Simon leads the firm's environment team and is also head of the firm's utility sector. He specialises in all aspects of UK, EU and international environmental law and policy. Simon has extensive experience across a range of sectors and regularly advises both private and public sector organisations. His advice extends to matters such as the allocation of environmental risk and liability associated with the sale and acquisitions of contaminated sites, advising waste operators on the application of transfrontier shipment of waste controls, supporting environmental insurance providers with the preparation of policies for EU and international environmental risk cover and working with utility providers in relation to environmental enforcement following environmental incidents, as well as helping clients to access and negotiate civil sanctions such as enforcement undertakings.

Simon is particularly well known for his work and expertise in the waste and resources sector.

Simon speaks and publishes regularly on environmental issues. Simon helps to convene the NW UKELA group, sits on the UKELA Litigation Working Party and supports projects involving DEFRA, SEPA and other regulators, he also works very closely with IEMA and writes regularly for the Environmentalist, he is also a co-opted member of the CIWMs NW committee and writes a regular column for the CIWM journal.

Simon is also actively involved in working with central government agencies such as DEFRA and other bodies such as the Sentencing Council to lobby for changes and improvements in environmental regulation, particularly around sanctions for environmental offences and waste.

Simon has developed the firm’s market leading 24/7 EDAS service (Environmental Defence and Advisory Service) which provides clients with round the clock support in relation to environmental incidents and compliance.

Simon has been with the firm since November 2013 and in that time has succeeded in attracting a number of significant new clients to the firm – Certas Energy, Viridor, Pennon Group, South East Water, Mersey Recycling and Waste Authority and others.

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Simon Colvin is "commercial, responsive and has a good grasp of business needs and excellent knowledge of environmental law". Legal 500 2019

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"Good at problem-solving and finding solutions."

Chambers & Partners 2019

Simon Colvin is "commercial, responsive and has a good grasp of business needs and excellent knowledge of environmental law".

Legal 500 2019

"He is very knowledgeable, very personable and has good working relationships with regulators."

Chambers & Partners 2018

Simon Colvin has 'a very relaxed and conciliatory approach, which ensures positive engagement and outcomes'.

Legal 500 2017

"Simon Colvin is 'an approachable adviser' and 'extremely committed to his clients'."

Legal 500 2015

"Head of department Simon Colvin is "extremely thorough, but with a very pleasant way of dealing with things and a fairly light touch," according to clients. He advises both public and private sector clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious environment matters."

Chambers and Partners 2017
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