Stuart heads our regulatory and environment team, and has 22 years’ experience advising industrial, commercial and public sector clients on all aspects of environmental, health and safety (“EHS”) and related regulatory law, providing: strategic and operational advice; regulatory enforcement representation; and advising on EHS issues in the context of transactions and projects.
His strategic and operational regulatory support includes advising on environmental permitting issues, site investigation and remediation, water pollution/abstraction, climate change, waste management and health and safety management. He is experienced in representing clients in dialogue with regulatory authorities and government agencies.
This is underpinned by extensive experience of representing clients in enforcement proceedings, including advising on investigations by various regulators (amongst others the Environment Agency, Health & Safety Executive, local authorities, Civil Aviation Authority and Fire Authority), support at witness and suspect interviews and handling cases in the Courts. He provides crisis management support in relation to EHS incidents.
Stuart also routinely advises on EHS aspects of corporate, property and commercial transactions and major projects, co-ordinating due diligence, advising on liability risk and management, negotiating sale terms, developing post-completion action plans and procuring environmental insurance. He works with multi-disciplinary teams of clients, consultants, engineers and contractors.
"Head of department Stuart Wardlaw is an outstanding presence in the environment sector. He is experienced in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues, including crisis management and enforcement undertakings. He receives excellent praise from market sources, who describe him as ‘an independent thinker’, adding that ‘he's one of the best environment lawyers in the regions and has built up a very successful practice’."
“The ‘astute' Stuart Wardlaw, a key name in the Newcastle office, is valued for his ‘creative insight' and is experienced in providing regulatory compliance support to industrial clients and in representing clients in environmental enforcement proceedings”.