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Environmental Health and Safety Regulation and Compliance Law

We advise businesses across a variety of sectors on regulatory, permitting and compliance related issues.

Particular areas of strength include air and water pollution, waste management and shipment, land contamination, noise abatement and hazardous substances.

The global slowdown has led to significant corporate restructuring, plant closures and mothballing. Environmental issues are often a key consideration in these decisions given the need to minimise the environmental legacy and eliminate longer term risks.

We advise on health and safety issues in transactions and on a stand-alone basis. This ranges from strategic issues concerning board-level health and safety responsibilities to practical guidance over health and safety issues, relationships with contractors and health and safety-related proceedings.

We also assist on measures to prevent bribery and corruption issues connected to environmental and wider compliance matters. 

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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coffee machine

News: 26 January 2024

Allen & Overy advises JDE Peet’s on its strategic transaction with Caribou Coffee

Allen & Overy (“A&O”) advised JDE Peet's (EURONEXT: JDEP), the world's leading pure-play coffee and tea company, on a long-term global license agreement to manufacture, market and sell Caribou…

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Forest, green trees

Publications: 17 January 2024

Risks in sustainability-related disclosures – reflections on landmark climate litigation actions in the English courts

Last year, we wrote about ClientEarth’s application to the High Court of England and Wales for permission to bring a judicial review claim, alleging that the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)…

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Wind turbines generating energy

News: 21 December 2023

Allen & Overy advises EDF Renewables Poland on the first acquisition of a battery energy storage project in Poland

Allen & Overy advised EDF Renewables Poland, a leading international energy company, on its acquisition of a 50 MW battery energy storage project in Poland. The project supports EDF Renewables'…

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