Environment in London
Allen & Overy LLP provides regulatory advice on environmental liabilities and assists with environmental approvals for the import of chemical substances. The firm also advises on climate change risk assessment and the implementation of internal compliance programmes, as well as on environmental sustainability reporting. The firm regularly liaises with clients from the fossil energy, nuclear power, manufacturing, mining and renewable energy sectors. Practice head Matthew Townsend's areas of expertise include chemicals regulation, product recovery and recycling, and M&A transactions and projects in the energy and power sectors.
‘The practice is very knowledgeable in environmental law’
‘Matthew Townsend has good technical knowledge and provides focused, practical advice’
‘Matt Townsend is exceptionally commercial. He is an expert in environmental law and a skilled negotiator’
Trans Adriatic Pipeline
W. L. Gore
- Providing ongoing regulatory advice to Horizon Nuclear, including on permitting issues connected to the development of the Horizon new-build nuclear power plant in the UK.
- Assisting Allnex in connection with various environmental issues connected to its disposal of the Silvertown industrial site in London.
- Providing advice to Rio Tinto in regards to the impact of Brexit on its product registrations under the EU’s REACH chemical regulations.
- Advising Hydomine Inc on the 1,800 MW Grand Eweng hydroelectric project in Cameroon, the fourth largest dam in Africa on the Sanaga river.
- Advising Lubrizol on various issues associated with the EU’s Biocides Regulation and REACH related to cross-jurisdictional admissions of chemical products.
Burges Salmon LLP focuses on environmental regulatory issues for businesses. The practice is also experienced in advising on environmental issues arising from contaminated land, energy efficiency measures and environmental compliance in the real estate sector. Team head Michael Barlow specialises in flooding claims; Ian Salter has expertise in clean up, decommissioning and nuclear liability; and Ross Fairley assists infrastructure, waste and energy clients charged with environmental offences. The firm’s clients are active in industries such as transport and infrastructure, the public sector, and the nuclear, fossil and renewable energy sectors.
‘Burges Salmon has a strong environmental practice with experienced partners and associates. The team is proactive and provides excellent updates on recent developments’
‘The practice has an amazing strength in depth, and all team members are exceptional’
‘This is a great and genuinely international environment practice’
‘Michael Barlow is a very experienced environmental lawyer with a particular interest in water-related issues. He cuts to the nub of an issue quickly and is a good problem solver’
‘Michael Barlow is a great communicator. It is easy to discuss complex issues with him’
Canal & River Trust
Thermo Fisher Scientific
John Lewis Partnership
The National Trust
- Advised Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution, resulting in the largest enforcement undertaking accepted by the Environment Agency worth £1m
- Advised GEO Specialty Chemicals on a novel appeal to the First Tier Tribunal on an issue arising from its climate change agreement
- Assisting First Greater Western with the client’s defence of statutory noise nuisance proceedings arising from its operations at its Reading depot
- Acted for CNSL Consortium on an appeal before the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency regarding a £1m programme of product testing for environmental and safety reasons
- Advised waste management company Hazrem Environment on an environmental permitting appeal addressing air quality and Welsh environmental law
Clifford Chance LLP provides regulatory advice regarding environmental regulation, assists with the environmental aspects of infrastructure and development projects, and provides environmental input on M&A transactions. The firm is also experienced in providing dispute resolution and litigation advice in relation to environmental issues and transactions. Practice head Nigel Howorth is especially active in the corporate and energy sectors and is experienced in drafting and negotiating environmental indemnities as well as environmental insurance policies.
Horizon Nuclear Power
Canary Wharf Group
Global Infrastructure Partners
- Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the £4.5bn acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project
- Advising Horizon Nuclear Power on the planning, highways and environmental aspects of the development of a new generation of nuclear facilities
- Advised Pfizer on environmental and health and safety regulations regarding the company’s business operations in the pharmaceutical industry
- Advised Iberdrola as the owner of Scottish Power on the £702m sale of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired power generation assets to Drax Group
- Advising an investment company on regulatory developments in the wind and energy sector
CMS assists with environmental reporting, energy efficiency and sustainable development in the real estate, finance, water processing, infrastructure and transport sectors. The practice is also experienced in advising on the environmental and energy labelling of consumer products as well as on environmental permitting in the real estate and construction sector. Practice head Paul Sheridan advises on environment-related disputes; Olivia Jamison has expertise in plastics restrictions, greenwashing and ecodesign; and Valentina Keys advises on energy efficiency measures, shipment of waste and maritime environment law.
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Royal Bank of Canada
- Providing various corporations from the electronics, consumer products and energy industries with regulatory advice on the interface between Brexit and environmental law
- Providing various corporations from the consumer products, electronics and chemicals tech industries with regulatory advice on the cross-border environmental law aspects of product stewardship, chemicals and environmental regimes
- Advising sellers on the environmental aspects associated with the £130m share sale investment of the companies which owned and previously operated Barking Power Station
- Advised an energy-from-waste client on whether it was entitled to renewable heat incentives regarding its energy-from-waste proposals
- Provided a waste management client with legal opinion on whether the client was obliged to out its entire existing operations into buildings under environmental permitting law
Dentons handles environment-related transactions and provides regulatory advice. The firm is also experienced in defending allegations of environmental breaches. Practice head Stephen Shergold is ‘relentless in his evaluation and formulation of key strategies’ and specialises in the environmental regulations concerning oil and gas extraction, waste, and food production. The practice also advises on the sale and purchase of contaminated land and sites, and handles the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.
‘Dentons has the ability to identify and build a cohesive argument associated with key areas of vulnerabilities or ambiguity which has allowed them to highlight their technical knowledge and keen ability to bring strong arguments to address key stakeholders and their environmental responsibilities’
‘A dynamic and energetic team that works well individually and collectively’
Royal Mail Group
Group 1 Automotive UK Limited
Avis Budget Group
World Fuel Services
Hills Waste Management Solutions
- Advised CK Holdings on the environmental aspects of the €6.2bn agreement to acquire Magneti Marelli
- Advising Aprirose on environmental liability and operational risk issues concerning the client’s share purchase of OHotels
- Provided Solera with cross-jurisdictional advice regarding new European emissions data requirements
- Advising manufacturer Terex on exit strategies for a contaminated site with a £20m clean up exposure
- Advised insurance company Channel Syndicate on regulatory and land liability risks associates with insuring an exploration and production business in Gabon
Leigh Day advises claimants domestically as well as internationally on contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. The practice assists with class-action lawsuits concerning chronic land and water contamination caused by oil and gas companies. Martyn Day is experienced in advising on the right to access water and claims arising from toxic waste dumping. Other areas of expertise involve wildlife and nature conservation as well as environment-related advice on infrastructure planning. Clients include local farming and fishing communities as well as indigenous communities living in proximity to mines and oil fields.
Richard Meeran; Sean Humber
Other key lawyers:
Martyn Day; Daniel Leader
Dominic Lungowe & Ors
The Ogale Community, Nigeria
The Bille Community, Nigeria
The Bodo Community clean-up claim, Nigeria
Cerrejon coal mine victims group action, Colombia
Friends of the Earth
Talk Fracking and Harthill Against Fracking
Emily Shirley v Canterbury City Council
Dr Mark Avery
- Advising 1,800 members of four communities in the copper belt region of Zambia on pollution caused by the mining activities of Konkola Copper Mines
- Advising the Ogale Community on a claim brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC relating to land and water contamination
- Advising the Bille fishing community consisting of 2,300 members on environmental damages caused by Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC
- Advising 15,000 individuals of the Bodo community on the destruction of the mangrove habitat arising from two oil spills in 2008 caused by Royal Dutch Shell
- Advising two indigenous communities living in the vicinity of the Carrejon opencast coal mine in Colombia on water pollution and air contamination caused by UK mining companies
Linklaters LLP provides regulatory advice on health and safety regulations and compliance with EU regulations. The firm also assists with the construction of green buildings and the installation of energy efficient low carbon energy technologies, and advises on trading schemes for environmental commodities. Practice head Vanessa Havard-Williams specialises in international soft law sustainability standards, and the drafting and negotiation of environmental and social contracts. Rachel Barrett was promoted to partner in May 2018 and regularly assists with project development and the financing aspects of energy projects.
Other key lawyers:
- Advising Linde on the environmental aspects of the client’s $90bn merger with Praxair, which creates the largest industrial gas group worldwide
- Advising Unilever on the €6.8bn auction sale of the client’s global spread business, which involves advice on separating various business from a health, safety and environmental perspective
- Advised ThyssenKrupp in relation to the environmental and health and safety aspects of a proposed joint venture with Tata Steel, which involved the analysis of potential decommissioning liabilities associated with certain sites such as Port Talbot
- Advising Bahrain Petroleum Company on the environmental and social aspects of the financing of the expansion and modernisation of a refinery in Bahrain
- Advised Cummins on the environmental aspects of a bid for the acquisition of General Electric Company’s distributed power business, which included carrying out due diligence and analysis of contamination issues
Baker McKenzie has expertise in EU environmental law, including contaminated land, waste regulation and water pollution, as well as environmental liability in transactions and projects. The firm is also experienced in handling matters regarding climate change law, emissions trading and product-related environmental compliance work. Practice head Graham Stuart focuses on operational environmental, health and safety matters for industrial and manufacturing facilities.
- Advised Dyson on a challenge against EU rules on energy labelling for vacuum cleaners
- Advised Hitachi on the environmental aspects of the $11bn acquisition of a power grid business from the engineering group ABB
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP assists real estate investors, insurers and utilities companies with regulatory issues regarding environmental compliance and liability, contaminated land, water pollution and waste water treatment. Other areas of expertise include environmental permitting issues. Practice co-head Aidan Thomson ‘is a great communicator’ and ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ in advising on environmental litigation and environmental liability in the context of corporate and property transactions.
Aidan Thomson; Tim Heller
‘The team is great to work with, very responsive, incredibly efficient and understands the commercial mindset’
‘The practice is technically excellent, provides sound advice, and – importantly – consists of great people to work with. It is reassuring to know that the team has a wealth of experience in advising on some of the biggest and most complex projects and matters’
‘The team has great experience in advising on environmental liability’
International Underwriting Association
BlackRock UK Property Fund
Unite UK Student Accommodation
- Advising Thames Water Utilities on the environmental aspects of the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project
- Advising Angel Trains in relation to environmental liabilities and responsibilities as the lessor of rail rolling stock
- Advising members of the International Underwriting Association on the UK environmental liability issues considered by the committee, ranging from contaminated land and water pollution to environmental permitting, civil sanctions and prosecutions
- Advising Ancala Partners on the environmental aspects of the £150m acquisition of the water and waste water service provider Aquatrine Package A from Kelda Water Services
- Advising Plockmatic International on contaminated land, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance as well as landlord and tenant environmental liabilities in relation to the acquisition of booklet-making systems developer Watkiss
Pinsent Masons LLP regularly assists with environmental transactions as well as with regulatory and litigation matters. The firm also provides advice on energy projects, including on regulatory, project, and carbon and energy efficiency issues. Practice head Georgie Messent has expertise in regulations, transactions and disputes in the waste and manufacturing sectors, including arbitrations on treatment outputs.
Viridor Waste Management
AMEC Foster Wheeler
DCC Environmental UK
GWE UK Opco
- Advising Cory Environmental Holdings on an application under the Planning Act 2008 for the £500m Riverside Energy Park in London
- Providing Drax Power with regulatory advice relating to the re-power project at the Drax Power Station site, which involves guidance on environmental decommissioning and permitting requirements, such the consideration of insolvency issues on environmental permitting and clean-up obligations
- Advised Aviva Investors on a £130m investment in a Rolls-Royce site in Ansty, which involved advice on environmental liability and the negotiation of environmental provisions
- Advised Biffa Waste Services on the client’s share acquisition of Weir Waste Services, which involved regulatory advice regarding potential environment liabilities
- Advised Flogas Britain on the acquisition of the liquefied petroleum gas supply business of Countrywide Farmers, which involved sector-specific regulatory advice
Reed Smith LLP
The practice at Reed Smith LLP handles both domestic and international contentious and non-contentious environmental work. The firm also advises on global product compliance, regulations and sustainability, as well as on environmental compliance in the energy and chemicals sectors. The team is also experienced in handling environmental work in the offshore energy and maritime sectors. Practice head Nicholas Rock advises on water pollution and air quality issues, while senior associate Adam Hedley assists with climate finance and emissions trading.
Other key lawyers:
‘A team of professionals who are experts in environmental law, with a wide network of offices capable of dealing with work in different countries depending on the needs of clients.
‘Thanks to their knowledge of environmental issues, the team is are able to answer clients’ problems or questions quickly and resolutely.’
‘Nicholas Rock, Jennifer Travers and Adam Hedley are very easy to work with – great environmental experts and very pleasant.’
Travers Smith LLP is especially active in advising on environmental transactions, environmental regulations regarding manufacturing and chemicals, and governance and risk management processes. The firm also handles environmental product compliance work and product liability disputes, and assists with claims alleging cross-jurisdictional parent company liability for the breach of environmental regulations. Practice head Doug Bryden is 'a star in his field' and a specialist in carbon reporting, renewable energy and contaminated land cases.
Arjun Infrastructure Partners
- Advising Ancala Midstream Acquisitions Limited (AMAL) on the environmental and regulatory aspects of the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation system pipeline (SAGE) and the Beryl gas pipeline
- Advising Ancala Partners on the acquisition of a licensed UK water supply company
- Advised Breedon Group on the environmental and safety aspects of the £455m acquisition of Lagan Group
- Advised Basalt Infrastructure Partners on the disposal of the client’s interest in Alkane Energy to Infinis Energy Management, a generator of landfill gas
- Advised Bridgepoint on a collaboration with Burger King, which included the production of an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report
Ashurst advises clients active in the defence, energy, infrastructure, waste and chemical sectors, and is experienced in advising on the acquisition of power plants. The team regularly assists with environmental approval strategies, investigations, due diligence and compliance-related issues. Other areas of expertise include the drafting of environmental reports regarding the construction and purchase of infrastructural sites, and counsel Eleanor Reeves regularly advises on environmental and safety regulatory regimes.
‘Ashurst has a tremendous knowledge base in the environmental field. The team operates to very high standards and with great attention to detail whilst at the same time being very approachable and attentive’
‘The practice takes care to understand the client’s needs and to build a client relationship that ensures a full understanding of the issues the client is facing. The team manages to create an environment of trust and a feeling of being in the best hands’
- Advised SIMEC Atlantis Energy on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of SIMENC Uskmouth Power from the client
- Advising Westfield UK Property Development on the purchase of land from Network Rail for the client’s Westfield Stratford Development, which involves the negotiation of environmental provisions in property documents
- Advising OMV on a $540m joint venture with the oil and gas company Sapura Energy, which involves the negotiation of environmental warranties and indemnities in the transaction documents
- Advised lenders including National Westminster Bank, HSBC UK and Barclays on the £174m refinancing of a biomass and landfill gas portfolio owned by Octopus Investment, which involved environmental due diligence and advice on the most suitable environmental permitting pathway for the technology and facilities
- Advised Dalmore Capital, Fiera Infrastructure, Semperian PPP Investment Partners and Swiss Life Asset Managers on the acquisition of Cory Riverside Energy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has expertise in the energy sector, particularly in nuclear law and the consumer products sector. The firm regularly provides regulatory advice on the environmental aspects of real estate and infrastructure projects, including on the construction of renewable, fossil and nuclear energy plants. The practice also specialises in advising on nuclear transport, environmental crime and regulations regarding component supply. Jonathan Isted and Vanessa Jakovich are the key contacts.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP possesses expertise in oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy, and environment-related disputes. The firm provides regulatory compliance advice and assists with matters such as contaminated land and climate change liability, as well as advising on environment-related matters arising from Brexit. Senior associate Julie Vaughan advises on transactional and project development matters in the energy projects, transport, retail and water treatment sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘The very commercial team demonstrates a great dedication to the client’
‘The practice has an excellent focus on the client’s requirements and achieves the best results possible’
- Advising Cuadrilla Resources on environmental regulations regarding fracking
- Providing BP with regulatory advice regarding the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and the environmental impact of resource extraction on water
- Advised Severn Trent on environmental due diligence regarding the £120m acquisition of anaerobic digestion plant owner and operator Agrivert
- Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition and development of a string of biomass-fired combined heat and power plant projects
- Carried out environmental and health and safety due diligence for Gardner Aerospace Holdings regarding the acquisition of the client by Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources
Latham & Watkins advises on environmental transactions in the chemicals business and energy sectors, as well as assisting with the establishment of new energy plants. The practice also provides advice on carbon allowances and carbon trading, while other areas of expertise include the provision of regulatory advice relating to Brexit. Practice head Paul Davies has ‘an excellent mind’ and is assisting Chinese environmental regulators with the development of new environmental laws.
‘Forward-looking and highly international’
‘The firm is excellent in developing new areas of law and expertise’
‘A superb and thorough team’
SABIC UK Petrochemicals
The Carlyle Group
LXB Retail Properties
Energy Capital Partners
Royal Dutch Shell
- Advising The Carlyle Group on the analysis of several environment liability regimes in Europe
- Advising Bain Capital Private Equity on the environmental aspects of its agreement to acquire Italmatch Chemicals
- Advised Israel Chemicals on the environmental aspects of the $1bn sale of the client’s fire safety and oil additives business unit to SK Capital Partners
- Advised Energy Capital Partners and Triton Power on closing debt financing with Investec Bank in relation to the combined cycle gas turbine at the Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull
Norton Rose Fulbright advises on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, office redevelopments, and the financing of renewable energy projects. Practice head Caroline May has both contentious and non-contentious experience and specialises in renewable energy and infrastructure projects, as well as in providing regulatory advice regarding health and safety standards. Other areas of expertise include offshore oil and gas plant decommissioning.
Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund
Olympus Luxembourg Holding SCSP
57 Whitehall S.a.r.l (a joint venture between the Hinduja Group and OHL conglomerates)
DP World/London Gateway Port Limited
Crest Nicholson Plc
Europa Capital LLP
Accolade Wines Limited
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Tokyo Electron Europe Limited
Balfour Beatty / Urbaser (as a joint venture)
- Advised a joint venture of institutional investors on the acquisition of the iconic Olympia Exhibition Centre and on the development plans for the property.
- Advised a joint venture between the Hinduja Group and OHL conglomerates on the acquisition and redevelopment of the Old War Office building in Whitehall.
- Advising DP World on the development of the London Gateway Port and Logistics Park, the largest remediation and ecology programme in Europe.
- Providing ongoing environmental advice to Crest Nicholson.
- Advising a consortium of banks on the £950m waste-to-energy PPP project in Derby.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP has expertise in advising real estate developers, energy firms and public sector clients on real estate transactions, site remediation and crisis response in contamination incidents. The firm also advises on remediation and consenting, regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by environmental regulators. Practice head Matthew Germain was promoted to partner in May 2018 and advises on laws concerning climate change, carbon trading and environmental responsibilities in the context of manufacturing processes.
John Laing Environmental Assets Group
Northacre Renewable Energy
Retail Inkjet Solutions
- Advising Northacre Renewable Energy on the development of a £80m energy-from-waste plant in Westbury, which involves environmental matters such as fuel supply agreements and environmental permit arrangements
- Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group on the £36m acquisition of two anaerobic digestion plants, which involved the drafting of feedstock agreements and assistance with environmental permits and compliance matters
Slaughter and May assists with the assessment of environmental risks associated with M&A transactions. The firm is especially active in the renewable, nuclear and fossil energy sectors, including advising on decommissioning liabilities, regulatory matters, and health and safety. Senior counsel Samantha Brady focuses on the infrastructure sector and is experienced in advising on green real estate investments.
Other key lawyers:
Wren House Infrastructure Management
Legal & General
De La Rue
United Utilities Group
Palamon Capital Partners
- Advised Tata Steel on the proposed joint venture with ThyssenKrupp to create a European steel enterprise, which involved environmental advice on contaminated land liabilities and carbon trading and improvement plans
- Advised Ørsted on the proposed disposal of a 50% interest in the Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners, which involved risk assessment regarding environmentally sensitive harbour porpoises and sea birds habitats
- Advised De La Rue on the entry into a strategic agreement with Epiris Fund II in relation to the group’s paper business, which involved advice to minimise exposure to environmental liabilities
- Advised Wren Housing Infrastructure Management on the acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners, which involved negotiations for appropriate contractual safeguards in respect to environmental liabilities for the onshore and offshore assets
- Advised INEOS on environmental challenges arising from the disposal of heavy industrial sites in connection with the sale of INEOS Baleycourt and INEOS ChloroToluenes to Valtris Specialty Chemicals
Hogan Lovells International LLP is experienced in advising on environment-related legal issues arising from recycling and regulatory liabilities. The firm has also expertise in environmental litigation and criminal prosecution, which includes dispute resolution in the fossil energy, retail, agricultural and transport sectors. The firm also advises on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of energy, manufacturing companies and energy plants. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are the key contacts.
Jones Day assists with the assessment of environmental risks relating to M&A transactions and renewable energy projects. Of counsel Chris Papanicolaou heads the practice and specialises in regulatory compliance and environmental liabilities arising in the waste management, construction, mining and automotive sectors. The practice is also experienced in advising on contaminated land transactions, noise and nuisance, environmental liability insurance and water resources laws.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP has expertise in EU environmental regulations and is experienced in advising on the environmental aspects of proposed urban regeneration projects and the assessment of environmental liabilities arising from real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise encompass advice on animal welfare liabilities and the planning of new real estate and infrastructure projects compliant with environmental regulations. Practice head Feroze Abbas specialises in providing environmental and planning advice to government bodies.
Other key lawyers:
Macfarlanes LLP advises clients from the corporate, real estate, infrastructure and financial services sectors, as well as high-net-worth individuals, on environment-related transactions, regulatory issues and disputes. This involves advice on environmental sustainability, energy auditing compliance and regulatory permitting negotiations relating to industry operations. Practice head Nigel Price also assists with the environmental aspects of transactions in the waste management sector, which involves the assessment of regulatory risks arising from the specific type of industrial site operations.
‘The team is pragmatic and offers practical and swift advice. It is clear that the team understand our business and issues which we must overcome’
‘The firm provides competent advice’
‘Nigel Price is very experienced and calm. He is an expert in environmental law’
‘Nigel works hard to get the deal done the way it needs to be done’
Foncière des Murs
Guernsey Recycling Group
Legal & General
- Advising Guernsey Recycling Group on the environmental aspects of the purchase of waste management services business BKP Waste & Recycling, which involved a regulatory risk assessment
- Advising Faccenda Foods on the environmental aspects of the completion of a joint venture with the UK fresh chicken subsidiary of Cargill, including the negotiation of ancillary post-exchange transactions relating to environmental utilities services and regulatory arrangements
- Advised Stanhope on environmental negotiations regarding various property development sites
- Advised Foncière des Murs on the environmental aspects of the £858m purchase of four and five-star hotels from Starwood Capital
- Advised Dana on environmental compliance and due diligence risks regarding the proposed $6.2bn combination with GKN’s driveline business
Mayer Brown International LLP advises clients from the oil and gas, energy, health and safety, biotechnology, chemicals and finance sectors; it also has particular expertise in acting for companies and financial institutions in the real estate, energy and sustainability sectors. The team has experience in advising on environmental regulations and renewables incentives regimes, as well as matters related to emissions trading. Practice head Michael Hutchinson also assist high-net-worth individuals with the environmental aspects of real estate transactions.
Dow Chemicals Group
Klesch & Company
Crosstree Real Estate Partners
Chuang’s China Investments
- Advised Mitie Group on the environmental and safety aspects of the £35m sale of its social housing business to Mears Group
- Advised First Base, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties on the environmental aspects of the disposal of The Silvertown Partnership to a joint venture vehicle established by Lendlease and Starwood Capital
- Advised a private foreign client on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of real estate worth £185m
- Advised Scape on the environmental aspects of the sale and forward funding of a £96m student housing site
- Advised The British Land Company on the environmental aspects of the £103m acquisition of the Woolwich Arsenal Estate
Squire Patton Boggs provides non-contentious environmental advice and is also experienced in regulatory defence work. The firm has particular expertise in waste, producer responsibility, environmental permitting, fracking and the contaminated land regime, and also assists with nuisance claims and environmental matters regarding the nuclear, electricity and wind farm industries. The firm has also expertise in real estate development and environmental regeneration. Manchester-based Rob Elvin leads the practice, while, in Birmingham, Dave Gordon specialises in contaminated land, chemical regulation and environmental permitting.
Other key lawyers:
National Oilwell Varco
International Entertainment Corporation
- Advising Gavilon on the registration requirements for the import of products into the EU under the EU’s REACH chemical regulations
- Advising Olin Corporation on regulatory and supply chain issues associated with Brexit arising from REACH
- Advised International Entertainment Corporation on the environmental aspects of the £22m acquisition of Wigan Athletic Football Club, which involves advising on the ground conditions and energy monitoring obligations
- Advised Lucite on the environmental aspects of a £92m business sale, which involved advice on asbestos issues and climate change agreements
- Advised shareholders of Lyndon Scaffolding on the environmental, safety and health aspects of the sale of Lyndon Scaffolding to Brand Industrial Services, including the consideration of environmental permitting and waste transfer aspects
Clyde & Co LLP acts for insurance, real estate and transport companies on contentious matters linked to environmental crime and investigations by the Environment Agency. The firm is also experienced in advising on nuisance claims, asbestos-related environmental damages and liability issues arising from poor waste management in the manufacturing process. The firm also assists with permitting issues regarding the storage of hazardous substances. Practice heads David Leckie and Victor Rae-Reeves have extensive experience in environmental litigation, as does Brian Greenwood.
David Leckie; Victor Rae-Reeves
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a very good understanding of the port industry and combines its planning and environment practice, which leads to real efficiency and cross-planning’
‘The team is hugely knowledgeable of the law and practice in this area. In addition, the team is comfortable in challenging associated judicial reviews’
‘Brian Greenwood is an extremely client-focused partner who is more or less like an in-house lawyer for us. He has a broad depth of experience and is easy to deal with and very focused on delivering value to clients’
- Advising a waste management client on permitting issues
- Advising a manufacturer on an ongoing investigation by the Environment Agency
- Advised a FTSE listed corporate client on legal obligations following the discovery of asbestos in a public space
- Advising a real estate company on an investigation regarding alleged breaches of a noise abatement notice
- Defending construction company Wembley Group against charges of fly-tipping
DLA Piper specialises in applications for premises licences and environmental litigation, including the defence of environmental prosecutions, as well as in environmental compliance issues in relation to real estate and lender transactions. The firm is also experienced in advising on recycling, waste diversion and the environmentally friendly transportation of dangerous goods, and assists with the legal protection of the client’s reputation after incidents. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock regularly advises industrial organisations on compliance issues and the reduction of environmental liabilities.
- Advising infrastructure company Tarmac Services on a new draft remediation notice by the Environment Agency regarding a contaminated site
- Advised Unilever on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of snack-box company Graze
- Advising Wilko on a proactive environmental review process and working with the client to drive environmental initiatives in order to ensure compliance
- Advised food producer Boparan Holdings on environmental licensing requirements
- Advised Lloyds Pharmacy on the environmental aspects of the acquisitions of Prescribing Support Services, Optimed Health and a health app company
Kennedys advises on the handling of pollution incidents, land remediation requirements and regulatory investigations regarding environmental compliance. The practice is also experienced in matters regarding noise and nuisance, waste management and environmental permitting, as well as the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and compliance with energy saving and carbon reduction schemes. Practice head David Wright advises on investigations conducted by the Environment Agency.
Shoosmiths LLP regularly handles contentious environment matters, including nuisance claims and environmental prosecutions. In addition, ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ practice co-head Angus Evers is experienced in advising on non-contentious contaminated land issues, environmental permitting and waste management, as well as on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include the assessment of environmental risks and liabilities.
Angus Evers; Roy Tozers
‘Angus Evers is highly recommended’
‘Angus Evers is very helpful’
‘Angus Evers guides clients through the various environmental requirement in a very effective way’
McKay Securities PLC
Extra Motorway Services
First Mile Recycling
- Advised St Modwen Properties and St Modwen Development on the environmental aspects of the sale of a £57.3m real estate portfolio to Hansteen Holdings
- Advising Brenntag on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of a chemicals storage and distribution site for Transport for London’s Silvertown Tunnel
- Advising Epiris Managers on compliance issues relating to the client’s participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
- Advised McKay Securities on the environmental aspects of the £19.9m sale of a bonded warehouse to Runnymede Borough Council, which related to the property having being redeveloped in the 1970s on the site of a former chemical works
- Advised Letfield Capital on the environmental aspects of the client’s acquisition from Milton Property Investments and the subsequent financing of the £17.9m portfolio
White & Case LLP has expertise in conventional green finance structures, green Islamic banking and green bond transactions. The firm also advises on transactional due diligence and environmental compliance with regard to real estate developments, construction projects and resource extraction. Clients include a number of banks and companies active in the real estate, mining, oil and gas, energy, and renewable energy sectors. Tallat Hussain, who is noted for her expertise in sustainable development and climate policy, heads the practice alongside Mark Castillo-Bernaus.
Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Tallat Hussain
Digital Realty Group
CVC Capital Partners
Trans-Niger Oil & Gas
Bank of America
US EXIM Bank
Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC)
- Advised Vale and Mitsui on the development and $2.73bn financing of the Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project connecting Mozambique and Malawi
- Advised a banking conglomerate including BNP Paribas, Crédite Agricole and Société Générale on a bauxite mine expansion in Guinea, which involved advice on the sustainable development impacts on the Guinean economy
- Advised Carbon Holdings on a proposed petrochemical complex in Egypt, which involved the consideration of the environmental and social impact
- Advising The Project Company and its sponsors Star Capital and Eurotunnel on a proposed 1,000 MW DC power interconnector project between the UK and France
- Advising nine export credit agencies on the $5.6bn financing of an energy plant in Uzbekistan, which involves advice on potential Islamic finance facilities and the consideration of local environmental and health and safety regulations