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PLC Environment provides online materials about environmental law for lawyers, companies, investors, consultants and others doing business in the UK. Our job is to help you understand the law and keep you up to date with the latest developments. This will help you manage legal risk and compliance and identify investment opportunities at an early stage. PLC Environment forms part of Practical Law Company (PLC).

PLC Environment covers a wide range of environmental topics, including:

  • Climate change
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon trading
  • Chemicals
  • Contaminated land
  • Environmental permits

For a full list of the topics we cover and the types of materials we provide, see About PLC Environment.

Our materials are written and maintained by a team of specialist environmental law experts with years of experience in the private and public sectors. To meet the team, see who we are.

2degrees members have access via www.2degreesnetwork.com to a number of know-how materials provided by us. Access to other materials on the PLC Environment website requires a subscription.

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About PLC Environment

PLC Environment provides online materials about environmental law for companies, lawyers, investors, insurers, consultants and others doing business in the UK. This service is designed to help you understand the law and stay up to date with the latest developments. PLC Environment will also help you manage legal risk and compliance and identify investment opportunities at an early stage.

PLC Environment covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Climate change, including the CRC
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon trading
  • Zero carbon buildings
  • Chemicals
  • Contaminated land
  • Waste
  • Environmental permits

For a full list of the topics covered, see the PLC Environment homepage.

Resources

A subscription to PLC Environment gives you access to a number of resources, including:

  • Legal updates
    Practical current awareness bulletins delivered to subscribers by e-mail and published on our website
  • Practice notes
    Clear and detailed explanations of environmental law and policy
  • Standard documents
    A bank of standard documents (including warranties and indemnities) for use in commercial transactions
  • Checklists
    Practical step-by-step guides to environmental issues that arise in the context of commercial transactions
  • Cross-border Environment Handbook
    Concise summaries of environmental law in a number of other jurisdictions

Our materials are written and maintained by a team of specialist environmental law experts with years of experience in the private and public sectors. For more information, see the PLC Environment Team.

To find out more about PLC Environment, please complete your details on the right.

Who we are

Sara Feijao

Sara Feijao was called to the Bar in 1996 and then moved to the environment groups at Travers Smith Braithwaite and Herbert Smith. She also worked for several years for the Department of Environment (DETR and Defra), during which time she was seconded to the European Commission to assist with the drafting of the Environmental Liability Directive. She is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association. Sara joined PLC in October 2005 to head up PLC Environment. Sara is currently a non-practising barrister.

Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey qualified at Burges Salmon in 1993 and since then has been involved in environmental issues, particularly litigation. He joins from Veale Wasbrough, where he led the environment and regulatory team. Peter has extensive experience advising on environmental issues for commercial, public sector and institutional clients (including FTSE100 companies, local authorities, government departments and agencies). In addition, he has also acted in environmental litigation in the civil and criminal courts. Peter has a masters in environmental law and before qualifying as a lawyer he worked for a local authority planning department. Peter joined PLC Environment in June 2007. Peter is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas is a former solicitor. She qualified at Slaughter and May in 1988, where she practised as a corporate lawyer. Following a move to Allen & Overy, she became a founder member of the environmental law group in 1990 and advised on the environmental aspects of many corporate, finance and property matters. She has latterly spent a number of years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a knowledge management lawyer and has been involved in many knowledge management and client relationship management projects, including a secondment to a major client. Liz joined PLC Environment in September 2007.

Sophie Simpson

Sophie Simpson qualified as a solicitor into Linklaters’ Environment and Planning Group in 1999. Her experience includes advising on environmental issues in corporate, property and project finance transactions, as well as giving stand-alone environmental and planning advice. In 2002, she became a professional support lawyer for the Linklaters' Environment and Planning Group. Her role involved planning, creating and managing know-how systems, writing practice notes on specific areas of law and regular internal newsletters and client bulletins, drafting precedents, and supporting fee-earners with research on their matters. Sophie joined PLC Environment in July 2009. Sophie is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Becky Clissmann

Becky Clissmann trained at Denton Wilde Sapte (now SNR Denton), during which time she was seconded to ABN Amro and Goldman Sachs to work on their energy and emissions trading documentation. On qualification, she moved to Eversheds to help set up their environment practice in London. Prior to qualifying, Becky obtained extensive experience in climate change policy measures working for the Carbon Trust, where she set up an account management service for FTSE 250 companies and large public sector organisations. She also has experience in the energy and commodity markets, having worked as a Policy Manager at the UK Power Exchange (UKPX) and also the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE). Becky joined PLC Environment in October 2009. Becky is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Dipika Kachhala

Dipika Kachhala graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a BA (hons) in Law. Following a gap year spent travelling and volunteering in South America, she successfully completed the LPC at the College of Law, gaining a commendation. She went on to work at Ashurst LLP within the corporate know-how department before joining PLC in August 2009 as a paralegal in the Real Estate cluster.

Omar Roomi

Omar Roomi studied Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated with a First. He then went on to study the GDL and attained a Distinction on the LPC at Kaplan Law School. Omar joined PLC in January 2011 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment.

Joe Jones

Joe Jones joined PLC in July 2012 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment. He completed his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Oxford in June 2012. He has previously worked on undergraduate summer schemes at Hogan Lovells LLP and Covington & Burling LLP as well as numerous barristers’ chambers.

Harpal Jutley

Harpal Jutley graduated from City University, London with a 2:1 in Law (LLB (Hons)). He then completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Bloomsbury with a Distinction. He has worked as a paralegal for various small/medium sized law firms and has acted as an advisor for The Legal Advice Centre within The College of Law. He recently worked in the financial services sector with Lloyds Banking Group before joining PLC as a Real Estate Paralegal in September 2011.

Megan Bennett

Megan Bennett graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a First in Law (LLB (Hons)). She joined PLC in September 2012 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment.

Arjun Ahluwalia

Arjun Ahluwalia joined PLC in September 2012 as a paralegal for the PLC Tax, PLC Private Client and PLC Share Schemes & Incentives. He now works as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment. Arjun read law at the University of Oxford (St John’s College), graduating in 2009. He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 2009 and spent a year working in a voluntary capacity with the Free Representation Unit before going on to complete an LLM in Public Law and Human Rights from University College London, for which he was awarded a Merit.


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What our clients say

In order to give our clients honed, commercial advice we need to consider their position from a number of angles: legal context, industrial context, government regulation and future developments. The current awareness e-mail from PLC Environment is a core building block of knowledge, along with primary sources, to help develop the answer to a client’s issue. An additional factor we face in attempting to support and foster long-term relationships is providing timely advice. PLC Environment is invaluable in assisting us to meet that challenge.

Environmental law is fast moving and with that comes the need to support our practice group with regular training. We use PLC Environment as the first point of call for legal know-how and training materials. For junior lawyers, PLC know-how is helping them have more reasoned questions when approaching partners and senior associates. For the more experienced members of our team, PLC know-how is providing contextualised guidance to help bring them up to speed on new or unfamiliar areas.

I would describe PLC Environment as valuable, authoritative and reliable. It is valuable because it cuts down the level of formal training we need to organise internally. It is authoritative because it is current and covers so many areas. Both of these points are made possible by the quality of the people writing and maintaining the content, for this reason PLC Environment is reliable.

Paul Rice, Partner
Pinsent Masons

PLC Environment is always our first port of call for information on current environmental law issues. We have found PLC's practice notes and weekly update service to be particularly helpful.

Rebecca Carriage, Associate and Oliver Ennis, Solicitor
Mills & Reeve LLP

PLC Environment keeps us at the fulcrum of practice. It allows us to stay on top of what is a very fast-moving and broad-ranging subject; we find the hot topics and weekly legal updates particularly helpful. With PLC taking on the time-consuming task of sifting through developments, we are freed up to focus on delivering valuable and commercial advice to our clients.

When reading the resources, it is clear that they have been put together by [former] lawyers who understand what life on the front line is like: they are logical, structured, concise and don’t hide behind legalese. A key strength of the service is the experience and quality of the people writing and maintaining the resources. They have the specialist knowledge and contacts within the industry to deliver insightful market practice and comment.

PLC Environment is an important educational tool within our practice group especially because we don’t have a professional support lawyer. The fact that PLC forms the basis of our weekly training speaks volumes. Trainees are often daunted by the prospect of getting to grips with such a specialist subject. PLC Environment practice notes give trainees the foundation they need to hit the ground running and be as effective as possible in that seat.

All firms are becoming cost conscious; every year we review the information sources and tools that we make available to our lawyers. PLC is a tool that we need to remain efficient and fully engaged with our clients' real issues.

Paul Davies, Partner
Macfarlanes LLP

CRC

PLC has produced a CRC Survival Kit, which provides a one-stop shop for information on the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

To find out more, click here.

Environmental law in other countries

PLC Global publishes a series of multi-jurisdictional guides that provide comparative information on a wide range of specialist legal areas as they apply around the globe.

The Environment multi-jurisdictional guide, published in association with Clifford Chance, includes country-specific Q&As covering 29 jurisdictions and articles on various environmental topics. You can use the Q&A tool to compare answers to a particular environmental question (or series of questions) across several jurisdictions.

To view the full range of PLC Global Multi-jurisdictional guides, which cover a wide range of different practice areas, see PLC Multi-jurisdictional guides.

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