Lawyer of Counsel admitted to the Paris Bar since 2002

Specialist in criminal law

Benoît Denis has been a member of the Paris Bar since 2002 and holds a certificate of specialisation in criminal law since 2019. His practice focuses on industrial and environmental risks before the criminal, civil and administrative courts, as well as in energy law.

A former legal assistant at the Paris financial division and the Paris Court of Appeal, he has pleaded several emblematic cases at Huglo Lepage where he is in charge of sensitive litigation cases (Xynthia, green algae, dioxin pollution, nuclear risk, Lubrizol, etc.).

As counsel, he also advises on real estate law and business law and has developed expertise in energy law, particularly in the area of energy saving certificates (CEE), for which the firm is recognised as a major player in the Paris market.

In terms of professional distinctions, Benoît Denis has been awarded several independent rankings recognising his expertise in energy law and criminal law.

The American legal magazine Best Lawyers, which lists the French lawyers recognised by their peers, has distinguished him in energy since 2022 (

Le Monde du Droit, which carried out a survey of law firm clients, has named Benoît Denis as one of the five energy lawyers of the year 2022 (

IAE Group also awarded him the 2022 Criminal Lawyer Award for France (

  • Industrial and environmental risks
  • Private business law
  • Industrial environment
  • Energy law
  • New economy
  • Environmental criminal law

Former lecturer in criminal procedure, University of Paris Sud XI (2005-2008)

  • Certificate of specialisation in criminal law, CNB (2019)
  • CAPA, EFB Paris (2000)
  • DEA in Sociology of Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1998)
  • DESS (postgraduate diploma) in business law and corporate taxation, University of Burgundy (1997)
  • Maîtrise (bachelor’s degree) in business and tax law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1996)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Law and International Private Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1995)
  • Co-author of the Code commenté de l’environnement (LexisNexis and Huglo Lepage Editions, 2019).
  • Periodical contributions to the Gazette du Palais, the Journal Spécial des Sociétés (JSS) and the Revue Energie Environnement Infrastructures.
  • Among the latest productions:
  • « Les nouveaux maux: les ondes électromagnétiques », JSS, February 2019
  • « The offence of endangering others as a tool to protect health and the environment », JSS, February 2019
  • « Taxation and the circular economy according to FREC », JSS, December 2018
  • « Energy saving certificates: the challenges of the 4th period », JSS, May 2018
  • « Environment and sustainable development – AZF trial – Commentary on the judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal of 31 October 2017 », Energy Environment Infrastructures, March 2018
  • « Industrial risks and endangerment », Gazette du Palais, January 2017
  • « Criminal law on waste: new QPC transmitted », August 2016
  • « Libres propos sur la circulaire d’orientations de politique pénale », Energie Environnement Infrastructures, June 2015
  • « Acquisition and pre-emption of potentially polluted former industrial sites », Gazette du Palais, March 2013
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