The Green Scene: Navigating the Legal Issues in the Green Economy

09 February 2012

To launch the Bird & Bird Associate Lecture Series 2012, the Bird & Bird Associates Held A Focus Symposium entitled The Green Scene: Navigating the Legal Issues in the Green Economy.

Including Commercial, IP, Corporate and Tax Associates from our Cleantech, Environmental and Climate Change groups, for a study of the key legal considerations for businesses within the Green Economy.

The Symposium drew on Bird & Bird's experience in advising clients on the legal implications for those involved in, operating in, affected by or seeking to benefit from the Green Economy. We provided a practical guide to the environmental regulations which affect the day-to-day management of businesses and their contractual arrangements in the UK. Speakers from Bird & Bird's Paris and Abu Dhabi offices provided an overview of the regulatory framework within Europe and the Middle East.

The Symposium also provided practical advice for businesses to capitalise on schemes and benefits to reduce their overhead energy costs and investigate renewable energy options, including consideration of the tax incentives available.

Finally, we discussed how a business can advertise its environmental credentials and potential pitfalls to avoid.

The In Focus Symposium was a half-day seminar held at Bird & Bird's offices in London.

Later in the year, for the first time, the In Focus Lecture series will be going on the road, with Roadshows being held in business parks outside London.

For further information, or to register to attend future seminars please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000

The programme

14.30 - 15.00
Registration and refreshments

15.00 - 15.05
Welcome and introduction
Claire Chapman, Associate, Bird & Bird, London (Chair)

15.05 - 15.40
Focus on Environmental Regulation in the European Union

General overview
What does this mean for UK companies?

Sarah Pearce, Associate, Bird & Bird, Paris

15.40 - 16.20
The Impact of Environmental Regulations on Businesses

Day-to-day management
Green contracts
IT and green data centres

Karl Delport, Associate, Bird & Bird, London
Helen Loose, Associate, Bird & Bird, London

16.20 - 16.40
Capitalising on Environmental Schemes

Environmental tax incentives

Adam Singer, Associate, Bird & Bird, London

16.40 - 17.00

17.00 - 17.40
Generating Renewable Energy in the Built Environment

Generating your own renewable energy
Schemes, benefits and contractual considerations

Elizabeth Belsey, Associate, Bird & Bird, London
Levent Gürdenli, Associate, Bird & Bird, London

17.40 - 18.00
Focus on Energy in the United Arab Emirates

Overview of energy & the regulatory regime in the UAE & developing renewable projects
Building a sustainable city - The Masdar Initiative and other renewable/green developments in the UAE

Christine Rae, Associate, Bird & Bird, Abu Dhabi

18.00 - 18.20
Green Claims in Advertising

Advertising your company's green credentials
Protecting your brand

Amy Williams, Associate, Bird & Bird, London

18.20 - 18.30
Question and answer session

18.30 - 20.30
Drinks and canapés