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disputes and litigation

when all else fails


We frequently advise on the appropriate strategies in responding to and cooperating with regulatory authorities and conducting internal lesson learnt investigations.


Our efforts are designed to identify and avoid problems and to minimize risks, to avoid commercial and criminal liabilities and harm to reputation. 


We help clients manage these issues effectively when they do arise and, if all else fails, represent them robustly in proceedings.


We advise clients on civil claims – both as defendant and plaintiff – where access to the courts enables them to challenge or be challenged on environmental grounds. The economics of a development may hinge on such a challenge, whereas some environmental claims can be “bet-the-company” matters.

We have close relationships with junior and QC barristers - the best in the business - who we call on for representation where necessary.


We regularly advise on:

  • civil warranty and indemnity claims

  • insurance claims under dedicated environmental insurance policies and negotiating settlements under “old” general liability public and employers insurance for historic contamination

  • site closure issues and toxic torts

  • contaminated land, surface and groundwater pollution and waste water treatment

  • administrative law challenges and proceedings including judicial review

  • criminal law including defence representation at PACE interviews

  • product liability and recalls

  • managing risk at board level

  • emergency and incident response, investigations and enforcement

  • regulatory regimes applying to manufacturers and importers

  • director and officer responsibilities and potential personal liability

  • health and safety governance, policies and procedures

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