Leading international law firm Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that Michael Hutchinson will rejoin the firm's Environment Law practice as a partner from Dickinson Dees on 19 October 2007.

Michael is a well respected environmental law specialist and joins the London team headed up by Cate Sharp.  Michael has previously worked at Mayer Brown and was originally made a partner in 2001.

He advises on the environmental aspects of national and international corporate, real estate and finance transactions, focusing on contaminated land and regulatory compliance issues as well as development issues (including the re-development of contaminated land). He provides stand-alone advice on developments in UK and EU environment law and acts for clients from a variety of sectors including waste, energy, chemicals, retail, property and banking.

His expertise sits well with the firm's well-established environmental practice which is well known for its advice with respect to climate change - a key driver of developments in the field of environmental law and policy. This includes emissions trading, environmental finance instruments and new technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, as well as renewables, energy efficiency and carbon management.   The continued rise of environmental regulation within the EU has stimulated demand for the firm's regulatory advice work.

Cate Sharp, Head of Mayer Brown's European Environment Practice, commented: "The increasing impact of environmental issues in relation to all aspects of UK and international law means that our practice is extremely busy both domestically and internationally."

Michael Hutchinson added: "I am pleased to rejoin the team which I left only recently. It is a market-leading team and the client base is well established and very savvy in terms of understanding where the environmental pressure points are.  The international platform that the firm offers is of huge benefit to clients which need to quickly understand the intricacies and rapidly changing landscape in the environmental law arena and to put that back into a commercial context."

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner, continued: "We are delighted to welcome Michael back to the firm. His specialist experience and knowledge will stand us in good stead as environmental issues become ever increasing drivers in deals and in the wider context."