UK: Zyda Law Boutique Firm Of The Year – National Category At The Lawyer Awards 2014
Last Updated: 30 June 2014

We are pleased to announce that Zyda Law are the winners of Boutique Firm of the Year – National category at The Lawyer Awards 2014.

We are extremely proud of this accolade, and the success reaffirms that Zyda Law are being recognised as one of the UK's leading infrastructure practices. 

Our Principal Solicitor, Paul Zyda, attended the prestigious event held at London's Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane, on Wednesday 25th June 2014.

Here is, according to THE LAWYER, the reason why Zyda Law earned the win:   

Zyda Law continues to stand out through its work in nuclear planning and environmental law. The firm achieved successful outcomes for a number of clients during the year, with its expertise informing EDF Energy's work on gaining hazardous substances consent for Hunterston power station from North Ayrshire Council.

The firm continued to act as an adviser to longstanding client EDF, last year advising the company on legislative changes to hazardous substances regulations and creating an internal guide on permitted development rights. The latter saw Zyda translate the extensive regulations into an easy-to-use format, helping EDF's station staff understand whether they need to apply for planning permission for their on-site developments.

The boutique was also successful for client INEOS ChlorVinyls last year, assisting in a public planning inquiry against Halton Borough Council after it failed to determine planning applications in respect of four planning conditions. To get approval for the £400m 'energy from waste' facility to commence operations Zyda collected all proofs of evidence and related appeal documents. The firm also enhanced its team of expert witnesses to include experts in sustainable transport, energy need and policy. The approach was warmly welcomed, with one QC saying it was "the best first draft proofs of evidence" she had seen during her time at the bar. The appeal was won in September 2013 and meant that INEOS and joint venture partner Viridor could proceed with operation of their energy from waste facility.

 "[A] truly specialist firm providing unique expertise in environmental and planning law, including the nuclear industry," praised one judge.

The team at Zyda Law are now are looking forward to further success in 2015.

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