Environmental Law

Our wide-embracing environmental practice is related to all types of environmental assessments, authorizations and compliance standards.

Whether our clients are developing a power plant or a new consumer product, environmental implications represent an initial imperative to be taken into consideration.

Waste management, water-related authorizations, compliance with air emission allowances and integrated permitting mark a few areas of our expertise.

As the polluter-pays principle under the EU and national law largely determines the liability regime for contamination, we support our clients in building their strategies to avoid or mitigate liability for contaminated land, water or atmospheric pollution.

The management of environmental risks and liabilities in M&A and financing transactions is another legal watch out to include in due diligence scope and analysis in order to reflect environmental implications for businesses.

From a consumer product perspective, environmental implications impact on consumer product design and markings. The extended producer responsibility (EPR) imposes obligations for specific waste management and markings on products and their packaging. The EU single use plastic products directive adds an extra layer of regulation as it governs the bans and permissible uses of certain plastic products.

How we can help

  • We assist clients environmental authorization procedures (environmental impact assessments – EIAs; compatibility assessments – Cas);
  • We advise clients on waste management registrations, permits and reporting obligations;
  • We provide analysis with respect to water and clean air standards and emission allowances;
  • We assess environmental regulatory aspects and implications in M&A and financing transactions;
  • We analyze and provide advice with respect to the polluter-pays principle under EU law and liability regimes for contamination/ pollution;
  • We provide compliance related advice in the framework of the EU extended producer responsibility (EPR) and single use plastics – waste management and markings on packaging; waste from specific waste strands – packaging, electric and electronic equipment, disused vehicles, batteries, etc;

Key environmental practice areas

  • Environmental impact assessments;
  • IPPC permits;
  • Waste management compliance and authorizations;
  • Waters regulations and permitting;
  • Clean air standards;
  • Environmental liability regimes;
  • Extended Producer Responsibility and single use consumer plastics.