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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'.

Legal 500 UK

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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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    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    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.
    09/03/2009
    CMS spon­sors IHIF for eighth year run­ning in Ber­lin
    02/11/2018
    Tack­ling plastic – new meas­ures for the food and drink in­dustry
    In the au­tumn 2018 Budget, the UK gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce a tax on plastic pack­aging pro­duced in, or im­por­ted in­to, the UK, which con­tains less than 30% re­cycled con­tent (sub­ject to con­sulta­tion).
    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.
    29/10/2018
    Pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on single use plastic ad­op­ted by the European...
    On Wed­nes­day 24 Oc­to­ber the European Par­lia­ment ap­proved, by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity, the pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on the re­duc­tion of the im­pact of cer­tain plastic products on the en­vir­on­ment (the “Pro­pos­al”) with amend­ments.
    12/10/2018
    Dutch ju­di­ciary com­pre­hens­ively re­jects gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate change...
    On 9th Oc­to­ber 2018, The Hag­ue Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment in a long run­ning ap­peal brought by the Dutch gov­ern­ment against a judg­ment (dated 24th June 2015) of The Hag­ue Dis­trict Court. The earli­er judg­ment be­came fam­ous across the world, be­cause.
    21/09/2018
    EU to define €100’s of bil­lions pa of sus­tain­able in­vest­ment
    It is easy to ask: what does sus­tain­able in­vest­ment mean? The an­swer is not simple even though a lot rides on it. In the EU cli­mate and en­ergy space alone, the EU es­tim­ates that ad­di­tion­al sus­tain­able in­vest­ment will need to rise to €180 bil­lion per an­num (on.
    31/07/2018
    EU cir­cu­lar eco­nomy pack­age
    In early Ju­ly 2018 the EU’s Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy pack­age came in­to force. This is made up of four new EU Dir­ect­ives which amend ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ives on waste man­age­ment, land­fill, pack­aging and pack­aging waste, end-of-life vehicles, waste bat­ter­ies, and waste elec­tric­al.
    14/05/2018
    En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings and Brexit: the fi­nal cut (for now)
    In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
    14/05/2018
    En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings: the fi­nal cut (for now)
    In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
    17/04/2018
    NGOs can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on ge­net­ic­ally...
    The Gen­er­al Court de­cided in its de­cision of 14 March 2018 that non-gov­ern­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tions (“NGOs”) can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on au­thor­iz­ing the pla­cing on the mar­ket of ge­net­ic­ally mod­i­fied food and feed.