Businesses as well as individuals all are affected by environmental considerations. Companies cannot afford to ignore their responsibilities under the current environmental legislation. Risk free management is an area that is becoming increasingly important, especially to the construction industry as is the cost of disposing of construction waste. The construction industry is also very vulnerable to claims in respect of water pollution, land contamination and waste management – pressure to develop brown field sites means that it will become more and more difficult to avoid claims from local authorities and the Environment Agency.

Equally, energy is at a crossroads with the emotive issue of alternative power sources being considered. This will have a major effect on the construction industry and major construction projects.


Sarah Shemmings has many years experience in environmental and professional negligence claims. She was responsible for the leading case dealing with the historic water pollution – Cambridge Water Company – v – Eastern Counties Plc which went to the Supreme Court (then the House of Lords).

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