Complex Sites

We asked Lyn Dario, who heads our specialist services for the chemicals, manufacturing and waste industry, to describe the services we provide.

We understand that your business requires specialist advice due to the complexity of your site environment.

We are able to advise on permitting and compliance on manufacturing, waste and chemical sites (including complex COMAH sites), helping you engage effectively with regulatory and reporting requirements.

We also provide specialist training on environmental and health and safety issues for the industry. We are committed to the sector and work with other professionals active in the sector to develop and deliver training and support you can rely upon.

Why should we instruct lawyers to manage incidents?

Only external lawyers have the benefit of legal privilege and the ability to engage with regulators on a truly without prejudice basis, anyone else engaging when an incident occurs could be providing evidence without realising this.

In-depth understanding and experience is needed (often on an urgent basis) when issues arise. Our team are available when you need support and have experience of dealing with such circumstances to ensure the regulatory process is engaged with effectively.

Can you provide some examples of the kind of incidents you and your team have assisted with?

  • Advising/representing a large chemicals business in connection with various health and safety investigations, including the accidental release of a gas cloud
  • Advising chemicals companies on environmental permits, including enforcement action by the Environment Agency
  • Providing an international business with advice on an urgent fire safety issue, successfully persuading a fire authority to withdraw prosecution and allowing the site in question to continue operating safely without interruption
  • Advising on the carriage of dangerous goods (including acting for companies following incidents).

Our team

Lyn Dario


Environmental & Regulatory

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779

Mark Lumley


Commercial & IT

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7727

Richard Wadkin


Dispute Resolution, Road Transport

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7728

Jim Wright


Employment & HR

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8938