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Environment

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.

Latest examples of work

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      Olympic Delivery Authority

      Advised on all environmental issues associated with delivery of various London 2012 venues, including those within the Olympic Park at Stratford. This included strategic advice and review in relation to: environmental assessment statements and screening; the Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan; and essential strategies for water, energy, sustainable development and landscape.

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      Tesco - contaminated land

      Advising Tesco on contaminated land liabilities in connection with its considerable property portfolio.

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      Ingenious Capital Management Limited

      Advising on all environmental aspects, including particularly on contaminated land and nuisance, in relation to the purchase of a portfolio of solar farms and a portfolio of windfarms and advising on the later sale of the portfolio of solar assets to Magnetar Solar.

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      Thames Tideway Tunnel & St Leonards Court

      Advised Thames Water on the promotion of the Thames Tunnel and Lee Tunnel projects. These have a combined value of approximately £2.4bn and are designed to meet Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive requirements for the River Thames. We also advised them in relation to two civil nuisance claims against companies responsible for the leaching of contaminents.

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      Heathrow Airport Limited

      Acted on behalf of the UK's leading airport operator and its premium rail service including a review of the environmental impact assessment and formulation of associated representations to Parliament.

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      National Grid Carbon Limited

      Advising National Grid on the first and largest carbon capture and storage project of its kind and critical to UK’s ability to meet carbon emissions reduction targets whilst still using fossil fuels for energy generation.

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