Addleshaw Goddard has hired Stuart Wardlaw to add further bandwidth to its Environment & Sustainability and Health & Safety practice, part of its Global Investigations team.
Stuart joins from Womble Bond Dickinson, where he led the firm's Regulatory and Environment practice.
Stuart has 23 years’ experience advising industrial, commercial and public sector clients on all aspects of environmental, health and safety issues. He provides sustainability-focused compliance advice across the full breadth of environmental and safety regulation and governance. His practice also includes representing clients in enforcement proceedings and advising on regulatory aspects of commercial transactions and major projects.
Stuart's appointment follows on from the partner hires in 2020 of health and safety expert, David Young, from Eversheds as well as corporate crime / private prosecutions expert, Polly Sprenger, from US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman. Addleshaw Goddard's specialist Environment & Sustainability and Health & Safety teams are a 4 partner, 15 lawyer practice. They provide class-leading advice and representation to major corporates and public bodies in strategically significant cases and projects as well as day-to-day operational support, wherever and whenever it is needed. In addition to its outstanding UK client base, the team continues to grow its international offering with exceptional experience of providing clients with multi-jurisdictional support.
Nichola Peters, head of Global Investigations, Addleshaw Goddard, said: "We are seeing increasing demand from clients for strategic advice on health, safety and environmental compliance issues, particularly as part of a wider ESG focus by Boards and an appreciation of the risks that these pose, but also as a result of seeing the opportunities that a wider focus on sustainability and the environment has. Stuart's appointment will continue our strategy of delivering an integrated offering across all sectors around these issues and we are delighted to welcome him to AG."