DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Stephens Scown LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

4 ranked lawyersBand 3UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

South West group with a wealth of experience in operational issues, with a focus on planning and regulatory matters pertaining to mining. Frequently acts for both mineral rights owners and landowners on the full life-cycle of mining issues, including the opening and sale of sites, as well as project financing issues. Also adept at defending against nuisance and compulsory acquisition claims.

Strengths

An impressed client remarks that it is "a go-to firm for minerals work that is very strong in the South West."

Another notes: "They provide an excellent service and are definitely one of the best legal firms in the area."

"They always provide an efficient service and their advice is clear, succinct and timely," reports another source.

Work highlights

Advised Imerys Minerals on various planning matters, including defending against a compulsory acquisition claim for new pipelines.

Notable practitioners

Chris Tofts is recognised for his representation of clients on planning matters pertaining to quarry sites. He is adept at assisting with mineral safeguarding issues, as well as defending against statutory nuisance claims.
"He is accessible and approachable, with the level of knowledge, common sense and pragmatism that you require of a lawyer." "He has excellent knowledge of his subject, provides helpful and constructive advice and is very thorough."

Sally Norcross Webb regularly handles corporate matters for both international and domestic mining and minerals clients. Her expertise centres on the sale and acquisition of mineral developments and AIM listings.
"She has excellent knowledge and expertise regarding mining legislation and planning matters.""She is pragmatic and strives to protect her clients' interests."

Simon Gawler is highly experienced in a wide range of minerals and mining mandates, including royalty reviews and lease negotiation and variation.
"He is very detailed, thorough and knowledgeable.""He has excellent knowledge and offers good advice."

Simon Trahair-Davies is adept at advising mining and minerals companies and landowners on planning matters. He regularly assists with operational issues, including prospecting licences, mineral leases and supply agreements.
"He provides first-class advice, prompt responses and good knowledge of current and past legislation."

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Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Domestic


Chris Tofts
Band 2
Sally Norcross Webb
Band 2
Simon Gawler
Band 2
Simon Trahair-Davies
Band 2