Doctor of law, Corinne Lepage, because of her experience, develops a consulting activity which includes strategy and litigation. She works with both very big companies and start-up, French and foreign public entities and associations. Corinne Lepage follows the big environmental files, energy and environmental health cases. She also manages big pollution, natural and industrial disasters files. She is one of the European specialists on these topics. Co-founder, with Christian Huglo, of the Huglo Lepage Avocats law firm in 1978, she had numerous public jobs: member of the Bar Council and Secretary of the Bar Council (1987-1990), minister of the environment (1995-1997), deputy mayor then first deputy mayor of Cabourg (1989-2001), European deputy (2009-2014). She ensures conferences in very big companies on evolution of climatic and environmental issues regarding economical questions.
A law firm always at the forefront of innovation
For its 40th anniversary, Huglo Lepage Avocats is reinventing itself to meet the new challenges of our time. Created on the 1st of January 1978, the law firm is rebuilding itself around a new ecosystem and the strong values that have made its reputation.
The innovation in public law
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the first public law firm, opened by Avocats à la Cour. At the time, only Avocats au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation were pretending to the practice of public law. Both holding a doctorate in public law, Christian Huglo and Corinne Lepage learned their profession with an Avocat au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation for several years. The pratice of public law constitutes a strong element of the firm for years, and many prizes have been awarded to them for this activity.
The firm assists both public or private clients such as : local authorities, private companies, associations or individuals. The firm mainly advises and litigates in the area of environmental law, urban planning law and public business law.
Moreover, the presence of a private law team in the firm allows us to combine the areas of private law at traditional administrative law, areas which are often linked, especially in the field of civil and criminal liability.
A recognized expertise in environmental law
In 40 years, Huglo Lepage Avocats has conducted most of the largest environmental law cases in France, Europe and even in the United States with the Amoco-Cadiz case law. Christian Huglo is a pioneer of the environmental law with the Montedison case law (red mud trial in the early 1970s), followed by the case concerning the pollution of the Baie de Seine et du Rhin.
The trials of Amoco-Cadiz, Erika and more recently Xynthia have made of Huglo Lepage Avocats the leading specialist in collective proceedings in the environmental law matter. Defendant of foreign public authorities, such as the Land of Saar or the city and canton of Geneva in different nuclear law trials, the firm is also developing its expertise in all the new areas of the environment : hazardous products, biotechnology, green chemistry….
A strong presence in the legal doctrine
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the author of the Code de Justice Administrative and the Code de l’environnement, both published by LexisNexis. The firm is also at the forefront of environmental legal doctrine. Christian Huglo co-leads the environmental JurisClasseur.