Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Environment Department

South West
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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice advising a diverse array of clients on a range of matters. Particular areas of specialism include environmental impact assessments, habitat regulations and enforcement actions. Further strength in contaminated land claims, pollution issues and nuisance complaints. Also offers transactional and operational support to clients from an array of sectors, including transport, energy and minerals.

Strengths A client says: "They have a really good level of experience with regard to the rail industry, their competency levels are impressive, and our overall satisfaction with their performance is very high."

A source says: "They are a firm that works at a very high tactical and technical level, and gives very sound civil litigation advice."

Work highlights Advised a national retailer on a project with HighQ, a Software-as-a-Service designer, to develop a platform that will deliver real-time environment law information across the four UK jurisdictions to all internet-ready devices. This platform will also help the client and its operatives make sense of the complexities of the new regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Notable practitioners


Sarah Holmes
regularly handles the planning and environment aspects of large infrastructure projects as well as providing advice on compliance with waste management regulations. She is regularly sought after for her expertise on the environment law implications of Brexit and the new trading arrangements it is likely to entail.
"She is very capable and knowledgeable and can put a good defence together in litigation."