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    • Rachel Barrett - Linklaters LLP
    • Adam Hedley - Reed Smith LLP
    • Valentina Keys - CMS

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The team at Allen & Overy LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėvery good strategic advice.‚Äô Matthew Townsend¬†heads the practice, which is continuing to advise Horizon Nuclear on environmental and nuclear permitting issues regarding their newbuild nuclear power plant in the UK; and is advising CPPIB on the environment and regulatory aspects of its $1.23bn acquisition of 45% stake in the Corrib gas field from Shell. The team also advised the lenders on the compliance aspects of the Coral FLNG project, the first-ever project financing of a floating LNG vessel which, at approximately USD5bn, was also the largest project financing in African history at the time.

Burges Salmon LLP's¬†has ‚Äėa large and well-balanced team, with a broad range of specialist skills across many sectors‚Äô. Team head¬†Michael Barlow¬†has a national reputation in relation to flooding claims, but also specialises in all aspects of environmental litigation including warranty and indemnity claims, nuisance claims, defending criminal prosecutions and regulatory disputes with the Environment Agency. Barlow led advice to GEO in relation to a unique appeal (and previously untested issue) in connection with their obligations under a Climate Change Agreement (CCA). Litigation and enforcement specialist¬†Simon Tilling¬†is praised for his¬†‚Äėwealth of knowledge and experience‚Äô. Tilling was instructed by Hazrem Environmental Ltd, a waste management business, whose application for an environmental permit had been refused on the grounds that emissions of nitrogen oxides would adversely affect the health of local residents. He also advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on numerous arrangements being made for its substance registrations before the May 2018 REACH deadline. Ian Salter¬†is a leading regulatory lawyer in the nuclear sector. Ross Fairly¬†is recommended for due diligence and general corporate environmental law. New panel appointments this year include Koch Industries, John Lewis Partnership and BT.

Nigel Howorth¬†heads the team at Clifford Chance LLP, advising regularly on standalone environmental issues such as REACH, emissions trading, landfill regulations and contaminated land and waste regulation. Howorth increasingly advises on international environmental law including oil pollution, nuclear and trans-boundary environmental impacts and Equator Principles. Michael Coxall¬†also has significant experience advising clients on the REACH regime, GHG reporting and Energy Auditing regime. James Shepherd¬†has particular expertise on the financial incentives regimes applicable to renewable and other low carbon forms of energy and heat generation. Recent work includes advising on the acquisition of stake in the 1500MW extension of Walney, the largest wind farm in the world, from √ėrsted, as well as the bond financing a complex issues relating to renewable energy incentives. The team also advised Pfizer on a range of regulatory matters. advised a global bank on environmental regulation of the water industry in Wales, and acted for a national government on a proposed guarantee to cover nuclear convention liability.

CMS¬†is¬†‚Äėexcellent at conducting the job in hand, and doing so with minimum fuss and with the utmost professionalism‚Äô. Paul Sheridan¬†heads the team an is ‚Äėa safe pair of hands for any dispute‚Äô.¬†Olivia Jamison¬†brings expertise in environment related product law, such as ecodesign, energy labelling, batteries, packaging, energy efficiency and climate change. Recent work includes advising Day Group on a successful appeal against a complex and rare refusal by the Environment Agency to issue an environmental permit for a facility to recycle incinerator bottom ash. Valentina Keys¬†is also recommended. Other significant clients include Deliveroo and HP.

The team at Linklaters LLP has expanded to three partners. Vanessa Havard-Williams, head of the global group based in London, is an expert on international soft law sustainability standards, and the drafting and negotiation of related environmental and social contracts. Havard-Williams led the team advising lenders on the project financing of the $4bn Nacala Corridor Rail and Port project in Mozambique and Malawi, the largest ever successful project financing of infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa; and advised National Grid on the application of the contaminated land regime to the real estate interests of easements and wayleaves granted by National Grid Property to third parties engaged in the provision of utilities and services. Rachel Barrett and Chris Staples also come highly recommended.

The team at Baker McKenzie is led by Graham Stuart, an expert in climate change law and emissions trading. Senior associate Rachel MacLeod is also a key contact, specialising in product-related environmental regulatory and compliance work for the EU market. Recent highlights include acting for Dyson regarding the preferential EU test standards for bagged rival vacuum cleaners over its vortex cyclonic technology. Clients also include ArcelorMittal, and Bunge/Climate Change Capital.

The team at Dentons¬†offers a ‚Äėvery broad understanding of the environmental legislative framework.‚Äô Head of team Stephen Shergold¬†covers all areas of environmental law, with a particular focus on the oil and gas, waste, contaminated land and environmental insurance sectors. Recent work includes advising Network Rail on air quality matters and local air quality management areas related to one of Scotland's busiest train stations. Helen Bowdren¬†has ‚Äėvery good people skills allied to strong industry knowledge‚Äô. Consultant Sam Boileau¬†has ‚Äėa real passion for the environmental and health and safety legislative framework with the ability to get promptly to heart of an issue‚Äô.

The team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP broadly focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Paul Bowden specialises in major group actions and judicial reviews, particularly in the energy and consumer products sectors, as well as nuclear law. Senior counsel and nuclear law expert Vanessa Jakovich advises on the consenting and regulation of major energy and infrastructure projects, as well as new-build programmes, operating plants, fuel cycle facilities, nuclear transport, small modular reactors, component supply and defence facilities. Product liability specialist John Blain and environmental crime expert Jonathan Isted are also key contacts in the London office.

The environmental practice at Leigh Day acts for claimants on the full gamut of domestic environmental legal challenges, as well as international matters in the African Court of Human Rights, including the right to access water. Richard Meeran and Sean Humber lead the litigation practice, which recently acted for the Ogale community of the Niger Delta in civil claims against Royal Dutch Shell over alleged oil spills that have caused serious, chronic land and water contamination.

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is headed by Georgie Messent, who is known for her regulatory oil and gas expertise, particularly in offshore decommissioning. Recent work includes representing Cargill on its £1bn JV with Faccenda Foods on environmental and animal welfare related matters, including on the internal restructuring and regulatory risk management on the JV agreement itself; and advising on the £219m sale of the entire issued share capital of the environmental division of DCC Environmental Britain Limited to private equity group Exponent.

Reed Smith LLP¬†offers ‚Äėexcellent response times, sound business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô.¬†Nicholas Rock¬†is the EMEA lead for environment, based in London, and is ‚Äėincredibly knowledgeable and commercial,‚Äô while Prajakt Samant¬†leads the London team. Recent work includes advising Hewlett Packard on REACH compliance, product liability, WEEE compliance, proposed new EU¬† eco-design requirements for products, the new Swedish chemicals tax, and transboundary movement of waste. The team also acted for Koppers on a substantial contaminated site remediation and sale project in the UK, with complex soil and groundwater situations.¬† Other clients include Arriva UK Trains and EFET. Adam Hedley¬†is also recommended.

‚ÄėOne of the best environmental and operational risk teams in the City‚Äô, Travers Smith LLP¬†is ‚Äėstrong on black letter law and commercial to boot‚Äô.¬†Doug Bryden¬†comes highly recommended as head of team, ‚Äėamongst the top handful in London for his business acumen and regulatory know-how‚Äô. Recent work led by Bryden includes advising on a long-running ¬£100m acquisition from Apache in the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation system pipeline and in the Beryl gas pipeline and related onshore gas refinery. Senior associate John Buttanshaw¬†is also recommended, as is senior associate¬†Carl Boeuf¬†has moved in-house to Amazon as corporate counsel.

The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team at Ashurst has been strengthened by the move of counsel Eleanor Reeves from Dentons¬†to head the London environment practice. Reeves has ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of regulation and is able to provide clear and concise guidance, particularly when assisting with crisis management.‚Äô Recent work includes advising on environment and safety aspects of Japanese parking operator Park24 and the Development Bank of Japan's ¬£312m acquisition of National Car Parks Limited. Nick Stalbow and renewables expert Anthony Johnston are also recommended. Other clients include CGN, BAE, Interserve, Atlantis Resources, OMV, Renewi, Covanta, Grundon, National Express, and Berkeley.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is noted for its ‚Äėvery good environmental expertise, including on contaminated land.‚Äô ‚ÄėVery experienced and knowledgeable‚Äô head of team Aidan Thomson¬†deals with standalone environmental litigation matters and advises on environmental liability for corporate and property transactions. The team represents Thames Water on all their standalone operational environmental compliance and liability work and continue to advise on the environmental aspects of the ¬£4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, including in relation to the real estate aspects being handled by Thames Water. Other clients include AIG, International Underwriting Association, Heathrow Airport, Chubb Insurance, Angel Trains, BlackRock UK Property Fund, Unite UK Student Accommodation, and Tesco. Senior associate Isabelle Laborde¬†is also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced with great strength in depth.‚Äô Catherine Howard¬†heads the team, working on regulatory and consenting issues for a large number of infrastructure projects including nuclear powers stations and interconnectors. In particular, Howard has led the firm's advice to Cuadrilla Resources and UK Onshore Oil and Gas. Recent work includes advising British Land on their proposals for the major ¬£2bn redevelopment of the Canada Water at the Rotherhithe Peninsula; and advising a JV of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, a Danish fund management company, and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S, a global turnkey developer, contractor and operator of power plants, on the acquisition and development of a string of biomass-fired combined heat and power plant projects. Julie Vaughan¬†comes highly recommended as ‚Äėexcellent to work with, knowledgeable and commercial‚Äô, and John Ogilvie¬†is ‚Äėa great strategist with brilliant client care.‚Äô Other clients include BP Plc, EDF, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Nord Stream 2 AG, Mitsubishi Corporation, Gazprom, Essar Oil UK, Transmission Capital Partners, and Blackstone.Julia Pyke left in June 2017 to become EDF‚Äôs General Counsel for nuclear new build businesses. Julian Copeman¬†returned from the HK office in November 2017.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice has noted an uptick in environmental litigation, in addition to advising on regulatory and liability issues in the energy and recycling sectors. Consultant and safety and regulatory compliance expert Gary Cassidy specialises in incident investigation, criminal prosecutions and regulator liaison. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are the key contacts in the London office. Louise Moore heads the practice.

Paul Davies heads the team at Latham & Watkins, which is advising longstanding client SABIC UK on Brexit and the implications to EU ETS, including soil and groundwater issues, land remediation relief, flaring issues, breaches of permit, health and safety issues and decommissioning and demolition of redundant plants. The team is also representing Bain Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Fedrigoni, a manufacturer and seller of paper, film, self-adhesive, and related products; Leonard Green & Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Pure Gym, a UK-based owner and operator of gyms; and Henkel on its acquisition of Darex Packaging Technologies, a supplier of can coatings and closure sealants for the food and beverage packaging industry. New clients include Royal Dutch Shell and Technip FMC plc.

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP is headed by Michael Hutchinson and recently provided transactional advice to a Hong Kong-based private investor on the £250m purchase of Aldwych House, London. Counsel Tim Baines  is also a key contact in the London office.

Caroline May heads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, and continues to advise DP World London Gateway on environmental liabilities arising from the £1.5bn site acquisition and implementation of the largest remediation and ecology programme in Europe; and EirGrid and RTE, on the permitting and/or licensing requirements in relation to the £1bn Celtic Interconnector Project, proposed to run between mainland Europe and Ireland. The team has also recently expanded, with Andrew Hedges re-joining as partner in November 2017 to head up the Climate Change and Carbon Finance practice.

‚ÄėVery professional and personable,‚Äô the team at Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is led by Alan John,¬†who brings particular expertise on power and heat purchase agreements, private wire arrangements and renewables incentives, with clients including Fred Olsen Renewables, Foresight Solar, SUEZ Environment and BNRG Renewables. Recent work includes advising Northacre Renewable Energy Limited on their ¬£150m development of an advanced thermal treatment facility for turning waste materials into renewable electricity. Matthew Germain¬†led advice for a JV between Barratt London and SEGRO to deliver one of the UK‚Äôs first large-scale regeneration schemes at the former Nestle chocolate factory in West London, including remediation works and the apportionment of environmental liability. ‚ÄėVery supportive, proactive and knowledgeable‚Äô senior associate Caroline Bush¬†and associate Kiera Taylor¬†are also recommended.

The team at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†is mainly known for its work in¬†contaminated site development, renewables, and waste and water. Team head¬†Steven McNab¬†is highly recommended for his understanding of Ofgem, and his energy-related advice for developer clients. Senior associate Sarah-Jane Denton¬†specialises in products, including chemicals, hazardous substances and REACH, producer responsibility, waste and energy efficiency, particularly their impact on the electronics industry. Recent work includes advising on transactions, construction, environmental risk issues, ecology, nature conservation, planning and regulatory aspects upon the purchase of seven solar farms by Pfalzsolar; advising on the renewable regime rules for SIMEC (Energy & Infrastructure) and three innovative ‚Äúfeeder developers‚ÄĚ on gaining government support after government subsidy schemes closed; and advising Japanese corporate Tepco on their development arrangement with a UK partner for the development of UK-based energy storage projects.

Senior counsel Samantha Brady¬†leads the team¬†at Slaughter and May, which¬† recently advised¬†√ėrsted on its ¬£2bn disposal of a 50% interest in the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm to a consortium of leading Danish pension funds; and advised INEOS¬†on the environmental and decommissioning liabilities of¬†its proposed acquisition of the Forties Pipeline System and associated pipelines and facilities from BP.

BLM primarily acts for large liability insurers in respect of regulatory advice and pollution and contamination claims.¬†Michael Salau¬†advises waste management operators, environmental consultants, contractors, environmental specialists and their insurers on a wide range of issues. Recent work includes preparing a company for an interview under caution with the Environment Agency for an alleged offence under Section 4 Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act regarding the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Industrial disease expert Nicholas Pargeter¬†and Edward Sainsbury are also recommended, as is associate Zita Mansi, who¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and diligent‚Äô, and associate Chris Bates, who ‚Äėgets to the root of issues very quickly‚Äô.

The ‚Äėextremely experienced, commercial and practical‚Äô Cate Sharp heads the department at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, specialising in the waste, energy, chemicals and manufacturing sectors. The team is regularly called on to provide operational support for corporate deals, such as Rentokil‚Äôs joint ventures with a leading European provider of workwear and hygiene services, and also with a leading provider of pest control services in India.

Jones Day¬†is best known for its brownfield remediation work, but the team also advises real estate and corporate clients on environmental risk in complex and high-value transactions, as well as on renewable energy projects, in particular solar PV projects. Head of team Chris Papanicolaou¬†has a ‚Äėmastery of tricky points of detail, all tempered with a refreshing common sense'; he¬†specialises in the waste management, industrial, building products, automotive, and mineral sectors as well as on contaminated land transactions. The team recently advised International Automotive Components Group Limited on concluding a confidential, highly complex and sensitive industrial processes production line relocation agreement with HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport. It is also advising Owens Corning on its ‚ā¨900m acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe. Richard Adams¬†‚Äėmarshals his material and deploys his argument to secure the best outcome for the client.‚Äô John Cowley¬†is recommended for contract law matters.

The team at K&L Gates LLP specialises in EU regulatory work, with senior counsel Raminta Dereskeviciute recently handling a range of EHCA appeals, including for Emerald Kalama Chemical BV, which it represented in an appeal concerning compliance of the client's registration dossier and additional animal testing. Planning expert and practice head Feroze Abbas is advising Vanquish in relation to the development at 40 Leadenhall Strett. Other clients include ReachCentrum and Standard Life Aberdeen.

Consultant Nigel Price¬†heads the team at Macfarlanes LLP, and is highly recommended for corporate transactional work: ‚Äėhis analytical skills and understanding of liability allocation are extremely good.‚Äô Recent work includes advising Greenergy, a leading British fuel supplier, on a major investment by a Canadian alternative asset management group; advising UK fresh poultry business, Faccenda Foods, on its joint venture with the UK fresh chicken arm of Cargill. Other clients include Parkdean Resorts Limited; Alchemy; Legal & General; St William (part of Berkeley Homes); Intu Properties plc; Stanhope; and Caledonia Investments plc.

The¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at Squire Patton Boggs¬†is led by Rob Elvin, who brings expertise in the nuclear, electricity and wind farm industries, with strong experience of handing civil toxic tort, nuisance, noise abatement, air, water and ground pollution and permit appeal cases. Birmingham-based David Gordon¬†is ‚Äėan excellent all-rounder‚Äô.¬†

Ben Stansfield heads up the team at Stephenson Harwood, which provides a ‚Äėterrific service‚Äô to clients. The team primarily advises developers of energy infrastructure projects, in particular low carbon power generation; real estate clients, in particular investors and developers, on contaminated land; multinational industrial corporates on product regulation; and on criminal prosecutions for breach of environmental law. Senior associate Lorrae Hendry ‚Äėcombines excellent planning advice with environment, assisting lateral thinking in cases.‚Äô Hendry has extensive experience advising on the planning and grid aspects of solar projects and environmental liabilities in property transactions. Recent work for the team includes advising North London Waste Authority on all aspects of applying for and obtaining a DCO for a ¬£500m national infrastructure project to build an Energy Recovery Facility in north London.

Associate Joanna Ketteley heads the team at Bird & Bird LLP. Recent work includes advising on the operational risk of Gates' acquisition of GTF Engineering and Services.

Clyde & Co LLP¬† fields ‚Äėoutstanding lawyers who are both knowledgeable and hungry.‚Äô David Leckie¬†and Victor Rae-Reeves head up the London team, which regularly represents multinational corporates in Environment Agency investigations.¬†Anna Willets¬†is ‚Äėan enormous asset with a top scientific background in the area, and an understanding of technical issues well exceeding that of many solicitors in the field‚Äô. Environment litigation specialist Chris Morrison is ‚Äėa heavyweight, well-known in the profession for his ability to get excellent results for his clients.‚Äô Roger Cartwright and Mark Brooks¬†are also recommended for their ‚Äėtenacity and focus on their cases.‚Äô Other clients include Aviva, AXA, and NFU Mutual Assurance.

David Wright heads the team at the 'commendable'  Kennedys, specialising in the law of nuisance and bringing 'very good overall understanding of the sector and regulation.' Advising mainly on regulatory defence work, the team are regularly instructed by longstanding clients Network Rail, Skanska, Biffa Waste Services and the Kier Group to provide advice on compliance issues. New clients include Cory Environmental, a resource management, recycling and energy recovery company operating throughout England; and Mitie Group.

The 'excellent' team at Shoosmiths LLP is co-headed by Angus Evers and Birmingham-based Roy Tozer. The practice is noted for its expertise in the redevelopment of brownfield land, oil and gas, and waste management; recent highlights include advising St Modwen Developments on historical contamination in the development and sale of a £30m railway rolling stock manufacturing facility at the former Tata steelworks at Llanwern. The team also advised private equity fund managers Epiris Managers LLP on compliance issues relating to their funds’ participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Birmingham-based Hayley Saunders is also recommended.

White & Case LLP specialises in major international infrastructure projects. Tallat Hussain advised a group of Chilean and Japanese banks on a $1bn project to connect Chile’s two main transmission systems and create a unified power grid, involving sensitive environmental considerations given the location of the transmission lines. Hussain also represented Vale and Mitsui & Co on the development and $2.73bn financing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, an infrastructure project supporting growth along a regional corridor between Mozambique and Malawi. Mark Castillo-Bernaus is practice head.

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