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Adam Hedley

Adam Hedley


Adam Hedley

Adam Hedley specialises in environment, health & safety (EHS), carbon market and climate change regulation. His expertise spans compliance advisory, project and transactional matters, as well as environmental and climate-related litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

Adam is a member of our Global ESG 'Board, with particular focus on EHS governance, ESG-related disclosures and reporting, carbon reduction/net-zero objectives and renewable fuels/energy transition.

  • A multinational data centre operator on all aspects of its global EHS management programme, operational compliance issues and roll-out of new technologies.
  • Commercial Estates Group on its development of a £250m mixed residential and commercial seafront resort at Carlyon Bay
  • SATAVIA on the development of an aviation green technology carbon offsetting project in partnership with Etihad

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Bristol (LLB) 2006
  • Northumbria University (LPC) 2007
  • Joined Dickinson Dees LLP (now Womble Bond Dickinson) 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2009
  • Joined Reed Smith LLP 2015
  • Promoted to partner in 2021
  • Head of Reed Smith UK Environmental, Health & Safety team 2021
  • Joined Clifford Chance LLP 2022

Awards and citations

  • Listed as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 UK for Environment, 2022-2023 and Up and Coming in Chambers for Environment, 2022-2023.
  • Chambers UK 2023 notes that " He has good knowledge of the subject matter" and "is pragmatic and straightforward to work with"
  • Legal 500 2023 notes Adam "has strong technical knowledge in this space and is able to provide focused commercial advice"
  • Chambers UK 2022 notes that he is part of "a well-respected team on environment regulations” and provides a “brilliant service”.
  • Chambers UK 2020 notes that Adam is a "very capable" lawyer” who is "able to give very clear advice in subjects which aren't always that clear." He is also praised by clients for the way in which he "turns things around super quickly."
  • Chambers UK 2019 states that clients value Adam’s ability to “focus on the key legal issues and explain them to a non-legal audience simply and concisely”
  • Legal 500 UK 2019 notes that Adam is ‘recommended’ for Environmental matters
  • Chambers UK 2018 describes Adam as “highly experienced and technically capable” and notes “he’s confident because he knows his stuff”
  • Legal 500 UK 2017 highlights that Adam “delivers detailed knowledge in an appropriate way”
  • Chambers UK 2017 describes Adam as “a very patient professional, very even-tempered and grounded" and someone who "explains the potential solutions along with the pros and cons in a very clear, concise and understanding manner”