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Environmental law

Environmental law is a complex and specialised area, involving the anticipation, interpretation and application of the rapidly evolving environmental regime in the UK, Europe and internationally.

The growth in environmental legislation is stimulated by public concern and a socially conscious European Union, particularly on climate change, waste and contamination, which are fast becoming key areas.

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What can you expect?

Environmental law practices in the UK is advise on all aspects of the environmental regime in respect of regulatory compliance and due diligence, industry, and the environmental elements of corporate, banking and property transactions. Environmental law practices also play support project and project finance work; providing advice on the redevelopment of contaminated or potentially contaminated land, appraising and evaluating environmental insurance policies and the interpretation of lender liability issues.

No two working days will be the same, and your workload may involve discussions with the regulatory agencies or government bodies, site visits, detailed legal research on complex environmental issues, analysis of legislation and case law, judging any potential risks and drafting and negotiating complex legal agreements and contractual terms.

Tips for success

You will need:

  • Good understanding of environmental law
  • Good understanding of corporate, banking and property 
  • Commercial awareness
  • Good legal research skills
  • Highly tuned analytical skills 
  • Good team-working skills
  • Observational skills
  • Adaptability
  • Capacity for interpreting and applying UK and EU legislation
  • Good decision-making skills

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