27th January 2006
With businesses today facing an ever increasing number of complex rules and regulations covering the environment as well as health and safety, north west law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed specialist lawyer Simon Colvin.
Simon, aged 28, who has a degree in Environmental Biology, has specialised in environmental and health and safety issues for the past two years with national law firm Eversheds. He has now returned to Brabners Chaffe Street's Preston office where he trained.
Simon commented: "The last 15 years have seen a rapid rise in the number and remit of rules and regulations. Businesses now have to comply with a mass of complex laws. If they don't, those responsible could face severe financial penalties or even imprisonment. The situation is only set to get worse with the implementation of further environmental legislation by the EU and the planned health and safety laws concerning corporate manslaughter which the UK Government are looking to introduce in the near future."
Simon has recently been involved in preparation for the successful 2012 Olympic bid assessing the brownfield sites that will form the new Olympic Park, as well as analysing the risks and looking at the apportionment of any liability. He also advised on the Greater Manchester Waste PFI project assessing all the waste facilities in the region in relation to environmental liabilities.
In his leisure time, Simon, who lives in Bolton, enjoys golf, walking and skiing. He is planning to participate in Brabners Chaffe Street's 'Three Peaks Challenge later in 2006.
For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Alison Duffy at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 617611:
Facts about Brabners Chaffe Street
Brabners Chaffe Street is a Limited Liability Partnership and has 46 partners and 146 fee-earners based at offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, with a combined annual turnover of 17.5 million.
The firm provides services across the following disciplines:
* corporate and commercial
* commercial litigation
It has recently strengthened its teams in specialist areas including construction, property and employment.
Brabners Chaffe Street also provides a range of private client services to high net worth individuals.
In January 2001 Brabners incorporated the corporate and commercial departments of Berrymans Lace Mawer. In January 2002 it merged with independent Manchester-based law firm, Chaffe Street.