Angus qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has been the head of the environmental law practice at national law firm Shoosmiths LLP since 2016. Prior to that he was a partner in the planning and environment group at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin). He specialises in advising on the environmental, health and safety aspects of major infrastructure projects and corporate, banking and real estate transactions.
He has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and has advised clients including operators and developers of power stations, wind farms (both onshore and offshore), LNG terminals, ports, and underground and undersea gas storage facilities, as well as public sector and government organisations. His work includes drafting and negotiating warranties, indemnities and agreements on environmental liability. He also has considerable experience in areas as diverse as contaminated land, waste management, asbestos management, producer responsibility, emissions trading, renewable energy, and carbon capture and storage. Additionally, he has experience of both criminal and civil litigation, including defending regulatory prosecutions, bringing civil claims for environmental damage and advising on the judicial review of decisions of regulatory bodies.
Angus has a master’s degree in environmental law. He is a member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA), and is the co-convenor of UKELA’s waste working party. He is also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce UK’s committee on environment and energy, which holds regular meetings with the UK government on the development and implementation of environmental law and policy. He is ranked in Chambers Directory as an expert in environmental law and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
In March 2014, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) issued new guidance for the management of risks associated with the presence of asbestos in soils and made ground. This Practice Note explains the background to the CIRIA report and summarises the main features of the guidance. It also highlights that the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, SI 2012/632 also applies to asbestos in soils. In July 2016, Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) and the Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) issued further industry guidance on the application of CAR 2012 to asbestos in soil and construction and demolition materials and this is also explained in the Practice Note.
This Practice Note focuses on the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, including what the CCA scheme is, who administers the CCA scheme, the facilities covered by the CCA scheme, the available Climate Change Levy (CCL) discount, how a CCA is entered into, requirements once a CCA is entered into, how to claim relief from CCL and applicable penalties. It also covers the overlap with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the closure of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note outlines the requirements for compliance with the climate change levy (CCL), under the Finance Act 2000 and associated regulations, including looking at taxable supplies, taxable commodities, carbon price support, registration requirements, exemptions and consequences of evasion. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note sets out how the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme applies to different corporate structures, including groups, joint ventures, overseas parents, private finance initiatives (PFI)/public private partnerships (PPP), private equity funds, trusts and franchises. It also sets out the rules relating to disaggregation and the changes to an organisation’s structure which need to be notified, known as designated changes.
This Practice Note highlights some of the key issues under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC Scheme) that should be borne in mind when conducting or advising on corporate transactions. These include qualification for the CRC Scheme, participant equivalents, joint and several liability, disaggregation, CRC Scheme reporting obligations, overseas parents, cash flow and accounting issues, director’s duties, issues to consider on acquisitions and disposals and designated changes occurring other than by acquisitions and disposals.
This Practice Note considers the landfill disposals tax in Wales, providing details on the legislation underpinning this tax, such as the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017. It focuses on who must pay landfill disposals tax, what an authorised landfill site in Wales is, what materials qualify for landfill disposals tax, what exemptions and reliefs are available and the rates for landfill disposals tax. It also looks at some of the registration requirements that must be made to the Welsh Revenue Authority, accounting requirements, relevant record keeping obligations and how to claim a customer insolvency credit.
This Practice Note considers the landfill tax regime in England and Northern Ireland. It covers what the landfill tax is, who is liable to pay it, what a landfill site is and what materials qualify for landfill tax. It also covers exemptions from landfill tax, rates of landfill tax (both lower and standard) from April 2018–April 2020, as well as penalties for wrongdoing. In addition, the Practice Note provides details on registration, accounting, record keeping and landfill tax credits.
This Practice Note provides details on Scottish landfill tax, administered by Revenue Scotland with support from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It focuses on who is liable to pay Scottish landfill tax, what a landfill site is in Scotland, what materials qualify for Scottish landfill tax, what exemptions are available and what the rates for Scottish landfill tax are. It also considers registration, accounting and record keeping requirements, as well as the applicability of landfill tax credits.
This Practice Note sets out a brief analysis of important reported cases from the domestic courts under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007,SI 2007/1711 (TFSR). The cases include: R v Ideal Waste Paper Co Ltd  EWCA Crim 3237, R v KV and others  EWCA Crim 2342, R v Ezeemo and others  EWCA Crim 2064 and R v Biffa Waste Services Ltd.. They deal with classification, scope and strict liability under the TFSR. This Practice Note also considers significant cases from the European Court of Justice under the EU Waste Shipment Regulation 1013/2006, including: Beside BV and another v Minister van Volkshuisvesting, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieubeheer Case C-192/96, EU-Wood-Trading GmbH v Sonderabfall-Management-Gesellschaft Rheinland-Pflaz mbH (Case C-277/02), Omni Metal Service C259/05, Inteseroh Scrap and Metal Trading GmbH v Sonderabfall-Management-Gesellschaft Rheinland-Pfalz mbH (SAM) C1/11, Nutrivet D.O.O.E.L. v Országos Környezetvédelmi és Természetvédelmi Fofelügyeloség (2016) C-69/15 and Case C-679/17 Container Schiffahrts-GmbH and Co. KG Ms 'MSC Flaminia' v Land Niedersachsen. It was produced in partnership with Angus Evers of Shoosmiths LLP. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note sets out the offences created by the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007,SI 2007/1711, the way in which these offences are enforced and the possible penalties upon prosecution. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content, such as International Waste Shipments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/590 and relevant government guidance on importing and exporting waste from 1 January 2021.
This Practice Note covers the legislative and policy framework for shipments of waste to and from the UK under Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste and the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007, SI 2007/1711. It provides a guide to determining applicable waste controls and covers rules applicable in particular circumstances, and practical information about competent authorities and enforcement. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content, such as International Waste Shipments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/590 and relevant government guidance on importing and exporting waste from 1 January 2021.
This Practice Note explains what waste exemptions are, the activities they can be used for, the general and specific conditions that apply to them, and the sanctions for non-compliance with those conditions. It was produced in partnership with Angus Evers of Shoosmiths LLP. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
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