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DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team is ‘one of the best in the country’. Department head Teresa Hitchcock (who is ‘excellent across the board’) has substantial experience in contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, and is continuing to represent Tata Steel UK in litigation challenging a decision by the European Commission on the allocation of free allowances under the EU ETS. Stuart Ponting is recommended for contentious matters.

Nabarro LLP’s practice is noted for its ‘good strength in depth, detailed knowledge and excellent judgement’. The practice is led by Christopher Bowes and Lukas Rootman, who is also head of the firm’s litigation team. Bowes is advising Whitemoss Landfill on its applications for a Development Consent Order for a hazardous waste landfill site. Clients single out senior associate Rebecca Roffe as ‘very hardworking and easy to work with’.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice stands out for its ‘excellent level of industry knowledge and commerciality as well as its relevant, clear and succinct advice’. The ‘consistently excellent’ Helen Peters leads the department, which is particularly strong in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Clients include the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, NuGeneration and United Utilities, which the team is defending in a claim against Manchester Ship Canal Company relating to the discharge of water and treated sewage into the Manchester Ship Canal.

Following the merger with Simpson & Marwick Solicitors LLP in 2016, Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘highly committed’ team is led by ‘fearless advocateKirsty Gomersal, who ‘always goes the extra mile’ and specialises in regulatory compliance. Clients include Tata Chemicals Europe, DB Schenker Rail UK and Nexus Tyne and Wear.

Environmental law specialist Penny Simpson leads the team at Freeths; she led advice to Redrow Homes on the environmental aspects of a multi-purpose development in Essex, and advised Radleigh Group on obtaining a protected species licence from Natural England.

Shulmans has ‘a strong regulatory practice’ that ‘punches above its weight in the region’. Led by Lyn Dario (who ‘has a strong personal commitment to the client’ and made partner in 2016) the department has a strong focus on the manufacturing and property management sectors. Commercial lawyer Mark Lumley is also recommended.

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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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