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Laura Swithinbank


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

Laura is an Associate in the Environment, Health & Safety Team at CMS. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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  • 2016 - LPC, BPP Law School, London
  • 2014 - LL.B., University of East Anglia, Norwich
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26 March 2021
FSA up­dates CBD Nov­el Foods cri­ter­ia
The Food Stand­ards Agency ("FSA") has an­nounced that the cri­ter­ia of CBD which can re­main on sale from 1 April 2021 has been up­dated to en­com­pass a wider re­mit of products. Food busi­ness op­er­at­ors ("FBOs")...
7 January 2021
Green­ing your sup­ply chain
Many busi­nesses want to turn the im­pact of COV­ID-19 on their sup­ply chains in­to an op­por­tun­ity to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and in­crease mar­gins. They can do so by in­teg­rat­ing sus­tain­able en­vir­on­ment­al pro­cesses...
17 November 2020
Draft le­gis­la­tion pub­lished to in­tro­duce the UK’s Plastic Pack­aging Tax
On 12 Novem­ber 2020, HM Rev­en­ue & Cus­toms (“HM­RC”) pub­lished a policy pa­per de­tail­ing the long-awaited plastic pack­aging tax (“Policy Pa­per”) along with the draft stat­utory in­stru­ment that will...
13 August 2020
Na­tion­al Food Strategy Pub­lished: What this means for busi­ness 
Part One of Henry Dimbleby’s two-part Na­tion­al Food Strategy (“Strategy”) was pub­lished on 29 Ju­ly 2020, which con­tains ur­gent re­com­mend­a­tions to sup­port the UK through the tur­bu­lence caused by...
20 July 2020
Ker­nel: Sum­mer 2020
Wel­come to the latest is­sue of Ker­nel, our Scot­land food and drink bul­let­in. In Ker­nel, we ex­am­ine cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the Scot­tish food and drink in­dustry and provide bite-size art­icles...
18 May 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on CBD food busi­nesses
The coronavir­us (“COV­ID-19”) pan­dem­ic has driv­en on­line con­sumer shop­ping in the well­being sec­tor in a bid to find products that will pro­tect against, and help man­age the symp­toms of, COV­ID-19. Food...
04 May 2020
Pro­posed Plastic Pack­aging Tax: changes, un­answered ques­tions and Con­sulta­tion...
The UK Gov­ern­ment an­nounced as part of the Budget 2020 that a new tax will ap­ply from April 2022 to both filled and un­filled plastic pack­aging pro­duced in, or im­por­ted in­to, the UK which con­tains less...
04 March 2020
SCIP Data­base: a step for­ward for the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy
From 5 Janu­ary 2021, busi­nesses that sup­ply art­icles or com­plex ob­jects (products) con­tain­ing cer­tain haz­ard­ous sub­stances will have to sub­mit in­form­a­tion to a new data­base es­tab­lished by the European...
24 February 2020
Or­gan­ic food products face new reg­u­lat­ory chal­lenges
Nat­ur­al­ness is as­so­ci­ated with sim­pli­city. Foods that are sim­pler and less pro­cessed are per­ceived to be “bet­ter”. This may be one of the reas­ons why the de­mand for or­gan­ic cer­ti­fic­a­tion is on the...
19 February 2020
Have Can­nabis products reached their shelf life? 
Fol­low­ing our pre­vi­ous art­icle on this top­ic and the re­cently heightened pro­file of can­nabis food products in the UK, we take a look at the cur­rent and ex­pec­ted fu­ture reg­u­la­tion of such products, in­clud­ing...
31 January 2020
The Fu­ture Homes Stand­ard: Re­vised Clos­ing Date for Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions...
We pre­vi­ously re­por­ted on the Gov­ern­ment’s con­sulta­tion on changes to the build­ing reg­u­la­tions ap­plic­able to new dwell­ings.  The con­sulta­tion seeks views on the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to in­crease the...
11 December 2019
A huge mo­ment for busi­ness: European Green Deal
After much an­ti­cip­a­tion and am­bi­tious prom­ises from the in­com­ing EU Com­mis­sion Pres­id­ent Ur­sula von der Ley­en, the European Com­mis­sion today an­nounced the con­tent of its European Green Deal. No one should...