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Environment, Planning and Health & Safety

Environment

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
    • in property transactions, and
    • arising on planning applications
  • Environmental compliance issues arising from commercial contracts including advice to commercial occupiers in relation to remediation issues regarding dilapidations claims
  • Regulatory and liability matters relating to:
    • contaminated land and other environmental liability issues
    • waste issues including alleged  breaches of waste management licences, alleged breaches of waste management licensing requirements and negotiating on behalf of clients with the Environment Agency
    • waste licensing breaches by adjacent occupiers
    • statutory nuisances, including advice to car retailers on alleged nuisance from early morning deliveries and to industrial occupiers on alleged night time noise and smells from industrial sites
  • Land drainage and flood and sea defence issues
  • Asbestos liabilities
  • Environmental provisions in insurance policies
  • Environmental claims

Additionally, our environmental consultant Valerie Fogleman is part of a team with BIO Intelligence Services in three projects for the European Commission on the Environmental Liability Directive.

Planning

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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