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  1. Environment
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

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According to a client, DLA Piper UK LLP has ‘the best practice in the UK’. ‘Truly excellent’ team head Teresa Hitchcock has expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, and Stuart Ponting handles contentious issues for national and international corporations including environmental and regulatory investigations and general crisis management. Alastair Clough handles environmental, health and safety and product safety matters as well as compliance issues, and fellow legal director Ailish Oxenforth is a key name for defending Environment Agency enforcements. Highlights included acting for an international drinks manufacturer in enforcement proceedings brought as a result of a chemical manufacturing accident, which resulted in the death of several fish and defending a potential group litigation nuisance claim for a manufacturing company regarding one of its manufacturing operations. Other work includes assisting administrators with the management of environmental, and health and safety risk issues associated with the sale of a waste management facility, and handling an Environment Agency investigation for a UK company regarding allegations of improper land reclamation activity, falsification of duty of care documentation, the transfer and disposal of illegal waste and the failure to obtain appropriate regulatory permits.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice is led by the ‘approachableHelen Peters, who ‘is a very competent environmental lawyer, who really understands the nuclear sector’. The team has expertise in all aspects of UK, EU and international environmental policy, and routinely handles civil disputes, regulatory compliance issues, and matters arising from serious pollution incidents. Peters, along with Paul Rice, advised NuGeneration on drafting environmental and operational permit applications for radioactive substances activity, combustion activity and waste discharge activity pertaining to its new nuclear power station in West Cumbria. Peters also assisted Himor Carrington with environmental contractual issues arising from the acquisition of a site, as well as assisting with remediation matters, water management and environmental permitting. Other clients include Drax Power, United Utilities, Hanson and Amec Foster Wheeler.

Freeths LLP’s practice head Penny Simpson, who is ‘highly rated for nature conservation matters’, has considerable expertise pertaining to protected species and habitats matters, water resource issues, environmental permissions and licenses, and defending criminal investigations. Nicola Power focuses on complex contaminated land and water pollution issues, including mine water liabilities, waste and environmental permitting. The team defended a supermarket chain in a regulatory action concerning diesel leakages at two of its regional logistics sites; advised new client Cornwall Council on environmental compliance assessments relating to a significant development scheme; and assisted Hallam Land Management with an environmental permit required to remove protected species from a large development site in advance of attaining planning permission.

Shulmans LLP’s team has expertise in handling regulatory enforcement actions and liability risks, and also advises on the environment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Practice head Lyn Dario’s experience and work quality ‘is second to none’, and she is supported by ‘an exceptionally knowledgeable’ team. The team recently assisted a construction company with an investigation regarding the alleged deposit of waste material; defended a Leeds-based retailer in an asbestos investigation; and advised a property company on damage caused by the client’s contractors to a listed structure.

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Legal Developments in Yorkshire and the Humber 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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