Expert and commercial environmental and sustainability advice
You can trust our environmental lawyers to provide the right advice
More than ever before, environmental issues and challenges are being brought to the forefront of our attention, whether you are a landowner, business, or a public body. With increasing environmental obligations and regulation, we can help make you be sustainable and compliant with the relevant laws. We are an environmental law firm that you can trust to provide the right advice.
Our environmental lawyers advise on a wide range of matters, including contaminated land and remediation, waste, water, renewable energy, noise, conservation and habitats, Environmental Impact Assessments, environmental permits, emissions, flooding, asbestos, managing environmental liabilities and risks, and enforcement.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our main areas of practice as an environmental law firm include:
The Contaminated Land Regime can be complicated. Our specialist environmental lawyers have in-depth knowledge of this area of law, and considerable experience with providing strategic and clear advice on all transactional and regulatory issues. Our expertise includes advising on contaminated land issues affecting real estate and corporate transactions, overcoming environmental constraints to planning applications, defending regulatory enforcement action and limiting exposure during investigations, representing businesses and individuals during disputes, and advising funders on limiting their contaminated land liabilities.
We advise businesses on all aspects of the environmental permitting regime. Our advice includes permit applications, suspensions, transfers, permit conditions, appeals, and dealing with enforcement action.
Regulatory compliance & environmental litigation
Our Environment Team advises developers, funders, contractors, sellers, purchasers and occupiers, public bodies, local authorities, utilities, and all sectors of corporates through the myriad of environmental law and regulation. We advise on how to best manage environmental liabilities and risk, and present tailored and commercial solutions that work for you, to ensure your regulatory compliance. We also advise on prosecutions for criminal offences, confiscation of the proceeds of environmental offences, and civil sanctions.
We have the expertise to advise on all aspects of the water regime. We advise clients on Drought Orders, trade effluent discharge licences, and water abstraction licenses. We can also assist with dredging and exempt flood risk activities, inland drainage enforcement and powers of entry and scope of works.
Waste management issues can often arise for businesses and during property transactions, and we have a particular specialism advising on this area. We advise on the waste regime and hierarchy, and can assist with interpretation and application of waste regulations. Our team also advises on nationally significant energy from waste projects, acting for major waste authorities and developers.
As an environmental law firm, we advise on air quality, emissions and climate change issues for government bodies, the transport sector, local authorities, and businesses. Our specialist lawyers also represent promoters in relation to Development Consent Order (DCO) applications and various court challenges in this regard.
The need for green energy requires innovative technical, commercial and legal solutions. The renewable energy and utilities sector can benefit from our pragmatic legal advice on a range of energy projects, issues, obligations and liabilities. Our Environmental Team represents a diverse client base, including developers and objectors alike on all scales of solar, wind, energy from waste, water (including tidal power), and battery storage projects. Our Cardiff office for example advised on the Tidal Lagoon project. Our planning lawyers also provide specialist legal advice on the planning aspects of energy projects.
Our environmental lawyers have advised an array of different clients across both the private and public sectors. Airports, rail operators, waste facility operators, NHS Trusts, private utilities companies and corporations have all benefitted from our expertise.
"Specialist knowledge of subject and pragmatic approaches to solutions."
- Legal 500, 2022
"Personal contact and communication together with excellent support services ensure that the client is never left waiting for answers. Clear, no nonsense understandable advice is offered and acted upon. Overall very efficient."
- Legal 500, 2022
"Anita Kasseean is a hugely enthusiastic environmental lawyer, with terrific focus on minimising risk. She is someone that always protects the client’s interests."
- Legal 500, 2022
We acted for the developer of an anaerobic digestion plant in which food and agricultural waste is turned into a methane rich biogas. Blake Morgan advised on all funding issues, construction contracts and all commercial and tax issues for the generation and supply of methane gas to fuel electricity generators to feed into the National Grid, powering up to 1300 homes. Heat is recovered in the CHP and recycled back into the process and nutrients are recovered and used as fertiliser.
Advising an oilfield on issues covering licences for petroleum/ flaring, waste management, PPC permits, gas emissions, and water discharge consents.
Advising a national water company during a large-scale Ofwat investigation into the operation and reporting of sewage treatment sites and wastewater sampling procedures.
Successfully advising NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers in relation to waste management issues and compliance with duty of care obligations to include specific clinical and special waste issues. Also successfully advising and representing a private utilities company in relation to waste management issues and duty of care obligations.
Awards and Accolades
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