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Allen & Overy LLP’s team is ‘technically on-point and extremely adept at realistically applying the regulatory environment to the realities of businesses’. The practice’s wide-ranging workload includes advising on energy regulatory issues, chemical regulations, and product stewardship. It attracts particular praise for its corporate environment work; recent highlights include advising Life Healthcare Group Holdings on the environmental and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Alliance Medical Group, and assisting TE Connectivity with its acquisition of the Creganna Medical Group. Head of practice Matthew Townsend is an ‘extremely strong and truly engaging professional adviser’, who has particular expertise in the energy and power sector; Townsend continued to assist Horizon Nuclear Power with permitting issues connected to the development of the Horizon new-build nuclear power plant in the UK. In other highlights the team acted for JP Morgan Securities in connection with environmental matters associated with the IFC’s $152m Forests’ Bond, and also provided advice to News Corporation on the Modern Slavery Act and related requirements to report on human rights issues. Senior associate Alana Lampitt has experience in areas such as industrial and contaminated land and international emissions regulation.

CMS is possibly best known for its expertise in waste and contaminated land, and the practice provides a ‘first-class service’ in defending regulatory enforcement actions; Paul Sheridan, who wins praise for his ‘excellent perception, strategic direction and client handling’, recently acted for Brett Aggregates in an Environment Agency investigation arising from a fatality, allegedly from cyanide in the environment. Sheridan’s other highlights included advising Red Industries on the purchase of a landfill. The practice is also highly proficient in areas such as clean energy, EU product advisory work and environmental permitting; Olivia Jamison (who heads the practice with Sheridan) has been advising clients such as John Laing Infrastructure Fund on energy efficiency, carbon schemes and environment reporting requirements. In the transactional space, associate Valentina Keys represented a consortium including Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and CIC Capital Corporation on the environmental aspects of its purchase of a 61% stake in the National Grid’s UK gas distribution business.

Nigel Howorth heads the practice at Clifford Chance; he has an extensive track record in energy sector mandates, including advising Horizon Nuclear Power on the environmental aspects of the development of a new generation of nuclear power facilities in the UK, and acting for 3i Infrastructure on the environmental and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Infinis' landfill gas generation business. In another transactional energy highlight, Howorth acted for PKA and Kirkbi on the regulatory aspects of the purchase of 50% of the 32-turbine, 258MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind project from Dong Energy. Outside the energy space, the team assisted key client Pfizer with various regulatory matters: as well as advising on different aspects of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the team also advised on environmental liability issues arising from a supplier contract concerning manufacturing operations in a developing country. Senior associate James Shepherd specialises in emissions trading work, renewable energy projects, energy regulation, and the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions and projects.

The practice at Dentons is noted for its ‘sound legal advice on a wide range of environmental matters’, and the team enjoys a strong following in the oil and gas, and waste sectors. Practice head Stephen Shergold, who is ‘capable of combining technical and strategic positioning’, advised World Fuel Services on the cross-border acquisition of ExxonMobil’s aviation fuelling operations. In other transactional highlights, Sam Boileau provided environmental advice to the Greater London Authority on its acquisition of land at a derelict former Ford factory plant in East London; Boileau also assisted Marshall Motor Group with its acquisition of Ridgeway Garages. Boileau was also active in the corporate reporting space, where, together with Helen Bowdren, he advised Flextronics on various issues including compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Environmental insurance is another key specialism; Shergold regularly assists AIG with claims brought under environmental insurance policies, as well as the underwriting of specialist warranty and indemnity insurance policies on acquisitions. Eleanor Reeves joined Ashurst.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘excellent team has many years of experience, delivering quality advice with a firm grasp of business realities’. The impressive contentious practice features a number of key figures, including John Blain, Paul Bowden and Jonathan Isted, who are regularly involved in defending clients in litigation arising from breaches of product regulations or pollution. On the non-contentious side, counsel and nuclear specialist Vanessa Jakovich regularly advises on the environmental aspects of transactions, and on the consenting and operation of major infrastructure and energy projects. The practice is particularly known for its work on behalf of international energy companies, such as Urenco Group and Equion Energia.

Linklaters LLP’s ‘depth of expertise is unmatched’; the team’s wide-ranging workload covers environmental regulations and compliance issues, as well as strategic advice in respect of sustainability and climate change. The team is particularly well regarded for its transactional expertise, where it ‘brings a pragmatic and commercially informed approach to the environmental aspects of M&A transactions’; in one recent highlight practice head Vanessa Havard-Williams |(who has ‘an exceptional ability to provide insight and clarity in complex situations’) advised National Grid on the environmental aspects of the sale of four distribution networks as part of a hive-down and share sale. Harvard-Williams was also busy in the international project finance space; she advised International Finance Corporation, as well as a consortium of other export credit agencies and lenders, on the environmental risks arising from a rail corridor in Mozambique and Malawi, which will link a major coal mine to the coast. Other key players in the team include Chris Staples, who advised International Finance Corporation on the issuance of a forest bond, and managing associate Rachel Barrett, who is ‘superb at facilitating challenging meetings and a great communicator’.

Baker McKenzie’s practice has particular strength in product stewardship and climate change law, and the team acts for a range of international businesses including Google and Mattel. In 2016 Graham Stuart, who leads the practice, advised across the full spectrum of EU and UK law in areas such as chemicals, restricted substances, hazardous substances, waste electrical and electronic equipment, toys, biocidal products, and product ecodesign and energy efficiency. In the climate change space, the team regularly advises on global investments in emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, and on voluntary carbon offsetting projects. Senior associate Rachel Barlow is the other main contact.

Burges Salmon LLP’s Bristol-based practice has a strong contentious offering; the team regularly defends businesses in civil claims for environmental nuisance, particularly in the energy sector. Simon Tilling is defending a client in High Court proceedings for alleged noise nuisance from a wind turbine. Head of practice Michael Barlow specialises in flooding claims and is acting for Great Yarmouth Port Company in litigation against Great Yarmouth Port Authority relating to losses allegedly caused by the construction of an outer harbour at Great Yarmouth. In the non-contentious space, Tilling provided environmental advice to an international microelectronics manufacturer in relation to the sale of a high-tech manufacturing business, and Ross Fairley assisted key client RWE with the disposal of Willington Power Station to Calon Energy. Ian Salter is well known for his regulatory expertise in the nuclear sector.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice handles regulatory and transactional work, as well as criminal and civil litigation, and has a particular focus on the energy and industrials sectors. In 2016 the team noted an increase in environmental-related litigation; recent work includes acting for new client Transocean on regulatory and liability matters arising from the grounding of the 17,000-tonne Winner oil rig, which ran aground on the Western Isles. Another fruitful source of work was the nuclear sector, where the team was active on behalf of clients such as Exelon. Transactional highlights included representing SABMiller on the environmental and regulatory issues relating to its divestment of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime businesses to Asahi, and assisting EDF with its acquisition of the Studsvik nuclear waste treatment business, including its waste facility in Warrington. Head of practice Louise Moore and consultant Gary Cassidy are the main contacts.

Leigh Day is well known in the market as a ‘leading claimant firm for public law environmental challenges’, and the team is involved in many of the most high-profile environmental cases, both nationally and abroad. Daniel Leader focuses on international work and is acting for the Ogale and Bille communities in claims against Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Nigeria relating to damage suffered from oil spillages in the Niger Delta. On the UK front, Richard Stein was active in various judicial review claims seeking to overturn local authority grants of planning for fracking. Stein’s other work included acting for ClientEarth and DG Cars in a potential claim against the Secretary of State for Transport for failure to adhere to EU regulations on vehicle emissions. Other names to note include Sean Humber, who is acting in a series of cases relating to serious health risks posed by environmental tobacco smoke, and Shanta Martin, who has ‘pursued groundbreaking claims to secure justice for victims of modern slavery in the UK’. Martyn Day heads the department.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘knowledgeable and committed’ team focuses on large infrastructure and energy projects, substantial remediation and redevelopment projects, and regulatory advice. The ‘highly experiencedCaroline May heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates; recent work includes advising Dagenham Dock on its purchase of a former Ford stamping and tooling site in Essex from the Ford Motor Company, and continuing to advise DP World London Gateway on environmental liabilities arising from the site acquisition and implementation of the largest remediation and ecology programme in Europe. The practice continued to see an increase in instructions relating to product regulation, recall and safety, and in one highlight May is assisting Tokyo Electron Europe in relation to the negotiation of its sales contracts with its international customers. Consultant Jacqui O’Keeffe is ‘adept at understanding critical aspects of the work’ and has particular expertise in the waste sector, where she advises clients on regulatory and commercial matters arising from the trans-frontier shipment of waste. Lucy Bruce Jones was promoted to of counsel.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice benefits from the firm’s impressive roster of construction and engineering contractor clients, which includes AMEC Foster Wheeler and Balfour Beatty; the team acted for Morgan Sindall on environmental permitting issues in relation to its construction site at Bryngwyn Cattle Market. Practice head Georgie Messent specialises in the waste sector and in 2016 assisted waste companies both in relation to litigation, including a significant nuisance action, as well as on various transactional matters; in one example of the latter, Messent acted for Cory Environmental Group and its fund managers on the sale of its municipal waste business, Cory Environmental Municipal Services, to Biffa Waste Services. In other transactional highlights, Messent advised Deloitte on environmental risks and liabilities in relation to the sale of Evolve Polymers to Plastipak, and also assisted AMC Entertainment with its £921m acquisition of Odeon & UCI Cinema Group.

In 2016, Reed Smith LLP secured Hewlett Packard as a new client, which it assisted with a number of product stewardship matters including advising on REACH and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) compliance, as well as on labelling and packaging. The team was also busy in the emissions trading space, where its ‘willingness to engage as a legal expert in the context of a multi-stakeholder debate is exceptional’. Practice head Nicholas Rock advised GE Capital Aviation Services on EU and wider global proposals to combat the aviation sector's greenhouse gas emissions. In other highlights, Rock handled a number of matters for key client Koppers UK, including the sale of two large industrial facilities in the UK, as well as a soil and groundwater investigation at a chemicals production and testing facility. In an illustration of Rock’s expertise in brownfield redevelopment, he continued to advise Commercial Estates Group on the environmental remediation of its Kirkstall Forge urban redevelopment project. Senior associate Adam Hedley ‘delivers detailed knowledge in an appropriate way’.

Travers Smith LLP’s team is praised for its ‘clear, pragmatic advice that is sensitive to the way corporate governance works’. The practice has a particularly strong reputation for product stewardship, where it regularly acts for clients such as Nike and Greatbatch; in one recent example, the team advised Specialized Bicycle Components on various EU environmental regimes relating to electronic waste, packaging waste, and general product safety. The team was also busy in the transactional space; highlights included advising on a number of corporate and property deals, including supporting Ancala Partners on the acquisition of more than 100MW of ground-mounted solar PV development sites, and assisting Breedon Aggregates with its acquisition of Hope Construction Materials. Practice head Doug Bryden and senior associate Carl Boeuf, are ‘both excellent; apart from their expert legal knowledge, they listen to the client and take time in asking questions to gain a full understanding of the facts’.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a strong focus on environmental compliance and liability issues arising from contaminated land, water pollution and waste, and Thames Water Utilities remains a key client of the practice. Aidan Thomson acted for said client on a number of mandates including continuing to advise on the environmental aspects of the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project. In another environmental compliance matter, Thomson is assisting a government authority with its discussions with the Environment Agency over the renewal of an environmental permit for a type of waste material. Thomson is also noted as being ‘extremely knowledgeable in the field of environmental impairment liability insurance and connected matters’, where he regularly acts for clients such as AIG and International Underwriting Association. The practice also leverages the firm’s substantial commercial property offering to advise on a range of real estate transactions; recent highlights include advising Perryman Properties on all environmental issues in relation to the acquisition of Discovery Park from a joint venture, and assisting BlackRock UK Property Fund with the sale of a portfolio of 20 non-strategic UK assets to Westbrook Partners.

DLA Piper’s ‘market-leading’ practice stands out for its ‘industry knowledge, and extensive experience of dealing with regulatory agencies’. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock, who is praised for her ‘ability to quickly digest and understand complicated technical issues and communicate clearly and effectively’, has particular expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects. Her recent work includes assisting Unilever with an overview of the key environmental risks relevant to its European business, and acting for Heineken UK in relation to an incident at a manufacturing site that led to a chemical loss to a nearby watercourse. Also in Sheffield is legal director Alistair Clough, who continued to provide specialist environmental and remediation advice to Grant Thornton in its capacity as administrators of J G Ambergate. The team is also noted for its expertise in criminal investigations brought by the Environment Agency, with Leeds-based Stuart Ponting the name to note in this respect. Roy Tozer departed for Shoosmiths LLP.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice is led by Catherine Howard, who assists with regulatory and consenting issues for a large number of infrastructure projects including nuclear powers stations and interconnectors; Howard is advising Cuadrilla Resources on environmental issues arising from fracking, and most recently acted for the company on obtaining additional permits for greenhouse gas emissions. ‘Very competent’ senior associate Julie Vaughan was also busy in the energy space; her work included acting for a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor on all aspects of the acquisition and development of a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant project in Kent, and representing two bidding consortia in the auction for a majority joint venture stake in the remaining gas distribution network assets of National Grid Gas. Litigator John Ogilvie leads on environmental disputes.

Level of service is excellent’ at Latham & Watkins, where the team provides environmental advice on a high volume of cross-border transactional mandates for the firm’s impressive international client base; recent examples include acting for Onex Corporation in connection with its $1.4bn acquisition of Parkdean Resorts, and assisting Emerson Electric with its $1.2bn sale of Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques to Nidec. The team also successfully acted for Royal Dutch Shell and a Nigerian subsidiary on a major piece of litigation, and in the debt capital markets space, advised Volvo Cars on a €500m senior notes issuance. Other areas of work include management of contaminated land, the insurance of environmental risk, climate change, asbestos and waste management issues. Practice head Paul Davies and counsel Michael Green are both praised for their ‘practical advice on environmental indemnity issues’.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s team advises across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, biotechnology, chemicals, insurance and real estate. Practice head Michael Hutchinson is particularly noted for his transactional expertise, where he ‘combines technical excellence with the ability to provide commercial and pragmatic advice’; his recent work includes advising Beazley Furlonge on the environmental risks involved with the acquisition of three UK-based concrete pumping businesses, and assisting H.I.G. Capital on the acquisition and financing of two regional shopping centres in Newbury and in Bradford. In the capital markets space, Hutchinson acted for Oxford BioDynamics on its admission to AIM. The team is also experienced in handling carbon litigation, in particular cases arising from the EU Commission’s decision to introduce a cross-sectoral correction factor to reduce the number of free carbon credits available to non-electricity generating companies. Brookfield, Dow Chemicals Group and Solvay are also clients.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s Bristol-based practice continues to impress in the renewables space, where it advises on a variety of technologies including solar, wind, biomass, waste and landfill gas. In one highlight, the team advised Oxford Capital Partners on its acquisition and development of a large portfolio of farm-based anaerobic digestion projects in England and Wales. Legal director Matthew Germain was particularly busy, handling a range of mandates including product stewardship, Environment Agency investigations and corporate transactions; Germain is currently acting for Northacre Renewable Energy on the environmental aspects arising from the construction and development of a merchant energy from waste project in Westbury, Wiltshire. The practice also enjoys a strong housebuilder following; Germain assisted clients such as Taylor Wimpey and Barrett Homes with environmental matters concerning the acquisition and sale of land. Alan John heads the team.

At Simmons & Simmons, specialist areas include dirty site development, energy (with a particular focus on renewables) and waste and water, and the team serves a good spread of domestic and international clients. Recent highlights include acting for Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) on securing environmental permits (including permitting for water abstraction) for a paperboard mill, and assisting Energy China with its preparations for entering the UK energy and energy from waste market. Practice head Steven McNab has strong expertise in the solar sector, where he advised British Solar Renewables on regulatory issues relating to the design and structure of Bradenstoke Solar Farm at RAF Lyneham. The team’s caseload extends to product stewardship and real estate transactions: McNab and senior associate Sarah-Jane Denton advised Avaya on two matters relating to hazardous substances in products, and also acted for APG Rechtenbeheer on the purchase of part of the former Olympic Village at Stratford.

Ashurst’s team is ‘very strong in the cross-over between commercial and environment’, with corporate specialist Nick Stalbow singled out for his work on high-quality PFI, waste and energy from waste work; Stalbow acted for Wheelabrator Technologies in relation to the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a combined heat and power energy from waste facility in Kemsley, England. The practice underwent some change at the top, with counsel Eleanor Reeves – who is ‘excellent on the detail of environmental law and regulation, and a good lateral thinker’ – joining from Dentons to replace Andrew Waite as head of the practice. Reeves’s expertise in enforcement matters has added additional depth to the team; her recent highlights include acting for a global industrial operator following pollution of a watercourse adjacent to one of the client's UK industrial facilities. In other highlights, the team advised China General Nuclear Power Corporation on the environmental aspects of various deals including its investment into Hinkley Point C, as well as a joint venture designed to bring Chinese nuclear technology to the UK for future projects.

For one observer BLM is ‘amongst the leading firms in the field of representing liability insurers covering pollution or contamination claims’, and the team continued to be highly active defending claims for the likes of XL Insurance and QBE. The practice is also adept in the defence of criminal prosecutions, where it serves waste and water operators such as Viridor Waste Management and South West Water. Other avenues of work include advice on policy wording, regulatory advice and assistance with environmental permitting. Michael Salau heads the practice and is a ‘good strategist and team leader’.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is possibly best known for its contaminated land and waste work, especially for clients in the manufacturing and chemical industries; recent examples include advising a major pharmaceuticals company on a waste classification matter and in relation to the discharge of waste water in the UK. The team was also active on a range of corporate deals, including assisting GKN with environmental issues arising in respect of the sale of certain significant businesses and assets to Altra Industrial Motion, and acting for Imperial Innovations Group and Abingworth Management on the sale of SIW Holdings to Stryker Corporation. Cate Sharp leads the team.

Jones Day’s ‘quick, highly knowledgeable and efficient’ team provided environmental advice on a number of significant cross-border deals, including acting for Total on the $3.2bn sale of its chemical business to The Carlyle Group, and assisting Guardian Digital Communications Holdings, Guardian Digital Communications and Airwave Solutions with the sale of Airwave Solutions to Motorola. The team was also active in the real estate space, where it acted for British Car Auctions on the sale and leaseback and development of a new British Car Auctions auction facility at Perry Barr, Birmingham. Other areas of expertise include environmental permit applications and appeals, waste and water resources laws, infrastructure project issues, and EU product regulations. Practice head Chris Papanicolaou is praised for his ‘high-quality and tailored advice’.

At K&L Gates LLP, practice head Scott Megregian handles a wide range of EU regulations, and has particular expertise in REACH issues. In 2016 he was active on a number of appeals before the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal, including successfully representing Emerald Performance Materials Kalama Chemicals in its appeal of an ECHA decision regarding compliance of the client’s registration dossier and additional animal testing required by ECHA. Megregian also advised International Molybdenum Association on the removal of molybdenum from the Chemicals of High Concern to Children list under the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act. Planning specialist Feroze Abbas, who heads the practice with Megregian, focuses on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, including environmental permits and compliance, and contaminated land liability.

Consultant Nigel Price heads the team at Macfarlanes LLP, which has handled a range of M&A deals across sectors such as global consumer product manufacturing and fuel terminals. Highlights included acting for Caledonia Investments on the environmental aspects of the sale of Park Holidays to Tiger Bidco, and advising key client 3i on the £300m sale of Mayborn Group to Shanghai Jahwa. The practice draws on the firm’s strong commercial property offering to advise clients such as Legal and General and Stanhope on real estate acquisitions, issues arising from the contaminated land regime and off-site migration of pollution, waste law and permitting, and the regulatory and transactional aspects of energy efficiency and climate change legislation.

In 2016 Slaughter and May’s team was particularly busy advising on the environmental aspects of M&A stemming from the energy and infrastructure sectors; newly promoted senior counsel Samantha Brady advised Centrica on the £423m joint sale, with its 50% joint venture partner, of the Glens of Foudland, Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms to a consortium. It also acted for Global Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its 75% interest in London City Airport to a consortium comprising AIMCo, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Wren House Infrastructure Management. The team was also busy on behalf of key client Tata Steel, advising said client on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Longs Steel UK Limited, to Greybull Capital. Richard Todd heads the practice.

Squire Patton Boggs’s practice has a ‘high degree of technical ability’ and is ‘regularly instructed on high profile environmental matters’; Manchester-based Rob Elvin, who leads the team, defended Taylor Wimpey in a 24-party toxic tort group action brought by the residents of a former gasworks in Willenhall. In another highlight, Elvin successfully acted for Wasteology in an appeal against a notice served by the Environment Agency to revoke its operator’s environmental permit in respect of its waste management facility. The team also has a presence in Birmingham, where ‘excellent all-rounderDavid Gordon specialises in contaminated land, environmental permitting and REACH. Legal director Anita Lloyd (also in Birmingham) continued to advise American Greetings on a range of product regulations including Packaging Waste Regulations, WEEE and Toys Safety Regulations.

Stephenson Harwood’s practice is led by the ‘dynamicBen Stansfield, who has ‘excellent client-handling skills and a very no-nonsense approach’. The team’s experience encompasses a range of areas including advising developers of energy infrastructure projects, in particular low carbon power generation, on environmental matters; in one example, Stansfield is acting for North London Waste Authority on a project to build an Energy Recovery Facility in north London. Other work encompasses advising real estate acquirors on contaminated land issues and corporate transactional due diligence; and assisting multinational industrial companies with legal obligations imposed by EU Directives and Regulations. The team also advises on criminal prosecutions for breach of environmental law.

Bird & Bird LLP’s team provides ‘a reliably prompt service’ under the leadership of associate Joanna Ketteley, whose ‘professionalism is matched by a friendly, easy and helpful disposition’. Ketteley focuses on product compliance and producer responsibility, but also handles energy management work and corporate transactional matters. Other areas of expertise include advising on environmental legislation registers and analyses for clients.

Clyde & Co LLP’s varied client base includes SMEs, FTSE-listed corporates, partnerships and public bodies, and the team also acts for insurers such as Aviva and Axa. The practice is probably best known for its defence of criminal prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency, with Manchester-based Rod Hunt the main contact in this regard. Also in Manchester is regulatory specialist Chris Morrison, who recently handled a major pollution case for a farming partnership. In 2016 the practice advised a number of clients on contaminated land issues including asbestos removal and management. Newcastle-based James Thompson left for Woods Whur.

Planning and environment boutique Harrison Grant is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge of the relevant environmental legal framework’. Key players include Andrew Wiseman, who has ‘an unrivalled knowledge of contaminated land legislation and regulation’, ‘very effective litigator’ Kate Harrison, who focuses on claimant work, and judicial review specialist Susan Ring, who joined as part of the firm’s merger with Richard Buxton’s London office. Wiseman advised various local authorities including Wolverhampton City Council on contaminated land issues and also successfully acted for Crystalvale Kennels on the withdrawal of a noise abatement notice. Harrison is acting for WWF Germany in challenging a decision of the Marine Stewardship Council in relation to the sustainability of fishing the Orange Roughie in and around New Zealand waters. Greenpeace and Ecotricity are also clients of the practice.

Kennedys’ regulatory defence team focuses on advising clients who are being investigated by the Environment Agency in the aftermath of pollution incidents, including category 1 fires and water pollution events; Kier Group, Morrison Utilities and Thames Water are all clients of the practice. Practice head David Wright and Daniel McShee are recommended.

Shoosmiths LLP substantially enhanced its offering with a number of key lateral hires including Angus Evers, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons, and Birmingham-based Roy Tozer, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP. Evers’ recent caseload includes advising Epiris Managers on compliance issues relating to its funds’ participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, and assisting St Modwen Developments on the negotiation of an agreement with the Secretary of State for Transport dealing with historic environmental liabilities at a site in Birmingham that is being acquired for the HS2 High Speed Rail Project. Tozer and newly promoted partner Hayley Saunders (also in Birmingham) focus on investigations and prosecutions by environmental regulators.

According to one client, White & Case LLP is ‘one of the premium providers of environmental legal advice in a transactional context, and particularly for international finance involving export credit agencies’. Recent highlights include acting for a lending consortium including Banco de Chile on the project financing for the development of a 600km electricity transmission line interconnecting the Sistema Interconectado Central and the Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande in Chile, and advising Kraton Performance Polymers in the $1.37bn acquisition of Arizona Chemical Holdings. Counsel Tallat Hussain has ‘excellent knowledge of environmental and social standards applicable to international trade and financing, and crafts practical solutions in the challenging context of large-scale multi-party projects’.

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