Rob Biddlecombe specialises in all aspects of environmental, safety and health law, with an emphasis on contaminated land, water pollution, waste management, the control of asbestos, fire safety, and chemicals regulation. Rob has a specific interest in environmental, safety and health issues associated with property management.

    Rob also provides advice on environmental insurance, nuisance, employers’ duties under health and safety legislation (including risk assessment and incident reporting), producer responsibility obligations (including packaging, WEEE and RoHS), sustainability and freedom of information legislation (particularly, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).

    Rob advises clients on dealings with regulators (including responding to, and appealing against, enforcement notices). Rob also frequently drafts and negotiates complex environmental, safety and health warranties and indemnities as part of large corporate and real estate transactions.

    In addition, Rob advises clients on wider environmental, social and governance issues, including bribery and corruption and modern slavery.

    Rob regularly delivers training sessions to boards of directors and professional bodies, and writes articles on topical legal issues.

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    • Advising the purchaser of a Premier League football club in relation to the environmental and health and safety aspects of its acquisition.
    • Advising a UK housing developer in its successful appeal at a public inquiry against a remediation notice served under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
    • Advising a European pharmaceuticals company on the steps to be taken following the unintended release of asbestos at one of its UK facilities, including notifying former employees and site visitors who may have been exposed to fibres.
    • Advising a US industrial ceramics group on the environmental and health and safety considerations associated with its acquisition of a UK manufacturer, including environmental insurance, asbestos management and indemnities.
    • Acting on behalf of a UK waste operator in its successful appeal against an Environment Agency notice to revoke one of its operator's permit.
    • Advising shareholders on the environmental and health and safety issues associated with the disposal of a UK petrol station operator company.
    • Advising a global performance materials manufacturer on its obligations to carry out energy audits in the UK and the EU.
    • Advising a power generation company on the regulatory health and safety duties associated with its proposed interconnector project between the UK and several countries in the EU.
    • Advising an international chemicals company on comprehensively reviewing and updating its antibribery and corruption policy to reflect UK government guidance.
    • Advising an international IT services company on the assessment of the risks posed to its business from bribery and corruption (particularly those potentially affecting its operations in South America and Southern Asia) and recommending steps to be taken to reduce the risks.
    • Advising a well-known UK brewer in respect of enforcement action by a sewerage undertaker following an alleged breach of its trade effluent consent.
    • Advising a US telecommunications equipment manufacturer following the discovery of non-RoHS compliant components in its products exported to Europe.
    • Advising an international charity on the adequacy of its vetting arrangements for volunteers and making recommendations to reduce the risk to safeguarding.
    • Advising a Canadian professional services company on updating the anticorruption provisions in its standard supplier terms and conditions.
    • Advising a UK pub operator in relation to the nature and extent of its health and safety obligations at its leased premises, and the measures that it could take to reduce potential liability.
    • Advising the purchasers of a UK-based sports agency in relation to the risks associated with potential breaches of anticorruption legislation.
    • Advising a power generation company on the environmental and health and safety aspects of its disposal of three operational power station sites.

    Education

    • De Montfort University, LL.M., 2010
    • University of the West of England, L.P.C., 1999
    • King's College, London, LL.B., Honors, 1998

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2001

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Law Society, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and the Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)
    • Sits on the Professional and Technical Panel of the Specialists in Land Condition
    • An “extremely able senior associate, good to deal with” – The Legal 500
    • Recommended for Environmental and Health and Safety Law, and named as a Next Generation Partner – The Legal 500 UK 2020

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