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Environmental and Climate Change Litigation

Our specialists provide comprehensive advice and manage international environmental litigation and dispute resolution across numerous jurisdictions worldwide.

With our strong sector knowledge, we combine environmental and litigation expertise to advise our clients in complex civil, criminal and administrative disputes and proceedings, expert determinations and arbitrations. In addition, our lawyers advise on public international environmental laws.

We regularly advise on environmental indemnity and warranty disputes, third party civil actions and managing relationships with Governmental authorities.

Our environmental and litigation specialists also advise on administrative law matters, including judicial review (and equivalent) and have been successful in challenging environmental regulators on inappropriate use of, or interpretation of, their powers.

News and insights

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Publications: 02 December 2021

Representative actions – “same interest” test proves a high bar

The UK Court of Appeal endorsed a strict approach to the “same interest” test when it upheld a decision to strike out the representative element of a claim brought on behalf of 27,800 individuals and…

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Publications: 12 November 2021

New Zealand Court of Appeal rejects claim seeking to hold large corporates accountable for climate emissions

New Zealand’s Court of Appeal dismissed the first climate change litigation case brought in New Zealand targeting corporate defendants for their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Publications: 25 February 2021

Okpabi: Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can sue Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary in England

Okpabi and others (Appellants) v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another (Respondents) [2021] UKSC 3, 12 February 2021.

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Publications: 01 February 2021

Climate litigation in the wake of Covid-19 coronavirus continued: picking up steam

In the last quarter of 2020 we published under the auspices of A&O Belgium’s Sustainability Flagship Project, an overview analysing the status of current climate change litigation in courts around the…

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.