Whether you are in the business of designing and building new developments, managing properties or have a number of retail stores or offices, your real estate portfolio is often one of the key influences on your impact from an ESG point of view. There are an increasing number of regulations that affect different types of properties and environments and in managing them correctly, you can positively influence your carbon footprint and the impact you have on your environment and the community in which you operate.
Our extensive real estate team can advise you on how to comply with the different regulations and put in place measures to help achieve your goals. Maybe you are looking to put in place green leases, need advice on waste regimes, manage environmental permitting or are looking to implement new alternate energy programmes, our specialists can advise you on the best route for your business.
We can also assist in some of the more broad aspects of managing different properties including specific considerations for care facilities, flexible working, tax considerations and restructuring for financial sustainability, so whatever your current property needs our team can assist on your responsible business journey.
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Our specialists in property and commercial agreements can translate your environmental objectives and expectations into ‘green leases’ with landlords or tenants and suppliers or partners to ensure your strategy materialises throughout your supply chain.
Experienced in advising on environmental and regulatory matters for renewable energy related projects particularly wind and solar.
We can help government departments, businesses, charities and investors on all aspects of climate change law. This includes regulatory compliance with climate change responsibilities and providing legal support on climate change matters that might arise during project development.
We advise both developers and landowners on air, water, land and energy matters. We’re well known for providing both contentious and non-contentious environmental advice in real estate and corporate transactions. We have expertise in issues related to contaminated land and the regeneration of brownfield sites. We’re at the forefront of the latest developments, regularly providing advice on the new regimes following on from Brexit (such as Biodiversity Net Gain requirements) and the climate change emergency.
Whether you are a business in distress, looking to resolve a tax matter, raise funds or restructure your organisation, our team can advise and help to assess the implications of different options to achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders.
This area has been gaining prominence and awareness, but the numbers are still at concerning levels so it is critical that your staff, suppliers and customers are confident on your position and standards to ensure they are not engaging in any activity that uses in appropriate labour practices anywhere in your supply chain. Our experts can assist in training, creation and updating of policies and in cases helping to audit your supply chain.
To explore the wider range of services offered by Irwin Mitchell see our Legal Advisory Service Page.
Unlocking Potential For Senior Living Development
Working with Knight Frank, the international estate agents and property consultancy, we've expanded on our Elderly Care Crisis research. This new report looks at local planning laws around the UK and highlights the best opportunities for senior living development. Find out which local councils are well-prepared for an ageing population and where planning laws are holding back growth.Unlocking Potential for Senior Living
The Future Of Estates
Are you aware of Natural Capital schemes? In our latest report, our experts, Sam Knight and Claire Patricia Riding, explain how carbon credits, nutrient mitigation and biodiversity net gain can be successful revenue streams for Landed Estate owners.the-future-of-estates
We act for Landlink in relation to its Saltbox business park, an industrial, retail and logistics development in Bognor Regis. The development falls within the 70 hectare enterprise development as brings forward state of the distribution facilities, commercial and retail units utilising renewable and alternative energy sources as part of the scheme.Read about our work with Landlink
More emphasis than ever is being placed on sustainable development with particular emphasis on environment, especially in relation to housing, providing for better environmental and social/community integration and raising the bar for living standards of future generations in all these regards.
Governance is a key part in my day-to-day role and the advice/work I do for our clients. I like to think laterally and wider than my immediate audience. Planning & Environment is known for sharing knowledge with colleagues, peers and third parties provides for greater opportunity to influence our industry for the better of all clients, connections, contacts and the larger communities within which we all live, work and play.View Pamela's Profile
I have loved acting for the waste management and renewable energy sectors and seeing how they have evolved over time. Using my platform and passion to articulate change bringing with it positive outcomes for the businesses I advise and the environment.
A key element to being in such a position is being able to share best practice amongst clients and my professional network enabling collaboration and the pollination of ideas is the way I see I can affect the greatest change for us all to take responsibility in meeting our future environmental needs.View Claire Petricca-Riding's Profile
For all ESG enquiries, please contact one of our partners. Our experts in this area are Claire Petricca-Riding, Nicola Gooch, Stelios Coutsavlis and Michelle Beaumont.
Our specialist sports lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the sports sector, many of them coming from sporting clubs and organisations themselves. They bring this passion and experience to a broad spectrum of ESG related services tailored to this industry, from corporate governance and compliance to environmental planning of a new stadium to awareness training on Diversity and Inclusion. For more information visit our Sport Sector ESG page.
The manufacturing sector is at the forefront of both the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable business. From energy and emissions and waste management to responsible sourcing and large diverse workforces and work environments, our multi-disciplinary team of experts can help with achieving both the short-term wins and long-term goals. For more information visit our Manufacturing Sector ESG page.
Whether you are a developer, investor or occupier, there are significant considerations to ensure that properties are built and operated efficiently and responsibly. Our expert legal teams can advise across multiple real estate sectors to assist you in complying with regulations and managing the environmental and social impact of any property or development. From implementing of green leases and issuing of environmental permits to sophisticated environmental planning expertise, the team can guide you to achieve your ESG goals. For more information visit our Real Estate Sector ESG page.
Consumer facing and retail businesses are often in the spotlight when it comes to being responsible businesses. Fair labour practices, hyper consumerism and waste, safe working environments, packaging and marketing claims are all in a day’s work for these businesses. Our diverse team of consumer and retail specialists can advise on how to anticipate and plan for ESG considerations in this fast-moving environment to protect your business and ensure sustainable growth. For more information visit our Consumer Sector ESG page.