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Environment

Our Environment Team is unique in its ability to advise across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious, civil and criminal environmental matters.  We work across all sectors and we offer our clients in-house advocacy of the highest calibre.

We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built – and our clients appreciate that we can support them through all their environmental law requirements: from due diligence right through to defending the most serious of prosecutions and representing them in the highest Courts.

We work collaboratively, with experts from our Corporate, Real Estate, Commercial and Banking & Finance teams, providing environmental advice on a variety of complex and high value deals.

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of environmental law and we’re always making sure we’re up to date on the latest developments at a national level, as well as advising on the complexity of European law in the context of Brexit. This helps us to anticipate what you may need in the future, so that we can help you prepare and adapt your business to comply with new legislation.

We work with clients from major developers, minerals, waste, energy and chemical businesses, other industrialists, manufacturers, landowners, statutory undertakers and planning authorities, covering a variety of sectors.

Our advice is hands on and practical – which is particularly important when it comes to regulatory matters.  We’ll help you with the submission of applications to the relevant authorities for authorisations, licences and consents needed in respect of emissions, discharges and waste management.  We’ll support you through negotiations with the relevant enforcement authority where a breach of consent is alleged and we’ll advise and represent clients in the courts in the event of criminal prosecution.  Some of our team have experience in working for environmental regulators which brings a unique view on how a regulatory investigation works and allows us to pass on that insight to the benefit of our clients.

We believe in getting involved from the earliest stages of negotiations.  Our clients know that we’ll guide them from the purchase of land to the submission of planning applications and we’ll always consider any potential liabilities, reviewing and reporting on environmental reports.

When it comes to major developments, our Team has you covered: we’ve got a great deal of experience preparing and co-ordinating environmental impact assessments, including managing teams of experts with different technical competences.

Our expertise includes the following areas:

  • Appeals
  • Authorisations, Consents & Licences
  • Class Actions
  • Compliance
  • Contaminated Land
  • Defending Prosecutions
  • Due Diligence
  • Enforcement
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Liabilities, Indemnities & Warranties
  • Food Hygiene & Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Judicial Review
  • Minerals
  • Nuisance
  • Regulatory Advice
  • Waste

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‘The team at Walker Morris are genuinely passionate about the projects we have worked on together. They have a broad knowledge base but are able to identify specific requirements for planning or technical considerations and confidently present the legal case to support planning applications and appeals.”

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“Top class team.”

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Stuart
Ponting

Partner

Regulatory & Compliance

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Josh
Kitson

Director

Planning & Environment

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Claire
Burrows

Director

Regulatory & Compliance

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Rachel
Turnbull

Senior Associate

Regulatory & Compliance

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