Valentina KeysSenior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
I trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and joined CMS in 2008 to practice Environmental Law. I specialise in advising UK and international clients from a wide range of industries in respect of contentious and non-contentious environment matters. I regularly advise clients on various aspects of the sustainability/climate change agenda and the transition to a low carbon, low waste and low water economy. My experience includes adivising corporates in relation to contractual transfer of risk and apportionment of liability for environmental damage and contaminated land, the requirement for and the interpretation of environmental permits, licences and consents, impact of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments on environment, mandatory carbon reporting, ESG, ESOS, REACH, product stewardship (including WEEE, Packaging waste, Batteries), Eco-Design of Energy Using Products, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, climate change and cleantech, COMAH, hazardous substances (including asbestos), environmental permitting, facilities decommissioning and remediation, waste acceptance criteria and Quality Protocols, packaging waste, transfrontier shipment of waste, and emissions trading.
A key area of focus for me is the greening of maritime transport. New higher energy performance and fuel efficiency standards for ships and the development of a closed loop approach to ship design and ship recycling means that the shipping industry, much like other sectors of the economy in their combined quest for resource efficiency, is experiencing a quiet revolution of its own. There is a whole host of regulatory changes and challenges that are being introduced to reduce the global carbon footprint of ships least of all the sulphur 2020 cap. These challenges inevitably create both risks and opportunities.
Finally, I'd like to say that I am very grateful to my clients for being recognised as the "New Generation Lawyer" in the Legal 500 2018 rankings! Thank you.