Rob Biddlecombe specialises in all aspects of environmental, safety and health law, with an emphasis on contaminated land (particularly, Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009), environmental permitting (including water pollution and waste management), energy (including nuclear and wind turbine sites), the control of asbestos (especially, management obligations of “dutyholders”) and chemicals regulation (including REACH and CLP). Rob has a specific interest in the growth and regulation of nanotechnology.
Rob also provides advice on environmental insurance (especially, pollution legal liability and contractors’ pollution liability policies), nuisance issues (private, public and statutory), employers’ duties under health and safety legislation (including risk assessments, RIDDOR reports and fire safety), producer responsibility obligations (including packaging waste and WEEE), climate change regimes (including the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and ESOS) and applications for disclosure under freedom of information legislation (particularly, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004)
Rob frequently drafts and negotiates complex environmental, safety and health warranties and indemnities as part of large corporate and real estate transactions. Rob also advises clients on dealings with regulators (including responding to, and appealing, against enforcement notices).
Apart from environmental, safety and health law, Rob regularly advises clients on compliance with anti-bribery and corruption law (such as the Bribery Act 2010), including “adequate procedures” to prevent bribery, due diligence of “associated persons” and corporate hospitality.
Rob regularly delivers training sessions to professional bodies and publishes articles on topical issues concerning aspects of environmental, safety and health and anti-bribery and corruption law.