Protecting the world we live in is one of the key challenges for the 21st century. Businesses face both a legal obligation and a moral responsibility to work to ensure that their impact on the environment is minimised. Compliance with climate change and environmental law is relevant to all businesses, not just those that may have an obvious risk of pollution.
Expertise in Environmental Law
What is environmental law?
Environmental law attempts to minimise the impact that humans have on our planet. This area of law can cover a number of areas including climate control, pollution, energy, waste and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Environmental law applies to every business and public body. If it is not carefully managed, non-compliance can cause significant financial and reputational damage to businesses.
Our environmental lawyers have a deep understanding of this legislation and deliver practical advice that you can quickly understand and use. We act for entrepreneurs, businesses, funders and public authorities across all sectors.
Providing on-point strategic advice, we have expertise in all aspects of environmental law. This includes complex litigation, environmental emergencies and interventions, business transactions, development projects and compliance matters, as well as day-to-day commercial operations.
With offices worldwide, our team of environmental lawyers can offer you the added advantage of an international network of expertise.
Our team of environmental and climate change lawyers are led by highly experienced partners who have a passion for this practice area. Translating complex legislation into clear actionable points, we draw upon our experience to offer you solutions that are built around your business and its needs.
Climate change and environmental law services
Environmental lawyers with practical experience
…client friendly and…a relaxed way to explain complex ideas. Chambers and Partners
Our experience across a diverse range of sectors and issues has enabled us to provide our clients with a deep understanding of this area of the law. Due to the nature of our work, the clients involved in the following examples of our work are confidential.
US Automotive Manufacturer
We advised a car accessories manufacturer on complying with product stewardship regulations when importing its products into the EU.
We acted as the environmental local counsel for a US law firm when a US-based client sold oil/gas storage assets in the UK. We advised on pre-sale processes and negotiated environmental indemnities.
Peaking power plants portfolio
We acted as specialist counsel on the environmental and consenting aspects for a US law firm. Their client was bidding for a portfolio of peaking power plants across the UK.
We acted for a quarry operator under investigation by the Environment Agency due to their ownership of contaminated land. We helped our client avoid formal enforcement action and pushed responsibility on to other polluters.
We advised an industrial and logistics facilities developer on the acquisition of a heavily contaminated site.
We advised the managers of an investment fund on its annual environmental report and GHG emissions reporting duties. This included undertaking an audit of its reports to ensure compliance.
Recognition in the field
Provides succinct and accurate advice in a timely manner. Chambers and Partners
Our environmental lawyers are consistently recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for their level of expertise in the field.
Ranking the team as a tier one Environment law firm for the Midlands, Legal 500 notes Lee McBride and Andrew Litchfield as Leading Individuals in the field.
Chambers and Partners ranks the team in band one for the Midlands and notes Ben Stansfield's "very commercial and pragmatic" approach, while highlighting Andrew Litchfield's "excellent reputation" in the market.
Ben Stansfield is also featured in Who's Who Legal for Environmental Law.
Our work takes us to matters in a variety of different industries. These include:
Meet the team
Our lawyers have the insight, expertise and regulatory knowledge to help businesses when it comes to climate change and environmental law.
With such a complex and changing landscape, it is important to work with lawyers who have a deep knowledge of the law. If you are seeking advice in this area, please do contact a member of our team today.
Contact the team
Lee P McBride
Partner, Head of Environmental Law (UK)
Lee helps clients get the full value of their assets so that they don't end up with environmental liabilities. Lee's skill is in identifying any environmental issues at the outset of a transaction and ensuring that they are fully investigated.
Partner, Head of Environmental Law (Canada)
Rod is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in this field. His practice focuses on regulatory approvals and strategies across the full range of approval regimes involving the environment.
Ben is one the UK's leading lawyers practising planning and environmental law. He has a wealth of experience advising clients on their projects and their compliance with environmental regulations.
Andrew helps clients to manage risk and avoid regulatory criminal offences while minimising the cost and disruption of criminal investigations. He is experienced in regulatory investigations, including by the police, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, local authority and Coroner.
Harry has been involved in all aspects of environmental law. He regularly advises on environmental risks in corporate transactions. He advises corporations and boards of directors on the development and maintenance of corporate environmental due diligence programs. He provides ongoing regulatory advice to businesses in a wide variety of sectors and has an active advocacy practice.