Stephen Shergold > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Energy, Transport and Infrastructure


Stephen Shergold is a partner in the Environment and Natural Resources team at Dentons. The team is top ranked for environmental law in both Chambers and Legal 500. Specializing in environment and health and safety law, Stephen advises clients on incident response, day-to-day compliance matters and liability risk management.  He regularly advises on pollution liability regimes, process authorizations and environmental permitting, waste law, renewable energy law, international climate change mechanisms, resource efficiency mechanisms, nuisance and negligence, habitat protection, health and safety law and product liability. Stephen’s practice has a particular focus on the waste, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), mining, land remediation, clean-tech, chemical, insurance, and power sectors. In addition to advising private companies, Stephen has specific expertise in drafting regulatory frameworks and statutory instruments in both the EU and emerging markets.


  • Stephen is a member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and the Environmental Services Association.


  • University of Birmingham, 1997, LPC, (Distinction)
  • University of Birmingham, 1995, LLB, Hons.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Health and safety

The health and safety team at Dentons works a balance of transaction, advisory and regulatory defence work with an integrated cross-border perspective. At the core of the practice is deep knowledge in the energy, rail, transportation, food and manufacturing sectors, with instructions coming from major clients across these sectors like National Rail. Stephen Shergold  leads the London team, as well as being chair of the firm’s global ESG steering committee. His practice covers all areas of environmental and health and safety law, particularly within the oil and gas, waste and contaminated land sectors. He leads alongside the Scotland-based Malcolm Gunnyeon, an expert in the rail and energy sectors. Helen Bowdren is another key name.

London > Real estate > Environment

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen ShergoldDentons

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.

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