Water and Marine

Our Water and Marine Experience

We have a long history of successful involvement in water infrastructures.

Some of our experiences include advising on:

  • Port and dock developments
  • Water treatment plants and infrastructure projects
  • Water protection, marine environment and pollution issues

We also have extensive experience in the waste sector and can successfully manage waste water treatment and hydrogeological isolation projects. 

The water and marine market and clients

We have significant experience advising internationally recognised companies and organisations about EU and UK water protection legislation and policy.  

Our marine development experience is diverse and extensive: we’ve helped small yacht/sailing club with their developments and guided major companies on water treatment facility proposals.  

Our water and marine clients and projects have included:

  • Goodman International: new deep sea port development (Atlantic Basin) at the port of Dunkerque, France
  • EDF Energy: Hartlepool nuclear power station-coolant water inlet and encroaching development
  • Royal Yachting Association: marine legislation review, consultation and compliance for the UK and Northern Ireland.
  • DSRL: water pollution protection legislation, hydrogeological borehole exploration programme and the CAR regime, Scotland
  • Ministry of Defence: decommissioning nuclear submarines (ISOLUS)

Why our work is important

As experts in water and marine law, we understand the issues facing the industry and UK generally, in particular, the sustainability balance. The power of water can be harnessed in order to produce electricity - the UK Government has recognised that this will make a useful contribution to renewable energy targets.  In addition, the growing UK population means the water infrastructure needs to be improved. This includes increased storage capacity, treatment works, pipelines and projects to control surface drainage.  Most significantly, the Government acknowledges the need to develop waste water treatment, for both public health and environmental reasons.The UK Government wants to ensure that marine resources are used in a sustainable way. They recognise that marine projects can promote sustainable economic development and enable the move towards a low-carbon economy. It’s also vital to protect the marine environment.   

Case studies and contact details

To find out more about our water and marine development capabilities, read our case studies or telephone 01789 413 949 and speak to Paul Zyda, Principal (or email: paulzyda@zydalaw.com)  

Port and Dock Development
Water Infrastructure
Marine environment and Pollution
  • Port and Dock Developments

    We have acted for major clients on deep sea port development in Europe. 

    We understand and guide our clients through the planning system including ensuring EIA compliance. This is especially important because large ports fall under Schedule 1 of the EIA regulations so they require an Environmental Statement - which we help our clients to produce.

    We have also acted for individuals and charities that require our expert knowledge on the EIA regulations. For these clients, we launched several objections about large-scale port and dock developments. (We did this work on a not-for-profit basis.)

  • Water Treatment Plants and Infrastructure Projects

    We understand our clients’ commercial requirements and the legal and policy requirements of authorities. This expertise come from our 20+ years’ experience advising on nationally significant infrastructure projects for blue chip developers.

    We help clients create robust strategies and provide a first-rate comprehensive environmental legal service. We can successfully manage projects for waste water treatment and hydrogeological isolation. 

    We’ve advised on water treatment plants and other water infrastructure projects and can apply our expertise to your development proposals. 

  • Water Protection, Marine Environment and Pollution

    We understand and have direct knowledge of the enhanced environmental protection given to marine conservation areas, and the licences needed to undertake works in tidal waters.

    For example, we have interpreted the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) (MCAA) and can provide you with comprehensive advice on the legal implications of this legislation and on complying with all marine legislation. 

    The MCAA was intended to provide:

    • Better protection for our marine environment
    • Sustainable use of marine resources
    • An integrated planning system for managing the marine and coastal environment
    • A robust legal framework for decision-making

    With our experience, we can help you make your projects a reality.