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Our specialist environment team uses its market leading experience and in-depth knowledge to solve our clients' environment-related problems.

Conscious of the need for prompt, decisive advice, our unique 24/7 Environmental Defence and Advice Service (EDAS) delivers round-the-clock support on environmental incidents, litigation and compliance, wherever and whenever you need it.

Highly recommended by independent legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, the team also provides transactional support across a diverse range of sectors, including local government, manufacturing, construction, utilities, transport and logistics, education and social housing.

Environmental Incidents

Being properly prepared for environmental incidents is crucial. Decisions taken in the early post-incident stages can significantly affect later outcomes, in terms of both reputation and liabilities. We can help you put procedures in place to prepare for any potential incidents. And thanks to EDAS, we're on hand 24/7 to protect your business when things go wrong.

Environmental Litigation

Whether a post-incident investigation by the environmental regulators, a third-party claim, or an appeal against an environmental notice or permit, we are here to help you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our dedicated team of specialist environmental lawyers can guide you through the often complex litigation process, working with you to protect your interests and achieve a positive outcome.

Environmental Compliance Advice

Our environmental experts can help you resolve the full range of day-to-day compliance issues, such as waste disposal, emissions and emissions trading, water and water pollution, permits and consents, EIA and environmental statements, producer responsibility, contaminated land, or any other environmental compliance matter.

Transaction Support

Environmental issues can arise on any deal or project, often with serious potential consequences for timescales and costs. Working with colleagues across the firm in areas such as local government, manufacturing, construction, utilities, transport and logistics, education and social housing, we can take care of any environmental matters that arise and help to keep transactions on track and on budget.

We achieve this not only through our advice on the correct application of environmental controls and requirements, but also by implementing appropriate risk sharing strategies, such as indemnities and environmental insurance policies.

Our Work

We have recently worked with our clients on the following matters:

  • Representing clients in relation to major environmental incidents, including water pollution, odour emissions, waste related offences and chemical spills and leaks
  • Agreeing and negotiating one of the first civil sanctions (Enforcement Undertaking) for a water pollution offence as an alternative to prosecution
  • Advising operators on site closures, permit surrenders, residual contamination and remediation strategies
  • Advising on the planning and environment consents required for nationally significant renewable energy projects.

For further information in relation to our 24/7 environmental defence and advice service follow this link. The service is free to subscribe to and provides you with access to a market leading team of environmental experts when ever you need support and assistance.

Click here to see a full breakdown of our Environmental team.

The team are marvellously accessible, with a wide range of expertise. They respond swiftly to our changing needs and can draw upon some thoroughly experienced members of staff. I have been impressed by their wide-ranging knowledge.


Excellent service from start to finish of each matter. Their industry knowledge stands out, and we feel that we have the benefit of City expertise at very competitive rates.
Chambers & Partners 2016

At Weightmans LLP, environment head Simon Colvin is 'an approachable adviser' and 'extremely committed to his clients'. Lee Gordon, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP in May 2014, heads the planning practice, and consultant Ray Clarke is 'a renowned figure' in the market. Charnwood Borough Council and Peel Ports are clients.

Legal 500 2015

Simon Colvin
"Our team has market leading experience & we can deliver 24/7 service on all environmental incidents."
Simon Colvin

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