Environmental & Regulatory

Symmetry Law provides market leading experts who focus on solutions to complex environmental and health & safety regulatory problems, from a legal perspective.

We advise national and international blue chip clients, often in the “high consequence” band of the chemicals, heavy industrial, energy and waste sectors. Our services address the development, operation, closure, decommissioning and legacy management phases of such operations and, where applicable, the subsequent sale of land for redevelopment.

Our services include:

  • Strategic advice on and management of regulator negotiations and investigations, disclosure, interviews and where applicable planning for defence and mitigation.
  • Advice on environmental permit applications and variations, supporting data, review of BAT audit details, comparative studies of permit conditions.
  • Defence of environmental & regulatory criminal prosecutions such as breach of environmental permits, emissions to air and water, waste infractions, COMAH / process safety, water pollution and catastrophic losses of containment, contaminated land, worker health and safety, and habitat issues.
  • Defence of civil claims regarding nuisance (dust, odour, noise etc) brought by neighbours and stakeholders, contaminated land and remediation disputes, claims for loss and damage caused by losses of containment and other emissions.
  • Indemnity, warranty and other claims for recovery of costs such as remediation and engineering costs for a leaking landfill, radioactively contaminated buildings and structures, remediation of contaminated land and groundwaters.
  • Environmental and regulatory legal due diligence services for acquisitions and disposals of businesses, plant and assets worldwide, and negotiating environmental indemnities and warranties in corporate and real estate transactions.
  • Strategic advice on contaminated land liabilities and high value soil and groundwater remediation schemes worldwide.
  • Strategic advice on nuclear decommissioning, radioactively contaminated land and the transport, storage and disposal of radioactive substances.
  • Advice on nuclear site licences, conditions and the liabilities which may arise as a result of a nuclear event.
  • Management of regulator negotiations for remediation KPIs and objectives, and advice on disclosure of information and submissions to regulators and third parties.
  • Compliance with “climate and carbon” regulations such as the Climate Change Levy, and product stewardship regulations for REACH, packaging, WEEE, RoHS, batteries etc.
  • Green incentives such as ROCs and RHI, and eligibility qualification. We may dovetail this advice to align with overarching corporate tax planning objectives.

Contact us today

To arrange a meeting, or simply to seek further information about our people and services, please contact us using the details below.
Telephone: + 44 (0) 161 883 1000