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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 offer broad international coverage, with a comprehensive network of local offices. The range of international advice has been first-class."

Chambers 2019

"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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    23/05/2019
    Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which...
    Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment that sub­ject to cer­tain ex­cep­tions plastic straws, plastic stemmed cot­ton buds and plastic bever­age stir­rers in Eng­land will be pro­hib­ited from sup­ply as of April 2020 has gained much me­dia at­ten­tion in the UK.
    28/03/2019
    Rad­ic­al re­form ahead: “Single use Plastics Dir­ect­ive” re­ceives fi­nal...
    As we re­por­ted in an earli­er art­icle, last Oc­to­ber the European Par­lia­ment voted over­whelm­ingly in sup­port of the European Com­mis­sion’s pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on the re­duc­tion of the im­pact of cer­tain plastic products on the en­vir­on­ment.
    15/03/2019
    Law sides with cli­mate change against coal
    Min­ing com­pany, Gloucester Re­sources Lim­ited (GRL), ap­pealed to the Land and En­vir­on­ment Court of New South Wales, Aus­tralia, against a min­is­teri­al de­cision to re­ject its ap­plic­a­tion to de­vel­op and op­er­ate an open cut coal mine, Rocky Hill, near Gloucester,.
    14/03/2019
    Ship­ping and car­bon: EU and IMO sys­tems to align
    On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the European Com­mis­sion (EC) tabled a pro­pos­al con­cern­ing the amend­ment of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 on the mon­it­or­ing, re­port­ing and veri­fic­a­tion of car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from mari­time trans­port (the “EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion”).
    31/01/2019
    Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient...
    Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion to in­stall Ex­haust Gas Clean­ing Sys­tems (EGC­Ss) oth­er­wise known.
    22/11/2018
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    30/10/2018
    Car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.50% form­ally...
    On 26 Oc­to­ber 2018, dur­ing its 73rd ses­sion on 22 - 26 Oc­to­ber, the Mar­ine En­vir­on­ment Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (‘MEPC73’) of the In­ter­na­tion­al Mari­time Or­gan­iz­a­tion (the ‘IMO’) form­ally ad­op­ted the car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.