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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Bond Dickinson LLP handles compliance advice, enforcement prosecutions, market development and business risk management for a range of companies, particularly those in the chemical, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, waste management and oil and gas sectors. Recent enforcement and prosecution highlights include advising on investigations and prosecutions relating to water pollution, trade effluent discharge, waste management, habitat protection and hazardous chemical leakage. The team also provides liability management advice related to corporate and property risk. Representative clients of the group are General Motors, Huntsman, Innovia, Lotte Chemical and Chemoxy International. Stuart Wardlaw, who specialises in environmental compliance and project risk management, leads the group, which includes Leeds-based planning expert Claire Brook, and associate Ruth Wintersgill who handle contentious and non-contentious issues.

Ward Hadaway’s practice head Neil Robson regularly acts for clients in the conservation, minerals and waste sectors. Recent highlights include assisting Northumberland National Park Authority with The Sill Visitor Centre, which involved complex environmental issues arising from the land’s status as a World Heritage Site; and advising on a successful objection to a compulsory purchase order for the regeneration of Seaton Carew. New Mill Biogas, Limelight Energy Cleveland Potash are also clients. The group’s expertise encompasses landfill, quarry and opencast development matters, financial provision arrangements for waste management licences, environmental crime mandates, contaminated land issues and negotiations of environmental indemnities. Other key figures include Stephen Graham, who is an environmental litigation and regulatory compliance specialist with expertise in environmental permitting, water pollution and contaminated land; Robin Atkin, whose expertise spans sewage treatment works, village green issues and environmental conditions; and Colin Hewitt, who regularly acts for local authorities on public sector waste management work.

Key environmental law figures at Clyde & Co LLP’s Newcastle office include James Thompson, who specialises in environmental, health and safety and regulatory law, and Kirsty Gomersal, whose primary focus is assisting clients with investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions brought by regulators. The national department handles the full gamut of environmental issues with niche expertise in enforcement and environmental crime for clients including the Environment Agency (EA), as well as local authority investigations. Clients of the practice range from SMEs and FTSE-listed corporates to public bodies and individuals. The team also advises global insurers such as Aviva, Axa and NFU Mutual Assurance. Rod Hunt and Chris Morrison jointly lead the national practice from Manchester.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, contentious environmental specialist Tim Hill regularly advises on compliance breaches, enforcement challenges and challenges to abatement notices. In a recent highlight, Hill advised Sims Group on multiple issues including permit compliance, issues relating to transfrontier shipment of waste regulations issues, EA visits and investigations, noise and nuisance matters, and European waste classification mandates. Other clients include Halliburton Company, Severn Trent Water and MacFarlan Smith.

Sintons LLP’s environmental practice sits within the firm’s energy group and regularly acts on biofuel projects, wind farms, energy-from-waste projects and energy contracts. The group also has regulatory experience and defends rural community clients and farmers against EA prosecutions. Key figures include real estate specialist Paul Liddle, who often handles issues relating to environmentally sensitive schemes, and Karen Simms, who heads the firm’s company and commercial department and sports team.

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