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Olivia Jamison


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

Olivia Jamison is a specialist environment practitioner advising on environment and health and safety matters.  She advises on various aspects of environmental liability, regulatory compliance, risk transfer and strategic sensitive environment issues at domestic and EU level.

CMS is “one of the best firms in the market for environment work” (Legal 500, 2014) with Olivia rated as a leading individual and “conscientious, thoughtful and a pleasure to work with” (Legal 500, 2015). The CMS Environment team has been ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500 2016 and Band 1 in Chambers 2017 with Olivia individually listed in both directories.

Olivia’s practice covers the transfer of liability in transactions, energy from waste and alternative energy operations, contaminated land issues, advising regarding prospective and impending legislation and the impact on business practice, investments and products, representing companies in regulatory investigations including crisis management, interviews and court proceedings, contractual and regulatory liabilities, pursuing appeals in respect of environmental permits, statutory notices and regulators' decisions and civil litigation.

Olivia has been listed as a “recommended attorney” by Global Law Experts.

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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"A lawyer who is 'very good at looking at the bigger picture and future-proofing what may come up on the horizon'. 'She is very proactive and 'she's very good at dealing with regulators'."

Legal 500, 2020

“very efficient and very knowledgeable,” and is "a pleasure to deal with."

Chambers, 2019

"she has in-depth knowledge and helpful personal experience of all of the regulators."

Chambers 2018

“Thought by some to be the ‘best overall group in London’” and “a formidable team”

Legal 500 2016

“Dedicated [...] breaks down complex issues well”

Chambers 2017

Won Client Nominated ILO Client Choice Award for Environment/Climate change 2015

"an extremely smart lawyer. She is client-focused, looking to use the best dispute resolution options and regulatory routes to resolve client issues"

Chambers 2016

Relevant experience

  • Developers and energy generators on the Environmental Liability Directive, Habitats Directive, the Birds Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and onshore and offshore liability.
  • Manufacturers in respect of energy efficiency and energy labelling requirements, conflict minerals developments, WEEE, RoHS, REACH, CLP, transportation, batteries, waste and the circular economy.
  • All aspects of environment regulation including, the obligations on operators pursuant to environmental permits, sanctions for non-compliance and rights of appeal.
  • Permitted facilities in relation to numerous regulatory notices and appeals in respect of enforcement notices and terms of consents including successful withdrawal of notices and successful compromise of appeals by the Environment Agency due to their change of interpretation following submissions.
  • Investors in respect of the purchase of facilities and on the decommissioning of infrastructure and legacy related liability issues, the transfer of liability arising out of contaminated land, drafting letters of appointment, considering environmental reports and drafting and negotiating warranties and indemnities.
  • Legal reviews on issues arising in relation to subsea infrastructure including marine licence and consents review regarding various OFTO projects and a FOAK tidal project.
  • Immediate response on environmental incidents including regulatory investigations, crisis management, interviews under compulsion and under caution and managing statutory requests for information. Prosecutions and enforcement activities including enforcement undertakings advice.
  • Group actions in respect of alleged civil nuisance (odour, pests and noise) arising in relation to various types of facilities and in relation to statutory nuisance.
  • Businesses on carbon reduction and energy efficiency related laws including the Energy Efficiency Directive, Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance Standards, the CRC and the EU ETS.
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  • Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts – Criminal Proceedings)
  • LLB (Hons), University of Manchester
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  • Working party member of the Environmental Litigation Group and Water Group
  • HSLA
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23 February 2021
Life Sci­ences Quarterly Up­date - Brexit Im­plic­a­tions for the MedTech Sec­tor
We are de­lighted to in­vite you to our life sci­ences quarterly up­date we­bin­ar, ‘in view’. Our CMS team will be eval­u­at­ing the wide ran­ging im­pacts of Brexit for those op­er­at­ing in the MedTech sec­tor...
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...
06 November 2020
“Eco-friendly” claims – CMA in­vest­ig­a­tion launched
This week the UK’s lead con­sumer au­thor­ity (the “CMA”) an­nounced it is ex­amin­ing busi­nesses’ en­vir­on­ment­al claims over their products and ser­vices. This fol­lows re­cog­ni­tion of the grow­ing num­ber...
20 October 2020
In­dem­nity for cost of con­tam­in­ated land
Head­line points This case con­cerned a coun­ter­claim by a land­lord for the cost in­curred by it in re­medi­at­ing its prop­erty pri­or to un­der­tak­ing a ma­jor re­devel­op­ment pro­ject which in­cluded a lar­ger par­cel...
14 October 2020
Con­sulta­tion on the in­tro­duc­tion of mar­ket re­stric­tions on cer­tain single-use...
The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion on the in­tro­duc­tion of mar­ket re­stric­tions on cer­tain single-use plastic items in Scot­land. Re­sponses to the con­sulta­tion must be sub­mit­ted be­fore...
05 October 2020
UK Gov­ern­ment con­sults on Eco­design and En­ergy In­form­a­tion Laws changes
Un­til 11 Novem­ber 2020, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) is con­sult­ing on the draft Eco­design for En­ergy-Re­lated Products and En­ergy In­form­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions 2021...
22 October 2020
CMS Con­sumer & Re­tail Vir­tu­al Con­fer­ence - Al­tern­at­ive Fu­tures
Join us for the vir­tu­al CMS Con­sumer & Re­tail Con­fer­ence- Al­tern­at­ive Fu­tures on 15 and 22 Oc­to­ber. Wheth­er it’s Cov­id-19, heightened en­vir­on­ment­al con­cerns, or glob­al so­cial justice move­ments, con­sumer...
24 September 2020
Ban on single-use plastic items in Eng­land ef­fect­ive from 1 Oc­to­ber 2020
The De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food & Rur­al Af­fairs has pub­lished guid­ance (the “Guid­ance”) on the long-awaited ban on single-use plastic straws, stir­rers and cot­ton buds, which, sub­ject to ex­emp­tions...
06 August 2020
1 week left to re­spond to Con­sulta­tion on De­part­ing from Re­tained EU Case...
The Min­istry of Justice has pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on the de­par­ture from re­tained EU case law by UK courts and tribunals. Re­sponses are in­vited to the con­sulta­tion ques­tions by 13 Au­gust 2020. At the...
05 August 2020
En­vir­on­ment law spe­cial­ists
The im­per­at­ive for cli­mate change and grow­ing mo­mentum for a green re­cov­ery post-pan­dem­ic has led busi­nesses to ex­plore op­por­tun­it­ies, ad­dress their im­pact on the en­vir­on­ment and keep an eye on rel­ev­ant...
08 July 2020
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The De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy has pub­lished a call for evid­ence in re­la­tion to en­ergy-re­lated products, which closes on 4 Septem­ber 2020.[1] To date, le­gis­la­tion on eco­design...
06 July 2020
Court of Ap­peal waste law judg­ment (Eng­land)
In May 2020 the Court of Ap­peal ruled on is­sues con­cern­ing the law­ful­ness of an ex­empt waste man­age­ment op­er­a­tion; in this in­stance the stor­age and treat­ment of waste wood. At tri­al both the op­er­at­ing...