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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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The "superb" Paul Sheridan is described as “very knowledgeable," adding that he is “excellent in giving the global picture and helping to define strategy.”

Chambers, 2019

"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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24 April 2019
Is ESG driv­ing valu­ation and/or fin­an­cial de­cision...
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.
25 April 2018
De­liv­er­ing first-class ex­pert­ise to the wa­ter sec­tor
Tack­ling food waste – fu­ture meas­ures set to force change by FBOs
There is grow­ing pres­sure on food busi­ness op­er­at­ors (“FBOs”) to re­duce food waste and to be more ac­count­able for the food waste they pro­duce. Last week, the Gov­ern­ment’s Food Waste Cham­pi­on, Ben El­li­ot, held a sym­posi­um to launch the new “Step up to the Plate”.
January 2017
A Breath of Fresh Air
Par­ent com­pan­ies: Eng­lish Courts can try Zam­bi­an pol­lu­tion lit­ig­a­tion
On 10th April 2019, the UK Su­preme Court gave judg­ment in a pro­ced­ur­al dis­pute over wheth­er lit­ig­a­tion re­lat­ing to pol­lu­tion in Zam­bia could be tried in the Eng­lish Courts. The judg­ment is sig­ni­fic­ant for mul­tina­tion­al UK par­ent com­pan­ies with op­er­at­ing com­pan­ies.
15 August 2016
The Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Pack­age: A Work In Pro­gress
Mod­el­ling En­vir­on­ment in awards of Cent­ral Gov­ern­ment Con­tracts
The Cab­in­et Of­fice and the De­part­ment for Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a new eval­u­ation mod­el for in­cor­por­at­ing so­cial value, in­clud­ing en­vir­on­ment con­sid­er­a­tions, in­to awards of cent­ral gov­ern­ment con­tracts.
The Com­mis­sion Con­sults: Bar­ri­ers to the im­ple­ment­a­tion...
New ULEZ emis­sions char­ging op­er­a­tion­al today
Today the Ul­tra Low Emis­sions Zone (ULEZ) in Lon­don be­comes op­er­a­tion­al. ULEZ res­ults in new charges be­ing pay­able by drivers of vehicles in Cent­ral Lon­don which do not com­ply with spe­cified emis­sion stand­ards.
Get En­gaged: gov­ern­ment-led en­vir­on­ment law re­view
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.