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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.

"They're excellent," and "One of their strengths is that the communication between them is very fluid - it's all very consistent and they never need to get a new member up to speed."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"The team is 'consistently very good,' and 'they are very good to work with and understand litigation'."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

The team is 'extremely confident and experienced' and 'they use strategy and knowledge to steer their clients through challenges, mitigating risk and developing or adapting with the client or project where required'."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"CMS is a key name in the Sheffield market for environmental work."

Legal 500, 2020

"Leaders in energy transition and provide excellent technical and commercial support to new energy projects. Overall they offer the full package for 21st century energy and natural resources clients."

Legal 500, 2022

"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

"Commercial. High-quality advice given efficiently and on time. Rather than simply saying what the law says they explain what it means and will advise on strategy. This is rare for lawyers."

Legal 500, 2022

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Cleantech encompasses technology and services that address environment issues or lessen the impact of current products or services on the environment.
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Health & Safety is of paramount importance to all businesses. As an increasingly regulated area, every employer must comply with health and safety rul
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24/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 3 – ‘Over­lap between copy­right and designs’
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that there is a lack of clar­ity on the ex­tent of over­lap between copy­right and design law, and how they should co-ex­ist. In par­tic­u­lar, the Call for Views notes the un­cer­tainty as...
24/05/2022
Con­sulta­tion on pro­posed long-term en­vir­on­ment­al tar­gets in Eng­land ex­ten­ded...
DE­FRA is cur­rently con­sult­ing on pro­pos­als for a series of leg­ally-bind­ing, long-term en­vir­on­ment­al tar­gets in Eng­land. In ac­cord­ance with the En­vir­on­ment Act 2021 (the “Act”), the Sec­ret­ary of State...
23/05/2022
Con­tro­ver­sial meas­ures for real es­tate in the Lev­el­ling-Up and Re­gen­er­a­tion...
Sum­mary The Lev­el­ling-Up and Re­gen­er­a­tion Bill in­tro­duced in­to Par­lia­ment on 11 May 2022 con­tains a num­ber of areas of in­terest for the prop­erty in­dustry. CMS has com­men­ted on the im­pact of the Bill on...
17/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 2 - Sim­pli­fy­ing the designs sys­tem
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that the cur­rent design frame­work is highly com­plex, in­volving three dif­fer­ent types of un­re­gistered rights (two of which ori­gin­ate from EU law) in ad­di­tion to re­gistered designs...
13/05/2022
Cli­mate Trans­ition Plans: UK call for evid­ence launched
Un­til 13 Ju­ly 2022 com­ments are sought on the ap­proach to be ad­op­ted for cli­mate trans­ition plans for UK com­pan­ies and fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions. Launched by the Trans­ition Plan Taskforce (‘TPT’), man­dated...
09/05/2022
UKIPO Call for Views on designs re­gime
Spot­light on UK Design Law  Re­view­ing the UK designs frame­work – UKIPO’s Call for Views The leg­al pro­tec­tion of design rights in the UK is no pic­nic. As IP prac­ti­tion­ers and design busi­nesses will...
04/05/2022
Oil & Gas: Court chal­lenge to LNG Pro­ject fund­ing
In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Friends of the Earth Lim­ited) v (1) The Sec­ret­ary of State for In­ter­na­tion­al Trade / Ex­port Cred­its Guar­an­tee De­part­ment (UK Ex­port Fin­ance) (2) Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer1 [2022]...
22/04/2022
New de­vel­op­ments in UK CCUS: BEIS pub­lishes de­tails of Dis­patch­able Power...
On 12 April, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished two fur­ther up­dates on the pro­posed Dis­patch­able Power Agree­ment (“DPA”) and In­dus­tri­al Car­bon Cap­ture...
21/04/2022
Fi­nal UK pro­pos­als for Ex­ten­ded Pro­du­cer Re­spons­ib­il­ity for pack­aging
On 26 March 2022, the UK Gov­ern­ment and the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions pub­lished their joint re­sponse to a 2021 con­sulta­tion on pro­pos­als for an Ex­ten­ded Pro­du­cer Re­spons­ib­il­ity (“EPR”) re­gime for pack­aging...
14/04/2022
NSTA is­sues open let­ter to li­censees on ESG dis­clos­ure and re­port­ing
A re­cent area of fo­cus for the North Sea Trans­ition Au­thor­ity (“NSTA” – formerly the Oil & Gas Au­thor­ity) has been cor­por­ate gov­ernance and a drive to high stand­ards of com­pli­ance and gov­ernance...
08/04/2022
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence – a step...
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence (the “CSDD Pro­pos­al”), pub­lished on 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, aims to im­pose ob­lig­a­tions on com­pan­ies, their sub­si­di­ar­ies and their value chains...
07/04/2022
The European Green Deal in ac­tion: sig­ni­fic­ant new cir­cu­lar eco­nomy meas­ures...
On 30 March 2022, the European Com­mis­sion (“EC”) presen­ted a pack­age of meas­ures in­ten­ded to make sus­tain­able products the norm in the EU, fa­cil­it­ate cir­cu­lar busi­ness mod­els and em­power con­sumers...