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Environment, Planning and Health & Safety


Stevens & Bolton LLP is one of the few law firms in the south with specialist environmental expertise.

Our environment team is listed as a leading practice by Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

We regularly advise clients on:

  • Environmental, climate change and health & safety issues in:
    • share and asset transactions, including the environmental, climate change and health & safety aspects of a share transaction of over £1.1bn; and
    • property transactions
  • Environmental compliance issues arising from commercial contracts including advice to commercial occupiers in relation to remediation issues
  • Regulatory and liability matters relating to:
    • contaminated land and other environmental liability issues
    • waste issues including alleged  breaches of waste management licences, and negotiating on behalf of clients with the Environment Agency
    • statutory nuisances
  • Asbestos liabilities
  • Environmental provisions in insurance policies
  • Environmental claims

Additionally, our environmental consultant Valerie Fogleman is leading a team with other members of a consortium in a project for the European Commission on financial security under the Environmental Liability Directive.


We work closely with a specialist planning law firm to provide advice in relation to planning law matters including:

  • Development advice
    • Strategic planning law advice
    • Legal audit of planning applications
    • Section 106 and other planning agreements
  • Contentious and examinations
    • Planning appeals, call-ins, inquiries, hearings, written representations
    • Local plan examinations
    • Judicial review and legal challenges
  • Highways
    • Highways law, highway licences, agreements
    • Stopping up orders
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation law
  • Regulatory
    • Community Infrastructure Levy
    • Environmental impact assessment and related EU legislation
    • Certificates of lawfulness
    • Rights of light and appropriation of land for planning purposes
    • Heritage law
  • Ratings
    • Check, Challenge, Appeal – procedure and supporting evidence
    • Valuation Tribunal and Upper Tribunal appeals
  • Rates mitigation (e.g. charity relief and guardian schemes)


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