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Companies face increasing regulatory, governance and public pressure to manage and minimise the impact of their business operations on the environment. At the same time the environment agenda is opening up significant opportunities to new and evolving businesses.

For over 25 years, CMS has consistently been a leader in the UK and Europe in specialist environment legal advice. Peers and clients have continuously rated us in the top tiers, due to our depth of knowledge, experience and application across most sectors.

We undertake advisory work on current and new regulations, together with a wide variety of transactional work where environment issues are dominant, including cutting edge development of contractual language. We advise on disputes work involving prosecutions, regulatory enforcement, permitting appeals and variations, civil nuisances, claims under indemnities and warranties, insurance, D&O claims and professional negligence.

Multi-national and national organisations come to us for matters where environment issues, risks and opportunities are significant to the commercial success of their businesses. We work for clients in virtually all sectors, including chemicals, cleantech, construction, consumer products, energy, energy efficiency, energy from waste, environment consultancies, finance, infrastructure and projects, insurance, manufacturing, real estate and hotels, renewables, telecoms, transport, water and waste management. We are well-known for our horizon scanning and creative thinking.

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CMS' 'outstanding' environment team achieves 'a highly professional standard in all its engagements', providing 'one-stop commercial legal support'.

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    Cleantech encompasses technology and services that address environment issues or lessen the impact of current products or services on the environment. The COP21 Climate Change Agreement in Paris in December 2015 marked a new chapter in tackling climate change, and as a result, we expect this hugely important sector to continue to grow rapidly.

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    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    03 Oct 17
    Spot­light Series: Health, Safety and En­vir­on­ment 2017...
    Re­new­ables sub­sidies plum­met in the UK
    The second round of Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”) al­loc­a­tions were an­nounced by the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) this morn­ing, Monday 11 Septem­ber 2017 (“AR2”), for Ad­vanced Con­ver­sion Tech­no­logy (“ACT”), ded­ic­ated bio­mass.
    January 2017
    A Breath of Fresh Air
    The new Welsh land­fill dis­pos­als tax
    The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is gear­ing up to in­tro­duce its own land­fill dis­pos­al tax (“LDT”) in 2018. This is part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment's ‘To­wards Zero Waste’ strategy, which aims to make Wales a high re­cyc­ling na­tion by 2025 and a zero waste to land­fill na­tion.
    13 December 2016
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang con­firm Prac­tice and Sec­tor...
    In­creased en­vir­on­ment­al risks in prop­erty trans­ac­tions fol­low­ing Court...
    The Court of Ap­peal in Pow­ys County Coun­cil v Price and Hard­wick [2017] EW­CA Civ de­term­ined that Pow­ys County Coun­cil was not li­able as an “ap­pro­pri­ate per­son” for the re­medi­ation of con­tam­in­a­tion cre­ated en­tirely by the activ­it­ies of its pre­de­cessor loc­al.
    10 October 2016
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest...
    Get­ting Tough
    This art­icle first ap­peared in the CIWM, May 2017. Paul Sherid­an and Olivia Jam­is­on look at the price of non-com­pli­ance, spe­cific­ally the re­cent fine im­posed on Thames Wa­ter. To read the art­icle in full, please down­load the PDF.
    October 2016
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest...
    Civil Li­ab­il­ity for Ja­pan­ese Knot­weed
    This is a sub­ject about which a judg­ment has been ex­pec­ted for some time. The two joined claims re­ferred to be­low do not in­volve sig­ni­fic­ant sums of money but for those own­ing, man­aging or in­sur­ing sig­ni­fic­ant port­fo­li­os of in­dus­tri­al, com­mer­cial or in­fra­struc­ture.
    15 August 2016
    The Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Pack­age: A Work In Pro­gress
    In­ter­est­ing En­vir­on­ment­al Per­mit Re­fus­al
    In April 2017 the En­vir­on­ment Agency re­fused an en­vir­on­ment­al per­mit ap­plic­a­tion in re­spect of a pro­posed fa­cil­ity at Avon­mouth Docks. The fa­cil­ity would treat in­cin­er­at­or bot­tom ash (“IBA” – this is waste) to make in­cin­er­at­or bot­tom ash ag­greg­ates (“IBAA”.
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    The fu­ture of frack­ing?
    Cuad­rilla get the green light in Lan­cashire We pre­vi­ously wrote about the con­ten­tious de­cision made by the Sec­ret­ary of State for Loc­al Au­thor­it­ies and Gov­ern­ment to call-in and grant Cuad­rilla’s ap­peal against Lan­cashire County Coun­cil to drill and frack.
    The Com­mis­sion Con­sults: Bar­ri­ers to the im­ple­ment­a­tion...
    On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
    Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
    Paul Sheridan
    Get En­gaged: gov­ern­ment-led en­vir­on­ment law re­view