We are instructed by Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Colin Hutchinson, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Sue Richards and Dr Graham Winyard in a proposed judicial review of the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England's introduction of non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and full Parliamentary scrutiny. These non-NHS bodies, called “Accountable Care Organisations” could be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services. Further details on the case can be found at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/jr4nhs-round2/
We are regularly instructed by other firms of solicitors who require expert assistance on the legal implications of environmental issues that arise in a corporate transactions.
We can support your in-house team as required. This can include advice on environmental searches and surveys, drafting & amending clauses, due diligence or environmental risk management and insurance.
Our expertise includes advising on land contamination, Environmental Permits and warranties and indemnities. The risks differ whether it is a share or asset purchase and they all need to be carefully managed whether acting for the buyer, seller or funder.
We can review your in-house precedents, provide training for your fee earners and ensure the advice that your client receives is the best available.
Environmental issues can be complex although with expert legal advice they do not have to be deal breakers. We have assisted firms of solicitors in a range of transactions from low risk assets sales through to share purchases of multinational companies involving complex industrial sites subject to Environmental Permits and substantial contamination.
As a niche firm specialising in environmental law, we can offer high quality collaborative advice to professional clients at reasonable rates. We are happy to provide either direct or ‘white label’ advice, whichever you prefer.
We assisted another law firm when their client was buying a company that operated from a number of sites across the UK, some of which were heavily contaminated and some subject to Environmental Permits. We commissioned environmental consultants to carry out initial ‘Phase 1’ reports, reviewed the environmental reports and looked at enhanced due diligence at a number of the more problematic sites. Using the information available we amended the proposed warranties and indemnities to reflect the agreed heads of terms and state of the individual sites.
We provided advice to the in-house legal team whose clients were selling a company. They had a particular concern around their residual liability for long-standing environmental issues, particularly land contamination. As well as providing advice to the Board on the liability regime we negotiated suitable environmental insurance policies to protect them against that residual liability.