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Waste and Recycling

The waste and recycling sector can be complex and tricky to navigate when it comes to regulatory compliance, enforcement mitigation, permitting regulations, planning, and health and safety. 

We’re strong advocates of the sector, and have wide-ranging experience advising on its legal requirements, challenges and opportunities. Our advice is clear and straightforward, and tailored to each client’s individual and specific needs.

Expert legal guidance through ever-changing legislation and regulation

Increasingly, regulation demands we deal more efficiently with waste and maximise recycling initiatives, and this can present local authorities, waste collection companies and landfill operators with unique and complex challenges – but also significant opportunities.

Identifying and making the most of those challenges and opportunities is far easier and more effective with legal expertise from a law firm that understands the sector’s defining characteristics and its regulatory landscape.

A dedicated, capable and approachable team 

Our Waste and Recycling team has worked on issues ranging from enforcement mitigation to planning, permitting, and health and safety. We’re experienced in standard and bespoke environmental permitting work, and familiar with the problems faced by energy-from-waste (EfW) projects. We’re also experts at advising on, mitigating and resolving anaerobic digestion (AD) planning problems.

As well as invaluable experience helping clients put in place the regulatory documentation required for these projects, our specialist construction lawyers can provide advice on all types of waste plant construction contracts, and step in with skilled guidance if things go wrong.

Proven capabilities with waste and recycling legal matters

We’ve acted on AD, EfW, biomass and biogas projects at all stages – from concept to operation, to decommissioning. We also fully understand the complexities of heat supply agreements, and have advised generators and off-takers on all types of power purchase agreements (PPAs).

In the last 10 years we’ve been involved in the deployment of more than 500MWp of energy projects, and advised landowners, businesses, developers and funders on a wide range of issues.

Our pragmatic team of energy lawyers draws on vast collective experience to provide the best responses to the issues you face.

Our waste and recycling expertise includes:

  • environmental permitting and regulatory advice
  • property, including land assembly, acquisition and disposal, and title due diligence
  • corporate/mergers and acquisitions, and disposals
  • debt and equity project finance
  • grid and infrastructure advice
  • energy and battery storage, PPAs, and heat and energy supply
  • planning (contentious and non-contentious)
  • construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements
  • litigation and employment issues
  • Ofgem accreditation and subsidy compliance.

Our experience includes:

  • advising a developer on a dispute relating to a £200m EfW plant
  • advising a developer on planning breaches and mitigation advice relating to multiple enforcement actions taken by a local planning authority
  • advising a landowner on an option and lease for a biomass plant constructed on his land, and ensuring his farming business has access to the plant for crop-drying purposes.


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