Environment in West Midlands

Zyda Law

Boutique planning and environmental firm Zyda Law specialises in providing regulatory and statutory advice regarding environmental permits for infrastructure projects in the energy, waste, water and transport sectors. Paul Zyda is the key contact of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Zyda

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is highly respected in the environmental space and is instructed by prominent clients across a wide range of sectors, including food and drink, engineering, housebuilding and the public sector. The team, headed by Lee McBride, is regularly called on to advise on acquisitions and disposals of contaminated development and industrial sites, remediation works and environment-related aspects of M&A transactions. Litigator Andrew Lichfield handles investigations, criminal proceedings and civil claims for damages for environmental incidents.

Practice head(s):

Lee McBride

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lichfield

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a wide range of expertise on all environment matters, including environment permitting, contamination liability, Environmental Agency investigations, remediation, importing, compliance issues, M&A, as well as the acquisition and sale of development and industrial sites. The 'top notch' David Gordon handles contaminated land, European Union regulation REACH and environmental permitting work, while director Anita Lloyd focuses on the manufacturing and waste sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Anita Lloyd


Superbly led team with a huge amount of technical knowledge and ability. Very easy and good to deal with, and commercially sound

Dave Gordon is one of the best in terms of pure environmental expertise. He is really excellent

Dave Gordon is a leader in his field, absolutely first rate in all aspects of the role and a pleasure to deal with

Anita Lloyd is a very accomplished technical lawyer

Rob Biddlecombe is an extremely able associate, good to deal with

Key clients

Olin Corporation




Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)


National Oilwell Varco


McBride Plc


Orbit Homes


Taylor Wimpey

International Entertainment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Gavilon on REACH registration requirements for the import of products into the EU.
  • Advising International Entertainment Corporation on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of Wigan Athletic Football Club.
  • Advising Lucite on the environmental aspects of a complex business sale.
  • Advising Orbit Homes on environmental and infrastructure aspects of residential development projects, including site acquisition and set-up.
  • Advised Olin on regulatory and supply chain issues associated with Brexit arising from REACH, CLP and similar legislation, and on the registration of eight substances under the REACH Regulation.


With particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors, DWF provides contentious and non-contentious advice to local authorities on investigations and brownfield regeneration projects, while also assisting real estate and construction clients with environment-related aspects of transactions and developments and advising corporate clients on regulatory matters. Practice head David Egan takes the lead on contentious work.

Practice head(s):

David Egan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Stuttaford

Key clients

Horizon Nuclear Power

New River Retail

Persimmon Plc

Bloor Homes Ltd

Essar UK Ltd

West Midlands Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising on the review of Horizon Nuclear Power’s environmental permits, including conventional environmental permits and a radioactive substances regulations permit.
  • Advising New River Retail on risk allocation, agreements on liabilities, remediation issues, warranties and indemnities.
  • Advising Persimmon on a number of health and safety and environmental matters.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a range of contentious work concerning Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions, and is also frequently involved in decommissioning projects, such as the closure of power plants. The practice, which is led by the regulatory expert Ruth Armstrong , also advises housebuilders, waste management companies and administrators of insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a track record of handling environmental remediation and permitting, criminal investigations and compliance issues for clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy and automotive. Roy Tozer represents companies investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities, while Hayley Saunders provides advice on environmental compliance aside from handling contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Saunders


Shoosmiths has a fantastic practice

Roy Tozer has long and deep experience on HSE investigations and prosecutions

Key clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC


XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services



First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group