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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's market-leading environmental group stands out for its expertise in handling cross-border cases across all aspects of environmental and regulatory law, including health and safety, the transportation and storage of hazardous goods and increasingly ESG issues. It is praised by clients as ‘knowledgeable in a wide spectrum of topics and jurisdictions’, and has a workload including cases involving the EU, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. ‘Exceptional’ group head Matthew Townsend has advised on issues arising from climate change/carbon trading, circular economy programmes and renewable power projects among others. Chris Andrew has experience acting across the full range of energy assets, both domestically and internationally, and senior associate Tom d’Ardenne advises on all aspects of environmental and climate law. Maeve Hanna has recently been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Chris Andrew; Tom d’Ardenne; Sophie Davis; Maeve Hanna

 

Testimonials

‘The sustainability team brings experts from the UK and the EU with breadth of knowledge and expertise.’

‘Matt Townsend is an exceptional lawyer with broad knowledge of the financial industry, sustainability and EU regulation. The team’s expertise is commendable and the partners’ availability is exceptional.’

‘Knowledgeable in a wide spectrum of topics and jurisdictions and provided various angles towards the project/problem. All/almost all grounds are covered in detail. The team are able to offer very timely solutions as well.’

Key clients

Airbus

CJ CheilJedang

Equator Principles Association

Emirates Global Aluminium

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Macquarie Bank

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Lubrizol

Nomura

Park Garages Group

Rocky Mountain Institute

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco)

Seagate Technology

Uniper

W. L. Gore & Associates

Work highlights

  • Advising Seagate Technology on a range of product regulatory matters concerning the sale of their products across the UK/EU. This has touched upon technical questions concerning RoHS, WEEE and packaging requirements; supply chain issues and the management of environmental risk when products are leased.
  • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of a majority stake in Southern Water Services Limited (Southern Water), including significant environmental and litigation issues that were instrumental in the success of the matter.
  • Advising The Equator Principles Association (EPA) on the preparation of the official loan documentation guidance for the EPA’s 4th edition of the Equator Principals. EP 4 are a major benchmark set of principles for the finance industry on sustainability issues. We have also advised the EPA on updating its governance rules.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP‘s international network of offices enables the team to handle complex multi-jurisdictional cases, including a growing amount of ESG-related work – which involves, among other things, climate change, health and safety issues and environmental regulation. The team has expertise in the environmental aspects of complex major infrastructure and development projects. It benefits from the presence of high-profile individuals including practice head Nigel Howorth, who has deep experience across environmental disputes, claims management and litigation. ‘PhenomenalMichael Coxall also contributes to the team with his experience advising clients on the EU REACH chemicals and biocides regimes, among other areas. The team has developed a global ESG newsletter setting out legal, policy and market developments in relation to ESG in many jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Michael Coxall; Kirsty Souter; Anneke Theelen

Testimonials

‘We chose to work with the Environment team at Clifford Chance because of 1) the specific individuals and 2) the ability of the firm to cover the full range of legal services that we required for the transaction in question. This included the M&A, financing, public takeover and tax teams.’

‘Our main contact was Nigel Howorth who was excellent and the reason that we chose to work with this team. He was very good at not just explaining very technical issues in a way that everybody else on the deal team could understand but his experience allowed him to contextualise the issues which is very important in this area.’

‘Very strong sector knowledge, especially in energy, combined with good old fashioned commercial understanding, especially in the M&A context.’

‘Michael Coxall remains a phenomenal knowledge on environmental law. His depth doesn’t seem to be challenged by the continued broadening of that area of law.’

‘Nigel Howorth is one of the most experienced practitioners in the environmental and energy law spaces. He seems equally comfortable with a regulatory or a transactional hat on.’

‘Great service. They had excellent knowledge of the national and local regimes and frameworks and were able to provide support across the spectrum, from high level strategic advice to teams of junior lawyers to support the necessary heavy lifting.’

‘Nigel Howorth – great technical knowledge but allied to a pragmatic / practical approach which enables the business to focus on the critical risks / issues. Very personable and able to communicate effectively across all levels of the business.’

‘Clifford Chance is our go-to firm for all matters involving environmental, health & safety, and chemical registration and related matters in the UK and throughout the EU.’

Key clients

Official Receiver

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP

Ancala

DP World

Partners Group

easyJet

Chrysaor

Aviation Working Group

EQT

CBRE Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advising the Official Receiver of the Baglan group of companies on numerous environmental and health & safety issues associated with the liquidation of the Baglan Bay gas turbine power station.
  • Advising Chrysaor on four bespoke verified emissions reduction purchase agreements, with three different counterparties.
  • Advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP on the environmental aspects of it’s £9.95 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc.

CMS

CMS fields a strong team of environmental law experts and works across a range of environmental law areas, having seen a growth in areas such as green claims. The firm has also seen a recent uptick in instructions to advise on climate change and sustainability including ESG matters, such as advising on the implications of the UK’s emissions targets, and has also assisted clients during the end of the EU transition period. The team counts on the expertise of ‘excellent attorney’ Olivia Jamison, who is at the forefront of the development of new environmental law and policy, and Alex Ibrahim, who has experience in advising clients on the acquisition and divestment of companies and sites with complex environmental issues.

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Jamison, Alex Ibrahim

Testimonials

‘Olivia Jamison and her team at environment practice at CMS have provided excellent legal services to us over the last year. They were always available with high quality advice and secondees of their attorneys when needed. They are proactive in the way they provide their advice, they understand the needs of the business and provide custom made solutions.’

‘Olivia and her team are on top of any new relevant changes that might affect their clients. They are proactive in sharing info and really specialised within the broader legal sustainability landscape.’

‘Excellent knowledge and advice in environmental law. Work well and integrate with other areas of CMS as necessary to provide a full package of advice.’

‘Excellent knowledge and clear advice often in tricky situations. Always can be trusted to provide correct advice.’

‘I have worked with CMS environment team for over 20 years and find them very focused and outcome oriented.’

‘Olivia Jamison has to be one of the smartest people I have ever met. I value her commitment to her clients and her focus on what outcomes her clients want to achieve.’

‘They have the most focused and organised team I have come across for dealing with a complex regulatory case.’

‘Olivia Jamison is an excellent lawyer but also leader of her team. She knows when to use Counsel and trusts her team to perform the day to day and week by week tasks a complex case needs and keeps the client and experts in touch and involved.’

 

Key clients

FCC Environment

Precision Castparts Corporation

Suez

Lutron Electronics

Tarmac

SSE Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising a manufacturer on the allocation of ETS allowances under the new UK ETS and successfully securing additional free allowances.
  • Advising global consumer products companies on the raft of net zero and European Green Deal laws and policies which have at their heart the reduction of GHG emissions and touch upon all aspects of business. Analysing aspects arising on a strategic basis and in relation to products prior to launch.
  • Advising automotive companies on the sale of an automotive manufacturing plant and associated land involving the provision of advice on the transfer of environmental risk, environmental permitting and the drafting of associated transactional documentation.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins’ international reach allows the team to act in high-profile multi-jurisdictional cases. The firm’s lawyers are recognised as thought leaders in the environmental law field, having published blogs in a number of leading journals. The head of the firm’s environment team, Paul Davies, who specialises in advising on the environmental aspects of global corporate transactions, brings a unique insight thanks to his involvement in a number of key environmental law organisations including his leadership role in the UK Environmental Law Association. The team also counts on the expertise of ‘prime environmental practitioner’ Michael Green. The group has recently been increasingly active in ESG-related matters, in the wake of initiatives at the EU level.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davies

Other key lawyers:

Michael Green

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the key members of this team, Paul Davies and Michael Green, for 15 years. They stand today ahead of the crowd as prime environmental practitioners not only in the UK but on the continent as well.’

‘They impress by the breadth of their practice and the variety of clients they serve. They are present in each compartment of the environmental field – from due diligence, to regulatory advice, to transactional work, and increasingly, litigation. Their client base includes prominent international industrial players, leading private equity funds with cross border assets, and governments. Their experience enables the team to provide reactive, practical and on-point trusted advice’.

‘Paul Davies has been and is key to the development of the above successes. His reputation in the UK and far beyond is more than well deserved. His commitment to what he does, his involvement with his clients, his understanding of issues, and his foresight are simply phenomenal.’

‘The team is highly effective in analyzing cutting-edge environmental regulatory issues involving MNCs under the laws of PRC and western countries. They are uniquely strong at proactive and cross-cultural communication. They are innovative at developing partnership with research organizations affiliated with PRC environmental regulators in order to offer insight.’

‘The attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about cross-border regulatory issues and the needs of clients. Under Paul Davies’s strong leadership, the attorneys have been tremendously helpful.’

‘I think Paul Davies and Michael Green stand out with qualities fitting for due diligence work. Paul especially is also very good in capturing the evolving legislative agenda and its implications.’

 

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.
  • Assisted funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe with the sale of the majority stake in Oikos Group, a European provider of prefabricated houses, headquartered in Germany, to West Street Capital Partners VIII, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs.
  • Advised First Sentier Investors (FSI) on two related transactions – the acquisition of SSE’s 50% share in Ferrybridge and Skelton Grange multifuel assets and the acquisition by First Sentier Investors of the UK division of Wheelabrator Technologies Holdings, a waste-to-energy business in the UK and is a developer, owner, and operator of strategically located waste-to-energy facilities.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s claimant-focused practice has a reputation for being at the forefront of environmental law reform, handling cases at the intersection of environmental and human rights law on an international and national basis. The team’s work ranges from UK and European public law challenges to multi-party actions arising from environmental damage in developing countries. The team has strength in depth, counting on the expertise of high-profile individuals such as Martyn Day, who is a renowned name in the area. The team is led by head of the international department, ‘outstanding’ Richard Meeran, and Jamie Beagent, whose main area of expertise includes judicial review challenges to planning decisions. ‘Extremely capable and highly intelligent’ Matthew Renshaw and Benjamin Croft were recently promoted to partners.

Practice head(s):

Richard Meeran; Jamie Beagent

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Day; Daniel Leader; Oliver Holland; Carol Day; Tessa Gregory; Paul Dowling; Rowan Smith; Ricardo Gama; Matthew Renshaw; Benjamin Croft

 

Testimonials

‘The environment team at Leigh Day is second to none. For claimants engaged in environmental litigation, the team offer a wealth of knowledge on both substantive environmental law and litigation procedure for environmental claims. Over the past few years, the team have been involved in numerous high profile environmental judicial reviews, including a number on climate change related issues.’

‘Really have their finger on the pulse of what the environmental community needs from litigation.’

‘Rowan Smith is very personable and great at building relationships with clients. Has strong knowledge of environmental law, especially in relation to climate change where he is a real leader of litigation in the field.’

‘They are experts in the field of environmental law and they really go the extra mile for their clients. Passionate about the subject and about achieving the right outcome. Not afraid to take risks and pursue novel and creative arguments before the Courts but also willing to take a strategic view where a legal challenge may not be the best approach. Impressive.’

‘Carol Day – she is an expert in the field and really knows her stuff.

Ricardo Gama – incredibly responsive and hands on. A team player.’

‘I am responding in relation to the Leigh Day International team. They are brilliant, clever and innovative.’

‘Richard Meeran and Daniel Leader are outstanding; easily the leading claimant solicitors in their field.’

Key clients

Andres Fernando Bravo & Others v Amerisur Resources Plc

The Ogale and Bille Communities, Nigeria

Kabwe Lead Poisoning Class Action

The Bodo Community clean-up claim, Nigeria

Diesel emissions group litigation

Wild Justice (Dr Ruth Tingay, Dr Mark Avery, Chris Packham CBE)

The Wildlife Trusts

Transport Action Network

Oceana

Friends of the Earth

Georgia Elliott Smith

Sarah Finch

Northern Ireland Badger Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Friends of the Earth in a case concerning the UK Government’s financial support of a liquefied natural gas facility off the coast of northern Mozambique and its compatibility 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 (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981).
  • Acting for the Ogale and Bille communities in the Niger Delta, who allege that oil spills from Shell’s pipelines have caused long-term and serious contamination of their land and water.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP‘s environment and climate change team is active across a range of sectors where environmental issues are commercially relevant or heavily regulated. It is regarded as ‘knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments in environmental law’, and advises corporates and financial institutions on incoming environmental and social requirements of investors and regulators. The team counts on the expertise of high profile individuals such as Vanessa Harvard-Williams, who is recognised for her expertise in the areas of human rights, environmental law and governance. ‘Personable, resourceful and knowledgeable’ Rachel Barrett specialises in advising clients interested in ensuring their approach to sustainability is robust and fit for purpose, as well as those facing or anticipating investor activism, brand damage and regulatory investigation. The team also counts on the expertise of Iyesogie Igiehon, who specialises in advising on environmental and health and safety matters in M&A and project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Harvard-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Barrett; Iyes Igiehon; Aileen Buchanan, Chris Staples

Testimonials

‘Linklaters environment practice is providing a wide range of regulatory work and is knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments’ in environmental law, with particular expertise in ESG and particular climate change’.

‘Rachel Barrett is personable and resourceful, knowledgeable about the latest developments and trends and able to provide solid and commercial advice.’

 

Key clients

Ineos

Brookfield

Goldman Sachs

Unilever

Goldman Asset Management

Nestle

Climate Financial Risk Forum

Hillhouse Capital

ITM Powe

Work highlights

  • Advising Unilever in the sale of its tea business, including preparation of vendor due diligence for the sale and the separation of the tea business from the remaining Unilever business, liaising with the environmental consultant with respect to the preparation of technical environmental due diligence reports for all relevant jurisdictions and review of such reports, and liaising with local counsel on the provision of advice in respect of environmental permit transfers for the new TeaCo.
  • Advising Nestle and Nestle SA in relation to Green claims, product related sustainability claims, regenerative agriculture, carbon insetting and offsetting templates; and on a project led by the UK business, the development of a model to effectively channel financing into sustainable agriculture projects with transfer of climate and biodiversity accounting benefits to corporates with climate and biodiversity targets.
  • Advising ITM Power plc, the energy storage and clean fuel company which focusss on the production of green hydrogen, on a fully documented £250 million capital raise, by way of a placing of new shares with institutional investors in the UK and US. The group intends to use the proceeds it raised, towards developing new capital expenditure projects, such as its recent development of its Bessemer Park site in Sheffield, the largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser in the world.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP’s ‘very powerful’ environment team focuses on ‘high end’, complex UK and EU environment and sustainability issues. It stands out for its expertise in regulatory issues critical to energy and infrastructure projects – benefiting from the experience of environmental law experts including ‘superDoug Bryden and John Buttanshaw. The firm’s Operation Risk and Environment Team forms part of its Risk & Operational Regulatory department, which advises on matters including business ethics, human rights and modern slavery. This gives the team a wider understanding of crisis response and reputation management, adding a dimension to the firm’s advice on environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Doug Bryden

Other key lawyers:

John Buttanshaw; Sarah Jane Denton; Simon Witney

Testimonials

‘The team were the first movers on ESG, especially for private equity, and that shows now in the quality and practicality of their advice. They are the go to firm on the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations.’

‘The combination of their technical legal knowledge and the clear understanding of how it applies – and sometimes won’t work for, their clients’ businesses is very powerful. Doug Bryden leads the team from the front, ably supported by John Buttanshaw. Simon Witney is the best summariser of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations in the marketplace.’

‘Very strong and practical approach to product regulatory issues, including intersection of UK and EU requirements after Brexit.’

‘Doug Bryden is super. There isn’t anything he can’t handle. He straddles the technical legal and operational implementation divide expertly. Really great client service.’

 

Key clients

BOC

Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.

Breedon Group

BOC

Nomura

Bridgepoint

Brookfield Asset Management

Oaktree Capital

Ancala Partners LLP

Greatbatch, Inc.

Palletways

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Advent International

Carlyle Group

Atlantic Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising a large international tech and infrastructure business on a range of environmental challenges primarily focused on its roll out of internet and fibre infrastructure around the world.
  • Advising the majority of the medium and large UK, EU, and global asset manager market on compliance with the EU’s flag ship ESG / Sustainable Finance regimes (in particular, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and Taxonomy).
  • Advising specialist EHS M&A support on the £535m sale of Marley Group, leading UK manufacturer of construction materials, to FTSE250 listed Marshalls plc.

Ashurst

Ashurst’s environment and safety team is known for providing broad advice on projects, transactions and litigation. The team workload includes high-value matters and the environment team works closely with other groups within the firm, including planning, projects and real estate, restructuring and special situations and corporate law. Practice head Eleanor Reeves is noted for her focus on ESG, collaborating with the firm's offices around the world on issues in this space. The team also counts on the expertise of ‘wonderful’ Joanna Fox, and is a part of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Fox; James Nierinck

Testimonials

The key stand-out for me with Ashurst is its desire to collaborate with its clients, coupled with its pragmatic approach to the subject matter. I have dealt with several of its Partners over the years, and the foregoing is a cultural aspect, as its a consistent approach.’

‘My feedback focuses on ESG. Ashurst were the only team to have a large active presence at COP26 and to show that they are serious about the environmental aspect of ESG.’

‘Eleanor Reeves is instrumental in Ashurst’s ESG work, in particular at COP26, and is active in the UK Environmental Law Association.’

‘The team have a collaborative nature and are very helpful and responsive to any queries we have. They are also happy to arrange meetings at fairly short notice if we request them.’

‘Associate James Nierinck has good knowledge of the specialist area of UK ETS, particularly in how it would impact the business model contractual work we are conducting with Ashurst. James is also clear where input from our internal UK ETS policy teams would be required, which is helpful in our being able to reach resolutions quickly.’

 

 

Key clients

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Aviva

Biffa Plc

Fortum

Kier Group

Tritax

Lendlease

McLaren

TfL

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on energy transition matters for the UK government, including the UK’s Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Programme.
  • Advising Aviva on renewable energy projects.
  • Advising Biffa on its acquisition of Viridor’s £126m UK recycling and collections business.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie stands out for its expertise in sustainability and the environmental regulation of products as well as in climate change law and emissions trading. The team benefits from Graham Stuart’s strength in product regulation as well as in health and safety law. Andrew Hedges’s recent arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright has further bolstered its experience in climate change and clean energy law. The team’s work spans EU and UK environmental law and it has recently been increasingly active on ESG matters, particularly on managing risk with respect to product and supply chain ESG management; this work includes advising on environmental issues, sustainability and human rights.

Practice head(s):

Graham Stuart

Other key lawyers:

Rachel MacLeod; Andrew Hedges

Testimonials

‘The Environment practice’s close collaboration with key UK and global BM experts to create the ESG series has been impressive and has created some extremely useful and insightful thought leadership and free content.’

‘The team’s ‘Claims you Make’ work is particularly strong and appears to be ahead of competitors in this area. It sees experts from across practices such as commercial, marketing, trade and litigation work closely with sustainability experts to lead on the topic of sustainability marketing/greenwashing.’

‘The diversity within the wider Environment team is particularly encouraging – this is certainly a strength of BM more generally.’

‘Graham Stuart leads his stellar team with impressive technical expertise, commercial acumen, and infinite stamina. His top-class legal advisory skills are matched by his strong EQ, making working with him a pleasure.

‘Senior associate Rachel MacLeod’s technical expertise and intellect are second-to-none and as a particularly strong senior associate with great communication and project management skills, a creative, innovative and commercial approach to problem solving, and the calmest of heads, she offers fantastic value for her PQE level.’

‘I would highlight the prompt collaboration and availability of the team. It was very appreciated.’

‘The collaboration with senior associate Rachel MacLeod has been “very easy”. She always took the time to listen and to complement any issue discussed. She has been very patient and was always promptly available to clarify or respond to any questions we might have. Of course, she also demonstrated to have the required technical skills!’

 

Key clients

Dyson

Emerson Electric

Google

Mattel

Platinum Equity

Unilever

Westinghouse

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has one of the largest environmental teams in the UK. It counts on the expertise of high-profile individuals in the sector including Guy Bastable, who joined the firm from BCL Solicitors LLP in May 2021 and specialises in environmental prosecutions, as well as Ian Salter and Ross Fairley, who focus on net-zero, nuclear new builds and decommissioning. Elsewhere, Ian Truman is another expert in the field of nuclear regulation and international nuclear law, and team head Michael Barlow has broad expertise with a workload that includes handling noise nuisance and coastal erosion claims. It particularly stands out for its expertise in the water sector, with its team representing a number of the UK’s nine water utilities. Other areas of strength include matters relating to power station decommissioning, contaminated land remediation and environmental disputes and prosecutions.  Former partner Simon Tilling has recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:

Guy Bastable; Ian Salter; Ross Fairley; Ian Truman

Testimonials

‘Excellent handling of large scale litigation, wide breadth of environmental expertise covering related areas such as planning, land acquisition, emissions, nuisance etc with specialists in each area complementing environmental expertise and enabling good all round client service, no matter what arises on the case.’

‘Burges Salmon have an excellent reputation for their environment team, and really do cover the full range of environmental work, including litigation and criminal cases. They have a wide range of experience and a depth of expertise that no other firm does.’

‘Environmental enforcement often involves complex legislation and facts. The team at Burges Salmon is very well equipped to handle these large investigations.’

‘Guy Bastable is a superb lawyer and team leader. He is imaginative and careful.’

‘Mike Barlow – excellent, thoughtful, strategic thinker; totally client focussed.  I have particularly admired his openness to alternative dispute resolution and novel ways of resolving disputes to suit the client’s needs.’

‘Guy Bastable is one of the best regulatory lawyers in the business. He has an acute understanding of both the legal and tactical issues in any criminal prosecution and gives no nonsense advice to those who are willing to hear it.’

‘Mike Barlow is exceptional – he knows environmental law inside out, in a way that very few solicitors do, and is at the same time very practical and gets clients what they want.  He is a good leader of teams in litigation, not afraid to roll his sleeves up when required.’

Guy Bastable specialises in corporate crime, including environmental enforcement. He has a superb overall view on strategy and the client’s commercial goals.’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Ingenious

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Severn Trent Water

RWE

Work highlights

  • Defending First Greater Western in statutory noise nuisance proceedings arising from its operations at its Reading Depot.
  • Advising the Canal & River Trust, which manages 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, on changes to the legislation relating to the abstraction of water from rivers (by removal of historic exemptions), and subsequent appeals of two of the licences granted by the Environment Agency to the Trust.
  • Acting for the Great Yarmouth Port Authority and the Great Yarmouth Port Company, as defendant, in a compensation claim relating to coastal erosion near the port, brought by a holiday park whose residents use the beach.

Dentons

Dentons‘s environment team is led by Stephen Shergold and benefits from his environmental expertise across sectors including oil and gas, waste and environmental insurance. The team also draws on the experience of environmental law experts including Helen Bowdren, who regularly acts on complex cross border mandates, Sam Boileau, whose expertise includes the environmental regulation of the oil & gas and waste sectors, and Pamela Coulthard, whose specialisms includes regulatory issues surrounding oil & gas decommissioning and pollution control. Recently, the firm has moved to expand its ESG practices, including through creating the ESG: Global Solution Hub, a tool used to measure legal risk for clients. The firm works across jurisdictions, leveraging its global influence and network to participate on high profile international cases.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold

Other key lawyers:

Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau; Pamela Coulthard; Annabel Hodge

Testimonials

‘Very strong team of dedicated environmental solicitors. Practical knowledge of environmental matters. Able to assist on challenging matters.’

‘Commercial advice; strong networks’

‘The Dentons team boasts a truly global reach but manage to maintain consistency in the quality of their service delivery. The Environmental team is highly experienced, knowledgeable and commercial. They always deliver, probably because they take the time to really understand our needs up front.’

‘Stephen Shergold is simply the most commercial environmental lawyer that I have come across in the industry. His knowledge of environmental law and its interplay with the environmental insurance products that our company provides is unrivalled. Stephen is also at the forefront of ESG risks and provides practical, up to date legal advice in an easily understood, commercially sound manner. He is the leading practitioner in the niche space of environmental and ESG litigation risk and insurance.’

Key clients

BASF

AIG

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Centrica Storage Limited

Avis Budget Group

SSE

Network Rail

SCOR

KPS Capital Partners

Peadbody

SLIP

Work highlights

  • Advising BritishVolt on a range of environmental matters, including developing and carrying out an ESG Agility Assessment for the client to produce a picture of the client’s flexibility to meet the rapidly evolving business paradigm of transparent environmental and social performance and corporate governance.
  • Advising TotalEnergies SA on the packaging for and proposed sale of its UK refinery. This sale successfully completed in 2021.
  • Advising BASF, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, on commercial and regulatory issues arising as a result of Brexit.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s environment team, led by Catherine Howard, works across a varied range of sectors including the energy, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and public law. Howard is noted for her deep expertise in environmental planning issues, including those related to major infrastructure projects, while senior associate Julie Vaughan has experience in matters involving domestic, EU and international environmental law. Silke Goldberg focuses on regulation of the energy sector across EU member states, and the team has additional expertise in health and safety matters. It acts for clients on advisory and contentious issues relating to ESG and impact risk management, including in relation to corporate purpose and mission-driven entities such as B-corps.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Howard

Other key lawyers:

Julie Vaughan; Silke Goldberg

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge in specialist matters and great personal interaction.’

‘Julie Vaughan – specialist environmental knowledge and good client reassurance when dealing with challenging situations!’

 

Key clients

Anglian Water

Logicor

Indaver UK Ltd

Intergen

Engie

Royal Mail Group

Blackstone

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Johnson Matthey

Transmission Capital Limited Partners

Essar Oil (UK)

British Land

Mitsubishi Corp

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Vimian Group

Gatwick Airport Limited

EDF

The Church Commissioners

Parkdean

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank Group)

Impact Investing Institute

Indofood

The Big Issue Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BritishVolt on a range of environmental matters, including developing and carrying out an ESG Agility Assessment for the client to produce a picture of the client’s flexibility to meet the rapidly evolving business paradigm of transparent environmental and social performance and corporate governance.
  • Advised TotalEnergies SA on the packaging for and proposed sale of its UK refinery. This sale successfully completed in 2021.
  • Advising BASF, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, on commercial and regulatory issues arising as a result of Brexit.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s international network and expertise in multiple sectors of environmental law means the firm can work in some of the largest multi-jurisdiction cases in this area. The team’s domestic workload also encompasses some of the largest remediation and infrastructure development projects in the UK. The environment, safety and planning team is led by three specialist partners: ‘hugely experiencedCaroline May, who chairs the Law Society Working Group on climate change; Sarah Fitzpatrick, a planning specialist who brings experience of environmental issues including habitat and species protection; and Laura Kiwelu, who works with the team on crossover renewable energy and carbon finance projects and has recently been promoted to partner. It also counts on the expertise of ‘clever and pragmatic’ special counsel Lucy Bruce Jones, whose workload includes the environmental aspects of project developments and transactions. Andrew Hedges departed the firm in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May; Sarah Fitzpatrick; Laura Kiwelu

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Bruce Jones

Testimonials

‘A strong team with a in-depth knowledge of the industry, great commercial awareness; leaders in diversity able to understand clients from jurisdictions around the world – as a result. Team work is excellent.’

‘Caroline May highly recommended in litigation. She is a true leader, handles crisis well. She is a “street-fighter” who will fight a case while being flexible to accommodate other solutions.’

‘The team is dynamic, and creative with its advice and approach to problems. Their advice is no-nonsense and easy to understand and work with.’

‘Very specialist and punchy team.’

‘Caroline May – very experienced partner, seen it all before’

‘Very experienced, sensible and pragmatic lawyers. Tough when they need to be, but always realistic.’

‘Caroline May – hugely experienced in this area. Lucy Bruce Jones – she’s great; clever and pragmatic.’

‘During the past couple of years, we have worked with the Environment / sustainability team for joint delivery of sustainability advice to clients from the finance sector. The team is extremely knowledgeable and can call upon diverse expertise from within their globally integrated practice.’

 

Key clients

AIG Asset Management (Europe)

AT&T Corp.

BMW (UK) Limited

BNP Paribas

CF Industries Holdings Inc

Civitas Social Healthcare Advisors Limited

Crest Nicholson Plc

Daniels SharpSmart, Inc.

DBS Bank Ltd

DP World/London Gateway Port Limited

Europa Capital LLP – Dagenham Dock Limited

ExxonMobil International Limited

General Motors Company

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc

Greencoat UK Wind Plc

Greenergy International Ltd.

Greenlink Interconnector Limited

HSBC Global Asset Management (UK)

HSBC UK Bank plc

Kerry Group Plc

Laing O’Rourke Plc

Macquarie Bank Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Sandvik Mining & Construction Tools AB

Setha Canterbury Limited

Shell International Limited

Silicon Valley Bank

Tees Eco Energy Limited

Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP

Vodafone Group Services Limited

Yara International ASA

Work highlights

  • Acting on a high profile international group litigation claim involving alleged pollution of rainforest in the Amazon basin.
  • Acting on one of the UK’s longest running contaminated land cases (20 years plus) arising from chemical groundwater contamination.
  • Advising in relation to high profile environmental challenges to the HS2 high speed rail project including matters of habitat and species protection.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP stands out for its work with blue chip UK real estate and infrastructure clients, working across a variety of real estate and planning contexts, from civil and criminal to transactional. In 2021 the firm has gained a good reputation on thought leadership, having published several articles and hosted no fewer than 13 webinars on environmental legal developments. It benefits from Aidan Thomson’s expertise on several areas of environmental liability and compliance, including the statutory liability regimes relating to environmental damage, nuisance and contaminated land. Thomson co-heads the group alongside Tim Hellier, who serves as head of planning; the team also counts on the expertise of ‘impressive‘ associate director Isabelle Laborde, who is qualified in both the UK and France and has experience in matters relating to European environmental regulation.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Thomson; Tim Hellier

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Laborde

Testimonials

‘Experienced in this field.’

‘Isabelle Laborde is impressive – responds quickly and gives sound advice in layman’s terms.’

‘Good experience of the underlying Environmental law. Ability to suggest suitable compromising positions to meet business / commercial intent – Aiden Thomson (Partner).’

‘Robust understanding of environmental matters. Straightforward to work with.’

‘Aidan Thomson – straightforward practical legal advice, helpful, insightful.’

‘Aidan Thompson is a pleasure to work with and provides clear and concise advice to our business.’

Isabelle Laborde – identifies the requirements of the client and ensures that they are met by the solutions developed. Aidan Thompson – really well known in the market and always approachable. A deep knowledge bank.

 

Key clients

AIG

International Underwriting Association

EasyJet

Thames Water

National Grid

Angel Trains

BlackRock UK Property Fund

Unite UK Student Accommodation

Tesco

Chancerygate

Work highlights

  • Acting for Elanco, the US Animal Health company, in its sale of assets to TriRx Pharmaceutical Services LLC, including its manufacturing site in the UK.
  • Advising the leading industrial property and warehousing specialist on a number of transactions for the acquisition of former historic gasworks, including the setting up of a joint venture with the former operator.
  • Advising in respect of its proposals for a new power station on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, North Lincolnshire.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s environmental group works across several areas of environmental law including UK, EU and international environmental advisory work, as well as acting in the defence of environmental prosecutions. The team is led by Teresa Hitchcock, who has expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, and Nick Rock, who recently joined the firm, having previously been the global head of the Environment, Health and Safety practice at Reed Smith LLP. Rock is highly praised by clients as a ‘market-leading partner’ with ‘outstanding leadership qualities’. Annie O’Connor also joined from Reed Smith LLP, and Olivia Cook joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. The team stands out for its expertise working with contaminated land, compliance issues, environmental approvals and assessments, and waste management and disposal.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock; Nick Rock

Other key lawyers:

Annie O’Connor; Olivia Cook

Testimonials

‘Nick Rock’s hire from Reed Smith was a strong one.’

‘Nick Rock is a market-leading partner, who holds the confidence of business stakeholders as much as instructing counsel. Strong bench depth built up in a short period of time, since his arrival at the Firm. Nick’s transparent approach to fees is much appreciated, meaning his team is often very competitively priced despite its strength and expertise.’

‘A strong team which, as well as being technically on top of their game, seems to enjoy working together – a palpable team spirit.’

‘Nick Rock has outstanding leadership qualities. Alert to detail and technically totally on top of his game, he is a plaesure to deal with.’

 

Key clients

Canon

Neste Oil

Tarmac

HP Inc

Koppers Inc

Drax Power Limited

Morgan Stanley

Glencore

Apple

10 Braskem Nederlands B

Work highlights

  • Advising on compliance with all aspects of the proposed new EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.
  • Advising on a matter relating to the remediation of contamination involving one of the largest plumes of contamination to affect an aquifer used for public supply in the UK.
  • Providing extensive advice on all aspects of compliance with the EU’s regime relating to corporate reporting of non-financial (environmental, sustainability; human rights etc.) matters.

Hausfeld & Co LLP

Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s environmental and product liability team is led by Ingrid Gubbay, who conducts strategic public and private law litigation, Sarah Moore, who litigates against both corporate defendants and the UK government, and Simon Bishop, who was recently promoted to partner. The team predominantly represents clients in claims against prominent corporations and institutions. Some of the firm’s work includes helping Greta Thunberg and 13 other young climate activists from around the world with a petition to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking that he and the leaders of all UN agencies declare that the climate crisis is an emergency.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Gubbay; Simon Bishop; Sarah Moore

 

Other key lawyers:

Lianne Craig; David Lawne; Michael Hausfeld; Richard Lewis

Key clients

Thousands of Mercedes Customers

13 young people including Greta Thunberg

Adaeze Aghaji (youth activist) and Peter Garforth

Consortium of the Good Law Project, Environmental Law Foundation, The London Waterkeeper, the Kent Environmental Community Network and Stonyhurst College.

Save the Children

Good Law Project

George Monbiot

Vince Dale

ClientEarth

Mums for Lungs

Work highlights

  • Intervening in a landmark climate change legal action in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The underlying case was filed by the Applicant, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) on behalf of 6 Portuguese young people in September 2020 and is the first case involving climate change to be considered by the ECtHR.  It asks the ECtHR to make a declaration that 33 European respondent states are in breach of their human rights obligations through their contributions to climate change.
  • Building a group action against Daimler/Mercedes Benz in in the UK on behalf of individual and business purchasers of diesel Mercedes vehicles, following findings by the German Transport Authority that Mercedes installed devices in diesel vehicles that could cheat emissions tests. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of affected vehicles on the roads in the UK may contain so-called ‘defeat devices’, meaning that they are likely emitting harmful levels of NOx (nitrogen oxide) with adverse consequences for health and the environment.
  • Helping Greta Thunberg and 13 other youth climate activists from around the world prepare the petition which on 10 November 2021, the 13 youth activists submitted to UN Secretary-General António Guterres asking that he and the leaders of all UN agencies declare a systemwide UN emergency on the climate crisis, as they did in 2020 on the COVID-19 crisis.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s environment team is led by head of environmental law Samantha Brady, head of sustainability Jeff Twentyman , and Matthew Tobin  and stands out for its transactional work. Its sustainability and climate change offering has grown over the past year. Its key strengths include finding solutions to help clients allocate and provide for environmental and ESG risks on M&A transactions and advising on all areas of the energy sector including renewables, nuclear and oil and gas. It also has expertise in helping corporates navigate the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brady; Jeff Twentyman; Matthew Tobin

Key clients

Schroders

KKR

Viridor

Johnson Matthey

INEOS

GHO Capital

Reckitt Benckiser

Vitol

Aker Horizon Solutions AS

Moody’s Corporation

United Utilities

John Lewis

Coca-Cola

Centrica

Derwent London

United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF)/IBRD (World Bank)

Work highlights

  • Advising Viridor on the feasibility and implementation of a group restructuring and disposals of certain assets and divisions, including the sale of its collections business and a number of recycling infrastructure assets to Biffa.
  • Advising Schroders plc on its acquisition of a 75% stake in Greencoat Capital Holdings Limited, a specialist investment manager focussing on renewable energy investing, with £6.7 billion of assets under management at 30 November 2021.
  • Advising INEOS Enterprises on its disposal of INEOS Sulphur Chemicals Spain SLU, Spain’s largest dedicated manufacturer of sulphuric acid and oleum, led from its state of the art manufacturing facility in Bilbao.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ ‘very pragmatic and commercially focused‘ environmental, safety and health team is led by Rob Elvin, whose expertise includes the nuclear, gas and electricity generation and distribution industries. It also counts on the expertise of Anita Lloyd, who is described as ‘expert in the area’. The team works across jurisdictions and benefits from its international reach, offering clients services ranging from non-contentious advisory work to regulatory defence work. Oliver Bristow joined from CMS in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Anita Lloyd; Oliver Bristow; David Gordon

Testimonials

‘Anita Lloyd at Squire Patton Boggs provided an overview training session to our business on the many aspects of The Environment Act 2021. Anita was able to translate the complexities of the Act to easy digestible pieces providing great clarity. Anita is such an expert in this area and  friendly, approachable and keen to help.’

‘Few firms have Environment practices. The SPB team is developing a reputation in this nascent area, helping clients navigate their way through the ever-increasing swathe of legislative requirements whilst also providing clear commercial advice and guidance to clients looking to engage in Carbon Offsetting for the first time, as was the case with my business.’

‘Anita Lloyd was our lead solicitor on a few Environmental projects last year. She was calm, unshowy and generous with her time, educating many on client-side as we sought to understand this new area of law and practice.’

‘We have found the team to be very pragmatic and commercially focused with good background knowledge of the science based issues as well as pure legal ones.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Orthios Eco Parks (Anglesey) Limited in respect of EU/UK REACH, end of waste regulatory matters and securing the necessary regulatory permits for a new facility processing oil and chemicals from waste plastic.
  • Advising Taylor Wimpey on water and drainage solutions, abstraction licence transfer and trading, flooding issues and riparian rights on multiple UK development sites.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of construction and insulation products on a waste and producer responsibility mapping exercise across multiple European jurisdictions.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co has a notable range of specialist environmental lawyers across England, Wales and Scotland. While the firm works across a range of environmental law areas, it stands out for its expertise in environmental crime where it advises on EA and local authority investigations, prosecutions and other forms of enforcement action. The team counts on the expertise of “smart as a whip” Stephanie Lunt and “staggeringly goodRod Hunt. The team is recognised for thought leadership initiatives in this area, having published a number of articles and hosted several events on environmental matters. Clyde & Co has recently merged into the firm.

Practice head(s):

Rod Hunt; Chris Morrison; David Leckie; Victor Rae-Reeves; Brian Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Lunt

Testimonials

‘Stephanie has a real presence within the environmental legal world. Stephanie is extremely hard working, conscientious and dependable. It is a real pleasure to work with her because she is both professional and personable and has great client skills.’

‘The Environment team at Clyde & Co specialises in representing corporate clients and HNW individuals in environmental enforcement issues brought by the Environment Agency or local authorities.’

‘Rod Hunt leads the environmental enforcement team at Clyde & Co. He is staggeringly good and is the complete package – he works like a warrior, he’s very calm under pressure and always easy to get on with, he’s bright and knowledgeable on the law, agile and creative with solutions to problems but realistic with his advice. 

‘Stephanie Lunt is smart as a whip, with top draw client care skills. She handles complex cases involving large corporate group structures, including cases with a cross-border dimension’.

‘Mark Brookes is one of the best lawyers around. He is court-savvy and an utterly invaluable member to have on the team. He has an incredible work ethic and is very popular with clients’.

 

Work highlights

    Jones Day

    Jones Day‘s environmental, health & safety team is led by Christopher Papanicolaou, whose expertise includes waste management, RoHS and REACH regulations. The team regularly advises on the structuring of disposals and acquisitions of brownfield space and contaminated land. It also provides advice to real estate and corporate clients on the assessment and structuring of environmental risk in complex and high-value transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Christopher Papanicolaou

    Key clients

    Sanofi

    Solvay

    International Automotive Components Group Limited

    Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

    Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Limited

    Aermont Capital

    LondonMetric Property Plc

    Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

    The British Land Company PLC

    Get Living plc

    Avient Corporation

    Helios Technologies

    APPLiA Europe

    Petronas

    Omnimax International

    The Timken Company

    Sun Communities Inc

    Illinois Tool Works Inc

    Arsenal Capital Partners

    Ensign-Bickford Industries

    Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

    Work highlights

    • Advising Sun Communities , Inc. on its the acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion. Park Holidays is the second largest owner and operator of holiday communities in the UK, with 40 owned and operated communities and an additional two managed communities.
    • Advising Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, which is an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager. The strategic partnership will focus on international projects leveraging technologies including solar, storage, onshore and offshore wind, and waste to energy.
    • Representing Goldman Sachs in the acquisition and financing of The Belfry Hotel & Resort from an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners.

    Macfarlanes LLP

    Macfarlanes LLP’s environmental team is led by ‘knowledgeable and approachable’  Nigel Price, who has experience advising clients on transactions, regulatory issues and disputes. It advises clients across the corporate/PE, real estate, funds, financial services, private client and infrastructure sectors. The team regularly works on high-profile commercial development matters and has recently seen an increase in work related to ESG investments. The group wins praise from clients for its ‘constant attention to detail’ and ‘wealth of experience in environmental law’.

    Practice head(s):

    Nigel Price

    Testimonials

    ‘There is a constant attention to detail and liaison/communication which results both in a high quality service to the client but also smooth running of a project. Individuals are approachable.’

    ‘Nigel Price stands out as a key individual in the practice. He is both knowledgeable and approachable and a pleasure to work with. His key attention to detail and client service are both exceptional.’

    ‘Wealth of experience in environmental law. Reliable. Extremely responsive’

    ‘Nigel Price is very calm, experienced, extremely knowledgeable and knows all the tricks of the trade!’

    ‘Nigel Price is very analytical, whilst providing user-friendly and commercially minded advice, easy to cooperate with and has great communication skills.’

     

    Key clients

    Binderholz

    Apollo

    KPS Capital Partners

    The William Pears Group

    Legal & General

    Berkeley Group (including St William)

    Parkdean Resorts

    Avant Homes

    BAE Systems

    Greenergy

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the acquisition of BSW Group, the UK’s largest integrated forestry and sawmilling business, including overseeing and advising on the environmental aspects of this transaction. Macfarlanes advises Binderholz on acquisition of BSW Group from Endless LLP – Macfarlanes
    • Advised in connection with the acquisition of Miller Homes, one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, continuing our involvement working on such transactions in this sector.
    • Advising on numerous of its projects involving redevelopment of brownfield land (former gasworks), now fully owned by Berkeley which acquired National Grid’s stake in the business.

    Mayer Brown International LLP

    Mayer Brown International LLP ‘s environment team is led by ‘extremely good‘ counsel Tim Baines, who has a particular interest in advising clients in the real estate, energy and sustainability sectors. The team also counts on the expertise of Michael Hutchinson, a highly experienced consultant whose has expertise handling the environmental aspects of transactions, providing non-contentious advice, and representing clients in litigation. The team has increasingly been helping clients respond to regulatory burdens. It also publishes articles on new developments in the EHS sector and ESG area.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Baines

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Hutchinson

    Testimonials

    ‘Mayer Brown’s knowledge and level of detail in REACH and PSRA issues are very impressive. The team is very responsive and makes sure to understand the commercial background of issues too.’

    ‘It is always a pleasure to work with Tim Baines. His availability is extremely good and his guidance is very clear and to the point – where needed – so it can be distributed to the business easily. He is very proactive and makes sure to simplify legal issues to the business if needed. Very genuine and likeable as a person too.’

     

     

    Key clients

    Dow, Inc.

    Aurelius

    Klesch Group

    Crosstree Real Estate Partners

    Cabot Properties Inc.

    Kennedy Wilson

    JLL

    Work highlights

    • Representing Klesch Group in the acquisition of the Kalundborg refinery in Denmark from Equinor, together with its subsequent inventory financing and factoring arrangements.
    • Working with leading property consultancy JLL on SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting) requirements.
    • Represented private equity firm AURELIUS in the acquisition of McKesson UK, a leading provider of healthcare businesses and services including Lloyds Pharmacy and AAH Pharmaceuticals, in a corporate carve-out from US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.

    Osborne Clarke LLP

    Osborne Clarke LLP’s environmental law practice in London handles a range of work from regulatory compliance and permitting through to site remediation and crisis response in contamination incidents. The team represents major developers, energy firms and public sector clients, and draws on the expertise of Matthew Germain, who stands out for his reputation in providing advice to corporate clients on the subject of ESG. Caroline Bush, who works across renewables, energy, commercial, retail and industrial developments, is another key figure in the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Germain

    Other key lawyers:

    Caroline Bush; Katie Vickery

    Key clients

    John Laing Environmental Assets Group

    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

    Work highlights

      Pinsent Masons LLP

      Pinsent Masons LLP's combined planning and environment group is able to provide full-spectrum advice to clients on issues in these areas. The team is led by ‘extremely experiencedRichard Griffiths  and Ross McDowall, whose expertise include contaminated land, energy and environmental liability. The team focuses on international, national and regional significant environment, planning and infrastructure work. It also counts on the expertise of Gordon McCreath , who has particular expertise in the energy, waste and water sectors. The team stands out for its ‘exceptional strategic advice and unrivalled expertise in planning, infrastructure, regulatory, commercial and procurement in the context of the water sector’. Claire Gregory departed the firm in March 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Griffiths; Ross McDowall

      Other key lawyers:

      Gordon McCreath; Fiona Ross; Michael Freeman

      Testimonials

      ‘The Pinsent Masons infrastructure planning team have a vast amount of experience and apply it pragmatically’

      ‘Michael Freeman (senior associate) is extremely enthusiastic about tackling our interesting and unique legal issues.’

      ‘Richard Griffiths (partner) is extremely experienced at tackling unusual and complex legal problems and finding a practical solution.’

      ‘Exceptional strategic advice and unrivalled expertise in planning, infrastructure, regulatory, commercial and procurement in the context of the water sector. Extremely hard-working and dedicated.’

      ‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and respected in this field. The lawyers have a wealth of experience and give confident and clear legal advice.’

      ‘Fiona Ross is very bright and pragmatic, she provides clear and commercial legal advice.’

       

      Key clients

      Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

      Southern Water

      Thames Water

      Morgan Sindall

      Drax Power Limited

      Southampton International Airport Limited

      Royal Commission for AlUla

      NEO Energy Upstream UK Limited

      E.ON

      United Utilities

      Leviton UK

      M Group Services Limited

      Environment Agency

      Thames Water/Affinity Water

      Plastic Collective

      Work highlights

      • Advising Plastic Collective on a contractual structure to enable and fund projects mostly in developing nations to collect and recycle waste plastic, which generate “plastic credits”.
      • Advising Southern Water, a statutory undertaker, on a wide range of matters relating to their proposed development of major new water supply infrastructure in Hampshire in order to meet a projected water supply deficit.
      • Advising a leading FMCG Plc on all aspects of participation in the LEAF Coalition, an innovative mechanism for mobilizing funding for tropical forest restoration, resulting in emissions reductions under The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES).

      Pogust Goodhead

      Pogust Goodhead’s environment team focuses on representing claimants in enviromental litigation against large corporations, acting for clients including individuals, charities, municipalities and businesses. The group is led by Tom Goodhead, who focuses on environmental law breaches in a cross-border context, Pedro Martins, who plays a leading role in the representation of over 200,000 claimants affected by one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazil’s history, and Tomás Mousinho, who leads the firm’s international class actions. The team’s work often includes seeking redress against UK corporates, with a particular focus on environmental cases arising in Brazil.

      Practice head(s):

      Tom Goodhead; Pedro Martins; Tomás Mousinho

      Other key lawyers:

      Céline Barnwell; Tony Winterburn

      Testimonials

      ‘Highly committed and driven team. Very punchy. They are invariably toe-to-toe with some of the biggest firms out there, in litigation of the highest-stakes. They have a deep understanding of the jurisdictions their international cases relate to, in particular Brazil. A genuinely innovative firm whose rapid growth over the last years has been impressive’.

      ‘This firm outperforms its rivals. For a relatively new firm, it has deservedly made a name for itself. It embraces the opportunity to take on precedent setting litigation, taking a refreshingly commercial approach to environmental actions. The team is not afraid to take on large multinational corporations to obtain justice for its clients.’

      ‘No matter who you speak to, the team are friendly and open to anyone. They listen to you and if the individual you speak to can’t help you they ensure that you are followed up very quickly (same day). They have used modern technology to gather information in order to build a more solid case.’

      ‘Stand out individuals include Pedro Martins, Tómas Mousinho, Marcelo Moura and Jeremy Evans. Pedro Martins – manages large litigation teams brilliantly. Tómas Mousinho – hugely committed to achieving justice for clients. Marcelo Moura – fantastic lawyer who has an ability to explain complex issues of law with simplicity and clarity. Jeremy Evans – a very punchy litigator with a phenomenal work ethic.’

      ‘The members of the team I have spoken to are very pleasant, and able to pitch their answer to questions at the appropriate level. They are not like some legal firms who try to show off that they speak a different language. They communicate in layman’s terms, but you know they have the right background and understand. You get a very confident feeling from the conversations you have that things will be done. They live up to their promise of getting back to you promptly.’

      ‘Dedicated team, detail-oriented, persevering.’

      ‘They are unafraid to take on challenging and game-changing cases. Their attitude in this alone makes them stand out. They have also finessed the art of utilising different specialists, including data teams, mathematicians – whatever skill is required to perfect the case and give the clients the best service. They are ambitious, driven, commercial, and strategic, ensuring the best results for clients.’

      Work highlights

      • Representing over 200,000 claimants in a landmark litigation against two entities of the BHP group which at the time of writing is still dually listed in England and Australia. At the heart of this matter is the 2015 ‘Fundão Dam collapse’ in South-eastern Brazil, involving 50 million cubic metres of iron ore tailings being washed into the Doce River with massive human, environmental, and economic cost.
      • Issuing proceedings against Dutch petrochemical giant Braskem over significant environmental destruction (including an earthquake) caused by its controversial mining activities in the city of Maceio, Brazil, severely affecting the livelihood of local families. Representing 15 individuals in relation to devastation caused by this disaster.
      • Representing over fifteen thousand claimants in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation. The firm is part of the Steering Committee appointed by the Court to conduct the Litigation pursuant to a Group Litigation Order. The Steering Committee together represent circa.86,000 owners and lessees of VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT vehicles.

      Reed Smith LLP

      Reed Smith LLP‘s Environment, Health and Safety team is led by Adam Hedley, who ‘has strong technical knowledge in this space and is able to provide focused commercial advice’. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious work on a wide array of environmental issues. Nick Rock departed the firm in June 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Adam Hedley

      Other key lawyers:

      Jake Williams

      Testimonials

      ‘Reed Smith are excellent business partners to our team. They have made a significant time commitment to understanding our business needs and how best to service us. They are transparent with their billing practices and very willing to adapt when feedback is provided. The team has a strong network of local counsels around the world, which enables us to channel work through them and have their team quality control it, saving us a lot of time and effort.’

      ‘Ben Patton is an exceptional lawyer to work with. He is an excellent communicator and manages to cut through the noise to give complex legal advice in an easy to consume manner. He is responsive and happy for you to bounce even the simplest questions off of him. He gets our business and always ensures that his advice matches our business objectives and culture.’

      ‘Reed Smith are real commodities experts, with a strong bench of partners and associates all of whom have real in-sector knowledge. I am genuinely impressed with their ability and tendency to promote internal lawyers to the partnership from the commodities team, which is a big difference to other commodities-focused firms where the partnership track appears to be bordering on non-existent for commodities associates. The number of internal promotions of female lawyers to the partnership from the sector group is also demonstrative of their investment in D&I. It also seems like the team genuinely like each other!’

      ‘Adam Hedley learnt under one of the market leading partners in this space and has been promoted to partnership relatively recently. Adam has strong technical knowledge in this space and is able to provide focused commercial advice in a pretty esoteric area of law. I have confidence in his ability as a partner and consider him a strong and important part of Reed Smith’s commodities offering.’

       

      Work highlights

        Shoosmiths LLP

        Shoosmiths LLP's environment group is jointly led by ‘one of the leading UK environmental law practitioners’ Angus Evers, and Roy Tozers, whose expertise includes representing and defending companies which are being investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities. The team has recently seen an increase of work relating to advice in relation to chemicals regulation (REACH and CLP). It advises on several areas of environmental law including environmental due diligence and both civil and criminal contentious environmental matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Angus Evers; Roy Tozer

        Other key lawyers:

        Joanne Sear

        Testimonials

        ‘Angus Evers has a complete grasp of technical issues arising out of environmental disputes . His advice is clear and succinct and easily understood by the layman.’

        ‘The technical understanding of the team beyond the legal aspects of environmental practice is impressive with a strong comprehension and problem solving approach adopted to facilitate resolution.’

        ‘My primary interaction has been with Angus Evers in relation to environmental matters, Angus is seen as one of the leading UK environmental law practitioners in my opinion.’

         

        Key clients

        Brenntag

        Extra Motorway Services

        Tingdene Parks

        Northwood Investors

        Epiris Managers

        Grainger

        Graham’s The Family Dairy Ltd

        McCarthy Stone

        St Modwen Developments

        J Murphy & Sons

        Henkel

        Jaguar Land Rover

        Stellantis (Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall)

        IKEA

        Work highlights

        • Advised Berkeley DeVeer on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of Avant Homes Group.
        • Advised Graham’s The Family Dairy on a successful application for Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates.
        • Advised Northwood Investors on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of logistics developments from a joint venture between Chancerygate and Hines.

        White & Case LLP

        White & Case LLP’s environment & climate change practice team is led by Tallat Hussain, who practices in the areas of regulatory compliance, permitting and disputes, and Caroline Miller Smith, who focuses on project development. The teams’ work includes working with green finance structures, monetising green credits and carbon allowances and developing terms for green Islamic finance.

        Practice head(s):

        Caroline Miller Smith; Tallat Hussain

        Testimonials

        ‘Individuals I work with are very responsive (to me and others even outside of normal working hours) and proactive in driving forward the interests of their clients. I work with an environmental specialist who is great at meeting deadlines (and ensuring others meet deadlines)/driving environmental and social matters forward and identifying mutual acceptable solutions where disagreements between parties occur.’

        Key clients

        EIG

        JOST Werke

        Carbon Holdings

        Financiers – including JBIC, NEXI, China Exim, US Exim, ECIC, Atradius and SACE

        Red Sea Development Company

        CVC Advisors

        Saudi Aramco

        Work highlights

        • Advised funds managed by EIG on the agreement to acquire the 1332 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (“CCGT”) power station and 49 MW battery at West Burton B in Nottinghamshire, England – one of the Europe’s largest battery storage assets. West Burton B CCGT generates enough electricity for approximately 1.5 million UK homes.
        • Advised The Red Sea Development Company on the green financing for Phase One of The Red Sea Project. The E&S advisory work included ensuring that the commitment to sustainability included packaging the financing as sustainable, including by assisting TRSDC in developing a green finance strategy, developing the Green Financing Framework for the Project and ensuring its integrity through external verification in order to align the strategy and the intention to facilitate Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals.
        • Advised JOST Werke AG, a leading global producer and supplier of safety-critical systems for the commercial vehicle industry, on the sale of its UK-based Edbro hydraulic cylinders business to Enact and its fund manager Endless LLP. The transaction involved complex environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues mostly around management of risks and protection of both workers and the environment.

        BDB Pitmans

        BDB Pitmans‘s Environment team works across a range of disciplines including planning, public law and litigation. The team is led by Mark Challis and has a history of working with clients across government, regulators and the private sector. The team stands out for its work with local authorities to tackle congestion and improve air quality.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Challis

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Marsh; Angus Walker; Nicholas Evans; Sarah Clark; Richard Langley

        Testimonials

        ‘Ability to grasp complex legal and practical issues and deliver high quality tailored legal advice with practical solutions which are specifically client focussed.’

        Key clients

        Natural Resources Wales

        Environment Agency

        Transport for London

        Transport for Greater Manchester

        Leeds City Council

        Bath and North East Somerset Council

        Oxfordshire County Council

        Newcastle Upon Tyne

        Nottingham City Council

        Sheffield City Council

        Birmingham City Council

        East Suffolk Council

        Work highlights

        • Advised the Environment Agency on the successful promotion of its £100million Bridgwater Tidal Barrier scheme.
        • Advising Natural Resources Wales on a broad range of environmental regulatory matters.
        • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester in respect of their Clean Air Plan for the city.

        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has developed a specialist offering in the market for water utility providers, including the largest UK water utility company. The firm’s lawyers have a diverse range of expertise, including Jane Southworth, who specialises in the chemicals sector, and Tim Hill, who focuses on high-hazard energy chemical and high-risk manufacturing clients. Paul Verrico, head of the firm’s EHS team, has cross-qualified this year as a Chartered Member of IOSH and as a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. The firm’s previous head of EHS team, Kevin Elliott, departed the firm in January 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Verrico

        Other key lawyers:

        Jane Southworth; Tim Hill

        Testimonials

        ‘We use the team for their specialism in water prosecutions under the Water Industry Act 1991.’

        ‘The team has a very good understanding of the interests and needs of major corporate clients when it comes to environmental prosecutions and the requirements of environmental permits.’

        ‘Ability to provide clear, concise and timely legal advice on complex legal issues.’

        ‘The team builds strong relationships with clients. The root of those relationships is quite simply listening carefully to them and doing everything it can to meet their needs. The quality of written work produced by the team is very high indeed. Working, and having worked, with many firms, this is the one I have seen work hardest for its clients.’

        Key clients

        Thames Water Utilities Limited

        Severn Trent Water

        National Grid

        Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

        Network Rail

        European Metal Recycling Limited

        South Staffordshire Water Plc

        Northumbrian Water

        Work highlights

          Gowling WLG

          Gowling WLG’s London environment team is led by Ben Stansfield and works closely with its Birmingham team. It stands out for its expertise in dealing with allocating risk in sales of real estate, and increasingly in relation to green buildings. The team has also seen an increase in its corporate governance and risk management work. Other areas of expertise include product stewardship and crisis management and climate change litigation. Nick Harding recently rejoined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

          Practice head(s):

          Ben Stansfield

          Other key lawyers:

          Nick Harding

          Testimonials

          ‘Pragmatic and commercial advice that’s instantly user-friendly for clients, especially non-lawyers – Well-connected with decision makers and regulators so it knows who to call to unlock regulatory problems – Its expertise is spread across a number of sectors, especially manufacturing, automotive, and real estate. Vocal and authoritative on issues of the day – whether COP26, net zero, biodiversity and reporting/disclosure.’

          ‘Ben Stansfield is the go-to partner for all of the above.’

          ‘Passion for the environment and sustainability, deep expertise in the topics and clear, concise advice.’

          ‘Ben Stansfield is a leader in the field. He is an expert in environmental and sustainability issues and provides clear advice on how to navigate these complex and fast-moving areas of regulation. He also understands clearly the technical risks, but also the reputational risks, that exist in the ESG space.’

          Key clients

          Cummins Inc.

          Valero Energy

          Be First

          Bellway Homes Limited

          SEGRO Plc

          St Modwen Plc

          Lidl Great Britain Limited

          Royal London

          Stenprop

          Bloor Homes Limited

          South Tees Development Corporation

          Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

          Work highlights

          • Advised Valero Energy in relation to the proposed £500m Greenlink Interconnector project, which will run adjacent to the nationally significant Valero Refinery in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
          • Advised Be First, the commercial development arm of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in relation to the environmental aspects of the £300m development of a new Film Studios complex at a former pharmaceutical facility in Dagenham, London.

          K&L Gates LLP

          K&L Gates LLP‘s planning and environmental team is led by Feroze Abbas, whose expertise includes advising on all environmental aspects of proposed urban regeneration projects and development schemes. The team’s work also includes dealing with the environmental aspects of real estate transactions and corporate M&A, environmental impact assessments and waste, including package waste.

          Practice head(s):

          Feroze Abbas

          Other key lawyers:

          Jennifer Marsh

          Key clients

          AMBIPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES E EMPREENDIMENTOS S/A

          Workspace Group plc

          International Molybdenum Association (IMOA)

          London Borough of Hounslow

          Work highlights

          • Advise the Council as Local Planning Authority on environmental aspects of significant development and regeneration schemes including environmental impact assessment, contaminated land and remediation, habitats regulations and carbon offset programs, sustainable travel links and green travel plans.
          • Provide development advice to longstanding client on a number of schemes including all environmental elements of agreements such as contaminated land and remediation, environmental impact assessment, habitats, net carbon emission targets and carbon offset contributions, sustainable transport links and energy strategies (including district heating).
          • Acted for Brazil-based Ambipar Participacoes E Empreendimentos S/A (in conjunction with our Sao Paulo office) on its corporate acquisition of Enviroclear Site Services Limited, a company based in England and Wales that renders waste management services involving both liquids and solid hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.