Biddlecombe, Robert

    Robert J. Biddlecombe

    Senior Associate

    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, biocides and CLP). Rob has a specific interest in environmental, safety and health issues associated with facilities managements.

    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).

    Rob also regularly advises clients on environmental social and governance policies, including modern slavery statements (under the Modern Slavery Act 2015) and compliance with anti-bribery and corruption law (such as the Bribery Act 2010).

    Rob regularly delivers training sessions to professional bodies and publishes articles on topical issues concerning aspects of environmental, safety and health, anti-bribery and corruption, and modern slavery.

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    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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 EU.
    • Advising a power generation company on the regulatory health and safety duties associated with their proposed interconnector project between the UK and several countries in the EU.
    • Advising an international chemicals company on comprehensively reviewing and updating its anti-bribery and corruption policy to reflect UK government guidance.

    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

    • Rob is a member of the Law Society, UKELA, IOSH and the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.
    • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017 Health and safety

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