Planning and Environmental Law has a significant impact on how land is used and exploited. Ultimately it affects the value of the land in a very fundamental way. This is a complex and often ‘grey’ area in which the right strategy will make all the difference.
Key to the successful navigation of the UK planning system is a thorough understanding of exactly what you wish to achieve. Keystone's lawyers deal with individuals seeking advice on their own residential property arrangements and also commercial operators looking to exploit the value of land they control. Both parties benefit from our experience of the inner workings of public authorities and relevant statutory bodies, plus our lawyers' commercial awareness, long-sightedness and sector expertise.
Land owners and occupiers have strict liability for the environmental consequences of any action taking place on their land. Keystone’s environmental lawyers can advise on how to quantify and mitigate environmental exposure.
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We understand the importance of offering our extensive list of energy clients sound and practical legal advice. The ever-increasing profile of climate change and the rise of regulation designed to tackle it has put tremendous pressure on the energy industry. In light of this, we guide our clients through their obligations and assist them in all areas of climate change law including energy-efficient regimes, renewable energy, litigation and reporting and public scrutiny, from a local to an international level.
Our experienced regulatory, transactional and contentious environment lawyers advise both public and private-sector clients by guiding them through all matters encountered directly or indirectly by the niche area of contaminated land. Common issues that arise may include handling brownfield proposals, regulatory investigations and the selling and purchase of industrial and manufacturing sites.
The onus put upon companies to minimise pollution keeps rising. Our environmental team understands the costly and stressful implications to all parties when targets are not met. We help our clients to understand their liabilities and aid them in preventing and remedying any damage that may have occurred by advising on all areas including environmental liabilities insurance, regulation, compliance and environmental permitting issues.
Always ensuring the best possible outcome for clients, we combine expertise in dispute resolution with other techniques including ADR and mediation. Whether the claim in question relates to environmental nuisance, environmental damage, environmental warranties and indemnities or a wide-range of other potential areas of dispute, our team can be relied upon to provide accurate and effective advice.
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) is crucial to any business. Failure to comply with the necessary requirements carry increase financial and reputational risks. Safety management not only maintains the image of a business, but is often a fundamental part of tendering and procurement. Our lawyers have expertise in advising on compliance and dealing with the evaluation and negotiation of EHS issues, regulatory matters, challenges and rulemaking proceedings. They can also defend clients and their interests in comple litigation and enforcement action.
Our team of environmental experts are perfectly positioned to advise clients on the niche and complex area of nature conservation. We understand the importance that this area plays in relation to many of our clients’ projects and therefore the need to advise on all restrictions and regulations that must be considered which often also involves the negotiating of management schemes and engaging with regulators.
Our lawyers understand and sympathise with the nuisance that noise can cause and the considerable tension that it can bring between businesses, authorities, groups and individuals in local communities. We offer discreet and tailored advice to our clients in relation to handling possible statutory nuisance proceedings.
Effective handling of investigations or prosecution by the Environment Agency is paramount for the efficient running and maintenance of a good reputation for pollution causing businesses. Throughout what can be a stressful process, we will be on hand to offer comprehensive support and advice.
Any form of litigation can be stressful and expensive. Our deeply experienced litigators possess expert knowledge of environmental statutes and regulations allowing them to effectively advise on contentious matters, avoiding potentially extensive financial and reputational damage.
Our team of experts understand the importance of recent legislation that has meant that environmental concerns and liabilities have become a key aspect to be considered when dealing with real estate transactions, company reorganisations and M&A deals. We have tremendous experience in carrying out the extensive due diligence necessary, alongside advising on all other issues including land contamination, regulation and insurance policies.
Our experts are fully aware of the mounting pressures put on clients to minimise landfill and pollution, waste management and waste management activities. We regularly guide our clients through the plethora of legal requirements in this area, including hazardous and nuclear waste, recycling and energy from waste products, environmental issues, new offtakes markets, regulation and compliance and real estate issues.
Our lawyers understand the headache that water and sewerage considerations can cause. The highly-regulated and sometimes difficult to navigate discharge regulations can pose various problems for business, including issues that have criminal consequences and strict liability. We advise clients on prevention methods in order to safeguard their reputation including the need for permits and the registration of exemptions.
David is a skilled health and safety lawyer who advises clients in the oil and gas, utilities, transport, construction, shipping, and financial services sectors on a full spectrum of health and safety matters. In particular, David is well placed to assist on work-related accidents, corporate manslaughter, product recalls, defence against enforcement action under consumer and food safety laws, complex litigation arising out of contractual disputes, high-value debt recovery, and environmental pollution matters.
Sally is a commercially focused property and environmental due diligence solicitor. Her advice extends beyond pure real estate transactions and she is a proficient adviser to those considering business acquisitions and disposals where advice on environmental risk may be relevant.
David is an experienced planning lawyer with particular expertise in residential, mixed-use, office and leisure projects in London and the South East. He advises on a strategic and detailed basis on all types of planning applications and appeals; the negotiation of planning and highways agreements; managing court challenges; and advising on blight and compulsory purchase issues.
Ben is an experienced planning law specialist who deals with a broad range of planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters, acting on behalf of developers, utilities, local authorities and landowners.
Martin is a specialist planning lawyer with more than 30 years’ continuous experience in this area of the law. He is a member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Oliver Goodwin is highly experienced in all aspects of planning, advising both the private and public sectors. He specialises in particular in major urban regeneration schemes.