According to UK Government figures, the UK coal produced around 70 million tonnes a year in the mid-18th century and grew to a peak of just under 300 million tonnes by 1913. Although mining has almost completely ceased due to our need for cleaner fuel, it has left a lasting legacy of polluted land and potential issues around ground stability. It is estimated that over 10 million properties across Great Britain are said to be located in a coalfield area, meaning lawyers have a duty of care for clients and the lender (if a mortgage is involved) to ensure related risks are investigated, to limit future claims against professional indemnity.
This video will provide a history of our coal mining legacy, the risks from abandoned coal mines and more information regarding our coal reports and when you should be using them.
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