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Lukas Rootman

Lukas Rootman


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 South Quay
Victoria Quays
S2 5SY
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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  • 1999 – B. Proc., University of Johannesburg Johannesburg
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  • Lukas is a member of the CBI Health and Safety Panel and the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
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17 June 2020
Health and Safety News­let­ter June 2020
Health and Safety News­let­ter June 2020 from CMS. Find out more.
07 May 2020
COV­ID-19: Gov­ern­ment Guid­ance up­date on pla­cing new PPE on the mar­ket
Cor­rect as of 9am, 07th May. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. The Gov­ern­ment has re­cently up­dated guid­ance on pla­cing new Per­son­al Pro­tect­ive Equip­ment (PPE) on the mar­ket. In light of the need for...
14 May 2020
Em­ploy­ers’ health and safety re­spons­ib­il­it­ies dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic
What are the key health and safety is­sues that an em­ploy­er should con­sider dur­ing the pan­dem­ic? Read our check­list set­ting out em­ploy­ers’ health and safety re­spons­ib­il­it­ies dur­ing the COV­ID-19 crisis.
23 March 2020
The nov­el coronavir­us: New guid­ance from the Health and Safety Ex­ec­ut­ive...
Fol­low­ing the Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment on Monday that people should be work­ing from home where pos­sible, the shape of the work­place has shif­ted which has led to­wards an in­creased em­phas­is on how to keep...
28 April 2020
Key con­sid­er­a­tions for con­duct­ing in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions re­motely
This guide ex­plores the key prac­tic­al and leg­al is­sues that in­vest­ig­at­ors should have in mind when car­ry­ing out their work on in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions re­motely in­clud­ing plan­ning, priv­ilege, in­ter­views and em­ploy­ment rights, data gath­er­ing and pro­tec­tion a
05 February 2020
Fire safety: Gov­ern­ment guid­ance pub­lished pro­gress­ing fire safety meas­ures,...
The Min­istry of Hous­ing, Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment has re­af­firmed the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing build­ing safety by an­noun­cing, amongst oth­er fire safety re­quire­ments, the fol­low­ing...
8 April 2020
Emer­gency Re­sponse - En­vir­on­ment
Our spe­cial­ist En­vir­on­ment team has an ex­tens­ive and suc­cess­ful his­tory of sup­port­ing cli­ents when en­vir­on­ment­al in­cid­ents hap­pen. Find out how we can help.
20 January 2020
Air Qual­ity: Gov­ern­ment urged to bring in rad­ic­al in­door air qual­ity le­gis­la­tion
The Build­ing En­gin­eer­ing Ser­vices As­so­ci­ation (“BESA”) is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to re­vamp the air qual­ity in build­ings re­gime in the UK. This would in­clude mak­ing meas­ur­ing and mon­it­or­ing of in­door...
14 January 2020
Air Qual­ity - High Court Or­der for an in­quest to be re-heard to con­sider...
The find­ings of an in­quest in­to the death of Ella Roberta Kissi-Deb­rah (“Ella”) have been quashed by the High Court and the mat­ter has been lis­ted to be heard a second time, now with con­sid­er­a­tion...
10 October 2019
Gov­ern­ment pub­lish guid­ance on mar­ket sur­veil­lance
The Of­fice for Product Safety and Stand­ards (OPSS) has pub­lished the Na­tion­al Mar­ket Sur­veil­lance Pro­gramme 2019-20 (the Pro­gramme), provid­ing an over­view of the UK mar­ket sur­veil­lance frame­work and plans...
15 July 2019
Mark­ing goods after a 'No Deal' Brexit
In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, the re­quire­ments for pla­cing cer­tain goods on the UK and EU mar­kets, in­clud­ing the re­quire­ment for con­form­ity as­sess­ments and spe­cified product la­belling, will...
18 March 2019
The rel­ev­ance of linked or­gan­isa­tions in sen­ten­cing health and safety cases
The re­cent case of R v NPS Lon­don Ltd [2019] EW­CA Crim 229 provides use­ful cla­ri­fic­a­tion on the ap­proach ad­op­ted by the courts when con­sid­er­ing linked or­gan­isa­tions in the ap­plic­a­tion of the Sen­ten­cing...