Lorna is an Associate specialising in environmental law and planning and infrastructure. She advises clients on matters such as contaminated land, water abstraction, environmental permitting and the environmental aspects of planning matters. Prior to specialising in environmental law, Lorna practised in corporate and commercial law. Her strong commercial and contractual background is valuable for the complex contractual agreements and negotiations often required for environmental and planning matters. She also continues to apply her understanding of legal technology and innovation from her time as a corporate and commercial technical specialist embedded within the Legal Solutions Centre, part of WBD Advance, our flexible solution that brings together innovative technology and commercial services to complement our existing legal advice.

Lorna's experience includes advising on biodiversity net gain, common land applications, environmental permitting, a water framework directive derogation, objections to planning applications, drafting and negotiating relevant agreements and working on nationally significant infrastructure projects specifically in relation to environmental impact assessment and negotiation of protective provisions. She also has wider commercial experience drafting and negotiating a range of commercial contracts including supply of goods and services agreements, confidentiality agreements and settlement agreements as well as acting on transactions such as management buy-outs and joint ventures.

Lorna is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Experience

Examples of experience include advising:

  • Quarry - on minerals planning permission and associated agreements
  • Mining company - on its water abstraction licensing
  • National charity - on lease provisions allocating liability for contaminated land between landlord and tenant including consideration of liabilities for land included in various sub-tenancies
  • NSIP - as part of the team promoting a DCO application including negotiating protective provisions with statutory undertakers and reviewing aspects of the environmental statement.