In the last few decades, Israel has witnessed significant progression in its environmental laws and regulatory mechanisms, that seek to regularise the environmental aspects of companies, industrial plants and large organisations, whose activities impact upon Israel's natural resources. As a consequence, all regulated bodies are today required to operate under a complex regulatory environment and to deal with civil, administrative and criminal legislative and enforcement mechanisms. Moreover, these bodies are obliged to include environmental considerations in their business-decision processes as an integral part of the ongoing business and planning activities.
The environmental legal team at S. Horowitz & Co. specialises in a broad range of environmental fields, including: non-ionizing radiation, radioactive radiation, sea and water pollution, air pollution, ground pollution, noise and smell hazards, hazardous materials, waste disposal, business licensing, protection of nature reserves and landscape restoration of abandoned quarries, desalination facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, energy and fuels.
We have extensive experience in advising our clients on all environmental-related matters that stem from the operation, management and development of their businesses and provide a comprehensive service to our clients in those matters.
We represent our clients in a wide array of legal proceedings, including: civil claims, administrative petitions, proceedings before the High Court of Justice, class actions as well as criminal and administrative enforcement proceedings.
Throughout the years we have acted on many of the high profile, complex and high value environmental claims and have also represented our clients in legal proceedings that have led to precedent decisions in matters focusing on environmental law.
We provide our clients with ongoing legal consultation relating to their activities. Inter alia, weadvise our clients with respect to environmental legislative provisions and regulations that apply to them and regarding internal compliance procedures; in addition we advise our clients with regard to their relations with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and other regulatory and enforcement authorities, at both the governmental and local-municipal levels, including: the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, the Ministry of Health, the municipal environmental protection organisations, the various Knesset committees and planning committees as well as many civil and communal organisations.
We also provide our clients with immediate legal advice in the case of environmental incidents and breach of a provision of any environmental law—already from the occurrence of the incident or breach, during the investigation and throughout the legal and enforcement procedures. Similarly, we provide our clients with legal consultation during the rehabilitation proceedings, following the occurrence of the environmental incident.
Furthermore, we advise and represent our clients in transactions that involve environmental aspects, provide legal consultation on national projects in relation to environmental issues and also offer legal assistance on environmental, legislative procedures.
We represent governmental corporations, core public and private companies that are market leaders, statutory corporations and municipal organisations as well as office holders in these organisations, in a wide spectrum of industries.