Environmental Law

Over the last few decades, the importance of environmental matters has grown significantly, resulting in it now being one of the most debated topics in our society amongst politicians, environmental pressure groups and businesses keen to harness new opportunities.

The Scottish Government is working towards a greener Scotland by improving the natural and built environment and protecting it for present and future generations. Action is being taken to reduce the local and global environment impact through tackling the major challenges presented by global climate change, moving towards a zero-waste Scotland and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Management of household, commercial and industrial waste is a key concern for local and central government, and businesses are facing numerous political, environmental and legislative pressures with regard to the safe and effective disposal of waste, preferably through reduction in waste streams and also treatment and disposal of remaining waste streams – preferably through non-landfill methods. Climate projections for the next century indicate that the climate trends observed over the last century will continue, and intensify, over the coming decades and will present a wide range of threats and opportunities to the environment, infrastructure, economy and people of Scotland. Improving the energy efficiency of the existing stock of buildings is likely to be a significant area of focus in the next few years. Managing and controlling the environmental effects of existing and proposed industrial activities through permits and licences remains, of course, a key function of SEPA and other regulators.

Our Services

With these huge and varied challenges, you need a legal team with experience across all sectors that will ensure your specific needs are met. Our cross-disciplinary team of environmental lawyers advise on the full spectrum of environmental issues, including:

  • Contaminated land
  • Environmental due diligence in respect of property, corporate, projects and finance deals
  • PPC permitting and waste and water environment licensing
  • Statutory and common law nuisance
  • Controls over the movement and transfer of waste
  • Interpretation and implementation of EU Directives
  • Environmental risk management for corporate governance and corporate social responsibility
  • Dispute resolution and appeals in respect of all of the above

We work with developers, businesses, public authorities and funders to help them understand the implications of the fast-evolving and increasingly complex field of environmental law.

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Renewable Energy

Our lawyers assist clients with onshore wind projects, hydro and solar energy, and biomass, providing advice and insight into insider knowledge and practical know-how.

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