Head of Environmental & Regulatory
With over 20 years’ experience, Lyn is a specialist regulatory lawyer, focusing on environmental, health and safety, fire safety, food safety, and product safety.
Lyn trained and qualified at Nabarro in London and Sheffield (now part of CMS). She joined Nabarro’s environmental team on qualification, and this was one of the first standalone environmental teams in Yorkshire at the time. She benefited from working on deals and litigation that were truly ground-breaking, relating (for example) to liability for minewater discharges from abandoned mines; the privatisation of the mining and railway industries; group litigation relating to odour nuisance; the introduction of the first iteration of the CDM Regulations; and accidents in high-hazard industries such as chemicals and rail.
Lyn leads the firm’s provision of a complete advisory and commercial support service to its clients, which aims to help businesses (and those who run them) to comply with regulatory requirements. This includes:
Providing support during regulatory investigations and any subsequent legal or enforcement action
Assisting companies to identify and manage their key business risks
Helping businesses to set up and update policies and procedures
Training and guidance for compliance officers and directors holding compliance obligations
Broader business training and guidance for operational staff that can also be delivered by compliance and training officers
Guidance and support is provided in respect of all aspects of regulatory compliance; Lyn’s work includes:
Directors’ duties and responsibilities
Environmental law, including waste and environmental permitting
Health and safety (including issues such as the management of asbestos)
Trading standards and product safety (including product safety, and appeals against notices served by local authorities)
Lyn also assists clients on the increasingly important issue of risk apportionment for historic contamination in corporate and property deals. She has an outstanding level of knowledge and commitment to her work, and is the first person clients think of calling in a crisis.
Lyn has been recognised by her clients in the legal directories as quite simply 'fantastic'. "She has dealt with the issues that we have, and her environmental knowledge and ability to apply it in an appropriate way for our business has been excellent", has said one source. Legal 500 highlights Lyn's 'strong personal commitment' to her clients and in Chambers & Partners, one impressed source notes, "She cares so much for the client's outcome and is technically very skilled. She is very easy to work with, has a nice manner and is intelligent and thoughtful”. Shulmans’ environmental practice is ranked by both directories.
As well as providing reliable and assured representation for clients faced with regulatory enquiries, investigations and prosecutions, Lyn seeks to bring matters to a positive conclusion prior to any formal enforcement action commencing.
Lyn was the lead solicitor on the important sentencing guideline case R v Friskies Petcare (UK) Limited. The case was a leading authority on sentencing up to the introduction of the sentencing guidelines.
Whilst Lyn acts for all business sectors, she has significant specialist sector knowledge in relation to waste management, construction and complex chemical and manufacturing sites. Lyn has an in-depth understanding of the particular requirements of business operations in those sectors.
Lyn is an acknowledged expert in the requirements of managing chemical site compliance issues.
Past and current clients include several major household names (in the retail, food, waste and manufacturing sectors), as well as upper-tier and lower-tier COMAH sites.
Until 2018, Lyn has been a board member of YCF. She helped steer the merger of YCF with CATCH, based in Stallingborough.
Lyn has spoken at events convened by organisations such as the RICS; Investors in the Environment; and UBM EMEA (the Health and Safety Expo). She is also a regular contributor to trade and compliance publications.