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Implications Of The Brexit Vote On UK Environmental Law And Policy

Following a referendum which has polarised the nation, the people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. Stepping away from the political rhetoric and posturing, it is worth reflecting on some of the more practical issues which will arise from this decision, such as how it could affect our environmental law landscape.

From a historical perspective, the UK was once referred to as the ‘dirty man of Europe’, with relatively lax levels of environmental regulation and standards. Since joining the EU in the 1970s, however, environmental standards imposed, largely through EU legislation, saw a significant strengthening of the UK’s environmental protection regimes and of environmental standards.  Today, the majority of environmental legislation in the UK is derived from the EU, with national law only having to deal with enforcement and penalties.  So what does UK’s exit from the EU mean for environmental law from a practical and policy perspective?  Read more for insights on what to expect next.

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Rob Elvin Civil Claims Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Manchester, UK
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Rob Elvin is a solicitor-advocate and the managing partner of our Manchester office. Following outstanding client feedback, Rob was recognised as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database 2020, cited as having “full confidence in his experience and his knowledge, and he was very pragmatic in terms of finding a solution to the issue”.

Rob primarily focusses on leading large and complex investigations across a broad range of health, safety and environmental matters. His expertise also covers nuisance, noise abatement, pollution, permit appeals and environmental...

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Dave Gordon is dual qualified, with a scientific background and Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology, and advises on both technical and legal issues arising from EU environmental regulation.

Dave is a recognised national expert in dealing with environmental compliance, sustainability and negotiation with statutory authorities and has particular experience in dealing with the negotiation and apportionment of environmental liability on large multijurisdictional M&A and real estate transactions.

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