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Meet our new co-chairs Caroline May and Matt Sparkes

Caroline May Co- Chair LSA, Partner Norton Rose Fulbright

Caroline May is specialist environment and health and safety lawyer and head of Norton Rose environment, planning and health and safety practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Caroline has extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious environmental law. In particular, she has great experience in urban regeneration and brownfield site projects. She has been involved in two of the largest pieces of toxic tort litigation in the UK involving dioxin emissions from chemical waste incineration and methane emissions from landfill waste sites.

Caroline advises trade and industry groups on larger projects and has been involved in a number of harbourside and city centre regeneration projects. Her work has involved liaison with government, relevant regulatory authorities, NGOs and lobby groups. She has a specialism in environmental indemnity insurance and all aspects of health and safety law.

Caroline sat on National Council for the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and Noise Consultative Committee for 6 years. She is a Freeman of the City of London and holds National Institute for Trial Advocacy Diploma (NITA).

Matt Sparkes Co-Chair LSA and Head of Corporate Responsibility Linklakters LLP

After running a small charity for three years, Matt made the move to Linklaters just as the financial crisis saw trust in business plummet. Since then, demonstrating that business can be a force for good has become increasingly critical and Matt’s brief at Linklaters has expanded alongside.

Matt now looks after the firm’s responsible business activities globally as well as its award-winning pro bono and community investment programmes. As well as being co-Chair of the LSA, Matt was instrumental in the development of ICRS, is Chair of the LBG social impact network and also chairs an east London charity and school.

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