Current Issues in Nuclear Law

Current Issues in Nuclear Law


CategorySeminar Archive Author Stephen Tromans QC Date

The UK is embarking on a new period in nuclear energy policy whereby for the first time in over 20 years, the prospect of new nuclear build is a distinct possibility. This will however be a controversial process, as litigation over the Government’s Nuclear White Paper in 2007 has already powerfully demonstrated.

The planning and permitting process for new nuclear power stations will undoubtedly raise complex legal issues. It also comes at a time of significant change in the regime on liability and insurance for nuclear installations, with radical changes to the heads of damage within that regime becoming imminent, and with growing experience of the sometimes difficult contractual and legal issues arising on the decommissioning of existing plants.

39 Essex Street is therefore hosting this seminar to provide an overview and opportunity for discussion of these issues. The seminar should be of interest to private practice and in-house lawyers and consultants working in the fields of nuclear energy, engineering, decommissioning and waste management.

Stephen Tromans is a member of Chambers and is recognised as a leading specialist in the environmental and planning area. He is the author of the leading text, The Law of Nuclear Installations and Radioactive Substances and is currently working on a second edition of that book. Stephen will deal with legal issues arising from the proposed process for the siting and permitting of new plant.

Ian Salter is a partner with Burges Salmon and heads its nuclear team and co-heads the environmental law group. He has been a member of the International Nuclear Lawyers’ Association for over 10 years, has provided papers to their last two bi-annual conferences and has a well established and highly regarded practice in the nuclear field. Ian is a panel adviser to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has advised on legal issues on the majority of the UK licensed sites, and acts for a wide range of other companies in the sector, including in the waste, defence, transport, research and healthcare sectors. Ian will provide a legal perspective on the important changes to the international regime on nuclear liabilities, and on current experience in decommissioning and how this may impact on new build.

Mark Tetley is Managing Director of Nuclear Risk Insurers Limited, which acts as insurance, co-insurance and reinsurance agent of many UK insurers for all matters relating to nuclear insurance. He has long experience in this field and has been closely involved in the revisions to the Vienna and Paris Conventions which will have wide implications for operators and insurers.


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