We take large and complex environmental and climate data and turn it into clear and simple insights enabling customers to make better informed land and property decisions.
Serving a Greater Environmental Purpose
We not only help our clients understand environmental risk, we live and act in unison with our environment in a shared responsibility to reduce the impacts of forward climate change. Our culture, leadership and operational philosophy places people and planet alongside profit to better educate and improve sustainable decisions.Discover more
Your Window on Environmental Risk
groundsure.io is our free, trusted data viewer that allows you to view data layers including flood risk, geology, boreholes, hydrogeology, mining, past and present landfills, radon, environmental designations (e.g. nature reserves etc), cultural designations (e.g. listed buildings, conservation zones etc) and topography (LIDAR).
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Compliance and due diligence for climate risks in property transactions
Climate change represents one of the greatest threats to property assets, communities and businesses. With Law Society Guidance in place, conveyancers and commercial real estate lawyers need to provide clarity on physical and transitional risks that could affect their client’s transaction. With ClimateIndex™, it’s all there at no extra cost in our key environmental searches.
Law Society Guidance on Climate Risk
The new Law Society Guidance on Climate Risks has now been published. This important document helps lawyers and conveyancers understand how to approach advising clients about the potential impact of climate change.
Property transactions are perhaps the most exposed to these risks for the client and the firm in terms of potential litigation risk.
Download our summary guide to the Guidance now to find out how you can ensure you and your team can use climate data and advice in a compliant and effective manner.Download
Understanding the ClimateIndex™ rating and which clause to use
We are pleased to announce that following further extensive market testing and feedback, we have made some changes to the presentation of our ClimateIndex™ climate analysis.
ClimateIndex™ is included automatically in our Homebuyers and Avista residential reports, as well as both of our commercial reports.
Find out more and download the updated client care clauses now.Find out more
Conveyancers’ Duty of Care to Advise Clients about Climate Risk
Risks change over time. Climate risk analysis is now an essential part of understanding the forward risk on clients’ land and property transactions.
Now, exclusive to Groundsure, one of the UK’s leading environmental law practitioners, Stephen Tromans KC, has released his legal opinion on a firm’s duty of care to advise residential and commercial property clients on climate risk. It’s essential reading for all conveyancing practitioners and available to download free now.Download
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Meeting the Challenge of Climate Risk Guidance
Find out free, exclusive insights from leading industry policy makers and expert climate commentators in our latest whitepaper.
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Short term - 88,000; By 2070 - 316,000
The number of properties in England and Wales at risk of fluvial (river) flooding
Short term - 1.8 million: By 2070 - 3 million
The number of properties in England and Wales affected by pluvial (surface) flooding
Short term - 151,000; By 2070 - 652,000
The number of properties in England and Wales at risk of coastal (tidal) flooding
Short term - 449,000; By 2070 - 3.6 million
The number of properties in England and Wales affected by subsidence
The number of UK homes that are likely to overheat due to climate change - Source: CCC Report: UK Housing: Fit for the Future? 2019
Short term - 10,800; By 2070 - 97,000
The number of properties in England and Wales affected by coastal erosion (with no active intervention)
Short term - 27%... By 2070 - 45%
Increase in number of non-residential properties affected by flooding due to climate warming at 2C - Source: Technical Report for the CCRA
The value of UK property that could be written off due to climate change by 2100 - Source: XDI analysis report 2021
Latest News & Blogs
We regularly publish a wide range of articles, news and case studies - why not keep ahead on the latest updates and guidance for your sector?View more
How do we turn Climate Transition Risks into Positive Change for Clients?
Environmental Permitting Regulations: Agency could levy uncapped liability Variable Monetary Penalties
Climate Transition Risks – What are they and how are they Relevant to Conveyancers?
Groundsure launches enhanced free data viewer for site environmental appraisal
Groundsure Launches Comprehensive new suite of Transition Risk Property Analyses
Fostering Inclusive Connections and Growth: Insights from Our Recent Conference
Groundsure demonstrates its ESG commitment as a Certified B Corporation
Interpreting Climate Search Results for Property Transactions – A Practitioner’s View.
The Crooked House: A Sad Demise to a Proud Emblem of Mining
Coprolite: Mining for Poo in Cambridge
Understanding Permits and the Impact to Commercial Transactions
Groundsure deepens its community charity support
Climate Risk and the Retainer – In or out?
New Mining and Sinkhole data added to Insight Data Packs
The Southall Stench: Is there a better way to manage public health in long term brownfield developments?
What are COMAH sites and why should I care?
Workplace Mental Health First Aid: A perspective.
Groundsure to offer conveyancers climate risk training in conjunction with Legal Eye
Groundsure Launches Brownfield Site Viability Tool
News: Amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
Groundsure-Sponsored Camborne RFC U16s win the County Bowl
PFAS: A Long Lasting Legacy
Law Society Climate Risk Guidance: Reaction from Groundsure
Climate & transitional risk – who will take charge?
March in Review: Support for our Superheroes
Women in History Month: A leading lady in the world of cartography
Groundsure Answers the Public…on Flooding
Women in History Month: Judith Denner – Originator of Part2A Environmental Protection Act Legislation
Survey: Brokers put 2022 behind them and acknowledge conveyancers “vital” to industry
Women in History Month: Phyllis Pearsall – Creator of the iconic A-Z Mapping
Women in History Month: The role of the Cornish Miner’s “Married Widow”
Supporting the local community
Natural Flood Management with the Sussex Flow Initiative
The effect of Cornish Mining on Development sites
Coastal Erosion and Landfill Exposure: Future Impacts of Climate Change
The Climate Year – COP, Climate Duties and Analysis for Clients
The Wave Project – Providing mental health support through the joys of surfing
Important change to radon data in our reports and data packs
“England’s Most Contaminated Site?”: A Challenge to Development Viability?
Groundsure launches new climate risk microsite for conveyancers
"Our conveyancing firm uses the Groundsure Avista report in every transaction, we’ve made savings on time and cost by having all necessary searches included within a single report. This report provides our purchasers with peace of mind and ensurers maximum compliance and due diligence. It contains a wealth of information and the clients do like the additional planning report contained with the search."Richard Swinbank, Director Solicitor - EMG Solicitors
"I have been using Groundsure as a provider of environmental and geological data packages for a number of years, and the quality of both data and customer service that Groundsure provides never fails to meet my expectations.”Adam Branson, Associate - CGL
“Groundsure has been our number one provider for environmental searches for over 15 years. And it’s been an easy choice through their continued dedication to providing the best possible products in a timely manner.”Ian Benger, Assured Searches
"I am always grateful to Groundsure for ensuring that law firms like ourselves have the necessary tools and data to give our clients the service they deserve. Well done on being the first to provide climate data automatically in your reports. This will play a key role in enhancing the quality of advice to account for climate risk in transactions."Bob Bastian, CEO, Stephen Rimmer LLP
"I have been using Groundsure’s Insight package throughout my career for the purposes of my desk study research. The package provides an excellent level of detail, including the reproduction of the 1:10,000 scale BGS geological mapping editions for sites where available in clear, visual format. This is a really useful feature, both saving time and providing a targeted summary of the geology beneath development sites."Scott Jones, Senior Geo-Environmental Engineer - Ground Investigation and Piling Limited
"I think the subtle changes which Groundsure have made to their Residential reports will reduce the amount of follow up questions clients are going to have, but yet still provide the exact same information as before. The new all in one Avista report will save over 30 minutes per transaction with all the information being in one report, with easy to understand next steps and recommendations.”Sean Reeves, Head of residential conveyancing at Letchers Solicitors
"As a first time user the whole experience was perfect, from my first call I felt immediately relieved and could tell I was speaking with people that knew the product and website completely. It took a lot of stress off my shoulders and helped me get started with a project that had an immediate deadline. My first order with Groundsure has been first class and I will definitely be using them for lots more projects in the future"Alison Douglas, Archaeologist - Tetra Tech