Overview

Stephen is a senior associate within the projects team with experience advising on a wide range of Environment and Energy matters for clients. These matters include environmental permitting and other regulatory issues (such as contaminated land and the various UK energy efficiency regimes), acting for clients in civil actions relating to environmental matters and environmental prosecutions, renewable energy and nuclear law, water and water law, and hazardous substances. 

Stephen is a co-convener of the South West regional group of the UK Environmental Law Association, a member of the International Nuclear Law Association, was a contributor to the second edition of the Burges Salmon Guide to Nuclear Law and holds a diploma in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier.

Stephen also has responsibility for licensing law and carbon law in the UK and is a member of the Institute of Licensing.

Experience
  • Advising a major train operating company on noise nuisance issues associated with operations at stations and rail depots and appealing against related noise abatement notices issued by a local authority.
  • Advising on emissions and energy efficiency regimes (including CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, CCL, EU ETS and ESOS) for a range of clients including renewable energy companies, local authorities and overseas pension funds.
  • Advising the operator of a landfill site in respect of regulatory investigation into alleged breaches of environmental permit, including advice on engagement with the local community, attendance at interview under caution, and strategic planning.
  • Defending a prospective claim against a sewerage undertaker for alleged breach of statutory duty related to request to provide a public sewerage connection and negotiating settlement.
  • Drafting contractual documents for a water undertaker to provide services to water retailers following the April 2017 changes to the water market. 
  • Drafting PPA and coordinating broader work of team in implementing national rooftop solar PV scheme for Marks and Spencer plc. Burges Salmon won the award for Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year in Legal Week's 2016 British Legal Awards for work on this project. 
  • Advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on matters such as: contractual documentation for the RWM subsidiary; organisational changes in respect of Sellafield Limited; de-designation of land under the Energy Act 2004 at both Harwell and Winfrith sites; and aspects of the UK nuclear regime relating to land management at other nuclear licensed sites.
  • Experience with Burges Salmon's international nuclear practice advising a new nuclear country on a review of proposed nuclear legislation.
  • Advising on licensing aspect of numerous real estate and corporate transactions, including transfer of license on reversion of lease in central London, licensing issues relating to a chain of high-end boutique hotels, and licensing and food permitting issues in association with the sale of a catering business.
  • Representing a leading energy and services company at a licensing hearing in respect of proposed revocation of a premises license at a site managed by the client.