Lee P McBride Partner Head of Environmental Law (UK)

Speaks:  English, French, Italian

Qualified: 1993 - Solicitor-Advocate of England & Wales

Qualified: 1992 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Qualified: 1989 - Queensland, Australia

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Lee P McBride

Lee McBride sees his role as helping clients get full value for the assets they buy or sell so that they don't end up with environmental liabilities at a later date that they did not anticipate.

Many clients have a misconception as to who may be responsible for pollution when buying contaminated sites and underestimate the nature and extent of the due diligence required to ensure they do not end up with an asset worth far less than they anticipated.

Lee's skill is in quickly identifying any environmental issues - for example, in relation to contaminated land, regulatory compliance, or a lack of it - at the outset of a transaction and ensuring that they are fully investigated.

With over 29 years' experience in dealing with property and environmental matters, Lee's clients know he can find solutions to potential environmental showstoppers so that their transactions can proceed smoothly.

Lee says:

"The best thing about my job is that I never know what each day will bring - because my work spans the property, corporate, health, projects and energy sectors.

"I am a real estate lawyer by trade, and have been for 31 years, but I've specialised in environmental law for 29 of those years and I head up the environmental practice here.

"A lot of my environmental work is transactional, which means I focus on ensuring environmental issues such as the allocation of contamination land risks or regulatory issues are dealt with properly in contracts for sale, leases and corporate agreements. In doing so, I make sure clients get what they paid for, and don't get a rude shock at a later date.

"Because of my property background I can get to the nub of an issue very quickly and deal with it in the context of the transaction - clients want solutions not problems. You will never get a 20-page opinion from me unless, of course, you request it."


  • Acting for an aerospace corporate on property and environmental aspects of a £1 billion sale of a military helicopter facility.
  • Dealing with the environmental aspects of the £182 million sale of a nationally known food company.
  • Outside of the UK Lee has been involved in numerous projects, for example acting for a US car parts manufacturer in a £500 million cross-jurisdiction acquisition and acting for a large galvanising company in relation to the acquisitions of a large number of sites across Europe.


Lee is recommended by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK where he is named a leading individual.

"Lee McBride is very solid on real estate-related environmental work", Chambers UK.


Corporates, investors, public and health organisations.


Helping a household-name residential developer get full value for the price paid for a site that had major environmental issues. By liaising closely with environmental consultants and insurance underwriters, an insurance solution was found so that the deal could complete smoothly.

Helping a client to ensure it complied with changes to EU/UK environmental permitting obligations without jeopardising its relationship with the Environmental Agency.

Advising on numerous land options for the grant of leases of solar and wind farms. These frequently involve anticipating and tackling broader difficult issues, such as ensuring that agricultural tenants will vacate at the appropriate time, and dealing with third-party rights for, for example, mines and minerals interests.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Career
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Environment
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Environment: Midlands - Band 2
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Environment)
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Environment: Midlands) - Band 2
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2000

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1996

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 1994

    • Career
      Kent Jones, solicitor
  • 1993

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor-Advocate of England & Wales
  • 1992

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Cripps Harries Hall
  • 1989

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Queensland, Australia
  • 1987

    • Education
      February 1987
      University of Queensland, Australia, BA/LLB