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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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Publications: 20 January 2022

The European Parliament’s wish list on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

On 21 December 2021, the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (the Committee) published its Draft Report on the proposal for a Regulation of the…

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Publications: 04 January 2022

Polish hydrogen strategy

New opportunities for the development of a low carbon hydrogen economy in Poland

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Publications: 24 December 2021

Counting Carbon: The European Commission’s vision on carbon removals

As 2021 draws to a close, the European Commission (EC) has been busy. On 15 December 2021, it adopted several new documents in relation to environmental protection in the widest sense.

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Publications: 24 December 2021

Towards enforcement of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in Belgium

Although the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation no. 2017/821 of 17 May 20171 (the CMR) entered into force on 1 January 2021, there has been no sign of any national enforcement system in Belgium so far.…

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