Water & Waste

We bring vital insight to this heavily regulated sector

In a sector as heavily regulated as waste and water, it is vital to understand how the legal framework impacts on your business goals.

Around the world, environmental issues are becoming increasingly important for business – driven by the ever-increasing body of legislation, and environmental concerns such as climate change and sustainability. Regulators are placing new and more stringent demands upon businesses to meet enhanced environmental standards. In turn, environmental liabilities and requirements are featuring more and more in everyday business transactions.

Legal advice from our industry experts

As experts in waste and water regulations, King & Wood Mallesons covers a range of asset classes and has a close working relationship with regulators. For you as a client, this means quality advice and real insight that identifies value and maximises opportunities.

Our lawyers advise water and sewerage companies, government agencies, corporate landowners investment banks and infrastructure investors on all water and waste-related issues – including:

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance 
  • Investing in the water sector 
  • Planning advice for infrastructure projects 
  • Compulsory purchase orders 
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Parliamentary procedures UK
  • Project development, including construction contracts
  • Review of regulatory decisions.

Our experience in the water and waste sector includes advising on one of the biggest water-related public-private partnership (PPP) transactions in Australia’s history – the AUD 3 billion Victorian Desalination PPP. We also advised Nuovito Energy Limited on the development of the UK’s first waste-to-biofuels plant – specifically on the planning and environmental permitting aspects of the project, as well as on the commercial agreements for the project’s waste supply and fuel off-take.

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Other highlights of our experience in the water and waste sector include advising:

  • CBRE Global Investors and Comer Homes Group on the proposed redevelopment of a prime London riverside site, and on objections to Thames Water's proposed use of part of the site in connection with the Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • Battersea Project Land Company, the owner of Battersea Power Station, on issues relating to Thames Water’s proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and Transport for London’s proposed Northern Line Extension
  • Lead adviser to Sydney Water Corporation and the NSW Government on the AUD 2.3 billion refinancing of the Sydney Desalination Plant
  • RIT Capital Partners as the lead investor on the environmental aspects of their £65 million investment in waste-to-energy company Tamar Energy Limited – a developer of anaerobic digestion plants with plans for a UK-wide network generating over 100MW of green electricity
  • Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority as a potential interested party in abortive judicial review proceedings brought by a local resident against the Environment Agency, challenging the environmental permit granted for the operation of a waste-to-energy plant at INEOS Chlor’s chemicals production facility in Cheshire
  • Mundaring Water Treatment PPP – acted for the financiers to a consortium bidding to design, construct, operate and maintain the Mundaring Water Treatment.
"A good understanding of the complex elements for planning large-scale developments” and “is an obvious choice for commercial clients"

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We have a full team specialising in this area.

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