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The CMS Environmental and Climate Change Disputes Team advises clients on a variety of disputes arising from the changing regulatory landscape.

Our market leading lawyers have extensive experience representing clients on civil claims based in private nuisance, follow-on actions under group litigation orders, class actions, multi-jurisdictional litigation, technology disputes and reputation management. We regularly deal with MPs, liaison and select committees, action groups and PR companies.

Our experience of misrepresentation claims will be invaluable in handling environmental impact claims. 

"I was impressed with the way they put together a team with a variety of expertise and experience in the room and it came across seamlessly. There are not many firms that can deal with environmental issues in such a complete way and I was highly satisfied and appreciative of the result achieved."

Legal 500, 2022

“A 21st century 24/7 powerhouse. Experienced team with all the skills necessary to deal with large-scale commercial litigation.”

Legal 500, 2021

"The team is very experienced and very practical - we are really happy working with them."

Chambers, 2021

“They fully understand our business and go to considerable lengths to work very closely with us.”

Legal 500, 2021
Cli­mate Ac­tion & Sus­tain­ab­il­ity
Read the latest hot top­ics, is­sues and ana­lys­is on Cli­mate Change and ESG


Risk Es­sen­tials We­bin­ar
Cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity: post COP26 reg­u­la­tion and de­cision-mak­ing – the is­sues for busi­nessIn this we­bin­ar our En­vir­on­ment­al, Plan­ning and Dis­putes teams re­flect on the out­comes of COP26 and oth­er...
Fu­ture Fa­cing Dis­putes - ESG Risk and Share­hold­er Act­iv­ism
Share­hold­er act­iv­ism is in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­cing cor­por­ate agen­das. Share­hold­er act­iv­ists are in­creas­ingly fo­cus­ing on en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (“ESG”) is­sues to in­flu­ence a com­pany’s be­ha­viour in light of cli­mate change, the most sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenge fa­cing hu­man­ity today.With COP26 (the 26th UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence) hav­ing just taken place in Glas­gow, the ap­proach taken by busi­nesses to cli­mate change will be un­der in­creas­ing scru­tiny as share­hold­er act­iv­ists in­tensi­fy their fo­cus on ESG is­sues.To read this fu­ture fa­cing dis­putes pa­per down­load the pdf be­low. 
Will ESG re­lated con­cerns res­ult in courts ad­opt­ing a more pur­pos­ive ap­proach...
Giv­en the in­creas­ing prom­in­ence of ESG is­sues, the de­cision of the Su­preme Court in Ok­p­abi and oth­ers v Roy­al Dutch Shell Plc and an­oth­er [2021] UK­SC 3 has po­ten­tially pro­found im­plic­a­tions for group...
Evol­u­tion not re­volu­tion: Cor­por­ate Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Cli­mate Change
Cli­mate change, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and ESG are no longer niche areas of in­terest – they have be­come fun­da­ment­al to the way busi­nesses op­er­ate and im­pact the way we live our lives. Com­pan­ies face an im­port­ant...
CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2021 Sum­mer Edi­tion
Wel­come to the 2021 sum­mer edi­tion of our In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi-an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion fea­tur­ing ana­lys­is and com­ment­ary on the key trends cur­rently shap­ing the glob­al dis­pute res­ol­u­tion mar­ket.As...
Fu­ture Fa­cing Dis­putes - Green tech­no­logy – The key to cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion...
Trans­par­ency is the corner­stone of ef­fect­ive ac­count­ab­il­ity, and cli­mate change re­port­ing is be­com­ing man­dat­ory in many jur­is­dic­tions around the world, in­clud­ing the UK. These changes in the reg­u­lat­ory...
Fu­ture Fa­cing Dis­putes - Emer­gence of Cli­mate Change Lit­ig­a­tion
There is grow­ing con­cern that per­son­al, prop­erty and com­mer­cial dam­age caused by cli­mate change is in­creas­ingly giv­ing rise to dis­putes. Rising costs of im­prov­ing and in­stalling flood pro­tec­tion in­fra­struc­ture...