The government is seeking views on its proposals to change the regime for costs protection in environmental claims.
VW under £5bn litigation cloud download
The Volkswagen Group has put aside £5bn to cope with the recall crisis and is facing collective action from its customers who purchased diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’.
New energy rules will give rise to more pre-lease negotiations.
Pennon group general counsel Kenneth Woodier is to retire after 17 years in the role.
Costs cap to be extended, but other proposals limit protection.
Penalties of up to £90,000 for non-compliance.
Also: new antitrust law; currency floated; and more
If trustees can agree to a resolution, it must be passed before next April.
Retail giant Poundstretcher has been fined £65,000 after its working conditions in one of it’s Lincolnshire warehouses was described as a “disaster waiting to happen”.
The energy derived from waste could help achieve the EU’s target of creating 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Environmental charity WWF and the Angling Trust have turned to Matrix Chambers to bring a judicial review against the Government over its failure to protect English waterways from agricultural pollution.
Two recent cases relating to definitive map applications serve as a warning to landowners and developers.
Also: the battle of the basements; and more.
When a director might incur personal liability in a pensions context.
Kazakhstan has a lot of potential for the use of alternative or renewable energy sources, which in the long term should replace natural resources.
China’s carbon reduction goals download
China has now submitted its carbon emissions reduction goals to the UN.
Just under 1 per cent of the 14,000 eligible businesses have signed up so far.
The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 download
The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 is the first separate Planning Act for Wales since planning was devolved to Wales in 2011.
Anger at zero-carbon homes rethink download
Cancellation of scheme marks ”the end of any benchmark for building high-quality, sustainable homes”.
Shepherd and Wedderburn played a key role in the recent Royal Highland Show. Together with land agency firm Bidwells, it hosted a breakfast seminar, the focus of which was the impending land reform legislation.
If the local community wants to buy your property there will be a six-month moratorium.
Norton Rose Fulbright and Carey Olsen represent solar investment fund Bluefield on planned flotation
Norton Rose Fulbright and Carey Olsen have advised Bluefield European Solar Fund (BESF) on its intention to raise €200m on its flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
Supply of homes at an all-time low download
Shortage to push up prices.
Both landlords and tenants need to be aware of the introduction of more environmental obligations on properties.
Wragges joins forces with Gowlings to launch new international law firm.
No5 Chambers has announced that three members have been appointed as panel members to the Crown.
Listed buildings and prosecutions download
A practical guide on the pitfalls local planning authorities should avoid.
Ruling on an application for specific disclosure could have big implications in the early stages of procurement disputes.
What remains of the ‘class theory’ following the ECJ’s 1 July 2015 (C- 461/13) ruling with regard to the ‘no-deterioration’ clause?
The Bill brings in a host of reforms and new measures to take forward policies adopted by the Scottish Government following the Land Reform Review Group’s consultation on Land Reform.
Christodoulos is co-organising the 3rd July 2015 event.
New business legislation surrounding the tax on the disposal of landfill waste has been approved by MPs.
Britain’s ‘green’ bank is to be part-privatised, as the Government looks to build on its success.
With post-floods guidance, developers may experience delays in planning applications.
If local veto rights apply to wind farms what next – prisons, fracking, gypsy sites?
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises: press watchdog to be a charity; payment by results; and more download
Also: People with Significant Control consultation; Scotland may extend FoI rules; and more.
HS2 amendments get the green light download
Most of the proposed 125 changes – all beyond Camden – are minor, says transport minister.
Scope to make it easier for intermediaries to finance stock acquisition and develop their own distribution systems.
The Core Strategy’s approach to use of bare delivery rates prevails over assessment of need.
In a move designed to reduce waste, carrier bag charges come into force in England on 5 October 2015.
Climate change: spending to save download
Can the the Scottish public sector kill two birds with one stone? Maybe, with the LCITP.
With the creation of the Special Purpose Insurer vehicle Bermuda has become the dominant jurisdiction for the majority of all new cat-bond transactions.
Also: consequences for infrastructure; competition law; the court system; and more.
This first of two articles will deal with rights of way belonging to others.
A Queen’s Speech to cut red tape download
Communities to decide on wind farms; HS2 go-ahead; anti-red tape bill; EU in-out vote; and other measures
Water companies face green quizzing download
After judgment multiple and ongoing requests for information should be expected.
The Queensland Government has started the process to establish a new independent statutory advisory body to provide independent advice to the State and government agencies on infrastructure projects and proposals.
Herzog Fox & Neeman will provide regulatory advice to a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project for the transition to an environmental efficient production.
The problem in implementing the third pillar of the convention in Austria is that the EU has not yet issued a directive.
Collas Crill Singapore has advised MayAir Group plc on its listing on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
The Conservative manifesto (like that of the other main parties) lacked any clear specific waste policy and was lukewarm in its support for renewables.
Campaigners fear a review of European environmental directives represents the biggest threat to British landscapes in decades.
The Supreme Court has issued a legal order forcing the British Government to comply with European air quality limits following a successful case by not-for-profit legal group ClientEarth.
Affected parties must think about who will be the ’operator’ for the purposes of the new European regulations.
European Court of Justice proposes a subsidiary environmental impact assessment for trial exploratory drilling.
The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.
Canada: Federal Budget 2015 overview download
Containing editorial comments regarding the tax proposals announced in the 2015 Federal Budget.
Policy is likely to have considerable implications for the industrial and financial sectors.
Have regulations aimed at protecting assets of local value and importance had a negative impact on the construction and development industries?
Viability continues to shape planning, but the debate is moving towards wider issues of transparency and participation.
Solicitors Stephanie Mill and Ian Mack have been shortlsited for the Scottish Renewables’ Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.
Newberry QC will co-present a session entitled: ‘Housing Delivery vs Housing Trajectory: Finding Ways Of Accelerating Housing Delivery And Increasing Supply’
The offshore wind industry has taken inspiration from the more mature offshore oil and gas industry.
The Upper Tribunal has determined that privatised water and sewerage companies are public authorities for the purposes of being required to disclose environmental information that is held by them.
Dentons’ newsletter presents an overview of current developments globally in the climate change space.
Hashi Mohamed of No5 Chambers, acting on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, appeared in an appeal against a decision of East Lindsey District Council to refuse planning permission for the installation and operation of a wind energy scheme comprising nine wind turbines and ancillary infrastructure.
Treatment of electronic waste download
The Environment Treatment of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries Law (the “Law”) came into effect recently, as well as the regulations promulgated thereunder.
One of the longest-running debates about the interpretation of the Environmental Information Regulations is the extent to which they can apply to private bodies. A recent decision brings some clarity to the issue.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has advised the UK Green Investment Bank on the development of its new product, the Green Loan, and advised the bank in relation to its first deployment of the Green Loan.
The existing Environmental Stewardship and English Woodland Grant schemes are being replaced by countryside stewardship as the environmental land management scheme under the RDP for England.
The project foresees the construction of a new town district in the outskirts of Madrid where all the courts of justice of the capital will be gathered.
Clients often ask questions including: Is a green bond the right financing solution for us? How do we set robust criteria? What type of assurance should we consider? This paper provides some answers.
Japanese knotweed: knot a problem? download
Recent statements by mortgage lenders have stated that they ‘will not provide a mortgage on a property with Japanese knotweed within 30 metres of a boundary’.
Poland recently adopted a new act on renewable energy sources that significantly changes the support scheme in the country.
Gateley has expanded its regulatory team with the appointment of two lawyers.
Leases with a hint of green download
The concept of ‘green leases’ has been circulating for a decade, but how widespread have they become in the market and how green are they?
The first CfD allocation auction round outcome has been published, with 27 contracts worth £315m being offered to projects that cover deliver over 2GW of renewable energy across England, Scotland and Wales.
Delhi High Court directs coal ministry to review earmarking of coal blocks; reconsideration required on merging of coal blocks and determination of specified end use.
While a headline glance at the Supreme Court’s judgment in this long-running case might give developers some encouragement a closer look reveals that the issues in play are not quite so straightforward.
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.
Israel has published the results of its annual Environmental Impact Index, as usual capturing the interest of media and investors.
On 4 December 2014 the Law Commission published its final report setting out its recommendations to reform the law concerning rights to light.
The European Commission has launched an investigation into UK plans to give financial support to coal-fired Lynemouth power plant’s conversion to biomass.
This briefing includes information on EIA thresholds, neighbourhood plans and third-party consultation.
The Scottish energy minister has announced that the Scottish government will impose a moratorium on granting planning consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland.
Israel – new policy seeks to clarify national agenda for classification and remediation of contaminated land download
A draft policy that may have significant implications for the industrial and financial sectors with respect to contaminated land has been published.
Beijing-based senior partner Yang Guisheng named among the leadders in the areas of energy, natural resources and outbound investment in Legalband’s China Guide 2015.
The Environment Agency has published a new annex to its Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance to cover breaches under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, EU Emissions Trading Scheme and climate change agreements.
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations, which came into effect on 1 January 2015, apply not only to waste authorities and waste contractors, but also to businesses that produce waste.
Shoosmiths has advised Consilia Investments on its co-investment with members of the target’s management, into a newco and the company’s subsequent acquisition of Allied Textiles from Chamonix Private Equity.
Property Update: Winter 2014/15 download
This edition focuses on all things environmental.
City of Belgrade requires businesses to pay an environmental protection and enhancement fee
The House of Commons debate on the Infrastructure Bill did not result in the introduction of the explicit moratorium on further attempts to develop a UK shale gas industry.
Eversheds partner comments on Government’s moratorium on fracking.
HFN has developed areas of practice in order to meet the changing needs of its clients in Israel and around the world.
Planning update — January 2015 download
Gateley’s update offers headline-hitting news you need to know about, changes coming up in the law, landmark rulings and details of events and seminars you might be interested in.
Our environmental and green economy practice was established to provide comprehensive legal solutions in the areas of clean energy, sustainability reporting requirements and environmental law.
New California laws download
Governor Jerry Brown signed 930 bills during the 2014 session, the most in a single year since he took office in 2011. He also vetoed 143 bills, or about 13 per cent of the total that were sent to him.
Progress toward operational onshore shale sites remains slow, but 2015 promises to be an interesting year for consenting, protesting and prospecting shale in the UK.
Environmental impact assessment thresholds and neighbourhood plan regime to change following technical consultation
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched its technical consultation on proposed planning reforms on 31 July 2014.
Green Investment Bank recently reported that there is an opportunity to invest approximately £5bn in UK energy-from-waste infrastructure, with an emphasis on processing commercial and industrial waste.
International climate change negotiations concluded in mid-December in Lima, Peru at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The 2014 issue of London Super Lawyers has named seven Ince & Co lawyers as ‘Super Lawyers’ and four as ‘Rising Stars’.
Keeping it clean: reflections on EU regulations on CO2 emissions for automotive manufacturers download
A $100m US settlement may be of only passing interest to the UK auto industry, but parallels can be drawn with increasing levels of regulation in Europe.
In one case Guernsey was described as a jurisdiction bearing the ‘mark of a civilised polity’, where citizens could challenge administrative decisions affecting their rights.
A conservation covenant is an agreement between a landowner and a responsible body, whereby the landowner promises to carry out or refrain from carrying out activities on their land.
Invasive non-native species are plants and animals introduced into a natural environment where they are not usually found with serious adverse consequences for the environment.
Commercial property is now subject to legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions. These requirements may raise issues for lenders.
Proposed reform to rights to light welcome but unlikely to make it onto the statute books any time soon.
A recent decision of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York highlights some of the complications involved with third-party funding in multijurisdictional disputes.
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the national infrastructure plan — what does it mean for planning?
Walker Morris’ planning and environment team provides a brief overview of the proposals likely to impact on the current planning regime.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s solar energy specialists have advised RGE Energy on the disposal of a solar project.
DLA Piper’s mining-focused lawyers offer practical and relevant advice that is grounded in commercial reality.
Shipping and Transport Bulletin — dredging in Italian ports; cross-border shipments of waste; and more download
NCTM has released the December 2014–January 2015 edition of its Shipping and Transport Bulletin.
After being on his feet for almost 40 minutes, the Chancellor of the Exchequer mentioned something interesting about shale gas.
Dacheng has assisted Henan Yuhua New Material in gaining approval for the issuance of 2014 SME private placement bonds from the Stock Exchange of Shenzhen.
Important changes to offerings to existing security holders and rights offerings and their impact on the mining sector in Canada download
Two important developments have been announced that affect how Canadian reporting issuers can raise capital from their existing security holders.
The law regarding trees and liability is generally well known and refreshingly simple. What is perhaps less well known is the degree of maintenance and upkeep required of a tree owner and the various liabilities he is exposed to.
On 6–7 November 2014, the IX Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers — moderated by GRATA Law Firm — was held in Almaty.
No5 Chambers barrister Gordon Wignall will be speaking at an event that the British Institute of International and Comparative Law is holding on 8 December 2014.
Various factors can be taken into account at site set-up which will make a development more attractive to a purchaser of the reversionary interest of the freehold.
Wanambwa has experience advising major corporates, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners on a broad range of large commercial disputes.
Guyana: all gold and bounty download
Guyana looks set for a boom in production and export of its natural resources and commodities. Now this South American underdog needs to polish up its lacklustre risk profile.
Shoosmiths has advised real-estate investment trust McKay Securities on the acquisition of a £8.75m mixed-use leisure scheme in Woking.
Our team has gained practical experience in construction and real estate during the period of construction boom in Kazakhstan.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s team supports oil and gas projects using its practical experience and excellent knowledge of the industry.
Our experience in the mining sector allows us to support clients in projects of any complexity.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s energy and environment team is always on top of the regulatory and legislative developments concerning the energy and the environment sectors.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s financial practice includes various projects of major investment banks, national and international companies, and international financial institutions.
Ristev lectured on the comparative analysis of public-private partnerships and strategic partnerships between private investors and the state in the sector of mining in Serbia.
DLA Piper’s Kelly Tubman Hardy and James D Mathias of the firm’s Baltimore office have received 2014 Leadership in Law awards from The Daily Record.
Edward Huang and Joe Zhou attended the event and spoke with the premier of Northern Cape about the importance of legal services in promoting the economic development of the region.
Not-for-profit legal group ClientEarth has won a ruling at Europe’s highest court, enabling it to pursue the UK Government for breaches of EU air quality standards in the Supreme Court.
The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is in the process of developing a whole-of-government Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Dentons has released the latest issue of its Climate Change Newsletter.
Despite Myanmar being one of the world’s oldest oil and gas producers, its upstream oil and gas sector is considered to be relatively underdeveloped.
New waste planning policy download
The revised policy requires waste planning authorities to promote the treatment of waste up the waste hierarchy.
This practice group covers a range of legal, commercial and strategic advice to bidding consortia, awarding authorities, contractors and lenders in major sectors.
The firm has experience in representing specialised clients active in this market, including regional energy service providers and national energy regulators and authorities.
Voicu & Filipescu’s specialised attorneys provide legal advice in all areas of insurance law to both corporate and insured individuals.
In a historic move that adds life to international climate negotiations, the US and China have committed to undertake significant actions to combat climate change.
Food and Beverage News and Trends — tax on sugary sodas approved; FDA to settle lawsuit over GRAS rule; and more download
This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.
Members of 20 Essex Street have strength and depth of expertise in disputes concerning energy and natural resources.
20 Essex Street advises on all types of commercial disputes and has expertise in disputes with an international dimension.
Chambers UK has placed Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in 43 categories, 17 of which are in Band 1.
US & The Americas: Mexico’s guidelines for clean energy certificates will support renewable energy development download
As part of a historic restructuring of its electrical power sector, Mexico will create a market for tradable clean energy certificates.
US & The Americas: oil and water — proposed redefinition of waters of the US has significant implications for domestic operations download
The EPA and the US ACOE have announced a new deadline to submit comments to its much-debated redefinition of the term, ‘Waters of the United States’, which drives the scope of federal jurisdiction in numerous areas.
Food and Hospitality Bites — licensing and deregulation; the new requirements for allergen labelling; and more download
This is the second edition of DLA Piper’s Food and Hospitality Bites, a publication for clients in the food, leisure, hospitality and licensed industries.
Dentons’ mining group will be holding a seminar on mining at the Terminal City Club on 18 November 2014.
Mineral Matters — proposals for new regulations on health and safety in mines; import issues in the mining sector; and more download
DLA Piper has released the latest edition of its Minerals Matters publication.
Kazakhstan possesses significant reserves of oil and gas. Therefore, the tax system in this sector needs to provide stability, transparency and progressivity.
DECC has just published ‘Guidance of Community Benefits from Onshore Wind Developments’.
Five of the practice groups at B P Collins have been awarded a band-one ranking in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK.
Khaitan & Co has advised Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank, Austria, in relation to an amendment of terms in the external commercial borrowing facilities of approximately $20m.
Materiality is the principle of defining the social and environmental topics that matter most to your business and your stakeholders.
What a belter: green belt policy download
The green belt is back in the news. DCLG has updated the NPPG and included responses to two further questions that ‘interpret’ the green belt policy in the NPPF.
Consumer finance update: proposed rulemaking under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 download
A number of agencies have approved a joint notice of the proposed rulemaking to amend regulations pertaining to loans secured by property located in special flood hazard areas.
Protection of know-how in oil and gas technology transfer agreements (patent vs trade secret and regulatory issues of fracking) download
In order to understand the meaning of ‘transfer of technology in the oil and gas industry’, first we have to determine the term ‘technology’.
This paper explains the operation the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/490).
New statutory access right for underground drilling for energy resources to be introduced to overcome difficulties of landowner consents.
The government has released an exposure draft of the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) legislation.
Recent developments offer some prospect that the UK may become a bit less of a ‘power island’.
By June 2015, the classification of diesel and similar fuel oils will change pursuant to the CLP Regulation.
Planning — cumulative impact policies and environmental impact assessment; and new guidance on green-belt protection download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s real-estate experts provide an update on planning issues.
DCO regime faces a real test download
Based on recent news reports, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is set to be the most contentious development consent order (DCO) so far.
It is clear that the Renewable Energy Act has succeeded in attracting more investment in solar PV than Japan’s grid can handle.
Li Hao and Wei Chuande and paralegal Cai Rongjie provided legal counsel for the group.
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
The Competition Policy Review panel has recommended that the regulatory functions of the ACCC be spun off into a new national access and pricing regulator.
Redhill Aerodrome: special circumstances in green belt cases — Court of Appeal holds that there is no change in the framework download
Do the words ‘any other harm’ in ‘very special circumstances’ test in the second sentence of paragraph 88 of the framework mean ‘any other harm to the green belt’?
The firm has reinforced its pre-eminent position in Leeds and Manchester, securing more Tier One rankings than any other law firm.
Consultation on grace periods for early closure of Renewables Obligation to large-scale solar PV download
On 2 October 2014, the government announced that the Renewables Obligation will close to new large-scale solar above 5MW with effect from 1 April 2015.
DECC has released its report summarising the responses received and action to be taken regarding underground access for gas, oil and geothermal developers.
Mongolia’s new Petroleum Law now in effect — key points of its investor-friendly incentives download
In the latest effort by the government of Mongolia to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Great Khural has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum.
Clearing the way for UK shale (and deep geothermal) exploitation: Infrastructure Bill Update (2) download
Adam Brown reports on the financial provisions and some proposals on shale-related matters that have so far not found their way into the Infrastructure Bill.
New planning rules have been put forward by Eric Pickles, in a bid to offer further protection to the green belt.
Clearing the way for UK shale (and deep geothermal) exploitation: Infrastructure Bill Update (1) download
A new stage in the UK government’s campaign to remove potential obstacles in the way of shale gas developments was reached last week following a debate in the House of Lords.
Partners Almat Daumov and Bakhodir Jabborov from GRATA Law Firm have represented the law firm at the MINEX Forum.
Clauses have been inserted into the Infrastructure Bill currently before Parliament to legislate for the key principle in Sir Ian Wood’s report.
Doing Business in the United States download
Doing Business in the United States is an introductory guide for non-US businesses that may be interested in doing business in the US.
Partners at B P Collins sponsored a recent international trade event that welcomed a delegation from the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
Dacheng has advised Vision Environment (Guangzhou) on its listing on the National Equities and Exchange Quotations (NEEQ) system.
Outer Temple Chambers has been instructed by the Environment Agency in an enforcement action taken against three companies, their directors and managers.
The Crossrail effect: part two download
The Crossrail effect looks set to be a positive one as an increase in connectivity and capacity opens up the possibility for investment in new parts of London.
Outer Temple Chambers barrister Tim Green has defended Birmingham City Council against an application for a litter abatement order made by John Hemming MP.
Doing Business in Australia download
This guide provides sound, practical advice on the relevant laws and regulations for foreign companies looking to invest in Australia.
Kings Chambers’ Anthony Crean QC has successfully opposed Commercial Estates Group’s renewed application for permission in the London Administrative Court.
According to The Legal 500, following the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014, the firm has ‘more strength and depth as well as wider international coverage’.
A European Commission state aid decision confirms the CfD regime as a model example of the kind of renewables support scheme the commission wants to encourage.
B P Collins has been named as a ‘regional heavyweight’ for the first time in the 27th annual Legal 500 league tables and achieved top-tier status in five practice areas.
DLA Piper has advised Abengoa Greenfield, a subsidiary of Abengoa, on the private placement of its inaugural green bonds that were issued on 30 September 2014.
When an event occurs that significantly affects the performance of a contract but is beyond the control of the parties, how is the risk allocated between the parties?
Mexico’s oil production has been in decline for the last nine years. All this could be about to change, though, as a result of new energy reforms currently being implemented.
A new weapon in the government’s armoury in the international fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry was unveiled last month.
Scrapping and recycling: Basel or Hong Kong? Which applies, why is it important and what issues do you need to be aware of?
The legal matrix applicable to the scrapping and recycling of drilling units and vessels has never been more significant.
The UK is required to implement Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations by 19 July 2015.
Walker Morris’s Andrew Northage has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Regulatory Lawyer of the Year’ award in the Thomson Reuters 10th Annual Compliance Awards.
California’s Green Chemistry Initiative: ‘Work Plan’ basics and the seven product categories — three action steps download
California is steadily implementing its landmark Green Chemistry Initiative, which increases regulation and oversight of consumer product chemical exposures in important ways.
The UK government has confirmed that, as a general rule, funding under the Renewables Obligation (RO) will not be available to larger-scale PV projects after 31 March 2015.
This updated third edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview provides a high-level renewable energy profile for 16 countries across the region.
To what extent does EU law permit national schemes for the support of renewable energy generation to discriminate in favour of domestic production against imports?
The Thames Tideway Tunnel, nicknamed London’s new ‘super-sewer’, received planning consent on 12 September 2014.
Tim Jones from No5 Chambers has acted as counsel for Herefordshire Council in a wholly successful compulsory purchase order (CPO) and side roads order (SRO) inquiry.
GRATA counsel Yerbolat Yerkebulanov spoke on the theme of ‘Kazakhstani Subsoil Users’ Procurement’ at a recent seminar organised by the General Consulate of France.
UK: updates to the Water Act 2014 download
This act enables the secretary of state to introduce regulations that will allow undertakers to exit the competitive part of the retail market.
Barnea & Co is among Israel’s top law firms in the field of infrastructure and project finance.
Those generating their own electricity from solar photovoltaic panels receive payments from their energy suppliers for each kilowatt-hour of electricity that is generated.
Walker Morris has advised Spirit Capital and the management team at the oil and environmental services business Adler & Allan on its secondary buyout.
Gateley has announced that the next series of legal updates on recent planning case law, policies and legislative changes will take place during autumn 2014.
New set of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in relation to events in Ukraine entered into force last Friday (12th) download
In view of the increasing gravity of the situation in eastern Ukraine, the European Council has reinforced the restrictive measures adopted on 30–31 July 2014.
Shoosmiths has advised McKay Securities on the purchase of Station Plaza, Theale, a major office development in the heart of the Thames Valley town.
A Dacheng team led by Lu Yuefeng has won the bid to serve as legal counsel for Guangzhou Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administration Bureau.
A Dacheng team led by Beijing-based senior partner Yang Guisheng worked jointly with local lawyers in advising CGCOC Group on the investment.
KPMG has won in the Audit Innovation of the Year, Sustainable Firm of the Year and Social Networking Champion of the Year categories at the IAB Awards.
The maritime business department specialises in international shipping, port management, shipping management, maritime insurance claims and ship mortgages.
King & Capital provides legal services throughout the process of establishment of the project company, co-ordinating project finance, sales and real-estate management.
The legal risk management department targets enterprise safety and heightens enterprise value by providing our clients with practical legal risk management services.
The energy and environment department at King & Capital provides a wide range of legal services.
Aurora Energy decision deems discharges prohibited, leaves open question of permit shield applicability download
On 3 September 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Alaska Community Action on Toxics v Aurora Energy Services LLC.
Scaling back considerably from the October 2012 term, the US Supreme Court issued only a few rulings affecting environmental law during the October 2013 term.
No5’s Jenny Wigley has appeared in the Court of Appeal for the appellant in a challenge to the secretary of state’s screening direction and grant of planning permission for a Margate development.
For many years, Luxembourg has positioned itself as a welcoming place for innovative companies in an objective of diversification.
As well as being experts in their own fields, our commercial lawyers are versatile enough to handle a wider range of issues.
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Legislation could permit landowners to voluntarily agree that certain things should be required or prohibited in respect of a piece of land for conservation purposes.
The term ‘allotment’ usually refers to land held by a local authority under the Allotment Acts 1908–1950, but it is also possible for allotments to be privately owned.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
This article focuses on the reforms affecting the generation of electricity, which is a regulated sector in the UK and the EU.
DLA Piper has announced that Carl Buchholz has been named managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia’s office. Buchholz succeeds Jim Brogan.
The last 10 years have seen a revolution in the way in which the UK handles municipal waste, with volumes of waste sent to landfill dropping by 70 per cent.
The goal of environmental legislation in Canada is to balance environmental protection with the socio-economic benefits of industrial and technological development.
Energy and waste lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Energos on its role in a £950m PPP waste project in Derby.
Parties urged to make green pledges download
The parties set to battle for power at the next general election are being urged to pack their manifestos with environmental pledges.
Shale gas update: shale planning download
In the second of our shale updates, we look at the likely impact of the new planning guidance and Infrastructure Bill proposals for automatic subterranean rights.
The final Allocation Framework for the distribution of CfD contracts was published by DECC on 1 September 2014.
Memery Crystal has been ranked the number-one law firm acting for UK-listed natural resources companies by the Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide.
We have one of the UK’s largest real-estate practices: a broad-based practice acting for institutions, investors, developers and occupiers.
The former head of legal at Friends of the Earth, Phil Michaels, has died after a battle with cancer.
No5 Chambers has announced that deputy head of chambers Ian Dove QC is to be appointed a High Court judge.
The energy practice of Boyanov & Co is one of the busiest departments of the firm. We also have experience in advising clients on natural resources projects.
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A fight to take the UK to task for breaching air pollution limits has reached Europe’s highest court, but such action could be harder to achieve in future
The government wants to boost housing supply, revitalise the high street and make better use of existing buildings.
Time to conserve your energy? Minimum energy performance standards for commercially rented property download
In July, DECC published its consultation paper on the proposed Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Non-Domestic).
Mexico’s energy reform provides significant opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production download
Mexico’s new energy legislation will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity.
Dentons is a silver sponsor of the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit, which will take place on 27–28 October 2014 in Lima, Peru.
Slovenian legislation is still lagging behind in transposing the IPPC/IED baseline reporting requirements into national environmental law.
Eversheds has advised Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council on the latest milestone in their £950m long-term waste management PPP contract.
A cross-office team from Gateley has advised on a deal that saw Dublin-based One51 acquire Straight for £10.7m.
Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme: a new mandatory energy assessment scheme for large undertakings download
The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme is the UK government’s implementation of a particular requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive regarding energy audits.
With a diverse client base and varied work load, the property team has an unusual breadth of vision and understanding.
The UK government has published application criteria and terms for the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, accompanied by new guidance.
Ofgem and DECC have jointly published an action plan of measures to encourage the growth of independent energy suppliers.
Shoosmiths is boosting its north-west real-estate team by bringing two new senior associates as well as a solicitor into its Manchester office.
On 21 June 2008, the passenger cargo vessel Princess of the Stars was lost in the Philippines after sailing into Typhoon Frank.
We have a depth of experience across local and central government.
Managing waste in your business download
All businesses are subject to laws regulating how they manage waste — how they store, treat and dispose of it. Find out what the laws are and how to comply.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards download
The government is consulting on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which must be met before a property in the private sector can be let.
Improvements will have to be made to some commercially let premises in order to meet minimum energy efficiency standards starting from 1 April 2018.
It’s not easy to forget the devastation that the flooding brought to residences and businesses throughout the south of England.
Ethical investor Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) has appointed six firms to its inaugural legal panel, with Muckle and Walker Morris among those winning a spot.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has extended the application deadline for the second phase of its 500MW NOOR CSP to mid-September 2014.
Larger companies and non-public-sector organisations will be required to carry out mandatory energy-saving assessments.
Outer Temple Chambers has welcomed Tim Green, a specialist regulatory barrister, to its commercial team.
Increasing numbers of sites are being registered by community groups as assets of community value or ACVs.
From the ground up — significant changes to Queensland’s planning and development legislation download
The Queensland government has released consultation drafts of the Planning and Development Bill 2014 and the Planning and Environment Court Bill 2014.
A decision taken by the government to amend its renewable energy obligation is being challenged by solar power firms.
Trustpower has emerged as the successful bidder for a suite of green power assets of the New South Wales government.
Consultations released on implementation of energy efficiency regulation of the private rented sector download
The Department for Energy & Climate Change has published the long-awaited consultation on implementing the provisions of the Energy Act 2011.
The number of Petroleum Exploration Development Licence awards is likely to be a small fraction of the 1,040 available 100km² licence blocks.
UK: 14th onshore licensing round download
The energy minister has invited applications for licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round.
The government has recently announced that it will remove the £5,000 upper limit on fines imposed in the magistrates’ courts.
Shale Round takes shape download
The government has published the application criteria for the 14th Onshore Petroleum Exploration Development Licence (PEDL) Round.
A developer can commit the offence of ‘knowingly permitting’ the deposit of waste by its contractor, despite having no knowledge that the deposit was in breach of an environmental permit.
On 28 July 2014, the government launched two consultations in parallel on the implementation of the Offshore Safety Directive.
Jason Lovell, partner at Eversheds, has commented on news that more fracking licences are being granted, but with protection for national parks.
There were some very clear and succinct messages to emerge from the keynote addresses at the inaugural Made in the UK Conferences & Exhibition.
UK: investing in UK infrastructure download
The government department for UK Trade and Investment and HM Treasury have jointly published a guide detailing opportunities to invest in UK infrastructure.
On 2 July, the EU Commission published a number of documents aimed at moving the EU towards a circular economy.
Mr Justice Field, sitting in the Commercial Court, has had to consider the meaning of the phrase ‘proper and business-like’.
In autumn 2011, Thailand suffered severe floods. Among the properties damaged were shops and distribution centres owed by a subsidiary of Tesco.
The energy sector today is faced with a host of challenges and opportunities as it navigates the globalisation of the industry.
Allen & Overy has advised Imperial Tobacco on its acquisition of the US Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick tobacco cigarette brands and the US/UK blu e-cigarette brand.
HS2 Action Alliance has won the right to be heard in Parliament and the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee.
Capacity Market participants that wish to participate in this year’s auction need to ensure they are in a position to pre-qualify within the short pre-qualification window.
Andrew Corletto has joined Minter Ellison SA/NT as a partner. Corletto is an experienced corporate, energy and resources lawyer with more than 25 years in practice.
A team lead by Martin Kingston QC has succeeded in obtaining planning permission for a 330,000m² strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) in the green belt in Hertfordshire.
Shoosmiths has advised SAL and REC shareholders on their sale to Concept Life Sciences.
Shoosmiths, in conjunction with Ryder Marsh, recently hosted a health and safety event in collaboration with a top US institution.
DLA Piper outlines the income tax, goods and services tax, fuel tax and other implications that will stem from the repeal of the carbon tax.
Real-estate investment in Australia download
Australia offers a platform that allows new foreign investors to embrace the globalisation of real-estate capital with confidence.
On 11 July 2014, the Polish Parliament adopted the draft of the bill to amend the environmental law and certain other acts.
Eversheds is advising state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation on its investment in the £16bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
On 11 July 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in Grassy Narrows First Nation v Ontario (Natural Resources).
Karanovic & Nikolic partner Patricia Gannon has highlighted the many opportunities available to investors in the sustainable energy sector in the Balkans.
Lee Alexander and Philip Angeli look at the key points in a proposed Department of Energy rule change.
On 27 June 2014, Dacheng attorneys Cao Wenhua and Jiang Xingwang attended a seminar held by the Ministry of Land and Resources.
Bates Wells Braithwaite has recently acted for the Ramblers in its successful bid to get the Isle of Wight added to the England Coast Path.
Biomethane RHI consultation download
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce carbon emissions.
Mourant Ozannes has advised venture capital firm Emerald Technology Ventures on the addition of three new investors to the Emerald Cleantech Fund III.
Subsidies for green electricity permitted to restrict trade between EU member states — CJEU download
It is normal for member states to make support for renewable generation available only to generators based in their own territory. Until recently, it was generally assumed that this was consistent with EU law.
Avoid a flood of uncertainty: draft to include costs that aren’t maintenance, repair or replacement in a commercial lease download
The flooding experienced by many parts of the country over the last year may be partly behind changes to the Ontario Building Code.
Climate Change Newsletter: US Supreme Court largely upholds EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases from major new and modified sources; and more download
This edition of Dentons’ Climate Change Newsletter starts with the US Supreme Court’s most recent review of EPA regulations, the so-called ‘tailoring rule’.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
EU: ECJ confirms that purely national promotion of green electricity does not necessarily violate EU law download
The ECJ’s 1 July 2014 ruling may have a major impact on the political discussions about the meaningfulness of national green electricity promotion schemes.
The government has recently announced that it will remove the £5,000 upper limit on fines imposed in the magistrates’ courts.
The OSD appears to be only the EU’s first step in reforming our offshore environmental and safety regimes in response to the Macondo disaster.
The new UK environmental penalties will make companies nervous of retrospective action, according to Paul Verrico, principal associate at Eversheds.
The Offshore Safety Directive (OSD) provides for a single competent authority to deal with both environmental and safety issues.
The UK Department for Energy & Climate Change has published its Community Energy Strategy.
HSE and DECC have been busy drafting and amending legislation to transpose the Offshore Safety Directive into UK law.
Laura Mackett and Sam Boileau take a quick look at the new reporting requirements that will be introduced into UK law by the transposition of the OSD.
Supreme Court rejects premise for GHG Tailoring Rule, but largely maintains EPA’s authority to set GHG emission limits download
The court’s decision upholds the EPA’s regulation of roughly 83 percent of stationary-source GHG emissions under its permitting programme.
The Supreme Court has issued a split decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA.
Property Update: underground energy resources; development; flood insurance for domestic properties; and more download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s real-estate experts bring you the latest property law issues and provide action points to help you and your organisation.
The Community Energy Strategy reveals that ‘by 2015 it will be the norm for communities to be offered some level of ownership of new, commercially developed onshore renewable projects’.
CERCLA imposes strict liability for the costs of environmental contamination on four classes of responsible parties, including current owners of contaminated properties.
DLA Piper has acted on behalf of Lark Energy on what is expected to be a test case for the renewable energy sector.
FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act by improperly ‘segmenting’ its NEPA analysis of a four-part upgrade to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line System.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published amendments to Part L of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.
Walker Morris provides an update on the Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014, which came into force on 12 February 2014.
Webinar: energy and natural resource webinar — investing in unbundled energy assets: risks for the unwary
This webinar explores the topic of investing in unbundled electricity and gas transmission assets and the legal risks that potentially lie in wait.
Weekly Newsletter Italy: rules governing a power of attorney granted overseas; FITs — retrospective cuts: government erring on side of caution download
Eversheds has published its Weekly Newsletter Italy for the period 9–15 June 2014.
The South African National Treasury has published proposals for a carbon offset scheme.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients in the areas of law relating to energy and natural resources.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
Walker Morris’s David Kilduff has addressed a collaboration of local authorities at the launch of APSE Energy in Parliament.
The US government has moved to act on carbon emissions by requiring US states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
While the European Timber Regulation dates back to 2010, it only took direct effect in member states last year.
The US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has approved fiscal year 2015 funding for the DoE, the Corps of Engineers and related agencies.
The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that from October 2015 there will be a 5p tax on single-use carrier bags, bringing England in line with the rest of the UK.
The Forestry Department of Jiangxi Province has retained attorneys Xiao Ping and Peng Dingdai from Dacheng’s Nanchang office as standing legal counsel.
Allen & Overy has announced that Maura Rezendes has joined the firm’s global economic sanctions practice as a senior counsel in the Washington DC office.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
DECC’s UK Solar PV Strategy Part 1: Roadmap to a Brighter Future sets out the strategy for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation in the UK.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
From 1 July, new ‘definitive guidelines’ will apply for the sentencing of various environmental offences in the courts, irrespective of when they were committed.
Both the FOI Act 2000 and EIR 2004 give rights of public access to information held by public authorities. The differences are worth noting.
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 5 June 2014.
David Feist has commented on the announcement in the Queen’s Speech ending the requirement to notify homeowners of drilling under their properties for shale gas.
The US DOE is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.
Biomethane-to-grid technology involves producing biogas through anaerobic digestion (AD) of crops, waste, slurries or sewage feedstock.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Clean Power Program, the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s Climate Change Action Plan.
Shale: a guide to tailoring legislation, SPAs, farm-in agreements and JOAs in developing basins download
This paper aims to provide governments, developers and investors with: an understanding of current regulatory and contractual practice in the UK and elsewhere.
The EPA has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
Budget 2014 limits the scope for obtaining tax relief on investments in renewables projects, but it also opens up a new relief, of which some renewables investors may be able to take advantage.
Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.
Changes introduced under the Waste Regulations 2014 mean businesses can now use invoices, orders and receipts to prove waste has been transferred legally and safely.
The Water Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014, bringing important changes to water industry operation and management of water resources.
The latest changes to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme came into effect on 1 April 2014.
Walker Morris has been appointed to the Legal Service Panel for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) following a successful tender.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
BDK has formed an emergency rapid response team following the devastating floods that hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ogier Legal in Guernsey has advised X2 on the launch of its natural resources venture X2 Resources Partners LP, a Guernsey closed-ended investment vehicle.
Eversheds has advised Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council on the variation of their £926m waste PPP.
DECC has published the ‘Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal’.
DECC has published a study by the British Geological Survey of the Jurassic shales of the Weald Basin in southern England.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
Explore is DLA Piper’s magazine for the mining sector, which provides a selection of insights from the global mining team.
According to recent reports, Whitehall sources have indicated that the government plans to propose a new Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
In this paper, KPMG presents research into reporting of social investment by 100 of the world’s largest companies and their associated foundations.
Commission unveils guidance for groundwater and soil protection measures to be taken by operators of IPPC installations download
The Industrial Emissions Directive, adopted in 2010, introduced more stringent measures for the protection of soil and groundwater.
Decisions to grant planning permission are often controversial.
EIA changes are welcome… in part download
Some of the changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regime, which look likely to come into effect in the UK in 2016, are welcome.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co partners Kieron Dwyer and David Ponsford have co-hosted an international webinar entitled ‘Update on shale gas exploration and development’.
Eversheds has won the Clean Energy Project of the Year 2013–14 award for its role in advising on Sierra Leone’s first independent power project.
Businesses facing a regulatory investigation need access to specialist lawyers right away.
DECC has provided more detail of how the financial support that the government gives to renewable energy schemes will work going forward.
The directorate-general for competition recently published guidance on the new rules governing state aid for energy projects and environmental protection.
UK: Solar Banding Review for 2015–16 download
The DECC is consulting on a review of Renewables Obligation bands for solar PV.
It is just possible that solving global poverty may prove easier than securing a global response to climate change.
This group advises on transactions, tenders, contracts and so on relating to power, renewable energy, natural resources, oil and gas and more.
Khaitan & Co specialises in environment-related litigation and dispute resolution, environmental audit, compliance and regulatory analysis/interpretation.
The government has published a new demolition direction, which confirms that permission is only required for the demolition of buildings larger than 50m³ GEA.
Two Dentons clients were recognised for their innovation and leadership with respect to carbon-reduction activities during the recent North American Carbon World conference.
Dentons has advised the UK government on its funding of a FEED contract that has been awarded to Shell UK in relation to the Peterhead CCS project.
In this video, James Rubin examines the impact of the recent ruling upholding the Obama administration’s mercury and toxics standards.
Historic changes afoot in Scotland download
The Historic Environment Scotland Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament was introduced in early March 2014.
The minister of the environment has issued a notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999.
What comfort can the green economy take from the Energy Industries Council’s assessment of sector activity in the north east?
Climate Change Newsletter: issue 4 — US: Supreme Court reviews greenhouse gas permitting rules download
On 24 February 2014, the Supreme Court heard argument on the ‘tailoring rule’, a key Obama climate change rule.
The South African government has announced it will delay introducing a carbon tax until 2016.
Climate Change Newsletter: issue 4 — Canada: the EU Fuel Quality Directive — signalling a change of course download
The EU is rethinking its proposed Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) — welcome news for Canada as the current FQD proposal contains some major flaws.
Climate Change Newsletter: Issue 4 — US: California Air Resources Board approves first forest carbon offset project download
The California Air Resources Board has issued its first-ever approval of a forest carbon offset project under the state’s cap-and-trade forestry offset protocol.
The HS2 Bill will permit the construction of the first phase of the national high-speed rail network that will connect London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street.
A recent Court of Appeal judgment may prove to be a catalyst for greater fines for large organisations convicted of regulatory offences.
Middle East: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority launches tender process for the Hassyan clean coal power project download
DEWA will be selecting a suitable developer or developer consortium to own 49 per cent of a project company to build and operate an independent power project.
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations require that, as from January 2015, there must be separate collections for paper, metal, plastic and glass where practicable.
The private equity team at Shoosmiths has advised funds managed by Palatine Private Equity on the management buyout of Gusto Restaurants and Bars.
Hogan Lovells has been shortlisted for 11 Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law awards.
In Legalease’s latest Legal 500 EMEA directory, Wierzbowski Eversheds has earned a number of recommendations.
Stephen Kitts, Asia managing partner at Eversheds, has commented on news that a Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata’s copper mine in Peru.
Mourant Ozannes has advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group on all Guernsey-related aspects of its listing on the main market of London Stock Exchange.
The Sheffield Forum for the Built Environment is a networking organisation for the property, development and construction industries.
DLA Piper has published its first public ‘Communication on Progress’, which outlines the actions it has taken over the past year to integrate 10 principles into the business.
Ian Dove QC and Martin Kingston QC from No5’s planning group have been highly ranked in Planning magazine’s survey.
Michael Conroy Harris, a construction expert at Eversheds, said that the bad weather impact on UK construction output should be seen as a mere dampener to growth.
Team Australia has won the 2014 KPMG International Case Competition final.
The Fish and Wildlife Service lists the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act download
On 21 March 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service promulgated a final rule that lists the lesser prairie-chicken as a ‘threatened’ species under the ESA.
Reports on growing demand for water and energy highlight urgency of co-ordinated policy approach download
The availability of an already scarce essential resource is sure to become a significant challenge for power producers and energy policymakers.
China’s energy revolution download
China’s sheer size — not only geographically but in terms of market share — means that its industry choices have a huge global effect.
In this video interview, Dentons energy partner Clint Vince discusses how developments and innovations in the energy sector are affecting companies.
Improvements proposed to regulations governing petitions to the California State Water Resources Control Board download
Although the process is straightforward, the demands on the State Water Resources Control Board’s limited resources have turned the petition process into a black hole.
This article is intended to offer developer clients an insight into the current state of play with flooding policy.
The ECJ has held that in certain cases the member states are required to propose to the commission the declassification of a site on the list of SCIs.
Landlords could be at risk of significant liability where tenants operate environmental permits on site.
Dentons’ lawyers have broad experience with environmental laws across the globe.
The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has announced that the Primary Authority Scheme will be extended to cover fire safety in England and Wales.
HS2 objections build download
A House of Commons committee has said that areas of irreplaceable natural value along the route of the HS2 rail project are at risk of being subordinated to ‘crude economic calculations’.
The Sentencing Council has published its definitive guideline for the sentencing of environmental offences.
With Dentons, you’ll benefit from our in-depth understanding of the mining sector, as well as our worldwide reach, seamless service, and cross-border, multijurisdictional insight that can provide you with the right strategies to grow your business.
A recent Southern District of New York decision considered coverage for a policyholder’s losses caused by ConEd’s Bowling Green Network outage.
At IBB Solicitors, our Residential Development and Regeneration team is recognised as one of the best and most experienced in the business.
GRATA Law Firm provides legal consultancy services to companies that carry out activities in the area of telecommunications and transport.
GRATA Law Firm provides legal consultancy services to companies that carry out activities in the area of construction and infrastructure.
GRATA Law Firm’s environmental law department includes professionals with not only substantial experience in dispute resolution but also the deep theoretical background in the area of environmental law that is necessary to professionally handle complex environmental cases.
GRATA is the leading independent legal consultant in the mining and natural resources sector in Central Asia.
Walker Morris has advised the TEG Group, an AIM-listed green technology company, on its acquisition of a composting operation at Hillbarton, near Exeter.
Pillsbury has announced the opening of its Austin office as the next step in the firm’s strategic focus and its commitment to clients throughout the state of Texas and the Gulf Coast.
The Social Value Act represented a step-change for some public bodies that were nervous about seeking to achieve social, environmental or wider economic ends through their procurement activity.
The Energy Company Obligation Order provides a sizeable potential source of funding to developers carrying out redevelopment or improvement works on housing stock.
The long-awaited procurement directives are finally here. The expected new EU procurement regime will come into force on 17 April.
The new Planning Court, revised planning guidance, restated green belt policy and what constitutes a screening opinion download
A new and specialist Planning Court is being created. It will open for business on 6 April 2014, as part of the High Court.
Energy, waste and renewables lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Augean on the disposal of parts of its former Waste Network division.
Michael Rudd has joined Kings Chambers to further add to the strength and depth of the set’s planning, environmental and administrative law team.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s British Virgin Islands office has recently added four attorneys to its corporate and litigation practices.
The Federal District Court in Washington DC has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind.
DECC issues response to consultation on the transition between the Renewables Obligation and the Contracts for Difference regime download
The DECC has confirmed that fixed-price ROCs will be introduced from 1 April 2027 via the Fixed Price Certificate Scheme.
Lawyers from DLA’s New Perimeter are travelling to São Paulo to teach a course to law students and members of the community about pro bono legal work.
UK on-shore shale gas and land rights: can a so-called ‘legal block’ stop the UK shale play in its tracks? download
Last year was a year in which the UK environmental lobby began to mobilise against the UK unconventional gas industry.
As the flood waters recede the key question for those who own or occupy affected properties is who is responsible for fixing the damage?
Warning — California proposes major changes for Proposition 65 warnings: take part in the process download
The California agency that implements Proposition 65 has proposed far-reaching changes to the now familiar warnings required under that statute.
The Polish government has adopted a draft bill to amend the Geological and Mining Law and a draft Bill on Special Hydrocarbon Tax.
Shamrock Shake: St Patrick’s Day earthquake in Los Angeles is a reminder to check your property insurance policy download
The St Patrick’s Day earthquake serves as a reminder to be informed about your current and future residential or commercial earthquake insurance coverage.
Taylor Wessing has advised Cahill Energy on its historic agreement with the Barbados government to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant on the island.
Taylor Wessing has advised Brentford FC on the successful planning application for a new 20,000-seat stadium.
The proposed Exploration Development Incentive is intended to provide an incentive for investment in junior mineral exploration companies.
DLA Piper has released Issue 15 of its Real Estate Gazette, which focuses on the topic of sustainability.
DLA Piper has released the winter 2014 issue of SHE Matters, a newsletter dedicated to safety, health and the environment.
BDK is a market leader in the field of energy and natural resources, having advised on the most prominent transactions in the region in various contexts.
DLA Piper has launched a report revealing that the market demand from occupiers is the driving force behind delivering sustainable real estate.
Finance lawyers at Walker Morris have advised waste specialist company Augean on its £15m refinancing.
This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the Planning Practice Guidance and some of its key features.
Real estate has a lifecycle from site identification, through planning, development funding and construction, to occupation, use and eventual sale.
We asked people across the European real-estate industry a series of questions about trends in sustainability, green certification and documentation.
Finding solutions to flooding is a matter of high importance for the government, driving changes in the law relating to foul and surface water drainage.
Schoenherr’s regulatory expertise and longstanding experience is recognised as the standard bearer for regulatory-related advice.
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.
Maravela & Asociatii 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.
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.
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