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We offer clear, commercial advice and guidance on a wide range of environmental issues including emissions, contaminated land, permitting, waste and producer responsibility legislation such as WEEE and REACH.

We advise a range of international clients including real estate developers, industrial operators and lenders.
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More than ever, environmental and climate change issues are at the heart of law and policy, impacting every business sector. Failure to comply with environmental legislation can result in very significant fines, civil claims and damaging coverage in the media, meaning that compliance and risk management are critical.

Our team of specialist lawyers cover all aspects of environmental law, working closely with our clients' in-house lawyers, compliance experts and commercial decision-makers to develop clear strategies and provide robust advice.

Our expertise includes:

  • real estate: advising on the apportionment of liability for known and unknown contaminants, mitigating land contamination risks and negotiating remediation contracts
  • planning: advising on permitting and environmental impact assessment issues such as air pollution, nature conservation and noise
  • litigation: judicial and statutory reviews challenging the grant and refusal of consents and adoption of policy
  • tax: landfill taxes and climate change levy
  • construction: energy performance of buildings and noise pollution
  • product regulation: offering practical advice in relation to European legislation such as REACH, WEEE and RoHS
  • renewables: advising on the development, acquisition and funding of wind farms, solar farms, biofuel and biomass projects, waste–to-energy and gas fired power stations
  • regulation: defending criminal prosecutions and regulatory enforcement notices in relation to asbestos management and health and safety issues
  • advice: advising on appropriate site surveys and accessing environmental information.

"enthusiastic and incredibly competent."
Chambers UK 2015

US manufacturer

Acting for a large manufacturer of domestic and leisure goods, based in the USA, in relation to its compliance duties under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regime.

UK national tool and equipment hire company

Appealing the decision to refuse our client's application for a trade effluent consent to OFWAT.

Oil refinery site in the UK

Negotiating complex liability allocation mechanisms associated with environmental liabilities arising from the proposed laying of an underground electricity transmission cable through our client's high sensitive oil refinery site.

UK facilities manager

We advised our client in relation to its prosecution for alleged breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Circuit of Wales

Acting for the developer of the £315m motorsport facility in relation to its application for planning permission, dealing with EIA issues such as noise, visual impacts and ecology management.

North London Waste Authority

Acting for NLWA, the body responsible for dealing with 850,000 tonnes of waste a year, in relation to its application for a development consent order and environmental permit for an Energy Recovery Facility.

Mergers and acquisitions

We have acted on numerous M&A transactions for buyers, sellers and target companies, in relation to the transfer of environmental liabilities, including complex indemnity and insurance arrangements.

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Ben Stansfield Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2500
M:  +44 7584 515 251 Email Ben | Vcard Office:  London

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01 Jun 2017

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10 May 2017

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The first monthly blog entry keeping track of BREXIT developments in the UK and Continental Europe and how these will impact on environmental law and protection.

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10 May 2017

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I thought that it would be interesting to keep a monthly track of BREXIT developments over the next two years and to write a series of short blogs to keep you updated ..

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23 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about product stewardship and REACH

We address the current framework of the regulation of chemicals in the UK and the EU.

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21 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about product stewardship and businesses' obligations to disclose environmental information

We address the regulations requiring businesses to report on environmental information. Businesses located in the UK and the EU are now required to publish non-financi..

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16 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about the regulation of batteries

We set out the ten things businesses should know about the regulation of batteries.

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09 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know: waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

We set out the ten things businesses should know about the waste electrical and electronic equipment rules.

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07 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know: product stewardship and energy labelling

The energy labelling rules apply to those products that consume energy during use. Whether the products are manufactured within the EU, in the US, or further afield, t..

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01 Feb 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about product stewardship, packaging and packaging waste

If your business (or your parent company) has an annual turnover of more than £2 million and "handles" over 50 tonnes of "packaging" per year, then restrictions on pac..

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01 Feb 2017

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Brexit and product stewardship briefing series

Stephenson Harwood's environment team provides a series of refresher articles setting out the ten key things you need to know on some product-related environmental law..

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23 Jan 2017

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#10ThingsSH on the risks posed to businesses by the Environmental Information Regulations, and how to avoid unwanted disclosures

Environmental information, the right to request it, and the right to withhold it when faced with a request, is governed by the Environment Information Regulations 2004..

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17 Mar 2016

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#10ThingsSH the real estate development sector should know about the 2016 Budget

We set out the top ten things the real estate development sector should know about the 2016 Budget.

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28 Jan 2016

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#10ThingsSH businesses should care about after COP21

Last year we published #10ThingsSH that businesses should know about COP21, the Paris-based UN conference tasked with reaching a world-wide agreement on climate change..

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11 Dec 2015

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Day 12 – the final push…

It seems hard to believe that the much-anticipated COP21 is nearly over! Whilst Laurent Fabius has been praised for keeping the Conference on track so far, the present..

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10 Dec 2015

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Day 11 – are we all on the same page?

Parties spent all last night pawing over yesterday's version of the agreement, and Laurent Fabius has requested a new draft, which is to be as close as possible to the..

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