Environmental law news podcast — environmental regulators' response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Environmental law news podcast — environmental regulators' response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Welcome to a very special edition of our environmental law news podcast. This month we’ve partnered up with the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), along with 6 Pump Court, to bring you a COVID-19 special where we hear from environmental regulators on how the pandemic is affecting operations.

Simone Davidson, Head of Lexis PSL Environment, Trustee and a Vice Chair for UKELA and Mark Davies, Barrister at 6 Pump Court talk to Peter Kellett, Director for Legal Services for the Environment Agency, Richard Broadbent, Principal Solicitor for Natural England and Terry A’Hearn, CEO of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

In these three conversations, the speakers take us through: 

  • some of the main challenges environmental regulators are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this means for operators and compliance
  • specific areas and priorities regulators are dealing with
  • how site visits are being dealt with
  • what lawyers can do to assist regulators and operators during this time
  • thoughts on whether the pandemic will leave a legacy in regulators’ operations
  • any plans to build on the benefits to the environment that have been widely reported during the lockdown

 Listen to the whole podcast here, or listen to:

  • Peter Kellett  from: 1.24 mins
  • Richard Broadbent from: 11.23 mins
  • Terry A’Hearn from: 24.16 mins

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About the author:

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).