John Buttanshaw

John Buttanshaw

Senior Counsel

John is a senior counsel in our Risk & Operational Regulatory Group.

John specialises in the fast-changing areas of environmental, safety, planning and energy law, as well as broader governance and compliance matters. He has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sector, having worked on some of the biggest UK projects of the last decade.

Environmental and regulatory expertise

A true expert in the field, John advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across environmental, safety, planning and sector specific regulatory laws. On the non-contentious side, John has particular expertise in permitting and licensing on major energy and infrastructure projects. John also has extensive experience in areas including product and chemical compliance, safety risk management, climate change and ESG reporting. On the contentious side, John has worked on matters ranging from major Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive enforcement actions through to cross-border product recalls and product liability claims.

Governance and international risk

In addition to his environmental and regulatory practice, John has extensive experience in advising clients (particularly in the investment sector) on an array of wider risk, governance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. These range from anti-bribery and corruption, modern slavery and other business ethics issues, through to export controls, sanctions and market access considerations.

Energy and Infrastructure

John has particular expertise in advising on permitting compliance, and regulatory matters in the energy and infrastructure sector. John has acted on transactions, developments and ongoing advisory mandates across all types of generation, as well as in the supply, transport, water, distribution, district heating, and social infrastructure sectors. John's experience ranges from smaller and more innovative developments, such as the first commercial fracking project in the UK, through to some of the largest projects of the last decade, such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel. John has also worked in-house at Heathrow Airport and the Ministry of Defence, as well as undertaking an energy-focused secondment to Jakarta, Indonesia.

Industry recognition

John is recommended in The Legal 500 (Environment). He is a member of UKELA, participant in the CLLS Planning & Environmental Law Committee, an active contributor to the International Environmental Law Network, and a contributor to Commercial Environmental Law & Liability (Sweet & Maxwell).

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