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Sub practice


We advise on the environmental and health and safety impacts of bulk and specialty chemicals in various uses and applications and the potential regulatory and liability issues associated with them.

Our multi-jurisdictional chemicals practice group has a strong record of advising a number of leading multinational chemicals companies, as well as downstream users of chemicals across different sectors on sensitive issues surrounding the regulatory/liability risks arising from their products and services.

We have worked extensively on Europe’s REACH regime. This has included advice on:

  • registration obligations in complex supply chains
  • disclosure of information to regulators and third parties
  • analysis of trading operations to determine REACH obligations
  • the authorisation powers (and the inclusion of substances on the candidate list) including related legal challenges
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • REACH audits by regulators
  • supply chain terms

We provide advice on developments under the CLP Regulation and track and advise on the development of equivalent global requirements.

News and insights

Aerial view of tides on beach

Publications: 08 February 2024

Podcast: 2024 Outlook on global ESG and sustainability regulatory developments

In this podcast, members from our global ESG and sustainability team discuss what lies ahead on the sustainability agenda and the key regulatory developments to watch in 2024.  

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Stone pillars of a government building

Publications: 05 February 2024

U.S. Government announces new West Bank-related sanctions and designations

On February 1, 2024, President Biden issued an Executive Order imposing certain sanctions on persons determined to be undermining peace, security, and stability in the West Bank.

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London cityscape including the Shard building

Publications: 05 February 2024

UK Listing Rules reforms: Controlling shareholder regime and dual-class share rights

This is the last publication in a series of Allen & Overy publications on the FCA's Consultation Paper (CP23/31) setting out its detailed proposals for listing rules reforms as part of its Primary…

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Forest, green trees

Publications: 09 August 2023

Podcast: Regulatory developments in carbon leakage and carbon border adjustment mechanisms

In this episode of A&O’s sustainability podcast series, Matthew Townsend, Arthur Sauzay and Ying-Peng Chin from A&O’s International Environmental, Climate and Regulatory Law Group discuss recent…

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