Andrew Waite qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and is Head of the Environment Group at Ashurst LLP. He is widely experienced in Environmental Law, with a substantial practice in the area of contaminated land, waste management, water, noise and pollution control law, as well as climate change, nature conservation issues and environmental liabilities. He is a particular expert on waste, contaminated land, environmental liabilities and climate change having advised the Government on waste and contaminated land legislation and the UK Government and the European Commission on the Environmental Liability Directive. His practice has a strong international focus and he is recognised as a leading expert in the standard directories. Andrew is: ·Vice President (and formerly President) of the European Environmental Law Association; ·Co-founder of the UK Environmental Law Association and Secretary 1986-90; and ·Former Regional Vice Chair for Western Europe of IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law 2001-05. In that capacity, he organised the first meeting of European Judges on Environmental Law in 2002 which resulted in the formation of the European Judges Forum on the Environment. Andrew is a member of several other prestigious environmental bodies, including the International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation and the International Council of Environmental Law. He is an officer of the American Bar Association's Section on Nature Resources Energy and Environmental Law and Assistant Editor of the ABA's environment magazine Natural Resources and Environment, and Chairman of the CBI's ad hoc working party on environmental liability. Andrew is editor of Environmental Law Handbook 4th edition, 2012; co-author of Environmental Law in Property Transactions 3rd edition, 2009; and author of a number of articles on environmental law topics. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences in the UK and abroad and has broadcast on environmental issues on radio and television.