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Lukas Rootman

Partner
Lawyer

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1-3 Charter Square
Sheffield
S1 4HS
United Kingdom
Languages English, Afrikaans

Lukas Rootman is a Partner in our Environment and Health & Safety team with particular expertise in regulatory matters covering incidents and advisory work. He has extensive advocacy experience and has represented a variety of clients, including leading companies and local authorities in relation to the full spectrum of regulatory matters.

Lukas is well regarded by the legal directories, recognising him as “a strong contentious lawyer, with a busy national practice that covers contraventions of environmental permits”. They also comment on his “commercial awareness, impressive knowledge and street fighting defence work”.

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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"He is very passionate about what he does, responds incredibly quickly and his client service is very good."

Legal 500, 2020

Is recommended for his 'punchy, timely, real world and on point advice'. He provides an 'outstanding service' which 'inspires confidence in times of internal pressure and stress', and has experience handling complex, high-value and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Legal 500, 2018

"He performs very well in court and is an excellent advocate."

Chambers 2018

"He puts you at ease in really horrendous situations."

Chambers 2018

Relevant experience

  • A mining client on HSE investigation and representing client in PACE interview following a fatality in a deep mine resulting from an employee being exposed to an oxygen deficient atmosphere. A notable aspect of this case is that the HSE investigation involves 12 individuals in addition to the company. Advising on coroner’s inquest.
  • A mining client on HSE investigation following a fatality involving an employee falling from a haulage system which he was riding on. Advising on coroner’s inquest.
  • A mining client on HSE investigation following a fatality involving a rock fall resulting from a roadway collapsing. Advising on coroner’s inquest.
  • A construction company on Environment Agency investigation in relation to the client’s duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act following the disposal of waste in a disused quarry.
  • A client on Environment Agency investigation into the breach of a discharge consent at one of their quarries.
  • A client on Environment Agency investigation into the breach of a water abstraction licence.
  • A client on Environment Agency prosecution following a breach of the packaging material regulations.
  • A client on HSE investigation following fatal injury to a member of public falling into. unguarded excavation. Individuals prosecuted, but company not charged.
  • A property developer on water pollution incident following failure of underground diesel storage tank. 
  • A chemical company on HSE prosecution for breaching COMAH regulations. 
  • A management team at oil refinery on joint HSE and Environment Agency investigation following explosion. 
  • A chemical company on Environment Agency prosecution following water pollution incident. 
  • A logistics company following fatal accident to a contractor at a distribution centre.
  • Defending company in joint prosecution brought by the EA and HSE following the mixing of incompatible wastes at a hazardous waste facility. 
  • Defending company in respect of a fatal accident involving a refuse collection vehicle. 
  • Defending company following fall from height at waste to energy facility. 
  • A company on an appeal against noise abatement notice. 
  • A company on an appeal against prohibition notice. 
  • A company on an appeal against improvement notice. 
  • A company on health and safety policies.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Lukas is a member of the CBI Health and Safety Panel and the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
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Education

  • 1999 – B. Proc., University of Johannesburg Johannesburg
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16/07/2021
Im­port­ant Build­ing Safety Bill De­vel­op­ments
The hugely an­ti­cip­ated draft Build­ing Safety Bill (Draft Bill) was in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment on 5 Ju­ly 2021. The draft Bill sets out a path­way for the fu­ture of how res­id­en­tial build­ings should be con­struc­ted...
28/06/2021
Build­ing Voices
Wel­come to the ICE Dis­putes pod­cast series, 'Build­ing Voices'. The CMS ICE Dis­putes team has launched a new pod­cast series, Build­ing Voices.Build­ing Voices is a new pod­cast series that fo­cuses on the...
17/06/2021
Look­ing back to move for­ward – where next for HSE in Oil and Gas? The fo­cus...
The first vir­tu­al Oil and Gas UK HSE Con­fer­ence held earli­er this year in­volved a packed agenda. From the in­dustry’s on-go­ing Cov­id re­sponse, through to an ana­lys­is of hy­dro-car­bon re­leases in re­cent...
07/06/2021
The road that lies ahead
Jac­queline Rédarès and Lu­kas Root­man from our Health, Safety & En­vir­on­ment team ex­am­ine the  is­sues of health, safety, well­being, build­ing & fire safety and oth­er reg­u­lat­ory risks fa­cing the so­cial...
25/05/2021
Man­aging in­vest­ig­a­tions: plan­ning pres­sures and pit­falls video series
With more in­tern­al re­port­ing of con­cerns with­in busi­nesses thanks to im­proved train­ing and con­trols, and with com­plex reg­u­lat­ory, crim­in­al and HR in­vest­ig­a­tions be­com­ing more com­mon­place, cor­por­ates need...
21/04/2021
The im­port­ance of ef­fect­ive health and safety meas­ures to suc­cess­fully...
Over the years pre­ced­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, health and safety struggled to make head­line news un­less a ser­i­ous in­cid­ent oc­curred, such as the tra­gic loss of life in the Gren­fell Tower fire. However...
14/04/2021
The OPSS launch con­sulta­tion on mod­ern­ising product safety laws
The Of­fice for Product Safety and Stand­ards (OPSS) have launched a Call for Evid­ence seek­ing views from man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­ut­ors, con­sumers and the wider pub­lic on the long-term ap­proach to product...
23/03/2021
UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lishes re­sponse to Fire Safety Con­sulta­tion com­mit­ting...
The UK Gov­ern­ment has pub­lished its re­sponse to the Fire Safety Con­sulta­tion (Con­sulta­tion), which was launched on 20 Ju­ly 2020 and formed part of the Gov­ern­ment’s ob­ject­ive to im­prove build­ing and...
10/02/2021
New meas­ures an­nounced for high-rise build­ings
The Hous­ing Sec­ret­ary, Robert Jen­rick, has this af­ter­noon an­nounced a num­ber of fur­ther meas­ures in re­la­tion to the re­medi­ation of un­safe clad­ding in high-rise res­id­en­tial build­ings. The gov­ern­ment’s...
18/01/2021
The im­port­ance of ef­fect­ive health and safety meas­ures to suc­cess­fully...
Over the years pre­ced­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, health and safety struggled to make head­line news un­less a ser­i­ous in­cid­ent oc­curred, such as the tra­gic loss of life in the Gren­fell Tower fire. However...
11/12/2020
Health & Safety CMS News­let­ter Decem­ber 2020
CMS is proud to present the latest Health and Safety News­let­ter which dis­cusses the Su­per Puma FAI de­term­in­a­tion, the health and safety of em­ploy­ees work­ing from home, the im­port­ance of work­force wel­fare...
19/10/2020
Brexit trans­ition peri­ods for product safety and com­pli­ance post-2020
The im­min­ent changes to product safety and com­pli­ance laws, by vir­tue of the UK leav­ing the EU, have been the sub­ject of much de­bate. It has now been an­nounced that there will be fur­ther trans­ition peri­ods...