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Minerals and waste

Minerals and waste are vital aspects of life but are always under challenge. Minerals feed and need construction projects. Both find it difficult to get planning permission and both are long term. We all produce waste but most have reservations about being near waste-management facilities. Minerals are vital for development, but extraction is controversial. Both sectors face growing environmental controls. Both need land and finance. And the waste industry delivers through PFI and PPP.

In a difficult economic climate, divestiture and restructuring are more common and present challenges of their own.

You need lawyers beside you who are familiar with your needs. We know the sectors. We understand the economy in which you are operating. We are at home with you in the boardroom, at the negotiating table and on site getting our boots muddy.

Whatever your legal requirements, we can help. Our clients include national and international leaders in both sectors. Whether you are disposing of a business, negotiating a complex planning permission, buying land, negotiating a PPP deal or in a dispute with the Environment Agency, we have the expertise to achieve success for you.

We can help with business disposals, joint ventures and acquisitions and land management pending extraction. Our nationally leading agriculture department can help deal with your farm business tenancies. You may need help on mining waste. You may be faced with a planning refusal or enforcement. You may be acquiring or disposing of a portfolio of sites or single development opportunities. We have mineral and waste specialists to help you.

You will have a team of experienced partners and their assistants. Christine de Ferrars Green is a leader in development of former minerals sites. Raith Pickup and Andrew Ray are PFI leaders with real experience of waste projects. Tom Pickthorn and Julian Smith lead on divestiture, joint ventures and acquisitions. You’ll also have access to our specialists in areas such as environment, planning, real estate, litigation and health and safety.

Clients we’ve helped include Hanson, Lafarge, Tarmac, CEMEX, WRG, NEWS, Thames Waste Management, S Walsh & Sons, Edwards Waste Management and the Semperion-Sweett-NEWS consortium.

Chambers UK recognise our team’s work in assisting the cb1 Minerals Group in obtaining concessions from the Environment Agency regarding the Mining Waste Directive’s guidance on what is considered “extractive waste”.

Contact Christine de Ferrars Green for more information.

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