Environment in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG 's sizeable team, which includes Lee McBride, Andrew Litchfield and Ben Stansfield, provides 'solid environmental advice backed by a wealth of experience'. In the non-contentious space, McBride and Stansfield advise on issues pertaining to contaminated land, environmental permitting, regulatory issues arising from commercial property transactions and international environmental law.  Litchfield primarily defends clients in criminal proceedings brought by the Environment Agency and local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Lee McBride

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Litchfield; Ben Stansfield

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 'provides clear, practical and business-minded legal advice' on the full range of environmental contentious and non-contentious issues spanning regulatory defence work, waste mandates, producer responsibility issues, environmental permitting, water regulations and contaminated land regimes. Compliance expert David Gordon is noted for his skills in negotiating with statutory authorities and environmental liability issues relating to multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions. Anita Lloyd has experience advising clients in the manufacturing and waste sectors on regulations, contamination mandates and climate change law.

Practice head(s):

David Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Anita Lloyd


‘Provides clear, practical, business-minded legal advice. Listens to what the client wants, while also helping the client understand what it needs.’

Key clients

St Francis Group

Taylor Wimpey

British Plastics Federation

Olin Corporation

National Oilwell Varco




Work highlights

  • Advised St Francis Group on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of the former Eggborough Power Station, including the transfer of environmental liability and risk in the suite of transactional property documents.
  • Advised a client in the oil and gas sector on potential contamination seepage, and the investigation and remediation of contamination, resulting in a successful clean-up operation.
  • Advised Citron Hygiene on the environmental aspects of a large acquisition of a healthcare waste collection business.


David Egan leads the firm's nationwide environmental practice from DWF's Birmingham office, where he defends corporate clients in investigations and cases brought by regulators and local authorities. Directors and health and safety specialists Gary Smith and Simon Belfield are also recommended for their 'deep knowledge of environmental law together with the ability to engage with the commercial realities facing their clients'.

Practice head(s):

David Egan

Other key lawyers:

Gary Smith; Simon Belfield


‘DWF has a strong regulatory practice which provides clear, thorough advice in a timely fashion. It is a pleasure to work with the team.’

‘David Egan, Gary Smith and Simon Belfield are all excellent lawyers with a deep knowledge of environmental law together with the ability to engage with the commercial realities facing their clients. They provide advice which is clear, thorough and to the point. The whole team is commendable.’

Key clients

BT plc

Severn Trent plc

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Bloor Homes Ltd

Essar UK Ltd

West Midlands Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising BT Plc on the environmental liabilities affecting its asset portfolio including providing support on product design and safety requirements and the impact of the Brexit on all environmental requirements.
  • Acted for Bloor Homes following an investigation by the Environment Agency.
  • Assisted West Midlands Combined Authority with a variety of non-contentious environmental issues relating to land purchases, including risks of potential site contamination and health and safety aspects.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a mix of corporate, regulatory and criminal defence work for corporate and individuals clients. Ruth Armstrong heads up the national regulatory team and specialises in crisis management issues including representing clients in the health and safety field in actions brought by the police, environment agency and local authority officers. Associates Kate Oliver and Chris Grainger frequently work alongside Armstrong in complex environmental investigations.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey Plc

Bellway Homes Plc

Vistry (Bovis Homes)

Croudace Homes

Donald Ward Limited

Clearaway Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a developer in an investigation by the Environment Agency in defending against claims that the developer allegedly polluted a watercourse and killed large numbers of fish.
  • Represented United Molasses Storage following a major acid leak at its bulk storage facility in Hull in 2017.
  • Acted for Collins Earthworks in its negotiations with the Environmental Agency following allegations of illegal waste deposits which threatened to close the site.

Shoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, Roy Tozer represents corporate clients which are being investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities, including those with an international element. He also undertakes advocacy in both internal and external investigations relating to health and safety issues, product liability matters and environmental crimes.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer