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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

Leaves as seen under a microscope

Publications: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Build Back Better Act – proposals related to Tax Credits and Clean Energy

On 10 September 2021 the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee proposed a range of green energy tax incentives (the “Bill”) to be enacted through the budget reconciliation process. The chairman of the…

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Bird's eye view, trees, greenery

Publications: 10 AUGUST 2021

EU fleshes out plan to finance transition to a green economy

Kelly Sporn writes in The Banker.

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Publications: 04 AUGUST 2021

New SFDR principal adverse impacts (or PAI) regime – key points

The new principal adverse impacts or PAI regime is one of the most challenging elements of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). It will require relevant firms to provide…

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Biodiversity; ecosystem protection; CBD COP15; COP26

Blog Post: 04 AUGUST 2021

TNFD: expanding the focus from climate to nature

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is a market-led international initiative which builds on the model developed by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures…

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Recognition