Nicholas Rock

Reed Smith LLP

Nicholas Rock is a partner in Reed Smith LLP’s London and head of the firm’s EME Environmental Law group. He specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentions UK, EU and International environmental law with a particular focus on contaminated land and brownfield redevelopment.

He led the legal team on BP’s multi-award winning Llandarcy oil refinery/Coed Darcy urban village redevelopment. He is currently engaged on CEG’s landmark redevelopment of Kirkstall Forge in Leeds. Clients say: “He has a ready grasp of the legal, commercial and tactical issues” Chambers UK Directory 2015, ‘he is a first-class intellect and a very good lawyer’.” Chambers UK Directory 2014 ,“Singled out by sources for "his responsiveness and commercially astute advice."” (Chambers UK Directory 2011) “An excellent negotiator who is very effective at achieving great results." (Chambers UK Directory 2010) “Exudes “star quality” ... “an invaluable sounding board…” (Chambers UK Directory 2007).

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Managing past, present and future environmental legal liability risk: common mistakes and misconceptions

Drawing on the speaker’s 20 years’ experience of advising clients buying, selling and remediating contaminated land, including defending many clients against regulatory enforcement action and handling environmental warranty and indemnity claims.

The speaker will highlight some of the legal issues that are commonly overlooked or misunderstood by the market when assessing soil & groundwater risks and allocating liability in contracts.


  • David Cole: Speaking at The Contamination Expo

    David Cole - Importance Of Tertiary Containment And Dynamic Risk Assessment

  • Joanne Kwan: Speaking at The Contamination Expo

    Joanne Kwan - Innovative site investigation for contaminated land

  • Mark Heggie: Speaking at The Contamination Expo

    Mark Heggie - WM3 - Classification and Assessment of Hazardous Waste

  • Niels Ploug: Speaking at The Contamination Expo

    Niels Ploug - Status of Thermal Soil Remediation

  • James Harrison: Speaking at The Contamination Expo

    James Harrison - AGS Guidance on practical compliance with WM3