To mark UN World Environment Day 2019 on 5th June, Hassans announced the formal establishment of a specialised legal team providing advice and assistance on a range of environmental legal issues.

Partners Vikram Nagrani, Gemma Vasquez and Maxi Torres, and Associate Tania Rahmany have developed a range of experience in all aspects of environmental work, including assisting with the drafting of environment and climate change legislation, reviewing the environmental aspects of legal documents relating to planning and construction, and facilitating the trading of green assets internationally.

In light of the urgency to mitigate climate change, legislation and regulation will increasingly impose compliance duties on businesses. The Hassans’ Environmental Team can advise on compliance with policy changes whether in a transactional context or generally during a business’ ongoing operations.

To ensure its own contribution to reducing damage to the environment, Hassans has also published an Environment Policy, committing to reducing waste, improving energy efficiency and raising awareness amongst its workforce and in the community of the measures that can be taken to work more sustainably.

The team’s expertise in this area includes: 

  • Vikram Nagrani advises on the trading of emissions and other green assets from Gibraltar, with a particular focus on the use of Distributed Ledger Technology to facilitate such trade. Vikram routinely assists clients involved in the use of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as with related matters.
  • Maxi Torres has carried out considerable research into the use and effects of single use plastics and contaminated land. Maxi has assisted the Department of Environment of HM Government of Gibraltar in transposing EU directives relating to single use plastics. Maxi is also involved in drafted the Charter for the Gibraltar Youth Council, based on sustainability goals.
  • Gemma Vasquez assisted with the drafting of the Climate Change Act, and advised HM Government of Gibraltar in relation to climate policy in the United Kingdom and in small jurisdictions. Gemma has also provided advice and assistance on the drafting of legislation relating to animal welfare, conservation and the of land and marine environments. Due to her considerable expertise and experience in the construction industry, Gemma advises on the planning and environmental aspects of a diverse range of developments, in addition to advising on the energy performance of buildings. Gemma also advises on emissions trading, and the trade of other green assets from Gibraltar, with a particular focus on the use of blockchain technology to facilitate trade.
  • Tania Rahmany assisted with the drafting of the Climate Change Act, and advised HM Government of Gibraltar in relation to climate policy in the United Kingdom and in small jurisdictions. Tania has also provided advice and assistance on the drafting of legislation relating to animal welfare, conservation, the of land and marine environments, and sustainability.Tania also advises on emissions trading, and the trade of other green assets from Gibraltar, with a particular focus on the use of blockchain technology to facilitate trade. In this regard, Tania has conducted extensive research to the financing mechanisms under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.