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  Matthew Townsend

Partner

London

Matt is a Partner in the Global Environmental and Regulatory Law Group, and advises extensively on a range of compliance issues including:

corporate governance and risk management;

international trade law

economic and financial sanctions;

anti-bribery policies, due diligence and compliance;

the management of environmental, health and safety liabilities;

chemicals regulation and REACH/CLP/biocides;

EU waste law and policy;

EU product regulation (such as WEEE, RoHS, batteries and packaging);

product safety, recall and liability;

climate change and carbon trading;

nuclear regulation;

transparency and disclosure requirements;

business ethics and supply chain controls;

human rights.

Matt is recognised by independent legal directories as being one of the top regulatory lawyers in Europe. "His 'level of knowledge on environmental law and regulations in the USA and worldwide impresses,' say clients, who also note: 'He always has a very good sense of what an in-house practitioner needs and has a great perspective on things.'" Chambers UK 2017.

The Legal 500 UK 2016 directory notes that "The ‘very strategic’ Matthew Townsend heads the practice."

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons), University of Birmingham, 1992

Diploma, Law, The College Of Law, York, 1993

Diploma, Legal Practice, The College Of Law, York, 1994

Published work

Co-editor: "REACH - Best Practice Guide to Regulation 1907/2006" (Hart/Beck)

Contributor: "Project Finance" by G. Vinter (Sweet & Maxwell)

Contributor: "EPC Contracts and Major Projects" by N. Pritchard (Sweet & Maxwell)

Matt is a regular speaker and commentator on business compliance issues.

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