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Paul Sheridan

Head of Environment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
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 (e.g. 2016 Legal 500). Paul also specialises in cleantech.

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 23 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. He was placed, globally, in the top 25 of environment lawyers by Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers (2011).

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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" '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 for more sensitive uses of former manufacturing facilities, 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 actins 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 generally on the Water Framework Directive. Advising a major Ports operator on protected sites and flooding risks.
  • The impacts of the developing law and policy on carbon and energy efficiency of products, buildings and transport, including recent and potential laws on public procurement and vehicle emission regulations, and far reaching proposals set out in the EU’s transport white paper. Advising a bidder on a proposed new carbon capture facility in Scotland and on energy performance of buildings, CRC, ESOS, eco-design, ELV, packaging laws, REACH, ROHS, WEEE etc.
  • Insured and insurer clients in relation to settling bespoke environmental impairment liability insurance policies, including first and third party risks and on and off site risks.
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  • Solicitor England and Wales
  • Solicitor Australia
  • 1982 - LLB (Hons), Southampton
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