Valerie, who is also a Professor of Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, joined Stevens & Bolton LLP as a consultant in 2007. She was previously a consultant at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) and partner and head of the Environment Group at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now Clyde & Co).
Valerie advises clients on environmental, climate change, insurance, and health and safety law. She is a member of a consortium in a framework contract with the European Commission on administrative, technical and legal support for the implementation of environmental governance instruments and policies in the EU. She is also a member of a team led by the Academy of European Law in a project with the European Commission to train judges across the EU in EU environmental law. Her past experience includes working with BIO Intelligence Service (now Deloitte) on various projects for the European Commission, including five projects on the Environmental Liability Directive, and a project on civil liability, financial security and compensation claims for offshore oil and gas activities in the European Economic Area.
She is listed as a leading environmental lawyer in the Chambers UK legal directory, Legal Experts and the International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers. Chambers UK reports that Valerie is “excellent” and, according to a client, has “huge practical experience and the best theoretical knowledge" .
She has written three books, co-authored others, and written many articles and given presentations on environmental and insurance law in the UK, continental Europe and the USA.
Valerie is an Honorary Member of the RICS, a member (and past Vice Chair) of the Planning and Environment Committee of the City of London Law Society, a member (and prior Council member) of UKELA, and a member of AIRMIC, the American Bar Association, and the Texas State Bar.