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Environment

United Kingdom

Companies face increasing regulatory, governance and public pressure to manage and minimise the impact of their business operations on the environment. At the same time the environment agenda is opening up significant opportunities to new and evolving businesses.

For over 25 years, CMS has consistently been a leader in the UK and Europe in specialist environment legal advice. Peers and clients have continuously rated us in the top tiers, due to our depth of knowledge, experience and application across most sectors.

We undertake advisory work on current and new regulations, together with a wide variety of transactional work where environment issues are dominant, including cutting edge development of contractual language. We advise on disputes work involving prosecutions, regulatory enforcement, permitting appeals and variations, civil nuisances, claims under indemnities and warranties, insurance, D&O claims and professional negligence.

Multi-national and national organisations come to us for matters where environment issues, risks and opportunities are significant to the commercial success of their businesses. We work for clients in virtually all sectors, including chemicals, cleantech, construction, consumer products, energy, energy efficiency, energy from waste, environment consultancies, finance, infrastructure and projects, insurance, manufacturing, real estate and hotels, renewables, telecoms, transport, water and waste management. We are well-known for our horizon scanning and creative thinking.

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"They're inventive and find ways to argue points that others haven't thought of. They're a dream to work with."

Chambers 2018

'excellent perception, strategic direction and client handling.'

Legal 500, 2017

a ‘first class service.’

Legal 500, 2017

CMS' 'outstanding' environment team achieves 'a highly professional standard in all its engagements', providing 'one-stop commercial legal support'.

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    Cleantech

    Cleantech encompasses technology and services that address environment issues or lessen the impact of current products or services on the environment. The COP21 Climate Change Agreement in Paris in December 2015 marked a new chapter in tackling climate change, and as a result, we expect this hugely important sector to continue to grow rapidly.

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    09/12/2016
    Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
    In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
    03/10/2016
    Tribunal leaves door open for full pro­tec­tion and se­cur­ity to en­com­pass...
    In its Award dated 27 June 2016, the Tribunal dis­missed the Claimant’s claim in Peter A. Al­lard v The Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos (PCA Case No. 2012-06) re­lat­ing to the Re­spond­ent’s al­leged breach of its in­ter­na­tion­al ob­lig­a­tions un­der the bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treaty.
    14/09/2016
    What fu­ture for en­vir­on­ment taxes?
    On 6th Septem­ber 2016 the European En­vir­on­ment Agency, an agency of the European Uni­on tasked to provide “sound, in­de­pend­ent in­form­a­tion on the en­vir­on­ment” pub­lished a re­port on En­vir­on­ment­al tax­a­tion and EU en­vir­on­ment­al policies.
    10/08/2016
    Europe con­sults on emis­sions and ef­fi­ciency per­form­ance of road trans­port...
    On the 20th Ju­ly 2016 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a short Com­mu­nic­a­tion en­titled “A European Strategy for Low-Emis­sion Mo­bil­ity” (see pre­vi­ous Law-Now). Along­side this Com­mu­nic­a­tion the Com­mis­sion an­nounced two pub­lic con­sulta­tions on curb­ing fuel con­sump­tion.
    21/07/2016
    Europe con­firms course to low-emis­sion trans­port
    Yes­ter­day the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a short Com­mu­nic­a­tion en­titled “A European Strategy for Low-Emis­sion Mo­bil­ity”. For those fa­mil­i­ar with the Europe’s de­vel­op­ments in trans­port sec­tor law and policy over the last few years (and in par­tic­u­lar since.