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Nigel Howorth


Clifford Chance, London
Practice area Environment, Real estate
Sector Energy & resources, Transport & logistics, Industrials, Real estate
Tel +442070064076

Nigel Howorth specialises in planning, environment and public law.

Nigel's expertise includes property development, energy and renewables projects including environmental and health & safety issues in respect of corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as advising on climate change law and environmental disputes and litigation. He is a Partner and head of the Environment and Planning Group.

Career & qualifications

  • University College London (LLB) 1991
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1994
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1996
  • Partner since 2003
  • Head of Global Environment Group
  • Co-Head of Climate Change Group

Professional bodies

  • Member of Chatham House
  • Member of the city of London Law Society
  • Member of the UK Emissions Trading Group
  • Member of UK Environmental Law Association

Awards and citations

  • Nigel Howorth is the widely respected leader of the firm's environment team, and is particularly noted for his work on corporate transactions and energy projects. He has taken a lead on the environment group's work for Horizon Nuclear Power on its nuclear new build programme. Sources say: "He has got real presence and real gravitas."
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2014
  • Nigel Howorth is admired for his work on emissions trading, climate change risk and renewables matters, as well as regulatory advice on global climate change concerns. He is a trusted adviser to Pfizer. 
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2013
  • Head of the group Nigel Howorth has been involved in a variety of significant projects recently. He is particularly experienced in large-scale regeneration projects and has been the key lawyer on the London Gateway Port project, Horizon matters and continuing developments for the Canary Wharf Estate. 
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2013
  • Nigel Howorth is "sensible and considered".
    Source: Legal 500, UK, 2013
  • Nigel Howorth is regarded as an "experienced and knowledgeable" lawyer who "offers solutions that are client-focused, not just legally based." He is strong in the corporate and energy arenas and frequently advises on emissions trading, landfill regulations, and contaminated land and waste regulation. 
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2012
  • Practice head Nigel Howorth is "a sharp, patient negotiator, and excellent at explaining environmental risk to clients". 
    Source: Legal 500, UK, 2011
  • Nigel Howorth "knows his subject matter and has the presence to influence at the highest levels," according to sources.  He has continued to lead the team advising Intergen on an 860 MW extension to its CCGT plant in Spalding. 
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2011
  • Practice head Nigel Howorth "knows his subject matter and has the presence to influence at the highest levels".  
    Source: Legal 500, UK, 2010
  • "Nigel Howorth co-heads the climate change group and has a practice that includes advising on renewables and emissions trading issues.
    Source: Chambers & Partners, UK, 2010

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