Ben Stansfield

Ben is the Head of the Environmental Law Group at Stephenson Harwood LLP.

Ben has a broad environmental law practice, advising clients on the management of environmental liabilities and risks; climate change and corporate sustainability reporting; the environmental aspects of M&A transactions (undertaking due diligence and negotiating contractual allocation of risk); permit applications and appeals; EU product regulation and stewardship issues; waste and emissions; and the consenting, permitting and regulatory aspects of large infrastructure developments, with a particular emphasis on both renewable and conventional power projects.

He also guides developers, funders, contractors, purchasers, and occupiers through the myriad of planning law and regulation, including compulsory purchase, negotiating statutory planning and infrastructure agreements, conducting appeals and judicial review.

Ben is the Vice Chair and sits on the Executive Committee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and is noted to be a leading lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Environment.

Commentary in recent legal directories has noted that Ben is "bright, savvy and commercial" and has developed expertise in representing clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. (Chambers and Partners, 2014); "enthusiastic and incredibly competent" (Chambers and Partners, 2015); and "Stansfield is widely admired in the market" (Legal 500, 2015)

Practice areas


  • UK Environmental Law Association (Trustee & Vice Chair)
  • N.I.P.A. + Compulsory Purchase Association


  • Consulting Editorial Board


  • 1999 - University of Kent (Law)
  • 2000 - Nottingham Law School (LPC)

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