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 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 a member of RenewableUK (Noise Working Party member), the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (co-opted to SW Centre Council), Plymouth Area Business Council (Executive & Hon Sec), the UK Environmental Law Association (former trustee), and currently serves as trustee/governor/chair of several environmental and education charities/bodies. She is a visiting academic at Plymouth University and regularly delivers lectures and workshops for industry bodies and clients.
Sarah has received two national qualifications in recognition of her expertise in the waste, environment and sustainability sectors, becoming a Chartered Waste Manager as well as a Chartered Environmentalist.

Examples of experience include advising:

  • On environmental impact assessment and Habitats Regulations aspects for nationally significant infrastructure projects including Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm (decision awaited), Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm Extension (consented), Knottingley CCGT Power Plant (consented) and Metrowest Phase 1 rail project (pre planning)
  • J. Sainsbury's plc, providing a virtually real-time client-branded extranet platform that delivers information on environmental law requirements for operations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including news alerts, horizon scanning and jurisdiction differences
  • A utility company on contaminated land issues arising on a portfolio of operational and former gas works, including community engagement to avoid determination of one site as contaminated land under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part 2A, and minimisation of risks associated with migration of contaminants and historic activities
  • 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
  • Continuously on the consenting of 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) and actively participating in industry related EU, Scottish Executive and DTi/DECC/DEFRA research projects.
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