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Elizabeth Shepherd, Partner

Elizabeth Shepherd


Practice areas

  • Chemicals
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Data centers
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Food and drink
  • Health and life sciences
  • Industrial engineering
  • Retail
  • Transport

Practice notes

Elizabeth is a Partner and Head of Environment International.

She leads a team of specialist environmental lawyers, advising clients on a broad range of environmental matters in one or more jurisdictions, including compliance with laws relating to environmental permitting, waste, chemicals and contaminated land, as well as energy usage and efficiency. Work across multiple jurisdictions is project managed from a single contact point in the team, ensuring consistent, user-friendly advice.

Elizabeth also has many years of expertise in assessing environmental liabilities in the context of transactions, as well as negotiating allocation of environmental risk.

One of her specialisms is chemicals-related work, including the application of EU Regulation such as REACH, CLP and biocides. Elizabeth’s work on REACH includes advice regarding who is an importer for REACH purposes, confidentiality concerns, evaluation of dossiers, and most recently compliance strategies in the light of Brexit.

She was one of three panel members asked to give evidence to the UK Environmental Audit Committee as part of its inquiry into the Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum. Issues considered included the potential models of chemical regulation post-Brexit, and their practical implications for business.

Elizabeth and her team also help clients to keep up to date with changing regulation across different markets, as well as looking ahead with product innovation in mind, recognising that this is increasingly a challenge for businesses. They have developed an innovative Horizon Scanning tool, which can include alerts on incoming laws on particular environmental topics, on policy initiatives, or on the publication of relevant consultation papers, where engagement now can contribute to shaping future regulations.

Finally, Elizabeth has an in-depth understanding of the issues concerning shale gas, including hydraulic fracturing, the technology used to exploit the shale gas. She is close to the legislative, political and media developments influencing the approach to shale gas, not just in the UK but also in Brussels. This expertise has been gained from advising operators and service companies, including Halliburton, Cuadrilla and Shale Gas Europe (Total, Shell, Statoil & Chevron).

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