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Sub practice

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

View of a city

Publications: 13 MAY 2021

Sustainability linked lending in the leveraged finance market

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters have long been a talking point in the leveraged finance market, but the end of 2020 and the first few months of 2021 have seen deal flow take off for…

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Red carpeted walk way/bridge inside building with glass meeting rooms

Publications: 11 MAY 2021

New Corporate Sustainability Disclosure Directive (CSRD) proposed

An EU-wide sustainability reporting standard has been proposed by the European Commission ahead of a possible new international reporting standard on sustainability. The EU proposals expand the scope…

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Port of Newcastle ESG-focused refinancing

News: 10 MAY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Port of Newcastle on ESG-focused refinancing

Allen & Overy has advised Port of Newcastle (“PON”) on its ground-breaking refinancing transaction, including the introduction of a green loan and sustainability linked loan facilities.

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News: 07 MAY 2021

Kamil Jankielewicz rejoins Allen & Overy as Counsel and Head of the Polish Energy and Environmental practice

Allen & Overy announced that Kamil Jankielewicz has rejoined the firm as a Counsel in the Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Group (PENRI) and will lead the Polish Energy and…

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