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Contaminated Land

We advise on the full range of contamination issues including the allocation of liabilities (under contract and statute), clean-up issues, negotiations with regulators and third parties and the ring-fencing of liabilities.

We also work with clients on a variety of remediation projects, including advising on contractual arrangements with environmental consultants and remediation contractors.  Our advice concerns liabilities arising from a broad scope of EHS matter such as contaminated land, marine or other waterways pollution and asbestos, across a wide variety of industries, whether as part of a transaction or on a stand alone basis.

We have a strong background in working with clients to manage historical (or legacy) environmental issues, commonly related to contaminated land. We help clients to identify the extent of any retained environmental liabilities and advise on how to mitigate those risks and manage any potential exposures arising from assets, permits and contracts.

The environmental and social responsibility risks in any business are requiring greater attention than ever. Civil liability for environmental damage continues to be a hot topic in Europe and else where.

In this potentially complex area, Allen & Overy’s team has advised on both potential corporate and director liability in respect of environmental and health and safety incidents. Our global coverage makes us particularly well placed to provide multi-jurisdictional advice.

The range of advice that we offer in relation to contaminated land includes:

  • marine offshore and other waterways pollution
  • asbestos
  • remediation projects
  • historical or legacy environmental issues
  • mitigation of risk and exposures from assets, operations, permits and contracts
  • Environmental Liability Directive
  • tortious environmental liability
  • health and safety incidents
  • corporate and director liability for environmental, health and safety matters
  • aftercare and restoration obligations
  • remediation obligations arising from decommissioning of permitted facilities

News & insights

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News: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Top rankings for A&O’s Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group

A&O’s global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group has finished top of the IJGlobal and Dealogic league tables, making 2019 another highly successful year. 

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Publications: 27 JANUARY 2020

Updated Equator Principles Finalized

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

European Green Deal: roadmap to a climate neutral Europe

On 11 December 2019, the new European Commission announced its much-awaited European Green Deal (EGD)1, which sets out a wide range of major policy and legislative proposals to transition Europe to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050. 

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Publications: 29 NOVEMBER 2019

Distorting mirrors: UK sanctions and Brexit

The UK’s various sanctions regimes are currently very strongly correlated, although not completely aligned, with those of the EU. This position arises, in part, from the direct applicability of certain EU laws within EU Member States (e.g. via EU regulations). Much of this EU law would cease to apply within the UK should the UK leave the EU without any new agreement being established to govern the future EU-UK relationship.

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