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Paul Sheridan

Partner
Head of Environment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Paul Sheridan is a partner and Head of our Environment law practice which is consistently recognised as a Tier 1 practice by Chambers and Legal 500. Paul also specialises in climate change and sustainability.

He advises numerous national and international commercial, construction, finance industrial, manufacturing, real estate, technology, utility, and waste management clients on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious environment matters, including several test cases. He is particularly involved with the auto, cleantech, chemicals, energy, real estate, retail, transport and waste management sectors.

Paul has 28 years of experience in this field. He is consistently recognised by his peers, Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who as a leading practitioner in this area.  

Paul is part of the wide CMS Energy and Climate Change practice which has more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners. This is one of the largest of its kind in the world working across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience this practice is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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" 'Excellent' lawyer' and 'he really knows his stuff but also gives very client-friendly advice'."

Legal 500, 2020

The "superb" Paul Sheridan is described as “very knowledgeable," adding that he is “excellent in giving the global picture and helping to define strategy.”

Chambers, 2019

"fiercely intelligent, quick to respond and talented at finding his way through complex cases."

Chambers 2018

"He has a superb knowledge of the subject matter, an excellent manner and leaves no question unanswered."

Chambers 2018

"He lives and breathes it, he is Mr Environment."

Chambers, 2015

Directories recognise the excellence of Paul: “engaging in impressive contentious and non-contentious work, CMS’ practice has been thriving under the headship of the ‘strategic’ Paul Sheridan”.

Legal 500, 2016

He is described as "one of the very best", with "an acute grasp of the law which he combines with excellent commercial acumen" (Legal 500 2011), and “a brilliant tactician”

Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • Permitting and compliance issues for various industrial, energy and waste management clients in terms of emissions, accidents and pollution events. Work includes permitting applications, variations, appeals and surrenders.
  • Several large industrial and chemicals clients on decommissioning, remediation and sale of former manufacturing facilities for more sensitive uses, most usually with comprehensive risk transfer mechanisms. Also advising on contaminated land liabilities generally and within the context of transactions and contaminated land disputes under statutory law and contractual indemnities.
  • All aspects of non-contentious and contentious matters from the perspectives of large waste management companies and waste producers. The work includes several regulatory/criminal law actions and civil law disputes.
  • Industrial, energy, construction, chemicals and waste management clients on alleged environment nuisances such as odour, noise, pests and dust, including several group litigation actions.
  • A waste management client on the successful defence (2014) in a prosecution of what was probably the most significant inland waters pollution incident for the last 15 years.
  • Advised a water utility on a major project to supply water and sewage facilities and advised an infrastructure JV on bidding for flood defence and alleviation works. 
  • Advising a major Ports operator on protected sites and flooding risks, and a waste management client on breaches of protected species licences.
  • The impacts of the developing law and policy on carbon and sustainability, including energy efficiency of products, buildings and transport. Advising on carbon capture and storage projects, energy performance of buildings, CRC, ESOS, SECR eco-design, ELV, packaging laws, REACH, ROHS, WEEE etc.
  • Insured and insurer clients in relation to settling bespoke environmental impairment liability insurance policies. 
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Education

  • Solicitor England and Wales
  • Solicitor Australia
  • 1982 - LLB (Hons), Southampton
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26/03/2021
The UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme - what’s new?
On 10 March 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished up­dated guid­ance on par­ti­cip­at­ing in the UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme (“UK ETS”) which launched...
14/10/2020
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...
05/10/2020
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...
24/09/2020
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...
06/08/2020
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...
05/08/2020
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...
08/07/2020
En­ergy Re­lated products: call for evid­ence on post EU Exit ap­proach
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...
06/07/2020
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...
10/06/2020
Fu­ture Fa­cing Dis­putes - Emer­gence of Cli­mate Change Lit­ig­a­tion
There is grow­ing con­cern that per­son­al, prop­erty and com­mer­cial dam­age caused by cli­mate change is in­creas­ingly giv­ing rise to dis­putes. Rising costs of im­prov­ing and in­stalling flood pro­tec­tion in­fra­struc­ture...
06/05/2020
More cli­mate in the courts: UK
Two fur­ther cases re­lat­ing to po­ten­tially high green­house gas emis­sions pro­jects are to be re­viewed by the Courts in the UK. Both have po­ten­tial im­plic­a­tions for how de­velopers, in­vestors, reg­u­lat­ors...
04/05/2020
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...
21/04/2020
Far-reach­ing pro­pos­als for a more sus­tain­able fu­ture: the new Cir­cu­lar...
Pub­lished in mid March, the European Com­mis­sion’s new Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Ac­tion Plan (the “Plan”) aims to ac­cel­er­ate the European Uni­on’s trans­ition to­wards a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. This is to be achieved...