Overview

Simon is recognised as a leading environmental lawyer and advises on all aspects of UK and EU environmental law and regulation. He is dual-qualified enabling him to practice throughout England and Wales and Scotland.

Simon advises on operational compliance, regulatory investigations, enforcement and criminal defence, regulatory appeals, tribunal hearings, judicial review and environmental civil claims.

Simon also advises on product stewardship and international supply chain compliance for European regimes including the REACH Regulation, the Biocidal Products Regulation and the WEEE and RoHS regimes.

Simon is an elected council member and Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.

Experience
  • Conducting regulatory appeals and tribunal proceedings including the first appeal under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations in Northern Ireland and an appeal to the UK Secretary of State against the publication of commercially sensitive information on public registers.
  • Conducting environmental civil claims for nuisance, environmental harm from products and contamination claims including defending the first wind turbine claim for visual impact in the UK; noise, dust and odour claims; and a High Court claim for migrating contamination.
  • Conducting environmental judicial reviews, including regulatory decisions of the Environment Agency on behalf of hydropower developers.
  • Advising on regulatory investigations and prosecutions in the energy, waste, manufacturing, chemicals and petrochemicals sectors, including in the aftermath of the Buncefield disaster.
  • Acting on international indemnity claims including regulator clean-up of nuclear materials in the USA; remediation of a biochemicals facility in Sweden; and a USD billion claim for global non-compliance litigated in the Courts of New York.
  • Advising on a GBP multi-million product stewardship / liability claim for environmental damage caused by the release of chemicals from a product into the aquatic environment.
  • Advising on one of the first dispute resolution references to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki under REACH.

What others say...

Simon Tilling attracts widespread praise from other lawyers and clients alike, with one describing him as 'extremely bright and a very skilled lawyer'. He advises across the full breadth of environmental law.
Chambers UK 2016