Product Stewardship

‘Cradle to grave' product stewardship is now a familiar concept. A increasingly complex matrix of international and national regulations requires our clients to meet a raft of shifting goalposts on the environmental and health impacts of their products. Generally a failure to comply means the product cannot be placed on the market where the breach has occurred.

Our team has a wealth of experience in this arena which helps to make the complex, simple. It bring together experts from across the globe with experience of advising the world's leading organisations on the implications of product stewardship legislation in the major markets.

Recent transactions include:

  • advising a major corporate in relation to a criminal proceeding regarding non-compliance with chemical product safety requirements, which involved managing the conduct of an internal investigation and advising on setting-up an improved corporate compliance management system
  • developing a manufacturing strategy with a global manufacturer of tractors and mobile non-road machinery to align with the phase-in of new EU engine emission requirements
  • advising Scotts MiracleGro in relation to various regulatory requirements applicable to pesticides and fertilizers. incoming Polish pesticides requirements, and in relation to EU and national policy and legislative processes in France, Germany and the UK
  • advising a major corporate with operations in the US and EU on an ongoing basis in relation to its obligations under REACH, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation and the Prior Informed Consent Regulation, including in the context of planned corporate restructurings and changes to supply chains to decrease exposure to these laws
  • advising an energy client in relation to the provisions with regard to retirement of plant under the Large Combustion Plants Directive that regulates the emission of oxides of sulphur and nitrogen and particulates from large combustion plants (oil, lignite and coal) across the European Union
  • conducting an online webinar to familiarise a German entity of a major U.S. corporate with its obligations under REACH and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation
  • advising several clients on the re use or processing of by-products and the treatment of this under EU waste law
  • dvising on the sustainability requirements applicable to the supply of biomass to the UK/EU market, and drafting relevant protections into commodity contracts