Issues around the environment have a significant influence on the economic prospects of most businesses. Combined with other major issues - such as energy security, sustainability, the low carbon agenda and population growth - nearly all major businesses across the world are facing tremendous challenges to their traditional strategies.
Attitudes to risk - which include environmental concerns - have also sharpened over the last two years. Banks and investors require certainty around environmental risk and liability to protect their investments, resulting in a focus on environmental due diligence and planning around sustainability issues. The potential for an increase in disputes also looks likely as clients play closer attention to the impact of environmental liabilities on the value of their assets.
Environmental issues can rarely be considered in isolation. The technical skills of our environmental specialists combine with a multidisciplinary approach to offer clients an exceptional, comprehensive service. Our practice methods are deliberately solution-orientated and geared towards treating environmental law practice as a means to client’s ends rather than as an end in itself.
Our Environment team forms part of our top-ranking Planning group. We advise on major projects of international, national and regional importance that raise complex environmental issues, including advising Thames Water on the £2.4bn Thames Tunnel and Lee Tunnel projects, Land Securities on their regeneration scheme at Ebbsfleet valley and Northumbrian Water on their Abberton Reservoir Project.
We help our clients to navigate through the intricacies of environmental law and policy, including nature conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental regulatory issues, dispute resolution and the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions. Delivering solutions to environmental problems that confront owners of contaminated land, and developers of regeneration projects on brownfield land, also remains a core part of our business.