts on the sale of the filling station business. Below partner level, director Anita Lloyd¬†has WEEE expertise, and senior associate Caroline Almond¬†handles transactional work ‚Äď she acted for the purchaser of a vehicle hire business with contamination liability and asbestos issues.

Zyda Law¬†¬†in Stratford upon Avon‚Äôs Paul Zyda¬† is a key contact for various matters ‚Äď he has a track record of handling environmentally-sensitive work such as nuclear power, for instance.

In¬†Shoosmiths LLP‚Äôs Birmingham office, Roy Tozer¬†handles contentious work such as Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales investigations. Hayley Saunders¬†is also a key contact ‚Äď she handles cross-border matters, as well as renewable energy regulation work and planning enforcement notice appeals. Clients include Final Mile Recycling, Volkswagen Group and Extra Motorway Services.

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Legal Developments in West Midlands for Environment

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

    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.‚Ä©
    - Falcon Chambers

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