Transforming Ground Risk Assessment. 

Terrafirma is a leading provider of environmental information and data intelligence, translating complex physical, financial and legal environmental risks into clear, accurate and reliable advice.

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Introduction

The age of solely relying on data in environmental risk assessment is over, with an already visible shift in the way professionals perceive risks such as contaminated land and flood. Where historically data alone was enough to accept due diligence, now both a professional opinion and interpretative data modelling is a standard in assessing and managing these environmental hazards. However, until Terrafirma, this shift in due diligence process was not replicated in assessing the risks the ground pose. 

Only by combining comprehensive and varied data sources with expert professional interpretation can a clear, accurate and reliable picture be built of the likely hazards present. Recent revisions in due diligence practice is beginning to change the way the risks such as mining, ground stability, planning and fracking are now perceived and acted upon. Ensure you & your client are informed by acquiring an expert report, driven by data but protected by a professional opinion and robust professional indemnity. 

In Environmental Risks, the Absence of Evidence is not the Evidence of Absence.

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Why do the risks the ground pose matter?

Until recently, hazards such as sinkholes, subsidence and ground instability were seen to be a generic physical risk that could not be practically actioned, did not affect a property transaction or development and held no tangible links to any financial or legal liability. However, recent industry observations show an emerging risk averse nature to certain ground hazards that were not historically perceived as being a block to a transaction. Mine entries, mineral planning, Mines and Minerals on title, slope stability and coastal erosion to name just a few have all experienced a recent change in policy and a significant increase in lender refusals and insurance premium hikes.

It is now essential for law firms to replicate this change in policy by implementing much stricter due diligence practice for these risks and to ensure you and your clients are informed and protected.  

Take time to consider the legal and financial risks the ground poses to you and your client. Forewarned is Forearmed.

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What do I need to do next? 

Until recently, hazards such as sinkholes, subsidence and ground instability were seen to be a generic physical risk that could not be practically actioned, did not affect a property transaction or development and held no tangible links to any financial or legal liability. This perception was down to a lack of innovation in both the data and modelling of risk within the ground, both of which have recently been developed into due diligence practice for flood and contaminated land.

At Terrafirma, we believe that these risks should be translated and explained by those that understand the ground. Our unique team of geologists, geoscientists & engineers are experienced in identifying the many and varied mining and ground hazards. 

 
 

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