Tim Clare, head of due diligence at ENVIRON, speaks exclusively to Who's Who Legal about his role, recent developments in the environmental field and some of his experiences of working with solicitors in this discipline.
"The lawyers who have impressed me the most have also been those who are really proactive, and not shy about speaking up and suggesting an innovative or unorthodox course of action if they think it’s in their client’s best interests."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Paul Davies of Latham & Watkins, Jeff Civins of Haynes and Boone and Jochem Spaans of Allen & Overy to discuss increasing sub-specialisation in this sector, regulatory developments, and changes in the legal market in their jurisdiction.
Travers Smith, based in London, and Beveridge & Diamond, with its principal office in Washington, DC, have worked together over the past year on a host of international product-related environmental matters. Doug Bryden and Russell LaMotte give us their impressions of this blossoming area of environmental legal practice:
"Overall, while the nexus between environmental and product work is rarely fêted by practitioners, it increasingly forms part of a well-balanced environmental practice aligned with clients’ present concerns."
Theodore Garrett of Covington & Burling, the leading lawyer in our research, explores the intersection of energy and environmental policies in the US and their impact on environmental law.
"President Obama has stated that his administration will strive to cut red tape and speed up new oil and gas permits while at the same time taking steps to encourage research and technology to make natural gas burning even cleaner and to protect our air and our water."
The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers has brought together five of the leading practitioners in the world to discuss key issues facing lawyers today. Casper Herler of Borenius, David B Weinstein of Greenberg Traurig, Owen Lomas of Travers Smith, Peter Briggs of Herbert Smith Freehills and Wolfgang Berger of Haslinger/Nagele & Partner reflect on levels of enforcement, energy-related work and the impact of economic recovery on this sector.
This year, we single out 732 practitioners from 415 firms who are considered leading practitioners worldwide. Latham & Watkins achieves the highest number of listings in our research and is also home to our top individual in Europe Paul Davies. Following closely behind is Hunton & Williams, with its Washington, DC office being especially well represented. Sidley Austin, Allen & Overy, K&L Gates and Alston & Bird all also perform strongly.
We also single out the most highly regarded lawyers in three different sections; the US, Europe and the rest of the world.
With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global environment market.
In this section we select the seven firms who field the most lawyers to this edition and single out the 10 most highly regarded practitioners in the world.
“Environment law giant” Hunton & Williams leads the research with 13 nominees included, six of whom are based in the firm's Washington, DC office. Followng closely behind are Sidley Austin and Latham & Watkins, who each have 11 leading practitioners selected for inclusion this year. Baker Botts makes its presence felt with eight listings in this year’s edition, all based in the US, and "prominent" international firm K&L Gates also fields eight lawyers, seven of whom hail from the US and one of whom is based in Hong Kong.
The international environment law marketplace has been up and down in the years since the global financial crisis of 2008, which is not surprising given that activity in the sector is heavily influenced by political and economic considerations. Whilst governments worldwide have been less motivated to pursue environmental initiatives as they prioritise the re-establishment of economic stability, there has been been a steady amount of regulatory work keeping top practitioners around the world busy.
Hunton & Williams leads the research with 12 lawyers selected for inclusion, followed by 10 internationally renowned practitioners from Sidley Austin, nine from Latham & Watkins and Baker Botts and seven from one of America's top corporate firms, K&L Gates. The largest contingent in the research this year is from the US, specifically Washington, DC, from which four leading lawyers appear in our top ten most highly regarded list.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
This, the sixth edition of The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, builds on our previous research into this discipline, combining tens of thousands of votes and comments from private practitioners and in-house lawyers around the world to give a detailed snapshot of the current state of the international environmental law market.
This edition features 687 environmental law experts in 41 jurisdictions and our independent research has identified these lawyers as the leaders in the field. We profile a number of internationally renowned individuals from our research.
Environmental law has never been so crucial. Increased awareness of climate change and recent environmental disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and north-eastern China are leading to new laws and regulations to protect the environment from potentially destructive human activity.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.