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Paul Sheridan

Head of Environment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Paul Sheridan is a partner and Head of our Environment law practice which is consistently recognised as a Tier 1 practice by Chambers and Legal 500. Paul also specialises in climate change and sustainability.

He advises numerous national and international commercial, construction, finance industrial, manufacturing, real estate, technology, utility, and waste management clients on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious environment matters, including several test cases. He is particularly involved with the auto, cleantech, chemicals, energy, real estate, retail, transport and waste management sectors.

Paul has 28 years of experience in this field. He is consistently recognised by his peers, Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who as a leading practitioner in this area.  

Paul is part of the wide CMS Energy and Climate Change practice which has more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners. This is one of the largest of its kind in the world working across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience this practice is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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" 'Excellent' lawyer' and 'he really knows his stuff but also gives very client-friendly advice'."

Legal 500, 2020

The "superb" Paul Sheridan is described as “very knowledgeable," adding that he is “excellent in giving the global picture and helping to define strategy.”

Chambers, 2019

"fiercely intelligent, quick to respond and talented at finding his way through complex cases."

Chambers 2018

"He has a superb knowledge of the subject matter, an excellent manner and leaves no question unanswered."

Chambers 2018

"He lives and breathes it, he is Mr Environment."

Chambers, 2015

Directories recognise the excellence of Paul: “engaging in impressive contentious and non-contentious work, CMS’ practice has been thriving under the headship of the ‘strategic’ Paul Sheridan”.

Legal 500, 2016

He is described as "one of the very best", with "an acute grasp of the law which he combines with excellent commercial acumen" (Legal 500 2011), and “a brilliant tactician”

Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • Permitting and compliance issues for various industrial, energy and waste management clients in terms of emissions, accidents and pollution events. Work includes permitting applications, variations, appeals and surrenders.
  • Several large industrial and chemicals clients on decommissioning, remediation and sale of former manufacturing facilities for more sensitive uses, most usually with comprehensive risk transfer mechanisms. Also advising on contaminated land liabilities generally and within the context of transactions and contaminated land disputes under statutory law and contractual indemnities.
  • All aspects of non-contentious and contentious matters from the perspectives of large waste management companies and waste producers. The work includes several regulatory/criminal law actions and civil law disputes.
  • Industrial, energy, construction, chemicals and waste management clients on alleged environment nuisances such as odour, noise, pests and dust, including several group litigation actions.
  • A waste management client on the successful defence (2014) in a prosecution of what was probably the most significant inland waters pollution incident for the last 15 years.
  • Advised a water utility on a major project to supply water and sewage facilities and advised an infrastructure JV on bidding for flood defence and alleviation works. 
  • Advising a major Ports operator on protected sites and flooding risks, and a waste management client on breaches of protected species licences.
  • The impacts of the developing law and policy on carbon and sustainability, including energy efficiency of products, buildings and transport. Advising on carbon capture and storage projects, energy performance of buildings, CRC, ESOS, SECR eco-design, ELV, packaging laws, REACH, ROHS, WEEE etc.
  • Insured and insurer clients in relation to settling bespoke environmental impairment liability insurance policies. 
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  • Solicitor England and Wales
  • Solicitor Australia
  • 1982 - LLB (Hons), Southampton
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