Local authorities regularly instruct Harrison Grant to assist them to provide specialist environmental law advice. This includes in their role as regulator under the contaminated land regime (Part 2A), statutory nuisance claims, Japanese Knotweed, airports, railways and large infrastructure projects, asbestos, liabilities in LSVTs, management of environmental liabilities in property transactions and environmental impacts assessments.
We are well known for our advice to local authorities in relation to challenging large infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Airport and HS2. We have considerable experience in advising on environmental impact assessment issues, noise nuisance and air quality.
Often local authorities approach us to provide assistance to their in-house team when disposing of land. This may be a straight forward disposal, a LSVT or estate transfer or the part of a joint venture. Environmental liabilities can often arise and public bodies need to ensure that these are properly managed through adequate due diligence, warranties and indemnities and other forms of contractual protection.