Firms To Watch: Environment

The team at BDB Pitmans stands out for its expertise in environmental planning, taking a leading role in advising local authorities on clean air zones.

Environment in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Providing a wide range of regulatory advice as well as acting on major transactions, the team at Allen & Overy LLP is ‘very knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments’ in environmental law, with particular expertise in ESG and sustainable finance work. The team regularly acts for multinational clients on complex cross-border matters and collaborates with specialists in the firm’s global environmental, climate and regulatory law group. Matthew Townsend heads the team; he is a leading regulatory compliance lawyer, advising on issues that include carbon trading and climate change as well as chemicals and waste requirements. Senior associate Tom d’Ardenne handles different facets of environmental law, with particular expertise in REACH and producer responsibility. The growing team was strengthened at partner level with the promotion of Maeve Hanna in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Tom d’Ardenne; Sophie Davis; Maeve Hanna

Testimonials

‘Attentive, personable and resourceful.’

‘Matt Townsend leads an experienced team of environmental legal experts.’

‘Extremely generous with their time and support. Very knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments. Able to provide solid and commercial advice.’

‘REACH is a unique topic that not many firms have knowledge or expertise in. During times of uncertainty, the team is able to provide various options for consideration and recommend the most cost-effective and compliant options to us, which has added great value to our decision-making process.’

‘Matthew Townsend and Sophie Davis are both very patient in understanding the overall situation and provided prompt follow-up on issues that are unclear.’

‘They are knowledgeable and dependable. We particularly value Matthew Townsend, whose guidance has been invaluable.’

‘Matt Townsend and Maeve Hanna have in-depth knowledge and are commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Equator Principles Association (EPA)

Pennon Group plc

Seagate Technology

Ramboll

Uniper

RNG Joint Stock Company

CLH

Sage

Quilter

TP ICAP

Direct Line

John Fisher & Sons

A10 Networks

Allnex

Seabank Power

Rio Tinto

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Orsted Wind Power A/A

W. L. Gore & Associates

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG)

Macquarie Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Equator Principles Association on preparing the official loan documentation guidance for its fourth edition of the Equator Principles, the benchmark for managing environmental risk in project finance and related transactions.
  • Working closely with a global financial institution on a major project to implement the requirements of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation for its EU operations.
  • Advised Pennon on a range of complex environmental law and liability issues connected with the sale of Viridor, its residual waste management and recycling business, to Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. for an enterprise value of £4.2 billion.

Burges Salmon LLP

With its large team of dedicated experts, Burges Salmon LLP is able to offer its diverse roster of UK and international clients an exceptionally strong regulatory practice. The team handles complex contentious and non-contentious matters, including issues surrounding chemicals and waste regulation, industrial emissions and carbon offsetting as well as contaminated land issues. Practitioners in the team split their time between Bristol and London – Ross Fairley plays a leading role in the area of renewable energy, while Ian Salter stands out for his expertise in nuclear law and nuclear waste issues. Michael Barlow, who now heads the energy sector practice, is also a key member of the team. The environmental litigation side of the practice was strengthened by the arrival of corporate crime specialist Guy Bastable from BCL Solicitors LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; Guy Bastable

Testimonials

‘The environmental team is, to my knowledge, simply the best in the whole of the UK. Not a single magic circle firm can match them. Not only do they know the ins and outs of environmental law, they can also grasp the technicalities of environmental law. They cover anything, from local planning law to nuclear law. They follow recent evolutions and trends in the subject- matter as no other law firm does. Finally, they always seek to find a pragmatic solution. Not all law firms do that. I repeat, they are simply the best.’

‘The team are highly responsive, knowledgeable and objective. They work together well to provide seamless support on key issues even if time pressures are significant.’

‘What stands out is the responsiveness of the individuals.’

‘Learned, clear, efficient counsel regardless of the complexity or esoteric nature of a matter.’

‘A sound and reliable environmental team for high-value, complex litigation. Vary capable handling of large claims, savvy commercial judgement and a relaxed style that can only come from being top of their game.’

‘Mike Barlow is calm, diligent, tough and circumspect in high-value and complex environmental litigation. He provides really attentive client care, has strong commercial awareness, and keeps on top of case detail as well. Lovely to work with.’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

EDF Energy

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Ingenious

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent First Group, First Greater Western Ltd and its directors in its defence of statutory noise nuisance proceedings arising from its operations at its Reading Depot.
  • Acting for GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority regarding a £37m compensation claim relating to coastal erosion near Great Yarmouth.
  • Represented The Treatment Hub, one of the UK’s leading hazardous waste soils recovery businesses, in an appeal against a decision of the environment regulator Natural Resources Wales to suspend the company’s licence to operate.

Clifford Chance LLP

The team at Clifford Chance LLP advises clients on regulatory issues that range from carbon offsetting to electronic waste and packaging regulations, as well as providing environmental guidance on large transactions and energy infrastructure projects. ESG matters are a new area of growth, as the team assists clients with reporting obligations and questions surrounding sustainable finance. Nigel Howorth leads the practice; he draws on broad expertise that includes international environmental law issues such as nuclear and transboundary environmental impacts, climate change and the Equator Principles. The firm aims to improve the diversity in its workforce and has launched new global and regional inclusion targets for female, LGBT+ and minority ethnicity lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Michael Coaxall; Kirsty Souter

Testimonials

‘Particular sector knowledge, for instance in the nuclear and wider energy sector, and general understanding of having worked on some of the biggest deals and issues for very large corporate firms.’

Nigel Howorth is supremely commercial and experienced at delivering in the largest deals and situations. Michael Coaxall has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and an eye for the new challenges on the horizon.’

Key clients

Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel

Horizon Nuclear Power

Galp Power, S.A.

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, Dr David Boyd

Partners Group

easyJet

Onex Partners Advisor UK LLP

Aviation Working Group

EQT

Global Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Horizon Nuclear Power on the environmental and consenting aspects of a new nuclear power station in Wales.
  • Advising the Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel on the sale of the business and assets to Jingye Steel and Iron, following the high-profile insolvency of British Steel.
  • Acted pro bono for the Aviation Working Group (AWG) to develop an industry-wide carbon calculator that will enable financiers and lessors to measure and compare the carbon emissions of aircraft and portfolios.

CMS

The team at CMS has broad regulatory expertise and is ‘informed about the latest legal changes and regulatory framework’, providing high-profile corporate clients with strategic advice. The team also successfully deals with regulators, most recently securing the dismissal of charges for a client in relation to a major UK pollution incident. Paul Sheridan leads the practice, advising on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious matters. Olivia Jamison, who is described as ‘superb in all aspects’, is central to the team’s work on questions surrounding net zero and the European Green Deal, as well as environment-related product law. Of counsel Alex Ibrahim is ‘proactive, competent and professional’. Valentina Keys moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sheridan

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Jamison; Alex Ibrahim

Testimonials

‘I was impressed with the way they put together a team with a variety of expertise and experience in the room and it came across seamlessly. There are not many firms that can deal with environmental issues in such a complete way and I was highly satisfied and appreciative of the result achieved.’

‘Olivia Jamison was superb in all aspects – communication, liaison, clarity on costs and leading us and the team through the process.’

‘I have found CMS to be competent and professional, and communication is clear and concise.’

‘Alex Ibrahim has been proactive, competent and professional throughout the work that she has done for us.’

‘The team’s key strengths are its people and the knowledge and strong advice they offer across a range of often complex issues.’

‘Olivia Jamison and Paul Sheridan are both very easy to work with, quickly understanding the situation and providing clear advice.’

‘They are informed about the latest legal changes and regulatory framework. There is strong female representation on the partner and associate track.’

‘Initiative on courtesy calls; great agenda builders; proactive; up to date on industry trends; practical approach to legal practice; efficient; responsive: subject matter experts.’

Key clients

FCC Environment

Precision Castparts Corporation

Suez

Lutron Electronics

Tarmac

SSE Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising a major UK retail and commercial bank on identifying and summarising climate and sustainability legislation applicable to its UK physical operations.
  • Advised global consumer products companies on the raft of net zero and European Green Deal laws and policies.
  • Assisted a global manufacturing company with securing the appropriate transfer of rights to use the water supply on a complex industrial site which had been redeveloped several times over the years and had multiple parties involved.

Leigh Day

With a strong claimant-focused practice, Leigh Day is described as ‘flexible, fearless and fantastic’, representing local communities from the Global South in multi-party actions against large corporations while also handling biodiversity, climate change and planning issues in its domestic practice. The firm aims to change the legal landscape and has achieved significant judgments regarding corporate accountability, particularly when it comes to subsidiaries’ activities abroad. International department head Richard Meeran, whose ‘breadth and depth of expertise is unrivalled', leads the practice together with Jamie Beagent, who is experienced in planning-related environmental issues. Martyn Day continues to be a name of note, leading on some of the practice’s most high-profile claims. The team's partnership ranks have grown to include Paul Dowling, who was promoted in April 2021 and is active in international human rights, personal injury and environmental cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Meeran; Jamie Beagent

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Day; Daniel Leader; Oliver Holland; Carol Day; Tessa Gregory; Paul Dowling

Testimonials

‘The go-to firm for environmental campaigning work. They have a can-do attitude to taking on cases, making the funding model fit the client, and designing a legal strategy that marries with the campaign strategy and enhances it. Flexible, fearless and fantastic.’

‘Leigh Day is the very best claimant law firm in the international claims area, including corporate accountability, environment and human rights internationally. Their innovative legal claims, their extensive legal knowledge, their care for the clients and their ability to reach good settlements for their clients is deeply impressive.’

‘Richard Meeran’s breadth and depth of expertise is unrivalled. He is clever, brilliant at seeing new ways of crafting a case, excellent at building teams, and a warm and kind person. Dan Leader is brilliant, engaging and intelligent. He is wonderful at taking claims forward, warm and collegial, and trustworthy.’

‘A strong team of committed and enthusiastic specialist lawyers who understand their clients’ concerns and work to support them through complex legal considerations. Flexible options are explored for funding cases.’

‘Carol Day is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in her field, offering a personal approach to each client. She particularly understands and supports NGOs through the legal process.’

‘The team has unparalleled experience in claimant environmental litigation, with a growing expertise in climate change litigation. They are able to provide top advice to clients both legally and practically and they will work around the clock to ensure clients receive the best possible service.’

‘Carol Day’s expertise in environmental law, particularly on biodiversity and wildlife protection, cannot be rivalled. She is also highly familiar with the practical implementation of environmental law on the ground. This gives her an edge in tackling legal cases.’

‘Commitment to the underdog and courage. Willingness to think imaginatively.’

Key clients

Various claimants (Zambia)

The Ogale and Bille Communities (Nigeria)

Kabwe Lead Poisoning Class Action

The Bodo Community clean-up claim (Nigeria)

Various claimants (Cerrejón, Colombia)

Wild Justice

The Wildlife Trusts

WWF

Transport Action Network

Oceana

Seas at Risk – Clean Arctic Alliance

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation

Friends of the Earth

Cycling UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Friends of the Earth in a potentially hugely important piece of climate change litigation, arguing that the UK government’s financial support of an LNG facility off the coast of northern Mozambique is not compatible with commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • Acting for Wild Justice in a series of challenges concerning the use of general licences by regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to create derogations excusing what would otherwise be unlawful killing of wild birds.
  • Instructed by over 1,800 individuals in Zambia who allege that their lands and waterways have been seriously polluted by a copper mine ultimately owned by Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM), a subsidiary of Vedanta PLC.

Linklaters LLP

With a varied international client portfolio, the fast-growing practice at Linklaters LLP regularly advises on the environmental aspects surrounding complex transactions as well as large energy and infrastructure projects. The team also displays a focus on risk mitigation and management, in addition to a growing practice advising clients on incoming sustainable finance and ESG regulations. Vanessa Havard-Williams, a ‘leader in her field‘ of human rights, governance and environmental law, heads the team, advising on topics that range from energy transition strategy to product liability. Rachel Barrett remains a name to note, acting on many of the practice’s major energy and infrastructure project matters and contributing a strong background in governance, compliance and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Barrett; Chris Staples;

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable in this area of expertise, working independently and representing their client well. I like their mindset of trying to find solutions and support us in areas where we lack the expertise to take decisions. Availability is outstanding!’

The team is built up from a diverse group of people with relevant experience, who are able to independently advise and support on our project. The speed of responses and availability of team members for engagement are excellent.’

‘Good balance in the team and good work allocation between senior and junior resources.’

‘Vanessa Havard-Williams is a leader in her field, repeatedly giving difficult advice – and I keep coming back for more (as she is always right).’

‘Particularly fast and responsive with high-quality advice.’

Key clients

Ashmore

Ineos, Project One

Two private equity matters – Project Nobel and Projects Echo and Roosevelt (Digital Colony Partners)

BP Project Queens

Jingye Group

Lenzing AG and Duratex S.A. as sponsors, and their joint venture LD Celulose S.A. as borrower

World Bank

Canadian Fund

Macquarie

Lenders and ECAs

Work highlights

  • Advised Chinese steelmaker Jingye Group on the acquisition of the assets of British Steel from the Official Receiver, its first acquisition outside of China.
  • Advising Ineos on its planned €3 billion ‘Project One’ investment to expand its chemical production facilities in Antwerp, including the construction of a new ethane cracker unit in Antwerp.
  • Acted as ECAs’ and lenders’ international legal adviser on the holdco financing of the $3.5bn Greater Changhua SE 605MW offshore wind farm project in Taiwan, being developed by Ørsted Wind Power A/S.

Baker McKenzie

Praised for its ‘unrivalled’ coverage, Baker McKenzie supports global consumer and industrial product companies with a wide array of regulatory matters in the products space, while also displaying strengths in climate change law and carbon neutrality. The team’s expertise includes EU and UK law covering chemicals, waste, sustainability and supply chain issues, and it is able to ‘apply that knowledge in a commercially sensitive way’. Graham Stuart heads up the department, with an extremely broad practice and a high-profile client base, covering not only product manufacturing, marketing, supply and distribution but also the environmental aspects of multi-jurisdictional projects and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Graham Stuart

Other key lawyers:

Rachel MacLeod

Testimonials

‘The key strengths are the team’s technical knowledge combined with its ability to apply that knowledge in a commercially sensitive way. The firm innovates in its ability to find solutions to legal challenges posed in an environment where the regulations are always changing.’

‘The firm’s coverage is unrivalled. With this coverage it would be reasonable to expect a level of variance or disconnect in the quality and form of advice, but the provision of the service is seamless, which we know to be quite an achievement. The turnaround times are quick and team members are available at short notice. The extent of jurisdictional and market coverage means that we are confident in their risk assessments. Their online offering of conferences and webinars is a cut above.’

‘The team has gone out of its way to try to learn our business. The depth and breadth of experience is notable as is the diversity of the team members. Each member of the team is measured and deliberate. As a client, we are heard and understood. The approach and values of the team closely mirror our own, which is key in our client/adviser partnership. Graham Stuart is a valued individual in the relationship.’

‘This practice delivers a truly global experience and has the capacity to coordinate a team of lawyers who are specialists in their area. We found the team had an ideal balance of specialised knowledge and first-hand, practical expertise that was a huge advantage for our project. The team were also fast in delivering their input, clear on the timeline where necessary and always delivered on time.’

Key clients

Dyson

Emerson Electric

Google

Mattel

Platinum Equity

Unilever

Westinghouse

Dentons

The team at Dentons is praised for its ‘combination of skills and commercial acumen’, as it handles multi-jurisdictional transactional work, advises corporate clients on environmental regulation and assists them in contentious situations. The practice’s client portfolio spans the oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, retail, real estate and insurance industries. ‘Very engaging’ environment expert Stephen Shergold leads the team and is at the forefront of the firm’s ESG work - a key area for which the firm has developed products and platforms to help corporate clients assess their exposure or manage their performance throughout their supply chain. Helen Bowdren plays a central role in the team, acting on large, cross-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold 

Other key lawyers:

Sam Boileau; Helen Bowdren; Annabel Hodge

Testimonials

‘Great capability within the environmental sphere.’

‘Stephen Shergold is very engaging.’

‘Sam Boileau is very detailed and a strong specialist in the environmental legal aspects – both his knowledge and his understanding and experience of working with his various counterparts in the negotiations and transactions proved invaluable in supporting the successful closing out of these transactions.’

‘The Denton’s environmental team is extremely commercial. Their knowledge of environmental matters is second to none, which is coupled with an excellent understanding of environmental insurance and M&A. It is this combination of skills and commercial acumen that makes Dentons stand out. Our instructions are invariably complex and require multi-disciplinary input – Dentons is the only law firm that we have found that is able to deliver practical, commercial opinions and solutions in a rapid and easy-to-understand form.’

‘Stephen Shergold and Helen Bowdren bring in additional resources if necessary, and both are extremely knowledgeable in environmental law. Moreover, they have taken the time to really understand our business and the markets in which we operate. They provide rapid, commercial opinions on complex matters. They are always willing to discuss matters ‘off the clock’ and are approachable and personable. We often involve Dentons in our client discussions, which is testament to the trust we have in the team and our main contacts.’

‘Excellent environmental knowledge with a strong commercial awareness.’

‘Stephen Shergold’s knowledge can be invaluable and his ability to work with non-legal stakeholders is appreciated by the business.’

Key clients

BASF

AIG

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Centrica Storage Limited

Avis Budget Group

SSE

Network Rail

SCOR

KPS Capital Partners

Peabody

SLIP

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz regarding coverage under an environmental liability policy for costs incurred pursuant to an enforcement undertaking to be offered to the Environment Agency by its insured in relation to a pollution incident.
  • Advised BASF, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, on commercial and regulatory issues arising as a result of Brexit.
  • Assisting Britishvolt in relation to the ESG aspects of its development of a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in the UK.

Latham & Watkins

The ‘innovative and adaptive’ team at Latham & Watkins assists high-profile international clients with a range of matters, proving it is ‘capable of providing both expert legal and policy advice’. The team, which often works together with colleagues in the United States, provides due diligence and advises on the environmental aspects of M&A transactions for chemical, energy and finance sector clients, as well as supporting on strategic regulatory matters. On the contentious side, the team is active in high-stakes litigation including judicial reviews and international class actions. Paul Davies, described as ‘one of the most innovative lawyers in the environmental field’, is at the helm. He also leads the firm’s ESG practice and has notable expertise in matters in China.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davies

Other key lawyers:

Michael Green

Testimonials

‘I am highly impressed by the deep expertise of the Latham & Watkins team over broad range of environmental enforcement and compliance issues under US and Chinese laws. Their proactiveness and effectiveness in communication is uniquely strong among the firms that I work with.’

‘Innovative and adaptive, anticipating client needs before clients do, capable of providing both expert legal and policy advice. Solid purchase on developments in key emerging economies like China.’

‘Paul Davies is an extraordinary asset and one of the most innovative lawyers in the environmental field.’

‘Excellent due diligence support – focused, but pragmatic. Highly experienced. Solutions focused and able to look at innovative ways to help close the deal, such as liability transfer and insurance solutions.’

‘Paul Davies is a highly experienced lawyer, who is as expert in the UK as he is overseeing global deals. He is collaborative and solutions focused. Michael Green provides excellent support to Paul. He is diligent and expert in his role.’

‘What makes the team unique is its ability to gather talents and to make them work together as a group where each and every personality and competency is recognised and promoted. It is real asset for the client on top of it being a pleasant experience. The team stands out as a group of genuine environmental law specialists, with the experience, the know-how and expertise required in this complex, changing and challenging area of the law.’

‘Paul Davies is always praised by colleagues and clients and it is well deserved. He stands out for his expertise, foresight and thought-provoking approach to novel aspects of environmental law and the challenges they bring. His reputation goes well beyond the UK market; he is one of the key players behind Latham & Watkins’ successful environmental law strategy worldwide.’

‘Michael Green is rigorous and very skilled at providing clear, concise, and user-friendly advice. His understanding of the client’s business and issues is superb. He and Paul Davies form a fantastic professional duo where both manage a multi-jurisdiction team made up of remarkable talents.Both (as well as the rest of the team Europe-wide) are extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Platinum Equity

BayWa

The Carlyle Group

The Blackstone Group

First Sentier Investors

Triton Partners

SABIC UK Petrochemicals

American Airlines

Farfetch

Microsoft Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on potential investments from its recently created Climate Innovation Fund, which will invest $1 billion over the next four years in new technologies and innovative sustainability solutions.
  • Advising First Sentier Investors on the acquisition of SSE’s 50% share in Ferrybridge and Skelton Grange multifuel assets and the acquisition of the UK division of waste-to-energy business Wheelabrator Technologies Holdings.
  • Advised Ardian on its $2.25 billion acquisition of a 50% stake in Angus Chemical Company, a manufacturer and distributor of nitroalkane based chemicals.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Notable for its global reach and depth of experience, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright is helmed by recognised expert Caroline May, who is praised for her ‘excellent leadership skills’ as well as her ‘good litigation instincts'. The practice is diverse and ranges from advising on high-volume international transactions and projects, particularly in the renewables space, to product regulation as well as large regeneration projects. The team is also involved in high-stakes environmental litigation, on the international and domestic level. Climate change and clean energy lawyer Andrew Hedges heads up the climate finance side of the practice while counsel Lucy Bruce Jones plays a key role in the team, advising on non-contentious and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hedges; Sarah Fitzpatrick; Lucy Bruce Jones

Testimonials

‘A strong team led by veteran Caroline May, who has all the instincts of a litigator and will fight your corner like a lion. Great for diversity as it includes female solicitors in leading positions. The collaboration is great and there is a strong cohesion in the team. A big advantage is the collaboration across other teams in NRF, taking care of all needs in the litigation.’

‘Caroline May is a very experienced solicitor. She is very knowledgeable of the oil industry and operations, and has good litigation instincts and excellent leadership skills. She also has excellent communication skills with lay clients and is available to clients. She is the kind of person you want in your corner.’

‘Lucy Bruce-Jones is consistent and committed to her work.’

‘A strong and powerful team of environmental lawyers. Caroline May probably has as much hands-on experience of environmental litigation as anyone currently in practice.’

‘Top of the pile environmental lawyers.’

‘Lucy Bruce-Jones is hardworking.’

‘Caroline May is knowledgeable and wily.’

Key clients

Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund

Amerisur Resources Limited

AXA IM Impact Fund Climate and Biodiversity

Balfour Beatty / Urbaser (as a joint venture) (UBB Waste (Essex) Limited

BMW (UK) Limited

Bombardier Inc

Brookfield Asset Management

Civitas Social Healthcare Advisors Limited

Crest Nicholson Plc

Directors of Walney Extension

DP World/London Gateway Port Limited

Ecosphere+

Europa Capital LLP

ExxonMobil International Limited

FMO – Green Climate Fund

GeoPark Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc

Greencoat UK Wind Plc

IMI Plc

Laing O’Rourke Plc

Macquarie Bank Limited

Qatar Petroleum

RWE AG

Sandvik Mining & Construction Tools AB

Setha Canterbury Limited

Tees Eco Energy Limited

Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP

Vodafone Group Services Limited

Yara International ASA

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Europa Capital LLP/Dagenham Dock Limited on a large-scale remediation and regeneration project in the Thames Gateway region.
  • Acting for an international oil and gas company in multi-party litigation arising from claims of alleged pollution and contamination of a rainforest in a sensitive location.
  • Advising Setha Canterbury Limited on a city centre redevelopment project which involves issues surrounding protected habitats and issues of nitrate neutrality.

Travers Smith LLP

The practice at Travers Smith LLP stands out for its environmental work on high-volume transactions in the UK and beyond, supporting large clients in the financial, energy, construction and manufacturing sectors. The team is also notable for its product law experience and its longstanding ESG know-how, as well as its sector expertise in the energy and renewables space, which makes up a significant proportion of the team’s transactional practice. Doug Bryden, who is described as ‘an excellent lawyer and a great collaborator’, is at the helm; his areas of focus include product stewardship, chemical law, carbon reporting, renewable energy and contaminated land. Senior counsel John Buttanshaw plays a key role in the practice, advising on contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Doug Bryden

Other key lawyers:

John Buttanshaw

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness. In-depth expertise on environmental and product regulatory areas. Excellent legal skills. Easy to collaborate. Willingness to help on short notice.’

‘Doug Bryden is incredibly user-friendly – he is both commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Doug Bryden is an excellent lawyer and a great collaborator.’

‘Excellent, actionable advice about product regulatory work. I feel confident in putting them directly on the phone with my clients. They know the questions to ask and give pragmatic advice.’

‘John Buttanshaw stood out for his cross-functional understanding of permitting and environmental matters, and his candor, risk assessment and willingness to share views which were informed by both technical legal and regulatory knowledge, as well as providing forward-looking insights in an areas of limited certainty.’

‘Doug Bryden and John Buttanshaw are leading advisers on ESG issues, especially in the private equity and related setting, in the UK.’

Key clients

BOC

Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.

Breedon Group

Nomura

Bridgepoint

Brookfield Asset Management

Oaktree Capital

Ancala Partners LLP

Greatbatch, Inc.

Palletways

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Patron Capital

Shepherd Neame

Advent International

Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advised major US private equity funds Lindsay Goldberg and American Securities LLC on all UK environmental and regulatory aspects of their acquisition of the AECOM Management services business.
  • Advised the majority of the medium and large UK, EU and global asset manager market on compliance with the EU’s flagship ESG and sustainable finance regimes.
  • Advised BOC, the UK’s largest industrial gas supplier, on a wide range of environmental issues – including Brexit issues relating to chemical regulation and imports, environmental manufacturing compliance matters and renewable fuel subsidy schemes.

Ashurst

Praised for its ‘depth and breadth of knowledge’, the team at Ashurst is led by 'star performerEleanor Reeves, who was promoted to partner in November 2020 and has built up the practice while also driving the firm’s ESG offering. The team cooperates with other departments to provide environment and safety advice across projects, transactions and litigation, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. It also assists on regulatory matters such as environmental permitting and dealings with the Environmental Agency on waste issues. Senior associate James Nierinck is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Reeves

Other key lawyers:

James Nierinck

Testimonials

‘Our contact is Eleanor Reeves. Ellie is an absolute diamond and has a fantastic ability to disseminate complex issues but still deliver solutions that are understandable and on the tailored level required for the client. She is a real asset for our organsation.’

‘The environmental team at Ashurst is small but well led by Eleanor Reeves. They have good depth and breath of knowledge on environmental matters and  are able to provide good value and timely advice. They are just as good on discrete technical matters as on transactional matters.’

‘Eleanor Reeves is knowledgeable and proactive. She provides practical advice on complicated legal matters, always with an eye on the commercials. She also provides tailored legal updates on topics that she thinks may be appropriate to our business. She is also very personable and easy to work with.’

‘The team provided comprehensive and thorough advice to my organisation. Extremely thorough in spotting issues beyond the initial brief and drawing them to our attention. Performed well in negotiation and provided pragmatic advice to us in order to resolve potential roadblock issues.’

‘Great open book strategy that allows experts to step in and provide insight they are then able to back up, ensuring that the client receives the best possible advice.’

‘Eleanor Reeves shows great personal attention to key issues, which allows decisions to be made quickly. James Nierinck has an open approach to new issues and provides very close client support when required.’

‘Eleanor Reeves clearly stands out for her intelligence, clear thinking and strategic focus. She is also a very good team leader and team player. She is abreast not only of the current law but also of draft legislation and policy so as to be able to think ahead and plan accordingly. She is always polite, but firm, and resolute without being inflexible when dealing with the other side in a dispute. I regard her a star performer and have had no hesitation in recommending her to others.’

Key clients

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Simec Atlantis Energy

The Berkeley Group

Conrad Energy

Lendlease

PPL

FCC

Wheelabrator

Aviva

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a significant UK-wide project to support the deployment of carbon capture utilisation and storage systems in the UK.
  • Advised PPL Corporation on the auction sale of UK electricity distribution group Western Power Distribution to National Grid for £7.8bn.
  • Advised LGC on its acquisition of the Native Antigen Company, a leading supplier of infectious disease antigens and antibodies.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Noted for its 'knowledge and delivery of commercial, pragmatic solutions’, the practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP stands out for its strength in property-related environmental compliance and liability work, which includes a recent success defending against a high-profile judicial review challenge. The team also has notable environmental insurance expertise and since its 2018 merger has increasingly provided transactional and regulatory support to US multinationals. Aidan Thomson, who is ‘really able and quick in understanding issues and developing a case’, co-leads the practice with Tim Hellier. Thomson’s expertise includes contaminated land, water pollution, waste management, chemical regulations (including REACH) and producer responsibility issues.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Thomson; Tim Hellier

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Laborde

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of environmental matters.’

‘Knowledge and delivery of commercial, pragmatic solutions. On hand to structure sensible solutions to issues.’

‘The environmental practice is one of the key disciplines within BCLP whose exceptional performance is one of the features that make the overall BCLP service great. The wider BCLP firm made sure that our project was sound and well prepared for any challenge that might be brought; the environmental team excelled in dealing with the challenges when they came.’

‘Aiden Thomson is really able and quick in understanding issues and developing a case.’

Key clients

AIG

International Underwriting Association

Heathrow Airport

Thames Water

National Grid

Angel Trains

BlackRock UK Property Fund

Unite UK Student Accommodation

Tesco

Chancerygate

Gent Fairhead

Work highlights

  • Acted for Heathrow Airport Limited in defending judicial review challenges on environmental grounds brought against the government’s Airports National Policy Statement since 2018.
  • Advised Heathrow Airport Limited, National Grid, Northumbrian Water and Tideway on environmental issues in connection with their major development schemes.
  • Acting for Angel Trains in a longstanding advisory role in relation to its environmental liabilities and responsibilities as the lessor of rail rolling stock.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

With a client portfolio that spans the energy, chemical, finance and real estate sectors, the practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team regularly provides environmental advice on transactions, as well as on energy and infrastructure projects. The firm is also well equipped to offer a cutting-edge strategic perspective on compliance and risk mitigation thanks to its dedicated global climate change practice, green finance team and ESG steering group. Planning and environment lawyer Catherine Howard leads the practice, supported by senior associate Julie Vaughan, who plays a key role in providing environmental input on a variety of matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Howard

Other key lawyers:

Julie Vaughan

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge and attention to detail. Very personable and will take the time to explain details.’

‘Excellent professional firm who provide first-class advice.’

‘Julie Vaughan is the utmost professional and takes the time to give carefully considered advice, which provides reassurance and a sense of trust in her work, especially in some complicated areas of environmental law. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Indaver UK Ltd

Intergen

Marubeni

Royal Mail Group

Blackstone

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Johnson Matthey

Transmission Capital Limited Partners

Essar Oil (UK)

British Land

Mitsubishi Corp

EDF

The Church Commissioners

Sunergy

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank Group)

Impact Investing Institute

Indofood

The Big Issue Group

Vedanta Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of the UK logistics portfolio of Prologis, which includes approximately 31 acres of consented development land across the UK.
  • Assisted National Grid in the purchase of Western Distribution Power, the owner and operator of four electricity distribution networks, from US-based company PPL for £7.8bn and, at the same time, the sale by National Grid to PPL of the Narragansett Electric Company for an equity value of £2.7bn.
  • Continued to advise EDF Energy in relation to the development of a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Matthew Germain leads the team at Osborne Clarke LLP, which is praised for its ‘calm, considered approach‘ as it advises on site remediations and consenting, environmental regulatory investigations and prosecutions, and crisis responses in contamination incidents. The practice displays strengths in the energy, waste and product regulation spaces. Germain, who is based in both Bristol and London, draws on a broad range of expertise that covers matters surrounding energy, waste, water and social infrastructure projects as well as real estate transactions. Senior associate Caroline Bush contributes a focus on decarbonisation regulation and policy.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Germain

Other key lawyers:

Katie Vickery; Caroline Bush

Testimonials

‘Calm, considered approach.’

Key clients

John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

Vistry Plc

BDW Trading Limited

Stericycle Inc

Vodafone

Western Power Distribution

Biffa Waste Services Ltd

St Modwen Developments Ltd

Clydesdale Bank

QinetiQ

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight

Octopus

GLP

Amey

Suez

Work highlights

  • Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd on the acquisition of Peacehill Farm anaerobic digestion plant in Wormit, Fife.
  • Acted for Vistry Group Plc on the acquisition from Enfield Borough Council of land for the regeneration project at Meridian Water.
  • Providing Stericycle Inc with general environmental support on issues such as waste management contracts, transfrontier shipment of waste and Brexit.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP offers regulatory advice, defends clients in contentious environmental matters and provides support on the environmental aspects of projects and transactions. Notwithstanding the departure of Georgie Messent for PwC LLP in August 2020, the team continues to handle a range of future-forward matters, such as advising on a cutting-edge carbon capture project, working closely across the firm’s national offices. Particular strengths include the crossover of environmental and planning matters and nuclear regulatory issues, as well as net zero and carbon efficiency. Experienced energy and infrastructure consents lawyer Richard Griffiths leads the team together with Manchester-based legal director Claire Gregory.

Practice head(s):

Richard Griffiths; Claire Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Ross; Elund Watson

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons has an extended team that can cover in detail a wide array of areas of law across different jurisdictions. It has shown an excellent focus on territorial planning with the capacity of understanding the Middle East context.’

‘A responsive, integrated team between planning and environment.’

‘Fiona Ross is proving to be an excellent asset for our team on biodiversity, where she has shown the capacity of engaging with our internal stakeholders.’

‘In a difficult year Pinsent Mason has been available at short notice.’

Key clients

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Southern Water

Morgan Sindall

Drax Power Limited

Southampton International Airport Limited

Royal Commission for AlUla

NEO Energy Upstream UK Limited

United Utilities

Leviton UK

M Group Services Limited

Environment Agency

Thames Water/Affinity Water

Work highlights

  • Acting for Drax Power Limited in defending a judicial review claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal regarding the grant of the Drax Power development consent order for what would be the UK’s largest new carbon capture ready gas-fired generating station.
  • Advising Drax Power Limited on all environmental matters relating to its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage project.
  • Advising Southampton International Airport Limited on all environment and planning matters relating to its runway extension, including the applicability of the Paris Agreement greenhouse gas budgets and how to assess the carbon impact of the runway extension.

Reed Smith LLP

Described as ‘always informed, pragmatic and prompt', the team at Reed Smith LLP handles multi-jurisdictional environmental issues for a roster of UK and international corporate clients, spanning the technology, retail, chemical and energy sectors. The team has particular expertise in EU law, offering a wide range of regulatory and operational advice as well as providing environmental support for corporate M&A and real estate transactions. Adam Hedley, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is a name to watch in this space while the team has also grown at the associate level.

Other key lawyers:

Adam Hedley; Jennifer Travers

Testimonials

‘Adam Hedley is an exceptional professional. We appreciate the quality of his insight and his approachability and availability. He continues to impress with his knowledge of REACH.’

‘A great team capable of supporting clients of varying sizes with equal professionalism.’

‘We continue to use Reed Smith due to their availability at short notice and their turnaround, which is impeccably on time. They remain up to date with the issues across the industry which is of core interest to us.’

‘Jennifer Travers deserves special mention – she is an excellent environmental and EHS lawyer.’

Slaughter and May

The practice at Slaughter and May advises on the environmental aspects of major transactions in the oil and gas, waste and energy spaces, including several recent big-ticket international deals. A number of transactions are driven by sustainability objectives or decarbonisation strategies, where the team’s environmental input plays even more of a key role. Energy, natural resources and infrastructure expert Richard Todd jointly leads the practice with senior counsel Samantha Brady, who has a broad range of expertise covering contamination, permitting and compliance matters, among others.

Practice head(s):

Richard Todd; Samantha Brady

Key clients

INEOS

Orsted

KKR

Viridor

Arsenal

Tata Steel

Drax

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on the acquisition of recycling, renewable energy and waste management company Viridor from Pennon (with an enterprise value of £4.2 billion).
  • Advising INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global petrochemicals business for $5 billion, and on related acquisition financing arrangements.
  • Advised Drax on the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise Limited, which holds four combined cycle gas turbine power stations, to VPI Generation Limited, as part of its drive to become a carbon negative business by 2030.

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced team’ at Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Notable areas of expertise include chemical regulations such as REACH, producer responsibility and waste issues, environmental permitting and water regulation. The practice assists UK and international clients in the property development, chemicals, manufacturing, energy and consumer goods sectors. Manchester-based Rob Elvin leads the national environmental safety and health team. In Birmingham, David Gordon contributes his scientific background in environmental toxicology while director Anita Lloyd is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ on environmental and sustainability matters.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

David Gordon; Anita Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Anita Lloyd is extremely knowledgeable and is able to easily translate jurisdictional differences into simple and understandable advice. She is always good humored and friendly. It is a pleasure working with her.’

‘The attention to detail and continuous availability of the Squire Patton Boggs team throughout our matter, and the common-sense, practical, down-to-earth advice we received, ensured we felt reassured and well advised thoroughout.’

‘Good understanding of environmental legislation and the way it impacts a range of stakeholders.’

‘Anita Lloyd is incredibly client focused, and very good at keeping the client in the picture at all times and at meeting agreed deadlines.’

‘A hugely knowledgeable and experienced team. A go-to firm in the field.’

‘Dave Gordon is great to deal with and leads his team well. Anita Lloyd is an established and capable lawyer in her own right.’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Taylor Wimpey

McBride Plc

St Francis Group

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity

Eden Springs

ZF Friedrichshafen

Kobayashi Healthcare Europe Limited

Orbit Homes

Huntsman

Gavilon

Polypipe

Circular Resources

Vital Energi

Baker Hughes

Avery Dennison

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Michelman Inc

Micromeritics

Electricity North West

Hackman Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Circular Resources on the environmental permitting aspects of an innovative treatment/recycling system for electrical waste involving pyrolysis coupled with an emissions management.
  • Advised a UK manufacturer of industrial foams and chemicals on the Brexit-related steps that were required to maintain access to EU markets and compliance with EU chemical regulations and new UK chemical legislation.
  • Advised a chemical formulator on new requirements under Annex VIII of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation.

Clyde & Co

Praised for its ‘wealth of experience’, the team at Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, regularly advising on investigations, prosecution and other enforcement actions brought by the Environment Agency or local authorities, while also providing regulatory and compliance advice. Rod Hunt can draw on valuable experience as a former Environment Agency prosecutor, while Chris Morrison is familiar with large-scale environmental litigation; both ‘fantastic lawyers’ are based in the London and Manchester offices. Also in the London office, Brian Greenwood contributes both planning and environment expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rod Hunt; Chris Morrison; Brian Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

David Leckie; Victor Rae-Reeves

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and effective advice and representation, backed up with a wealth of experience. A go-to firm for advice on all aspects of environmental regulation.’

‘Rod Hunt and Chris Morrison are fantastic lawyers at the forefront of regulatory law, specifically in the field of environmental law. Both are able to combine an acute commercial and practical outlook with great insight into this area of law. As a result, they know when to push back appropriately where a client has been treated unfairly and at the same time unhesitatingly provides realistic and pragmatic advice.’

‘Clydes are our go-to firm for everything relating to HSEQ regulatory matters.’

‘Rod Hunt is an excellent technical lawyer but is also extremely adept at making things simple for the business and being user-friendly.’

DLA Piper

DLA Piper secured a major boost with the July 2021 addition of Nick Rock, who joined from Reed Smith LLP as international co-head of safety, health and environment and product compliance. He now jointly leads the practice with Teresa Hitchcock, who splits her time between London and Sheffield, offering expertise in contaminated land, regeneration projects and nuisance disputes. The wider team handles both contentious and non-contentious environmental matters, ranging from advising on regulatory compliance and changes to responding to regulator investigations. The practice negotiates with the Environment Agency, handles environmental due diligence on real estate transactions and provides product-related advice.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rock; Teresa Hitchcock

Key clients

Tarmac Services Limited

Tata Steel UK Limited

Mothercare Global Brands

Pfizer Inc

BASF

Pilkington Technology Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tarmac Services Limited on voluntary remediation following the service of a contaminated land regime remediation notice.
  • Advising Mothercare in respect of ESOS compliance.
  • Defending Tata Steel against a group claim alleging dust nuisance.

Hausfeld & Co LLP

The claimant-focused practice at Hausfeld & Co LLP stands out for its involvement in high-profile international matters and its broad approach to environmental issues, ranging from judicial review proceedings and tort-based litigation to international climate treaty body submissions. With a client base of NGOs and activist individuals, the team is particularly active in relation to climate change issues. Of counsel Ingrid Gubbay is an experienced litigator and handles environmental advocacy work while the ‘knowledgeableWessen Jazrawi assists clients in air quality, carbon budget and Airports National Policy Statement cases. Sarah Moore joined the practice from Leigh Day in October 2020, contributing experience in mass tort litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Gubbay; Wessen Jazrawi; Sarah Moore

Other key lawyers:

Lianne Craig; David Lawne

Testimonials

‘Sarah Moore has huge experience in bringing big group litigation environmental law cases.’

‘Wessen Jazrawi is knowledgeable and a good litigator.’

‘Sarah Moore is highly engaged and committed.’

Key clients

Good Law Project

UK Youth Climate Coalition

Students for Global Health

Mums for Lungs

16 young people including Greta Thunberg, Ridhima Pandey and Alexandria Villaseñor

Thousands of Mercedes Customers

Client Earth

George Monbiot

Work highlights

  • Filed an application for permission for judicial review of the UK government’s decision not to review its Clean Air Strategy in light of the emerging links between poor air quality and the incidence and severity of Covid-19.
  • Acting for a significant number of claimants in a group action against Daimler/Mercedes Benz in the UK following the nitrogen oxide emissions scandal.
  • Together with Earthjustice, filed a complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on behalf of 16 young people from around the world, including teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day is able to draw on its network of offices across the globe when it comes to cross-jurisdictional issues. The practice is particularly active advising on the environmental, health and safety questions surrounding large corporate and real estate transactions. Additional areas of focus include product regulatory matters, such as recalls, and brownfield remediation. Of counsel Chris Papanicolaou is at the head of the team and is praised for applying ‘viable commercial solutions’.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Papanicolaou

Testimonials

‘A key advantage of the Jones Day team is its ability to render curated legal advice taking into account the requirements or peculiarities of a deal. The diverse portfolio of specialised lawyers is one of the strengths of the firm in adapting to global deals.’

‘I had the pleasure of interacting with Christopher Papanicolaou from the JD environmental section and Chris’ advice proved to be invaluable to the team. Chris not only considered the risks from a legal perspective but also applied viable commercial solutions, enabling a more holistic review of the task.’

‘Expertise in complex historical land and environmental issues including overage agreements, remediation provision and so on.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, and good at thinking outside the box.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Solvay

International Automotive Components Group Limited

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Delancey

Aermont Capital

LondonMetric Property Plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

The British Land Company PLC

Get Living plc

Framatome

Helios Technologies

APPLiA Europe

Petronas

Omnimax International

The Timken Company

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint venture between Henderson Park and Greystar Real Estate Partners in relation to the development of three sites in South London.
  • Advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the £291 million acquisition of five purpose-built student accommodation assets from the Nido portfolio.
  • Advised nuclear energy leader Framatome in connection with its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and China.

Kennedys

The team at Kennedys is notable for its expertise in regulatory investigations and enforcement, supporting clients in waste-related liability claims, noise nuisance cases and pollution incidents. The practice is also focused on advising insurers and reinsurers on environmental impairment liability coverage disputes. Regulatory defence lawyer David Wright, who is ‘utterly unflappable in any crisis’, leads the practice, with particular expertise in the law of nuisance.

Practice head(s):

David Wright

Testimonials

‘Approachable, practical, committed, team players.’

‘Very well respected, cover all the bases and know their stuff.’

‘David Wright is laid-back and assured, and utterly unflappable in any crisis. He has extensive knowledge of the sector and understands exactly when a light or heavy touch is needed. Very user-friendly.’

Macfarlanes LLP

The team at Macfarlanes LLP acts for corporate, real estate, financial services, infrastructure and private clients. Consultant Nigel Price leads the practice; he has experience in advising on disputes, regulatory issues and the environmental aspects of transactions. The practice also covers environmental insurance negotiations and site contamination risks, as well as issues surrounding sustainability and company reporting.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Price

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge and attention to detail.’

Nigel Price has very solid legal knowledge and a relentless focus on detail whilst also being commercial to the core.’

‘Nigel Price is a good lawyer – commercial and client focused.’

‘Great technical knowledge and attention to detail. There has been seamless transition to working remotely with the high level of communication maintained.’

‘A very commercial firm with strong private equity and real estate experience.’

‘Macfarlanes is a great firm with many excellent lawyers,  They are very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. I would recommend the firm.’

Mayer Brown International LLP

Experienced environmental lawyer Michael Hutchinson leads the practice at Mayer Brown International LLP; he draws on a broad range of expertise, covering transactional, advisory and litigious matters. The team's client portfolio includes inward investors as well as blue-chip companies in the process industries and wider manufacturing sector. The team assists on the environmental aspects of transactions, as well as advising on issues surrounding chemical regulations, contaminated land or liability in pollution incidents. Counsel Tim Baines supports clients in real estate and corporate transactions and is a key member of the firm's ESG practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hutchinson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Baines

Key clients

Dow, Inc.

Solvay SA

H.I.G. Capital

Ascott International

Brookfield

Klesch & Company

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Oxford Biodynamics Plc

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Working with leading property consultancy JLL on Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements.

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team at Shoosmiths LLPComparative Guides promotional icon covers both contentious and non-contentious environmental work. It provides due diligence and advice on corporate and real estate transactions while also assisting businesses with regulatory compliance and in civil and criminal contentious matters. Experienced practitioner Angus Evers co-leads the practice together with Birmingham-based Roy Tozer. In Reading, associate Joanne Sear plays a key role on the contentious side of the practice. The firm is notable for its diversity and inclusion efforts.

Practice head(s):

Angus Evers; Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Sear

Testimonials

‘I deal with the team around environmental and property transaction issues. The team are highly knowledgeable whilst being able to understand the commerciality of the advice given in relation to environmental issues.’

‘Angus Evers is my primary contact. He is considered, focused and commercial in the advice he delivers. Environmental practice crosses legislation with technical scientific issues and I have been impressed with his grasp of the technical detail and scientific uncertainty and his ability to communicate this in the context of environmental legislation. Angus is one of the most visible UK environmental law practitioners with a strong profile in the wider real estate industry.’

Key clients

Brenntag

St. Modwen Developments

Extra Motorway Services

First Mile Recycling

McKay Securities

Tarmac

J Murphy & Sons

Honda

Henkel

IKEA

Argyll Environmental

Jaguar Land Rover

Countryside Properties

Gold Group

Northwood Investors

TG Convenience Stores

PSA Group (Peugeot)

Frontier Estates

Enval

Work highlights

  • Advising Extra Motorway Services on the environmental aspects of the development of a new motorway service area on the M25.
  • Advised Northwood Investors on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of an 11-asset portfolio of urban logistics sites.
  • Acted for a property developer in a successful appeal against a statutory nuisance abatement notice for alleged dust nuisance.

White & Case LLP

With a focus on green finance solutions, green Islamic finance and green bond transactions, the team at White & Case LLP is led by counsel Tallat Hussain, a sustainable development and environmental expert, together with Caroline Miller Smith, who heads the EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group. The team assists a number of large international banking, corporate finance and infrastructure groups, and has experience advising on major oil and gas pipeline projects across Africa, exemplifying its strengths in the international finance and development space.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Miller Smith; Tallat Hussain

Key clients

KEXIM

KSURE

SACE

JBIC

African Export-Import Bank

Africa Finance Corporation

Carbon Holdings

Atradius

Calpine Corporation

IFC

Work highlights

  • Advised commercial lenders and ECAs – including Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (KSURE), SACE, African Export-Import Bank and Africa Finance Corporation – on a $3 billion first-in-class hybrid corporate financing to develop the NLNG Train 7 Project, including representing the ECAs in the E&S due diligence.
  • Advised an international energy fund in relation to the structured financing of the £3 billion Seagreen offshore windfarm, which included due diligence on regulatory requirements and permitting, as well as compliance with applicable environmental laws.
  • Advising a China-based mining company in connection with its compliance programme, which included undertaking an environmental and social review of the company’s polices for the parent and subsidiaries, including compliance obligations for operations in multiple jurisdictions.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Praised for its ‘ability to think three stages ahead’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly active in contentious environmental matters, handling both prosecution and defence work as well as taking part in challenges to Environment Agency enforcement and suspension notices. The team also acts on non-contentious matters, with Jane Southworth in Manchester playing a key role on that side of the practice. Kevin Elliott, who splits his time between London and Birmingham, leads on the contentious side, together with Newcastle-based Tim Hill, who is a ‘go-to in the water industry'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Elliott; Jane Southworth; Tim Hill

Testimonials

‘The team has massive strength in depth as a result of recruiting the best solicitors to provide an elite service for corporates. They provide top-rate advice from an incident through to the investigation and a charging decision. The firm frequently bypasses enforcement, using its tactical experience and its ability to think three stages ahead.’

‘Standout individuals include Kevin Elliot, who brings his extensive experience and tactical knowledge to the biggest cases, Tim Hill, who is a go-to in the water industry, and Jane Southworth, who has forgotten more than most people know. A thoroughbred team.’

‘Kevin Elliott is a shrewd and hardworking solicitor.’

Key clients

National Grid

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

Severn Trent Water

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

European Metal Recycling Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully prosecuted a company responsible for repair work on water tanks supplying blocks of flats on behalf of a water company, following contamination of the water supply.
  • Advised a financial services client following a major loss of diesel at one of its sites, leading to pollution into a nearby lake with fish kill, and put in place an enforcement undertaking in lieu of a prosecution.
  • Acting as sole legal provider to Thames Water, advising across a wide range of environmental matters.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With a client portfolio that includes high-profile investment banks, household-name brands and public sector bodies, Hogan Lovells International LLP covers a variety of matters, from advising on the environmental aspects of corporate M&A transactions to product compliance, corporate reporting and emissions allowances. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are core members of the practice and benefit from the expertise of partners in the wider London team.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Boniface; Kevin O’Connor

Key clients

BASF

Crown Estate

Brookfield Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Assisted a chemicals company with the environmental aspects of a corporate and operational reorganisation in relation to a UK joint venture manufacturing operation.
  • Advised a leading investment bank on mandatory UK energy and carbon corporate reporting and UK/EU energy efficiency auditing requirements, in respect of its both own operations and its investment portfolio.
  • Advised an engineering and construction business on the application of the SECR to its UK companies and the preparation of specific energy and carbon disclosures.

K&L Gates LLP

The practice at K&L Gates LLP regularly handles the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, with a particular focus on urban developments and public sector regeneration schemes. The team also advises on corporate acquisitions and assists clients with compliance issues surrounding EU and UK environmental regulations. Feroze Abbas leads the practice; he has extensive public and private sector experience. The firm has been recognised for its corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Key clients

AMBIPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES E EMPREENDIMENTOS S/A

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ReAssure)

Workspace Group plc

International Molybdenum Association (IMOA)

London Borough of Hounslow

Work highlights

  • Advising Hounslow Council as local planning authority on the environmental aspects of significant development and regeneration schemes.
  • Providing development advice to Workspace Group plc on a number of schemes, including all environmental elements of agreements.
  • Acted for Brazil-based Ambipar Participacoes E Empreendimentos S/A (in conjunction with the Sao Paulo office) on its corporate acquisition of waste management services company Enviroclear Site Services Limited.