DLA Piper has acted for Nord LB on the financing of Lilbourne wind farm, developed by Energiekontor.
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force at the end of January 2013 and is part of the government’s ‘Big Society’ initiative.
Michael Conroy Harris of has said that the dampening effect that early 2014’s bad weather has had on the construction industry is not necessarily a bad thing in the quest for sustainable growth.
DLA Piper has assisted Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group in its equity investment in Anytime Fitness, a co-ed fitness franchise.
The judgment of the Lord Chief Justice gives a clear indication that appeals against fines will be difficult to win.
The energy sector will play a leading role in the global M&A revival, according to wide-ranging research carried out by Hogan Lovells.
It was announced on 29 January that the UK’s major supermarkets have agreed to report on how much food they waste each year.
This year’s survey focuses on respondents’ outlook on the current technological landscape, the ‘hot’ growth areas and what, if any, barriers to growth are affecting businesses.
Eversheds associate Alison Messenger has commented following the publication of UK sentencing guidelines for environmental offences.
This article will focus on the proposed reforms to judicial review and cost-capping orders, which will affect planning and environmental matters.
Mark Jones and David Moss of Hogan Lovells have commented following the publication of Sir Ian Wood’s ‘UKCS Maximising Recovery’ report.
In R v Horsham District Council, Lindblom J considered the validity of a section 106 planning agreement that required a payment to be made by the applicant.
Parmjit Singh of Eversheds has praised Oxfam for its rankings of food and drink companies in terms of social and environmental policies.
A raft of ten firms including Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright and Burges Salmon, have been appointed to the UK Green Investment Bank’s (GIB’s) first-ever formal legal panel.
California GCI’s coming priority products list and the DTSC Strategic Plan — what do they mean for you? download
The highly anticipated next step in California’s Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) is the planned April 2014 release of the list of ‘priority products’.
The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has given judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received.
California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, finally has the attention of legislators and the governor’s office and is undergoing key changes.
Jason Lovell, an oil and gas expert at Eversheds, has said that the UK government needs to ‘equip the Department of Energy & Climate Change with the tools it needs’.
The Court of Appeal has considered the levels of fines imposed for radioactive waste and health and safety offences committed by large companies.
Hogan Lovells has advised Kuwait Petroleum International on the Italian Shell acquisition.
The search warrant recently executed on a Virginia-based flooring wholesaler surrounded allegations that the company had illegally imported wood in violation of the Lacey Act.
Minerals Matters — winter 2014 download
This issue contains articles relating to human rights in the mining industry, data protection issues, the ability to remove squatters and the crackdown on bribery and corruption.
Taylor Wessing has acted on behalf of Lord and Lady Tanlaw and their family trusts in relation to the sale of Fandstan Electric Group to New York-listed Wabtec.
The recent downpour has resulted in the flooding of many businesses and employees are struggling to get into work. How can employers deal with these circumstances?
The amount of capital funding an HEI receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England depends on how much that HEI has reduced its carbon emissions.
Michael Conroy Harris, construction expert at Eversheds, has said that there is no spare capacity in the UK construction industry following the floods.
No5 Chambers planning and environment group member Chris Young will be speaking at this year’s PEBA National Conference.
The government’s announcement in December 2013 that subsidies for solar energy are to decrease may have an impact on investment trends in the renewables market.
Defra has published its consultation document on the reform of the water abstraction management system under the seasonal title of ‘Making the Most of Every Drop’.
Environmental Stewardship is in a transitional stage pending the start of the next Rural Development Programme in 2015 and following the end of the previous programme on 31 December 2013.
The new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will come into force in 2015. The EU agreed the regulations for the new CAP reform in December 2013.
Mills & Reeve has advised Trinity College on its acquisition of Dunsfold Park near Cranleigh in Surrey at a total cost of just more than £50m.
Dominic Lacey, road infrastructure expert at Eversheds, has commented on the importance of major road infrastructure developments in the UK.
The Environment Agency has launched its electronic duty of care system, developed as part of the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’.
Taylor Wessing has advised Delfingen Industry on the acquisition of Langendorf Textil and its subsidiary MBG Techbelt Innovation.
As test results from a public laboratory in West Yorkshire find more additives in food products, Eversheds’ health and safety partner David Young considers the consequences.
The European Commission has published the EU’s ‘2030 Framework for Climate and Energy’, setting out targets for greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change recently announced further revisions to the Consumer Credit Act 1974, as applicable to Green Deal plans.
The national UK household recycling rate has risen from 11 per cent in 2000 to 43 per cent, working towards our EU target of 50 per cent.
EU consultation: revision of state aid rules relating to public intervention in the energy market download
The guidelines will have a significant impact upon shaping energy regimes and their attractiveness to both industry and investors.
Hogan Lovells has advised Héroux-Devtek on the $128m acquisition of APPH and APPH Wichita (together APPH), subsidiaries of BBA Aviation.
Allen & Overy has advised Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company and its sponsors in connection with the $1.02bn 410MW Xe-Pian and Xe-Namnoy cross-border hydropower project.
An emissions trading system (ETS) exists within the European Union, established by Directive 2003/87/EC.
Building your business: a practical guide to international construction, engineering and infrastructure projects download
Taylor Wessing discusses the legal, technical and commercial issues of which you need to be aware when embarking on a project in some of the world’s largest construction markets.
Property update — January 2014: HS2 download
The High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, once enacted, will give consent for the first phase of the new high speed rail project.
Issues arising from the recent wet weather have caused growers and others in the supply chain to take a careful look at their trading terms, and in particular the ‘force majeure’ clause.
Circumventing anti-dumping measures download
Traders will often try to circumvent or bypass anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures, particularly when the duties are high.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser to Gruppo Green Power, an Italian company in the renewable energy sector, in its listing on AIM Italia.
Tax support for the UK onshore shale gas industry: an innovative approach to an unconventional fuel reserve download
The government is ambitious to support industry in its exploitation of shale gas as a new source of energy supply.
Client briefing: flood insurance download
The government and UK insurers have agreed to develop a not-for-profit flood fund in the form of a mutual reinsurance company.
The first two weeks of 2014 ushered in an extraordinary weather disaster affecting most of the US, causing property damage and business interruption.
According to KPMG, today’s energy and natural resources organisations may be unprepared to meet the ever-growing array of risks now present in the market.
Nabarro has released its Real Estate Newletter for January 2014, which includes articles on the ‘Green Deal’ and capital gains tax for non-UK resident investors.
Elizabeth Shepherd, renewable energy expert at Eversheds, has commented on the UK government’s latest announcement on shale gas incentives.
The close of last year saw the commencement date for section 122 of the Localism Act 2011.
EPA has amended its ‘All Appropriate Inquiries’ rule, which sets out the standard for environmental due diligence in commercial and industrial property transactions.
We are regularly instructed by local and national regulators as well as regulated companies and individuals across a wide range of industries.
Italy energy update — January 2014 download
On 24 December, 2013, the Decree n. 145, which provides for a package of measures aimed at the economic development known as ‘Destination Italy Plan’ entered into force.
Plug-in hybrids will lead the pack among e-vehicles in the race to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles, according to a KPMG survey.
There was little mention made in the autumn statement of the CRC scheme, but the government did announce that it would introduce a CCA for the data centre sector by the end of 2013.
Eversheds has advised Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority on a 30-year waste treatment PPP contract worth more than £1bn.
Stephenson Harwood has released the autumn/winter 2013 edition of its Aviation LegalEye publication.
Walker Morris provided legal input at LRS Consultancy’s recent event ‘Recycling services: avoiding exposure and turning TEEP to your advantage’.
Taylor Wessing has advised PA Group on the sale of its full-service weather business, MeteoGroup, to General Atlantic.
The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures.
Michelle T Davies, head of Eversheds’ clean energy and sustainability team, has been named as one of the most influential people in the wind energy industry for the second year running.
KPMG is perceived as having the strongest capabilities of any provider in the global sustainability assurance marketplace, according to the latest Green Quadrant report from Verdantix.
Protective costs orders (PCOs) are a mechanism whereby the court can impose a limit on the actual or potential costs liability of a party.
If you are affected by phase one of HS2, you should be examining the bill and the environmental statement now.
With the Autumn Statement confirming plans that could make the UK tax regime for shale gas the most competitive in Europe, the spotlight is again on this hotly debated topic.
CRC was first put into operation in the UK on 1 April 2010. It is a mandatory scheme, aimed at large public and private sector organisations.
Eversheds has elected Paul Smith, a partner and environmental lawyer and litigator at Eversheds, for a four-year term as chairman beginning on 1 May 2014.
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 amended the Commons Act 2006 to prevent registration of land as a town or village green once a ‘trigger event’ occurs.
International climate change negotiations concluded last month in Warsaw at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The government continues to deliberate over how to implement the proposed rules on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).
The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce consumers’ energy bills. These include streamlining the Green Deal and some changes to ECO.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in the case, which concerns the registration of an area of beach known as West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex.
George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that the government will introduce a climate change agreement for the UK data centre sector by the end of 2013.
In order to encourage investment in low-carbon technologies and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, the government is aware of the need to provide predictable revenue streams to investors.
The government has acted on its plan to revoke site waste management plans in England, with effect from the 1 December 2013.
Cross-border investment and M&A between China and Europe in the clean energy sector was quiet in 2013.
DLA Piper has advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8m project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten.
Eversheds has commented following the UK chancellor’s announcement in the Autumn Statement on further tax incentives for shale gas investments.
Hogan Lovells partner Mark Sterling has accepted a fellowship with the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative beginning in January 2014
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
Co-head of Pillsbury’s energy industry team, Robert A James, authored this chapter in the publication The Oil and Gas Law Review.
The Chambers UK Bar Guide has ranked No5 Chambers in 15 practice areas.
The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.
Minter Ellison has recruited two former managing partners of international firms in Asia: Jem Li and Rebecca Silli.
In Spring 2014 there will be a period during which petitions (objections/representations) against the Bill can be made. The next steps are set out in this briefing.
DECC has issued a consultation seeking industry opinion on a tidy-up of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on two issues.
Dr Michael Krämer, senior associate and energy specialist at Taylor Wessing, Dubai, outlines where he sees opportunities for the solar sector in the UAE.
Queensland’s proposed Regional Planning reforms — significant implications for the resources sector download
The Queensland government introduced the Regional Planning Interests Bill late last week.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published a response to its consultation on the implementation of the Recast WEEE Directive 2012
Eversheds’ Michelle T Davies has been named as the sector’s Woman of the Year at the Middle East Solar Energy Association’s annual solar awards presentation.
2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: international negotiations seek to raise ambition to combat climate change download
International climate change negotiations are now under way at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw.
The government needs to plan, think and act differently if it is to be prepared for the global megatrends increasingly straining the world’s resources, according to KPMG.
At the end of October, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress finalised the third draft of amendments to China’s Environmental Protection Law.
Guy Flynn, chair of DLA Piper’s Maryland real-estate practice, has been honoured with a 2013 Leadership in Law award by The Daily Record.
On 8 November 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s proposed new greenhouse gas permitting rules were published in the Texas Register.
Minter Ellison has continued to ‘reduce, recycle and reuse’ during the past 12 months, according to the Australian Legal Sector Alliance’s (AusLSA) 2012–13 report.
Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Sullivan and counsel Prof Leigh Hancher are set to speak at the EUI Florence School of Regulation 2013 Forum.
Paul Wootton, head of energy at Eversheds, has commented following the publication of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook report.
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13).
Allen & Overy has advised Husky Injection Molding Systems on its acquisition of Schöttli Group. The sale is expected to close in early December.
Hogan Lovells has recruited environmental, health and safety partner Louise Moore into its London environmental team.
Pillsbury has been named as the 2014 US News — Best Lawyers’ Law Firm of the Year in environmental law.
Eversheds has commented on the forthcoming EU proposal to limit single-use plastic shopping bags, saying it marks a step in the right direction.
Walker Morris and the Association for Public Service Excellence have developed a partnership to help APSE support its members in driving forward initiatives related to the renewables and energy agenda.
Freddie Humphreys has joined Kings Chambers’ planning and public law team.
The UK is under pressure to harness more renewable energy. How does this interact with local planning considerations?
DLA Piper has announced that Teri Donaldson has joined the firm’s litigation practice as a partner in the Houston office.
The new federal government proposes to conduct a ‘root and branch’ review of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for big and small business.
On 23 October 2013, the TCEQ voted to approve the publication of the proposed stationary-source greenhouse gas rules and to invite public comment.
Western Australian Court takes a new, more commercial, approach to consequential loss exclusions download
The law surrounding consequential loss remains complex and unclear following a recent decision in the Western Australian Supreme Court.
On 15 October 2013, the recently elected federal government released a consultation paper and exposure draft legislation to repeal the carbon pricing mechanism.
Damage caused to property by tree roots is a problem often encountered by land owners, occupiers and developers.
Neighbourly matters for developers download
Developers should be fully aware of these neighbourly issues and risks, otherwise they could be faced with delays, increased costs and potentially an injunction.
Former minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs The Hon Norman Moore has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant.
Michelle Davies of Eversheds, has commented following reports from the Climate Policy Initiative think tank showing global investment in renewables fell by one per cent last year.
Hogan Lovells’ Baltimore office recently joined with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) to help plant trees on the streets of Baltimore City.
Pillsbury today announced that Matthew Morrison has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the environment, land use and natural resources practice.
No5 Chambers has sponsored the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Young Planners Conference, which took place on 11–12 October at the Leeds City Museum.
In this alert we highlight some of the key messages for business arising from the government’s proposals.
Eversheds is advising the government of Uganda on the procurement of a lead investor and operator for the development and operation of the country’s first oil refinery.
A cross-practice team from Shoosmiths has helped Allied London acquire ITV Granada studios.
The Energy Act 2011 could have far reaching implications for owners of commercial property.
UK companies struggling with energy and emissions monitoring and reporting obligations should be aware that more obligations are coming.
Mills & Reeve publishes third edition of Farm Tenancies book.
This is not the first time that England has faced social, economic and environmental challenges giving rise to housing need.
Insurers have resisted funding the contingency for high-risk properties, which has resulted in governmental persuasion through a series of pooling agreements with the ABI.
The necessary wayleave regime is a procedure allowing a statutory undertaker to apply for a wayleave where there is a proposed new power line, or a landowner has served notice to remove an existing power line.
Richard Humphreys QC, formerly of Francis Taylor Buildings, has accepted an invitation to join the planning and environment law group at No5 Chambers.
Jinga Maravela delivers legal advice on the complexities of environmental regulations and liabilities, health and safety matters and compliance programmes.
Our attorneys have advised all types of players on virtually all aspects pertaining to energy and natural resources.
NCTM has acted as a legal adviser to GCI in the transfer of 15 real-estate assets, valued at €635m, to an investment fund managed by Morgan Stanley SGR.
We have in-depth experience of the full range of environmental matters and can provide you with specialist advice and representation wherever you do business.
You’d have had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the Battle of Balcombe – hoards of environmentalists kicking up a storm over fracking in a small Sussex village. In fact, shale gas extraction, mining, oil and gas have all been hot topics in recent months, and each has its own environmental repercussions. Does this mean demand is increasing for environmental lawyers? Taylor Root senior consultant Justin Gyphion says this is simply not the case.
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
Minter Ellison’s environment and planning team is renowned for its depth of expertise and comprehensive on-the-ground resources throughout Australia and in New Zealand.
On 2 May 2013, the Brussels Capital Region Parliament adopted the Brussels Code on Air, Climate and Energy Management.
Before starting building, renovation or demolition works, it’s necessary to comply with Luxembourg’s building licence procedure.
Justin Savage is set to join Hogan Lovells’ Washington DC office as a partner.
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
With environmental pollution front and centre in the Chinese press, the government in Beijing has moved to address at least one aspect of the problem — soil pollution.
Shale gas extraction is the hot environmental issue of the moment, offering great opportunities but meeting stubborn opposition
This article examines the coalition government’s alternative carbon policy — Direct Action — and some of its likely impacts on Australian businesses.
No5 Chambers has long been recognised as setting the standards in planning and environment law.
This briefing provides an overview of some insurance coverage-related issues facing commercial policyholders after a catastrophic storm.
Deputy head of No5 Chambers
Kings Chambers has become widely recognised as providing the highest quality of advice and advocacy in the field of environmental law.
DLA Piper has published its first Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy and Climate Change Group Legal Update.
The Better Buildings Partnership has issued a new version of its Green Lease Toolkit.
Plant breeders' rights download
Plant breeders’ rights protect new varieties of plants. In Europe, there are two systems of plant variety rights protection.
The case of R (oao Cherkeley Campaign Limited) v Mole Valley DC and Anr is a very interesting read and provides a useful source of guidance on the meaning of ‘need’.
Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of KPP on the settlement of its claims against EKC and Kodak Ltd.
In Canberra Hire Pty Ltd v Koppers Wood Products, the ACT Supreme Court interpreted clauses of a contract for the sale of land that allocated liability for site contamination and remediation.
Peter Wyckoff and Jeffrey Knight, Washington DC-based environmental partners at Pillsbury, have represented the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
DLA Piper has released the third edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia Pacific. This edition provides a comprehensive renewable energy profile for 15 countries across the region.
In a ruling yesterday, the High Court granted an interim injunction to restrain the activities of animal rights campaigners planning protests at a badger cull.
MOLITOR presents part two of its newsletter, which includes relevant information on how to comply with the obligation of transcription under Luxembourg law.
Allen & Overy advises Borealis in relation to firm offer to acquire Total SA fertiliser business units
Allen & Overy has advised Borealis in relation to its firm offer to acquire fertiliser business units of Total SA.
Walker Morris lawyers have acted on behalf of FCC Environment UK in the Court of Appeal to defend a legal challenge to the planning permission for its EfW facility at Greatmoor.
The European Commission has published amendments to the state aid Enabling Regulation (Council Regulation 994/98) and the state aid Procedural Regulation (Council Regulation 659/99).
In April 2013, the US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response issued two guidance documents on soil vapour intrusion.
In an effort to resolve an anticipated trade war, the EC has adopted a decision to accept a price undertaking proposed by China.
Pillsbury has been named by the Chevron Law Function as a recipient of its ninth annual Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award.
A new appellate decision reinstates the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s controversial ‘significance thresholds’ for evaluating air quality impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Walloon government has adopted a (first reading) draft to amend the Current Soil Clean Up Statute.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Ben Stansfield as a real-estate partner in the London office. He joins from Clifford Chance.
Like Athena from the head of Zeus: Neighbours For Smart Rail authorises future baselines in CEQA review download
A new California Supreme Court decision has authorised reliance on anticipated future conditions as the ‘baseline’ for evaluating impacts of long-term infrastructure projects.
Pillsbury’s Robert James shakes up accepted wisdom and puts to the torch a few cherished myths about the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Molybdenum Co Ltd (CMOC) on its acquisition of Rio Tinto’s 80 per cent interest in the Northparkes underground copper mine.
The new Brussels Air, Climate and Energy Code (the COBRACE) was published in the Belgian State Gazette on 21 May 2013.
Proposed changes to the NSW Mining SEPP will mean the economic significance of the mining resource will be a principal consideration when granting new mining development approvals.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is currently consulting on proposals for a new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.
The president’s Climate Action Plan: its impact on moderating carbon emissions through ecological conservation download
By Brad Raffle and Anthony B Cavender
In a near-record time from media statement to draft legislation, the Australian government has released draft bills to accelerate its policy of floating the carbon price.
The government is making available £20m of funding for ‘innovative and ambitious’ Green Deal projects put forward by local authorities.
Under section 417 of the Companies Act 2006 all companies (unless entitled to the small companies exemption) must prepare a ‘business review’.
CBP publishes final rule to refuse importation or conditionally release consumer products and industrial equipment noncompliant with energy conservation or labelling standards download
On 5 July 2013, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that amends the CBP regulations.
New restrictive measures in favour of tobacco control applicable in Luxembourg from 1 January 2014 download
The new law of 18 July 2013, modifying the law of 11 August 2006 regarding the issue of tobacco control as amended, has just been published in the Memorial A.
Partners from Shoosmiths were among the guests invited to the opening of the UK’s largest biorefinery.
In May 2013, US store Wal-Mart pleaded guilty to dumping hazardous waste in California and Missouri over a number of years.
The recent term of the US Supreme Court featured several rulings on environmental and other regulatory issues.
This month, the Coalition released the Coalition’s Policy to Boost Productivity and Reduce Regulation.
Environmental law straddles several of the key areas in which Chambers is already recognised as a leading set.
We provide legal services in relation to a broad array of environmental matters.
Changes to design and access statements came into force on 25 June 2013 via the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013.
Hogan Lovells presents the first edition of its joint publication with Jakarta-based Hermawan Juniarto, entitled Doing Business in Indonesia.
Hogan Lovells has advised Saft in relation to the sale of its SNB activity to Active’Invest.
The Land Registration and Estates Department issued a new circular presenting the provisions applicable to real-estate agents.
The NSW Court of Appeal has held that a development consent for the construction and operation of ‘workforce accommodation facility’ was invalid.
The ban on R22 refrigerant will have a major effect on air-conditioning costs for landlords and tenants alike.
DLA Piper recently provided an update on the decision of Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors. This latest update considers the implications for organisations if they make the same mistake.
The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets.
King & Wood Mallesons has promoted four lawyers in Sydney and Perth.
Single environmental authorisation: administrative simplifications for small and medium-sized enterprises download
Italian Presidential Decree no. 52 introduces into Italian law a series of administrative simplifications regarding the environment aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises.
Hogan Lovells has won four categories at the Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards 2013.
Walker Morris has advised Cott Developments on its acquisition of Calypso Soft Drinks.
After 35 days of hearing, the Queensland Planning and Environment Court has delivered its most significant climate change adaptation decision yet.
When acquiring a new investment property with an asset life extending beyond 2015, enquiries should be made into the property’s air-conditioning plant.
The new Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 contains wide-ranging implications for landowners and developers.
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
Walker Morris recently acted successfully for an interested party in the refusal of two separate applications for judicial review.
DLA Piper and NCTM are legal advisers in the acquisition of Inver Group, from the Domenichini family, by the Valspar Corporation, a manufacturer of paints and coatings.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has been named in the National Law Journal’s 2013 Appellate Hot List.
Revised MARPOL Annex V: an update download
At the 65th session of the MEPC, one of the items on the agenda was the revised MARPOL Annex V, which came into force on 1 January this year.
Project Finance Newswire — June 2013 download
The June 2013 edition of Chadbourne & Parke’s Project Finance Newswire is available now.
The Gasfields Commission Queensland has been formally established by the government.
The revised Equator Principles (EP-III) will take effect from 4 June 2013.
King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench as its first female managing partner.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
DLA Piper has received 177 individual lawyer and 64 practice rankings in the latest annual Chambers USA.
Consultation begins on biomass cap.
On 23 March 2013 the European Commission closed the consultation on unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas) in Europe.
The government’s priorities for the coming year include infrastructure, energy and water.
Walker Morris announces two partner promotions as well as eight director promotions.
The May 2013 issue of Winckworth Sherwood’s E-gen publication is available now.
Allen & Overy’s global environmental law group includes more than 60 specialist, commercially focused environmental law experts across the world.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
Carbon Matters — spring 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of Carbon Matters, the climate change supplement to SHE Matters.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its global environment practice with the hire of environmental law partner Santiago Garrido.
The finalised text of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 as passed is now publicly available to view.
Walker Morris has advised Peel Environmental on its planning application to build a £23.5m anaerobic digestion facility at a site in North Selby, York.
Walker Morris has successfully acted for FCC in the defence against two challenges to the planning permission for its Greatmoor energy-from-waste facility.
The US EPA has unveiled a new approach to evaluating climate change impacts under NEPA — monetising social costs of CO2.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has hired a team of lawyers from Winston & Strawn’s Paris office to kickstart a dedicated environment and sustainable development team.
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill has finally been agreed and received Royal Assent as the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.
Significant changes to the law concerning listed buildings and conservation areas are set to be made under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, which received Royal Assent on 25 April.
Willis v Derwentshire was a claim for damages in nuisance, negligence and under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.
Planning and environmental laws are constantly being updated to respond to new challenges. We can help you keep track of these legal changes, whichever angle you are coming from.
DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of SHE Matters.
Binder Grösswang has advised Austrian Stock Exchange-listed Lenzing on the auction sale of its plastics business unit.
Recent amendments to the TVG registration application process promise more reassurance for developers.
The qualification year for Phase 2 of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme ended on 31 March 2013.
Hogan Lovells has announced its sponsorship of the 2013 SEED Gender Equality Awards.
The federal government released Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy on 9 April 2013.
This article is intended to address some of the concerns relating to the amendments to MARPOL Annex V.
Chadbourne & Parke has released its Project Finance Newswire for April 2013. Topics covered include renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia, the cost of capital for energy projects, China’s new energy goals and more.
Steptoe & Johnson has hired three professionals from FFW for its international environment and life sciences team in Brussels, including partner Ruxandra Cana.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed solicitors James Lynas and Hazel Anderson to the partnership.
On 7 March 2013, the European Commission published a green paper on a European strategy on plastic waste in the environment.
In March 2012, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Barr and others v Biffa Waste Services Ltd .
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to present at Sustainability Live 2013.
As first announced in the 2011 Waste Policy Review, the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme came to an end on 31 March 2013.
This article revisits the substantive policies of the NPPF and considers its impact on the retail, office and residential sectors.
The European Union is now committed to reducing harmful emissions across the continent, with the focus of recent regulation set on plant and machinery installed within buildings.
The Forest Service is to implement a pre-decisional objection process in lieu of the current administrative appeal process.
The EPA has released new separation distance guidelines entitled ‘Recommended separation distances for industrial residual air emissions’ (EPA publication number 1518).
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers publication recognises Ince & Co.
Hogan Lovells partners comment on the future of shale gas in the UK, with a focus on regulation.
Mourant Ozannes volunteers have helped to clear the vegetation from a historic cemetary site on Grand Cayman.
King & Wood Mallesons has released the March 2013 edition of The Landscape.
Planning reform in dribs and drabs download
Environmental planning regulation clause increases scrutiny on the issue of occupation certificates.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
The number of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK outside of the water industry has passed the 100 mark.
Industrial production processes have a dominant share in the creation of pollution in Europe. Over the past several years, Serbia has adopted a set of regulations for integrated pollution prevention and to control installations that have a high pollution potential.
California’s first carbon allowance auction on 14 November 2012 featured plenty of demand but a lower-than-expected closing price, based on results released on Monday by the California Air Resources Board.
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to exhibit at Sustainability Live 2013.
Taylor Wessing has advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the sale of Pims Group to US buyer Xylem for a headline price of $57m (£38m).
Over recent months, announcements have been made in relation to the UK CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, culminating in the publication of the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013 on 4 March 2013.
NCTM has developed a broad experience in Italian worker safety and environmental regulation.
The future of renewables and infrastructure financing — from political decision to implementation download
At the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in 2009, attending governments, in the presence of heads of state and government negotiated the so-called Copenhagen Accord, which aimed at setting a new framework for international cooperation related to climate change.
An overview of developments in energy law in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has been instructed to lead the Supreme Court appeal today brought by Client Earth against the Government.
Walker Morris has released its In Brief publication for March 2013.
Bowman Gilfillan is one of South Africa’s leading environmental law firms.
Precedent for Anglo Platinum threat? download
In September 2011, South African mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu cancelled the mining rights of Johannesburg- and London-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG).
Defra is consulting on changes to environmental permitting regime.
The MOLITOR team provides legal assistance to real-estate investors, construction companies, developers and operators of commercial property.
The Curtis Environmental group provides clients with practical, cost-effective solutions to the environmental issues that have become an increasingly fundamental part of business operations.
Mayer Brown’s environmental practice offers solutions for clients facing litigation and enforcement actions, compliance concerns or transactional matters.
Our clients rely on our full-service capability and deep sector insight across property, infrastructure and climate change.
The UK offshore wind energy sector has come a long way since the first offshore wind farm was completed in 2000 at Blyth Harbour in the northeast of England, with just two turbines totalling 4MW.
The Smart Contracting bulletin is aimed at professionals in the energy and offshore industry worldwide.
Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) often contains hazardous substances, such as lead, cadmium or mercury.
We have a dedicated group of client-focused specialists in environment law.
There are so many things to consider when embarking upon a development project, or even an extension or alteration of your home or garden space, you might be forgiven for not immediately considering the impact that your plans might have on the flora and fauna dependent on your land.
The changes brought by the revised Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.
Excellent client service, superb technical ability and invaluable practical experience: these are key qualities that define the Planning & Environment Team at Walker Morris.
Update — Smoking in public places download
New 2012 Regulations require at least one legible no-smoking sign to be displayed in a smoke free premises or vehicle.
This briefing is a wide ranging report based on research and interviews with leading figures in the energy industry and considers the state of the market one year on.
An overview of recent decisions in the European Court of Justice concerning anti-dumping penalties and the legal defrinition of state interference in an enterprise.
Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide to be implemented after 31 December 2012 download
An overview of the terms of Hong Kong stock exhange’s new Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide and its ramifications for investors.
Global energy industry review download
A review of issues facing the energy industry, focusing on the shift from coal to gas generation, and the state of play in Iraq, Angola, Brazil and Nigeria.
President Obama orders divestiture of Chinese investment in US wind farms; investor mounts unprecedented legal challenge download
On September 12, 2012, a foreign acquirer took the unprecedented step of challenging in federal court the application of CFIUS’s authority.
Contrary to expectation within the business community, the Chancellor has announced in his Autumn Statement that the CRC has been granted a reprieve.
On Thursday 29 November, the Coalition Government introduced its long-awaited Energy Bill into Parliament.
Yesterday, Nick Clegg announced that the Government will enact legislation mandating that all companies listed on the London Stock Exchange must measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions from April 2013.
Saudi Arabia is poised to launch an ambitious renewable energy program.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is now well under way but confusion still reigns over the application of many areas of the scheme.
As ClientEarth takes the Government to the Supreme Court over air pollution, we talk to CEO James Thornton.
The shale gas sector in the UK is still in its infancy, but the UK government has announced recently new measures and incentives to encourage its growth.
Assessing the impact of the recent changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 download
On 1 October 2012 important changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force, affecting the duties of waste collection authorities and waste disposal authorities.
A new office within the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been formed to oversee the exploitation of shale gas by fracking and other types of unconventional oil and gas exploitation in the UK.
After more than a year-and-a-half of tracking and almost 10 years of data, we present some observations on the litigation landscape relating to renewable energy development.
The UK is beefing up efforts to monitor carbon emissions, but companies will have to work hard to comply
The recent growth and success of the US wind power industry is attributable in large part to a federal renewable energy production tax credit that provides significant tax incentives for investment in and development of wind energy projects.
On 10 July 2012, the new decree on the incentive system for the production of electricity by photovoltaic plants was published in the Official Gazette.
Renewable and alternative energy (RAE) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the US Army beginning at the end of September 2012.
The government has finally disclosed details of Japan’s version of the Feed-in-Tariff (‘FIT) to be enforced this July.
The Isle of Man is leading the way in clean tech innovation, says Claire Milne
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) planning and environment team is set to receive a boost as the firm scoops a Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) department head.
Environmental laws governing the production of biofuels must be based on accurate science and open debate, argues Susie Wilks
Businesses must smarten up to deal with the changing environment, say John Houghton, Sarah Holmes and Duncan Tilney
Simmons & Simmons has hired Travers Smith environment and planning partner Steven McNab to lead its London environment practice.
Travers Smith has founded a not-for-profit organisation that will enable the firm’s lawyers to work pro bono to help reduce carbon emissions.
Did you know that as a citizen of the EU it is almost impossible for you to challenge decisions made by community institutions in the European Court of Justice (ECJ)? This right is available to individuals and environmental organisations challenging decisions in the UK and much of the EU, but not the European Community.
Europe’s largest waste PFI has seen Addleshaws strike up relationships with new clients.
A group of law students from the University of London and University of Kent have clubbed together to organise an environmental law conference.
From cars to kitchen waste, rubbish comes in all shapes and sizes. Paul Rice looks at the legal issues affecting waste disposal and how recent developments are designed with a greener future in mind
As the Hunting Act approaches, the pro-hunting brigade is fighting a losing battle in the courts
Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme.
Kendall Freeman is fighting for its right to light as former client Land Securities proposes to build an 18-storey building in Fetter Lane. The firm has filed an application for an injunction to prevent Land Securities from going ahead with the planned 691,000sq ft office building, which is due to be built directly opposite Kendall Freeman’s nine-storey Fetter Lane building. Planning permission was obtained for the project earlier this year. The site is currently occupied by older offices. ...
The big casino players will be clamouring to invest once the Gambling Bill has been ironed out
Nabarro Nathanson advised Sloane Blackfriars Limited on its £170m acquisition of Unilever House after Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) was forced to pass on the instruction because of a conflict of interest.
Berrymans Lace Mawer has hired a partner in Manchester to head health and safety. Chris Green joins from Hammonds, where he was a senior solicitor. He defends and prosecutes health and safety and environmental law breaches. He has advised construction companies on fatal accident prosecutions and has prosecuted regulatory offences for Birmingham City Council. Berrymans partner Vivienne Williams ...
Employment lawyer wishes to meet mediator with view to harmonious relationship. Every employment lawyer knows there is more workplace litigation about than ever before. The latest annual report of the Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) acknowledges a 17 per cent increase in tribunal applications for 2003-04. The reasons are many and include the Government’s penchant for introducing new ...
Kenneth Ross, a partner at Bishops Solicitors, has been named as an Honorary Professor in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. Ross becomes Scotland’s first practising environmental lawyer to achieve the accolade. He will deliver a series of lectures during the academic year as well as hosting several business seminars. In addition to his regular duties at the 13-partner Scottish firm, Ross is also Convenor of the Scottish Committee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.
The European Commission has concluded that France is Europe’s laggard for implementing EU environmental law.
Jean Bursle and Matthew Edwards report on how the Australian property market and the recognition of native title have found some middle ground
Burges Salmon is ramping up its environmental law practice after hiring Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Ross Fairley.
Eloquently, passionately and with no little wit, the man can most certainly talk. Fortunately, on this occasion, he restricted himself to one gag, and to the delight of some in the audience, it was at Campbell’s expense. Opening his copy of the Civil Service (No 2) Bill at Section 6(3) Lord Lester turned his steely gaze on the evening’s host to quote “from one former special adviser to another: ‘Special advisers shall not exercise executive powers over civil servants’.”
US firm Steptoe & Johnson has become the first firm to benefit from the dismantling of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s European network. Steptoe has acquired the Brussels practice of Oppenheimer, which consists of three partners, one counsel and three associates. The Oppenheimer group is led by Jean Russotto, who is joined by two partners, Phillip Woolfson, an insurance and financial services lawyer who concentrates on European Community and French law, and James Searles, an international ...
US firm Steptoe & Johnson has become the first firm to benefit from the dismantling of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s European network.
Scotland is in an enviable position to take advantage of renewable energies such as wave and wind power. Nick Atkins gives the lowdown
Ofgem, the energy regulator, has made its general counsel redundant and restructured its 20-strong legal team as part of its ongoing mission to cut costs.
A COALITION of major business groups has filed an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court calling on it to “clarify” the US’s 1789 Alien Tort Statute, which they claim is being abused by special interest groups.
Hammonds has shored up its environmental practice with the hire of Julie Lunt, the former Environment Agency head of legal. Lunt joins the safety, health and environment team in London after seven years with the Environment Agency. She was recently involved in implementing the Pollution Prevention Control Regulations in the power and cement industries. The hire comes amid a period of growth in the team, which focuses on the chemicals, utilities, construction and engineering sectors. ...
Legal professional privilege is being eroded as laws encouraging disclosure come to the fore. David Lipworth provides the lowdown
The luxury apartment boom along the Thames is good for wealthy househunters but potentially bad for the environment. It is a phenomenon that the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) is trying to mitigate.
Thames Valley firm Clarks has hired the legal director of waste management company SITA to boost its environmental and waste management team.
Robert Griffiths QC of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square has beaten off several rivals to become counsel to the inquiry investigating a proposal to make the South Downs one of only two national parks to be established in the past 50 years. Although his title is counsel to the inquiry, Griffiths is officially acting for the Countryside Agency, which he also acted for in the recently completed New Forest National Park Inquiry. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 17 June
Bevan Ashford’s non-lawyer chief executive Ann Conway-Hughes has resigned after just 18 months in the role.
Holman Fenwick & Willan has elected partners for its restructured management group. This follows the election of Greg Gray to the firm’s new position of managing partner. Hugh Livingstone now heads the shipping group, Noel Campbell the commercial practice group, former member of the House of Lords Robin Byron leads the trade and energy group, and Paul Wordley insurance, professional negligence and environmental litigation.
Former Stephenson Harwood partner Tony Stockwell has resurfaced in an in-house role at Carbon Trust, the Government-backed and business-led company that is helping business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions. Stockwell retired from Stephenson Harwood in January this year, after spending 25 years as a partner there. He joins Carbon Trust as legal adviser and company secretary.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is opening an office in Morocco in July and also plans to open in Algeria.
A groundbreaking legal watchdog has been created, charged with ensuring governments abide by a new international convention on environmental decision-making and information dissemination.
Nigel Hewitson found his vocation in life by blending law with historical preservation when he became English Heritage's legal director. Husnara Begum reports
A minimal budget and archaic UK laws have made protecting nature more than a full-time job for WWF-UK's Niall Watson. Husnara Begum reports
Kathryn Hobbs meets Robin Allen QC, who says he is determined to revamp the image of the Bar
Paul Stookes gave up a rock 'n' roll lifestyle to become an environmental lawyer after a trip to smoggy LA. Emma Vere-Jones meets the Head of the Environmental Law Foundation
When he packed up his private practice kit bag to go in-house, head of legal for Onyx Environment Group Robert Hunt never looked back. Kelly Harrison talks rubbish with a man who knows more about it than most