Environmental Law

The lawyers in this practice area are involved in a full range of industrial environmental law matters, including polluted sites and soils, renewable energy, mining law and quarries.

Once the client's specific needs have been identified, each case is initially analysed by a senior lawyer (partner or of counsel) who defines the objectives and resources required to execute the client’s matter.

Lawyers in the environmental law practice provide both advisory and litigation support to companies in the industrial sector, engineering and design companies, institutions in the renewable energy sector, companies in the public sector and insurance companies.

FACILITIES CLASSIFIED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (ICPE)
  • Assistance in preparing permit applications (impact assessments, public inquiries, urban planning authorizations, ICPE authorizations, regulations on greenhouse gas emission quotas, technological risk prevention plans, etc.).
  • Follow-up of appraisal procedures with various public authorities.
  • Assistance in disputes related to requests for approval (appeals against denied permits, defense in case of appeals by third parties against permits, etc.).
  • Advice and assistance in the event of an incident during the course of operations (information to the public authorities, etc.).
  • Assistance in the event of disputes related to the operations of a facility (abnormal neighborhood disturbances, noise, emission of substances related to the facility’s operations, modifications to operating instructions, modifications related to operating conditions, etc.).
  • Assistance and advice in the context of the transfer of facility operations (environmental audits, preparation/revision of disposal contracts, drafting of environmental liability guarantee clauses, easements, usage restrictions, etc.).
  • Assistance and advice during the shutdown of operations.
WATER
  • Assistance in preparing notifications or permit applications for water extraction and/or usage facilities, major infrastructure projects, monitoring of appraisal procedures with various authorities (impact assessments, public inquiries, natural risk prevention plans, etc.).
  • Assistance in the event of disputes related to notifications or permit applications (appeal against denied operating permits, defense in the event of appeals by third parties against permits).
  • Assistance in the event of disputes related to the operations of a facility (neighborhood disturbances, noise, emission of substances related to the facility’s operations, modifications to operating instructions, modifications related to operating conditions, etc.).
  • Assistance and advice during the shutdown of operations.
POLLUTED SITES ET SOILS
  • Assistance during the acquisition or sale of a polluted site (environmental audits, application or drafting of environmental liability guarantee clauses, evaluation of the legal impact of environmental liabilities in cooperation with specialised consulting firms).
  • Assistance before the ordinary and administrative courts in disputes related to the existence of soil pollution, and in the context of amicable or court-ordered expert appraisals, determination of liabilities, implementation of insurance guarantees.
WASTE
  • Assistance during building and industrial site renovations (asbestos removal, waste removal procedures), litigation management.
MINES AND QUARRIES
  • Assistance in preparing operating permit applications.
  • Assistance in awarding contracts for work to secure and restore formerly operated sites.
  • Litigation related to works to restore and secure the site at the end of the concession.
  • Assistance in setting up usage requirements and restrictions.
RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • Assistance in defining the terms for establishing energy production units using renewable sources from photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and biomass combustion installations (legal regime applicable to the use of the area where operations are based).
  • Assistance and advice in obtaining construction and operating permits, management of any disputes with administrative authorities, as well as appeals by third parties, establishment and/or contract amendments relating to the construction of electricity production equipment, their installation and commissioning, as well as the building and civil engineering works required for their operations.
  • Assistance and advice with regard to setting up insurance coverage and insurance programs adapted to the type of activity, the needs of the owner and the legislative and regulatory constraints (master policies, insurance lines, insurance captives, co-insurance, reinsurance).
  • Assistance and advice related to acquisitions of electricity production units from renewable sources (acquisition audits, drafting documentation relating to the sale, completing formalities following the transfer of ownership, managing legal and contractual guarantees, reviewing insurance guarantees).
  • Assistance in drafting contracts for the operation of power generation facilities and in the signing of power purchase and grid access contracts.
  • Assistance and advice on the development and marketing of construction products incorporating equipment for the production of electricity from renewable sources (specific regulations applicable, liabilities incurred, insurance guarantees, contractual guarantees).
  • Managing, alongside the firm’s tax department, the tax implications and consequences of setting up and operating the facilities.
  • Assistance to a plastic packaging manufacturing company in ensuring that its site is in compliance with environmental regulations and advice in its dealings with the authorities in charge of enforcing environmental regulations.
  • Assistance and advice to an industrial company in connection with a new permit request to operate a sugar factory to increase its production capacity and modernise its facilities.
  • Assistance and advice to a mining research company in connection with a dispute relating to the construction of a building near a former mining site.
  • Assistance and advice to a sugar factory regarding the application of the regulations on the thresholds of contaminants present in molasses used to process caramel.