UK and European Environmental Law, Planning and Public Law
Admissions and Qualifications
Law Society England and Wales, Solicitor, LLB (Hons).
Andrew Wiseman joined Harrison Grant in 2013 bringing with him 25 years experience in environmental and planning law. He was formerly a partner and head of environmental law at an international law firm in the City of London.
Andrew is Chairman of DEFRA’s Contaminated Land National Expert Panel (the only lawyer on the panel) and he has also been appointed by the Minister of State to Chair the Advisory Council of UK Export Finance (ECGD). He is a former chair of the UK Environmental Law Association. He has also acted as a specialist advisor to the Local Government Association on environmental law and is a Vice Chair of Environmental Protection UK’s Land Quality Committee. He is a trustee of CL:AIRE and is also Chairman of the CIWM Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics Committee.
Andrew is listed in the Chambers Guide as one of the country’s leading environmental lawyers which referred to him “as being without question a leader on Contaminated Land“, “admired for his ability to explain issues …. in a calm and clear fashion” and having “won praise from clients for his impressive knowledge ……….. and ability to understand the technical issues involved as well as political pressures“.
Andrew carries out the full range environmental and planning law. He has particular expertise in contaminated land, waste and environmental insurance. He often advises other solicitors where their firm does not have the necessary in-house expertise.
Sample cases/recent work
Andrew has acted for numerous local authorities around the country in relation to Part 2A (the contaminated land regime) including acting for the first local authority to use Part 2A in April 2000.
Andrew has advised numerous UK and US law firms on environmental law issues including assisting with due diligence, the negotiation of environmental warranties and indemnities and advice around potential contamination issues in property transactions.
He appeared in one of the leading definition of waste cases before the European Court Tombesi, Savini and others (C-224/95).
Andrew is a joint editor of the Law Society’s Environmental Law Handbook (7th edition 2010) and the environment chapter of their Conveyancing Handbook (20th edition 2013).
He has written for various publication, spoken at numerous conference and been interviewed on television and radio including BBC News 24, the 6 and 10 O’clock news, LBC business news, Watchdog, Radio 4 and 5 in relation to environmental law.
Andrew Wiseman ” is widely renowned as one of the most seasoned and experienced environment specialists in the sector. ….. he is “highly regarded and tremendously respected in the profession.” He is particularly lauded for his waste and contaminated land knowledge“. Chambers UK
“outstanding knowledge of environmental law and excellent business acumen“. Legal 500