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Paul Sheridan

Head of Environment

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

Paul Sheridan is a partner and Head of our Environment law practice which is consistently recognised as a Tier 1 practice (e.g. 2016 Legal 500). Paul also specialises in cleantech.

He advises numerous national and international commercial, construction, finance industrial, manufacturing, real estate, technology, utility, and waste management clients on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious environment matters, including several test cases. He is particularly involved with the auto, cleantech, chemicals, energy, real estate, retail, transport and waste management sectors.

Paul has 23 years of experience in this field. He is consistently recognised by his peers, Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who as a leading practitioner in this area. He was placed, globally, in the top 25 of environment lawyers by Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers (2011).

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"fiercely intelligent, quick to respond and talented at finding his way through complex cases."

Chambers 2018

"He has a superb knowledge of the subject matter, an excellent manner and leaves no question unanswered."

Chambers 2018

"He lives and breathes it, he is Mr Environment."

Chambers, 2015

Directories recognise the excellence of Paul: “engaging in impressive contentious and non-contentious work, CMS’ practice has been thriving under the headship of the ‘strategic’ Paul Sheridan”.

Legal 500, 2016

He is described as "one of the very best", with "an acute grasp of the law which he combines with excellent commercial acumen" (Legal 500 2011), and “a brilliant tactician”

Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • Permitting and compliance issues for various industrial, energy and waste management clients in terms of emissions, accidents and pollution events. Work includes permitting applications, variations, appeals and surrenders.
  • Several large industrial and chemicals clients on decommissioning, remediation and sale of for more sensitive uses of former manufacturing facilities, most usually with comprehensive risk transfer mechanisms. Also advising on contaminated land liabilities generally and within the context of transactions and contaminated land disputes under statutory law and contractual indemnities.
  • All aspects of non-contentious and contentious matters from the perspectives of large waste management companies and waste producers. The work includes several regulatory/criminal law actins and civil law disputes.
  • Industrial, energy, construction, chemicals and waste management clients on alleged environment nuisances such as odour, noise, pests and dust, including several group litigation actions.
  • A waste management client on the successful defence (2014) in a prosecution of what was probably the most significant inland waters pollution incident for the last 15 years. Advised a water utility on a major project to supply water and sewage facilities and advised an infrastructure JV on bidding for flood defence and alleviation works. Advising generally on the Water Framework Directive. Advising a major Ports operator on protected sites and flooding risks.
  • The impacts of the developing law and policy on carbon and energy efficiency of products, buildings and transport, including recent and potential laws on public procurement and vehicle emission regulations, and far reaching proposals set out in the EU’s transport white paper. Advising a bidder on a proposed new carbon capture facility in Scotland and on energy performance of buildings, CRC, ESOS, eco-design, ELV, packaging laws, REACH, ROHS, WEEE etc.
  • Insured and insurer clients in relation to settling bespoke environmental impairment liability insurance policies, including first and third party risks and on and off site risks.
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Solicitor England and Wales

Solicitor Australia

1982 - LLB (Hons), Southampton

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January 2017
A Breath of Fresh Air
En­vir­on­ment­al Per­mit Re­fus­al: Re­versed on Ap­peal
In May 2017, we re­por­ted here on an in­ter­est­ing in­stance of a re­fus­al by the En­vir­on­ment Agency (“Agency”) to grant the Day Group an en­vir­on­ment­al per­mit to op­er­ate a new fa­cil­ity at Avon­mouth Docks, Bris­tol.
15 August 2016
The Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Pack­age: A Work In Pro­gress
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.
The Com­mis­sion Con­sults: Bar­ri­ers to the im­ple­ment­a­tion...
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.
Get En­gaged: gov­ern­ment-led en­vir­on­ment law re­view
BEIS is­sues draft re­vised De­com­mis­sion­ing Guidelines
Just be­fore Christ­mas BEIS fi­nally is­sued its draft re­vised De­com­mis­sion­ing Guidelines, ori­gin­ally ex­pec­ted to be pro­duced this time last year. Wheth­er this was a wel­come Christ­mas present prob­ably de­pends on wheth­er you are a law­yer, in op­er­a­tions, or an en­vir­on­ment­al.
CIWM Feb­ru­ary 2013
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.
CIWM Novem­ber 2013
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”).
Guid­ance on En­vir­on­ment­al Sen­ten­cing is a Pri­or­ity for the Scot­tish...
The Scot­tish Sen­ten­cing Coun­cil was es­tab­lished in Oc­to­ber 2015 and is re­spons­ible for pro­du­cing sen­ten­cing guidelines for the Courts, pub­lish­ing guideline judge­ments is­sued by the Courts and pub­lish­ing in­form­a­tion about sen­tences im­posed by the Courts.
The new Welsh land­fill dis­pos­als tax
The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is gear­ing up to in­tro­duce its own land­fill dis­pos­al tax (“LDT”) in 2018. This is part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment's ‘To­wards Zero Waste’ strategy, which aims to make Wales a high re­cyc­ling na­tion by 2025 and a zero waste to land­fill na­tion.
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.