Environment

 

You do not have to be engaged in an obviously environmentally sensitive activity to be affected by the complexities of current environmental regulations. Issues like climate change have provoked a strengthening of international legislation. More and more responsibility falls on businesses, with processes and products having to meet ever more stringent requirements. It all adds up to a particularly hazardous legal environment.

Our expertise covers all aspects of environmental issues. We handle claims arising from exposure to hazardous substances, landfills or contaminated watercourses and we proactively advise on regulatory and environmental compliance requirements.  We defend our customers in respect of environmental prosecutions and in respect of group actions involving losses and damages from contamination, odour nuisance and other environmental factors.

We offer customers access to a dedicated team of specialist environmental lawyers 24-hours a day through our helpline. We balance the need for partner-led advice with the need to control legal costs. With our own in-house Queen’s Counsel, an expert in environmental torts and insurance law, we offer the full range of procedures, including alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Our recognised expertise in insurance law makes us first port of call for customers facing substantial environmental clean-up costs, and we work extensively within the waste management, energy, construction, manufacturing and social housing sectors.

Similarly, local authorities and the Environment Agency often instruct us to help enforce environmental regulations, as well as advise on best practice and risk management. Rest assured, whatever the circumstances, our pragmatic advice always embraces the need to avoid unnecessary costs, finding viable outcomes that balance legal priorities with your commercial realities.

Who to contact


Henry Kirkup

Henry Kirkup

Partner and head of,
Leeds region




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Testimonials


Very knowledgeable and diligent

Legal 500 2018

The firm has the capability to handle group action claims where people are complaining about things like landfill sites and other industrial activities. It takes a lot of skill to run these cases and BLM has a strong team.

Chambers and Partners 2017

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Environment Team

Clare Chapman

Clare Chapman

Partner,
Manchester


Bob Davies

Bob Davies

Partner,
Birmingham


Iskander Fernandez

Iskander Fernandez

Partner,
London


Cormac Fitzpatrick

Cormac Fitzpatrick

Partner,
Belfast & Derry


Michelle Flint

Michelle Flint

Partner,
Manchester


Nick Gianferrari

Nick Gianferrari

Partner,
Manchester


Diana Goldstein

Diana Goldstein

Partner,
London


Helen Grimberg

Helen Grimberg

Partner,
London


Sally Hancock

Sally Hancock

Partner,
Manchester


Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington

Senior partner,
Nationwide


Peter James

Peter James

Partner,
London


Henry Kirkup

Henry Kirkup

Partner and head of,
Leeds region


Rachael Lumb

Rachael Lumb

Partner,
Liverpool


Zoe McDonnell

Zoe McDonnell

Partner,
Glasgow


Natalie Puce

Natalie Puce

Partner,
Manchester


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Henry Kirkup

Henry Kirkup

Partner and head of,
Leeds region