Owen Lomas is consultant to the firm's Environmental & Safety Group. He was previously a partner and Head of Global Environmental Law Services at Allen & Overy LLP.
Owen has wide experience in advising on environmental and climate change law issues both on a standalone basis and in the context of business transactions. In independent surveys of client and peer group opinion, he has been variously described as a "first rate lawyer" who "cannot be matched", a "genuine star" with "consistent problem-solving ability" and a "huge range of knowledge" and as the "doyen of environmental law".
Owen is a specialist in strategic management of environmental liabilities and in corporate environmental policy, management and audit. He has an extensive practice in the renewables and climate change sectors and in the chemicals, power and oil and gas industries. He is at the forefront of developing environmental law practice in relation to ´second generation´ environmental laws relating to the use of economic instruments and permits trading, notably in relation to greenhouse gas emissions trading.
He has substantial experience in product responsibility and stewardship (notably in relation to electrical and electronic waste, packaging waste and ´take back´ obligations). He has advised numerous companies on their take-back obligations and has assisted industry compliance schemes to gain competition clearance and registration. He has also advised extensively in the electrical and electronics manufacturing and retail sectors on the hazardous substance content of products. Amongst his achievements has been the successful lobbying of the EU Commission to achieve a more favourable interpretation of legal provisions which would have had serious adverse financial consequences for electronics producers.
Owen´s transactional practice includes mergers, acquisitions, disposals and property transactions, privatisations, new issues, energy and infrastructure projects and financings. He has particular experience of negotiating the allocation of liability for land contamination in complex property and business transactions.
A leading writer and commentator on Environmental Law, his publications include "Commercial Environmental Law and Liability" (Sweet & Maxwell) (joint editor), "Frontiers of Environmental Law" (Chancery), "Packaging Waste Recycling Obligations - a business guide to British regulations" (Pira) and numerous papers and articles on environmental law and policy.
He is a member of the board of trustees of the Environmental Law Foundation, a member of the editorial boards of Water Law, The Utilities Law Review and Environmental Law and Management and former Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law (FT Law & Tax 1989-1997).
He was a founding member of the UK Environmental Law Association and a member for 10 years of its Council of Management; the past chairman and/or member of working parties on air pollution, integrated pollution control, contaminated land and producer responsibility for waste. He served as Chairman of the Law and Policy Working Group of the Environmental Industries Commission from 2000 to 2004.
Owen holds bachelors and masters degrees in law, qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and previously worked as a lecturer and professor in environmental law in England and in Germany.