Environmental specialist, Stephen Sykes, joins DJB bringing over 30 years’ experience in environmental, climate and ESG law.
Stephen initially started off practising law at a UK Top 30 firm, before founding a market-leading environmental insurance MGA where he was the Legal Director, responsible for designing new environmental insurance policies and negotiating bespoke terms, often for large and complex redevelopment sites across the UK. Stephen has also established and accelerated the growth of several environmental enterprises; he was the founder and chairman at Argyll Environmental, the Global Head of Environment Liability Solutions at WSP, the Chairman at ESI, the Chairman at Ashfield Solutions Group and a co-founder of the Castle Debates.
Stephen is a former Chair, Vice Chair and one of a handful of Honorary Members of the UK Environmental Law Association, where his leadership was recognised by former Supreme Court Justice and former UKELA President, Lord Carnwath, as being ‘’strong and innovative’’. Stephen also is a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College’s Centre for Innovation Management Research.
Madeleine Davitt, our Senior Partner, said: “Stephen represents the gold standard of environmental law specialists so we’re thrilled to welcome him to Davitt Jones Bould. Our lawyers advise on some of the most complex and contentious environmental issues facing organisations today, and his appointment means we are even better equipped to cover the entire spectrum of environmental legal matters and respond to the increasing demand for expert lawyers in this area of substantial growth. We recognise that our clients need legal advice which is relevant to their business needs, and our team brings a highly pragmatic, commercial approach that focuses on solving problems and helping clients move their business forward without getting bogged down in legal technicalities.”
ABOUT DJB: DJB is a national law firm that specialises entirely in real estate. The firm has offices in London, Manchester, and Birmingham ensuring truly national coverage.
The firm is renowned for its high quality legal work and service.
We only recruit experienced lawyers with excellent calibre. As a result, our legal team of around 50 lawyers have an average post-qualification experience that exceeds 20 years. Most have joined us from other City firms, in-house departments and/or senior roles. Our lawyers have advised some of the UK’s most significant land owners including Barclays Bank, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Rolls Royce, The Royal Parks, The Cabinet Office and The Crown Estate. This focus on quality only has led to a 50% male and female Partner rate.
All of our clients are provided with a dedicated client care professional at no extra charge, which ensures that they receive the highest standard of service at all times. DJB is regularly selected to advise on high profile projects such as the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games by The Royal Parks and the first Sukuk Bond to be entered into by a Western Government on behalf of HM Treasury. Based in London at The Shard and also Manchester, Birmingham and Taunton, DJB has a national presence.
The firm enjoys top tier rankings in all of the main directories, as well as receiving many awards.