Ray joined Weightmans after over 20 years with Nabarro LLP where he was a partner heading up the environmental law department before becoming a consultant.

Ray specialises in all aspects of environmental and health & safety law, both contentious and non-contentious. He has also practised extensively in planning law particularly in regeneration, waste and minerals (both land won and marine dredging).

His experience covers regulatory investigations, enforcement and prosecutions against companies and other organisations and individuals across virtually all business sectors. He has particular expertise in environmental permitting, statutory nuisance, water pollution, contaminated land and industrial accidents.

Ray has provided specialist support on regulatory and planning law matters, for example large PFI waste to energy schemes; sale and purchase of brownfield sites and the regeneration of old industrial manufacturing facilities; property claims relating to the condition on handover (asbestos contamination and Japanese knotweed), nuisance (such as noise, vibration, dust and odour); and litigation (Group Litigation Orders, Part 11A proceedings and lawfulness of utility and other charging schemes).

Ray is a fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a speaker on courses run by the International Development Law Institute, Rome.

He presents at conferences and to trade and industry bodies. He also undertakes bespoke training for clients and organisations to enable them to develop a more pro-active approach to dealing with the ever increasing burden of legislation as well as the management of incidents.

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"He is a super guy and is very knowledgeable." Chambers & Partners 2018

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"He is a super guy and is very knowledgeable."

Chambers & Partners 2018

"Ray Clarke is an experienced lawyer who handles contentious and non-contentious environmental work. 'His networking and contacts have been invaluable to us,' says a client."

Chambers & Partners 2016

"Ray Clarke is 'a renowned figure' in the market."

Legal 500 2015
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