Shoosmiths LLP

Environment Department

Thames Valley
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What the team is known for Respected practice noted for providing representation to clients in an array of contentious environmental matters. Frequently assists with internal and Environment Agency investigations into issues such as watercourse contamination and waste management. Acts for a range of high-profile clients in the automotive, manufacturing and retail sectors, among others. Possesses additional experience in noise nuisance claims.

Strengths One client remarks that the firm has "calm and experienced lawyers who really help to steer our interactions with the regulator."

Work highlights Advised a manufacturer of specialist engineering parts on an internal investigation following an incident where contaminated effluent was discharged into the sewerage system.

Notable practitioners


Joanne Sear
is a senior associate with considerable experience in noise nuisance, accidental discharge and waste management disputes. She utilises her prior experience as an Environment Agency prosecutor to assist clients with avoiding enforcement actions.
"She knows the environmental criminal regime back to front and utilises that experience to get great results for her clients."