Sarah specialises in environmental and planning law with a focus on the delivery of projects and outcomes with novel or complex aspects and those at the interface of regulatory and consenting regimes. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Waste Manager.

She advises clients in the private, public and third sectors across the UK on all aspects of environmental law in consenting, regulatory, transactional and investment contexts. Her experience includes environmental permitting, trans-frontier shipment of waste, definition of waste, contaminated land, species protection, sustainable development and governance, and risk minimisation and allocation.

Her development expertise spans over 100 projects subject to environmental impact assessment, on and off shore, including wind, biomass, solar, gas and electricity projects, waste, railways, urban development, tourism and highways schemes. Sarah is experienced in working in multi-disciplinary teams and in a variety of roles to deliver client objectives efficiently and effectively. 

Sarah is elected to the South West Centre Council of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, is a former trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and is chair of the organising committee of the UKELA Annual Conference 2020. Sarah sits on the steering board of the Plymouth Area Business Council, which is the economic policy advisory group to the Devon & Plymouth Chamber. She is a trustee of the China Fleet Trust, chair of a multi-award winning education and environmental charity and has been a school governor since 2004. She is a visiting academic at Plymouth University and regularly delivers lectures and workshops for industry bodies and clients.

Experience

Examples of experience include:

  • Advising on environmental impact assessment, Habitats Regulations and licensing for nationally significant infrastructure projects including the MetroWest Phase 1 rail project scheme (awaiting examination), Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm Extension, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Knottingley CCGT Power Plant, Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm and Redditch Branch Enhancement Scheme
  • Leading the team that provides a virtually real-time extranet platform with multi-jurisdiction report builder that delivers information on environmental law requirements for operations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • With a utility company developing a strategy to minimise risks on a portfolio of operational and former gas works in respect of migration of contaminants including community engagement, which avoided determination of a site as contaminated land under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part 2A
  • Working with a client in the manufacturing sector on the development of the circular economy for materials arising in the course of production, involving comprehensive advice on EU waste law, drafting of contracts for transhipment of waste between countries and legal content for representations to the European Chemicals Agency and Defra on related consultations
  • Securing amendments to the Waste Protocols Project on tyre-derived rubber to change the end of waste point and so enable her client to access and compete in an international market with virgin and substitute rubber
  • Advising on the consenting of onshore wind energy projects since 1990 (Delabole Wind Farm), in England, Scotland and Wales, including extensions to existing wind farms (e.g. Whitelee) and repowering (e.g. Carland Cross, St Breock and Coal Clough), participating in BWEA/RenewableUK working party groups such as those on community benefit, bats and amplitude modulation, and actively participating in industry related EU, Scottish and DTi/DECC/DEFRA research projects.