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Olivia Jamison

Environment Partner & Solicitor Advocate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Olivia Jamison is a specialist environment practitioner advising on environment and health and safety matters.  She advises on various aspects of environmental liability, regulatory compliance, risk transfer and strategic sensitive environment issues at domestic and EU level.

CMS is “one of the best firms in the market for environment work” (Legal 500, 2014) with Olivia rated as a leading individual and “conscientious, thoughtful and a pleasure to work with” (Legal 500, 2015). The CMS Environment team has been ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500 2016 and Band 1 in Chambers 2017 with Olivia individually listed in both directories.

Olivia’s practice covers the transfer of liability in transactions, energy from waste and alternative energy operations, contaminated land issues, advising regarding prospective and impending legislation and the impact on business practice, investments and products, representing companies in regulatory investigations including crisis management, interviews and court proceedings, contractual and regulatory liabilities, pursuing appeals in respect of environmental permits, statutory notices and regulators' decisions and civil litigation.

Olivia has been listed as a “recommended attorney” by Global Law Experts.

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"she has in-depth knowledge and helpful personal experience of all of the regulators."

Chambers 2018

“Thought by some to be the ‘best overall group in London’” and “a formidable team”

Legal 500 2016

“Dedicated [...] breaks down complex issues well”

Chambers 2017

Won Client Nominated ILO Client Choice Award for Environment/Climate change 2015

"an extremely smart lawyer. She is client-focused, looking to use the best dispute resolution options and regulatory routes to resolve client issues"

Chambers 2016

Relevant experience

  • Developers and energy generators on the Environmental Liability Directive, Habitats Directive, the Birds Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and onshore and offshore liability.
  • Manufacturers in respect of energy efficiency and energy labelling requirements, conflict minerals developments, WEEE, RoHS, REACH, CLP, transportation, batteries, waste and the circular economy.
  • All aspects of environment regulation including, the obligations on operators pursuant to environmental permits, sanctions for non-compliance and rights of appeal.
  • Permitted facilities in relation to numerous regulatory notices and appeals in respect of enforcement notices and terms of consents including successful withdrawal of notices and successful compromise of appeals by the Environment Agency due to their change of interpretation following submissions.
  • Investors in respect of the purchase of facilities and on the decommissioning of infrastructure and legacy related liability issues, the transfer of liability arising out of contaminated land, drafting letters of appointment, considering environmental reports and drafting and negotiating warranties and indemnities.
  • Legal reviews on issues arising in relation to subsea infrastructure including marine licence and consents review regarding various OFTO projects and a FOAK tidal project.
  • Immediate response on environmental incidents including regulatory investigations, crisis management, interviews under compulsion and under caution and managing statutory requests for information. Prosecutions and enforcement activities including enforcement undertakings advice.
  • Group actions in respect of alleged civil nuisance (odour, pests and noise) arising in relation to various types of facilities and in relation to statutory nuisance.
  • Businesses on carbon reduction and energy efficiency related laws including the Energy Efficiency Directive, Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance Standards, the CRC and the EU ETS.
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Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts – Criminal Proceedings)

LLB (Hons), University of Manchester

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Working party member of the Environmental Litigation Group and Water Group


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Contributes quarterly to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Journal. 

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January 2017
A Breath of Fresh Air
En­vir­on­ment case law con­tin­ues to ex­pand
As en­vir­on­ment pub­lic law ex­pands and ma­tures, en­vir­on­ment case law like­wise has in­creased not only in volume but also in scope. A not­able fea­ture is the in­creas­ing com­mer­cial con­tent of en­vir­on­ment case law.
15 August 2016
The Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Pack­age: A Work In Pro­gress
Up­dated reg­u­lat­ory po­s­i­tion state­ments
In Novem­ber and Decem­ber 2017 the En­vir­on­ment Agency (“EA”) up­dated or re­newed a num­ber of reg­u­lat­ory po­s­i­tion state­ments (“RPS”) in Eng­land re­lat­ing to vari­ous activ­it­ies which at least the­or­et­ic­ally would re­quire an en­vir­on­ment­al per­mit.
The Com­mis­sion Con­sults: Bar­ri­ers to the im­ple­ment­a­tion...
From 1 Janu­ary 2018 large ships must mon­it­or and re­port CO2 emis­sions
As of 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) be­came sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried with­in all ports un­der the jur­is­dic­tion.
Does your com­pany com­ply with the EU en­ergy ef­fi­ciency...
EA Con­sulta­tion on En­force­ment and Sanc­tions Policy
The En­vir­on­ment Agency (“EA”) has re­cently launched a con­sulta­tion on its pro­pos­als to up­date its cur­rent En­force­ment and Sanc­tions State­ment (“ESS”) and En­force­ment and Sanc­tions Guid­ance (“ESG”).
Get En­gaged: gov­ern­ment-led en­vir­on­ment law re­view
REACH and Brexit – Some clar­ity gained but more cer­tainty re­quired
Sev­en­teen months after the UK Ref­er­en­dum on wheth­er to re­main in or leave the EU a num­ber of areas re­main un­cer­tain for busi­ness.   For the chem­ic­als in­dustry[i] whose products form an in­teg­ral part of our daily lives, the status of the corner­stone of the chem­ic­als.
CIWM Feb­ru­ary 2013
Con­sulta­tion launched on civil pen­al­ties for F-Gas Reg­u­la­tion breaches
The De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs, in con­junc­tion with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, is con­sult­ing on pro­pos­als to largely re­place the ex­ist­ing pen­alty re­gime with civil pen­al­ties for non com­pli­ance with the EU Flu­or­in­ated Green­house Gases Reg­u­la­tion.
CIWM Novem­ber 2013
Get­ting Tough
This art­icle first ap­peared in the CIWM, May 2017. Paul Sherid­an and Olivia Jam­is­on look at the price of non-com­pli­ance, spe­cific­ally the re­cent fine im­posed on Thames Wa­ter. To read the art­icle in full, please down­load the PDF.
Civil Li­ab­il­ity for Ja­pan­ese Knot­weed
This is a sub­ject about which a judg­ment has been ex­pec­ted for some time. The two joined claims re­ferred to be­low do not in­volve sig­ni­fic­ant sums of money but for those own­ing, man­aging or in­sur­ing sig­ni­fic­ant port­fo­li­os of in­dus­tri­al, com­mer­cial or in­fra­struc­ture.
In­ter­est­ing En­vir­on­ment­al Per­mit Re­fus­al
In April 2017 the En­vir­on­ment Agency re­fused an en­vir­on­ment­al per­mit ap­plic­a­tion in re­spect of a pro­posed fa­cil­ity at Avon­mouth Docks. The fa­cil­ity would treat in­cin­er­at­or bot­tom ash (“IBA” – this is waste) to make in­cin­er­at­or bot­tom ash ag­greg­ates (“IBAA”.
The fu­ture of frack­ing?
Cuad­rilla get the green light in Lan­cashire We pre­vi­ously wrote about the con­ten­tious de­cision made by the Sec­ret­ary of State for Loc­al Au­thor­it­ies and Gov­ern­ment to call-in and grant Cuad­rilla’s ap­peal against Lan­cashire County Coun­cil to drill and frack.
En­vir­on­ment: £20 mil­lion fine and costs
On 2 Feb­ru­ary 2017 Thames Wa­ter Util­it­ies Lim­ited (“Thames Wa­ter”) was warned by a Crown Court Judge, when con­sid­er­ing sen­ten­cing for wa­ter re­lated en­vir­on­ment of­fences that “The fine is go­ing to be very sub­stan­tial and the share­hold­ers have got to get the.