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Environmental law expertise
Partnering public and private enterprise to deliver clear, creative solutions to environmental, natural capital and sustainability legal and regulatory challenges.
Our environmental law team is a leading national environmental law practice with a uniquely broad offering of legal skills and expertise tailored to effectively advance our client’s commercial and sustainability objectives.
About our environmental expertise:
- Natural environment law (species; habitats; biodiversity; nature recovery; biodiversity net gain)
- Natural capital law
- Water resources
- Environmental assessment
- Waste and circular economy
- Environmental permitting and appeals
- Contaminated Land and pollution events
- Sustainability and ESG
- Environmental regulatory implications of Brexit
- Marine environment
- Air quality
Nature of legal support:
- Compliance and advisory
- Securing / challenging environmental / planning permits and consents
- Designing and delivering novel and entrepreneurial natural capital schemes
- Corporate and real estate transactional support (due diligence and contractual protection)
- Effective and result-driven regulatory defence
- Incident / crisis management
- Bringing and defending judicial review challenges
- Advocacy including statutory appeals, judicial reviews and Planning Inquiry advocacy
- Advocacy and lobbying advice on emerging legislation
- Legal training and upskilling in complex emerging areas
Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners testimonials
“Freeths [environmental team] has an exceptional grasp of complex issues” – Chambers & Partners
“Freeths are extremely competent in their knowledge of environmental and waste issues, and are always available to support us when needed” – Chambers & Partners
Environmental law project examples
Landmark judicial review claim
Successful landmark post-Brexit environmental judicial review: our team won a landmark challenge of the Environment Agency’s approach to regulating water abstraction in Norfolk, thereby clarifying the role of European environmental law post-Brexit.
Securing grant of complex abstraction licences
Securing water abstraction licences: our Team secured from the Environment Agency for our client multiple water abstraction licences notwithstanding the acknowledged associated risk to European nature conservation sites. We successfully negotiated with, and persuaded, the regulators that strict derogation tests were met.
Environmental permitting regulations
Successfully defended a major construction business in relation to allegations of serious breaches of the Environmental Permitting Regulations. Our client was investigated by the Environment Agency on suspicion of having unlawfully deposited tens of thousands of tonnes of waste on a third party site. We assisted our client by leading an internal investigation, providing representation at an interview under caution, making legal representations to the EA and negotiating with third parties and the EA to find a resolution which avoided prosecution, civil claims, landfill tax and other liabilities.
Advised a national recycling business to secure end-of-waste status for a specific form a recycled aggregate. We worked with multiple technical consultants and a leading Environmental KC to produce a self-certification strategy for end-of-waste. The work addressed a long-standing area of uncertainty in which extensive studies and policy reviews by the EA had failed to deliver a sustainable outcome. We helped our client to manage enforcement activity in parallel with the development of a persuasive end-of-waste case which has the potential to take millions of tonnes of material outside of waste regulation each year.
Nutrient Neutrality: Michael Gove’s proposed amendments to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill and the implications for developersArticles 12th Sep 2023
Nutrient neutrality: a legal update webinarPast Events 24th Aug 2023
Overview of current and proposed steps for marine environmental law in the UKPast Events 10th Aug 2023
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