Our barristers offer real experience and insight in respect of alleged environmental breaches.
Our specialist environmental team has particular experience of:
Our team have advised and acted for corporations directors and individual employees in environmental prosecutions concerned with the Environmental permitting Regulations, Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Water Resources Act 1991, groundwater / controlled waters pollution, waste management regulation, waste permits/ licenses, Producer Responsibility Obligations and Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations.
Members of the environmental team are ranked as leaders in this field by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 guides to the Bar. Recent cases conducted by members of the Chambers environmental team include representing both utility companies charged with permitting breaches and companies and individual employees charged with obstructing Environment Agency Officers. Members of the team were recently instructed in an Environmental Permitting regulations prosecution, that concluded in the Court of Appeal, and is the leading authority on the sentencing of major corporations decided by the Lord Chief Justice. Other cases include: those related to exports of sorted waste paper, alleged mixture of green list waste, contamination in alleged breach of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulation and the absence of a threshold for such contamination, and defending allegations of wrongful storage of tyres in a manner likely to cause pollution. Members of the team were instructed for both the prosecution and for the defence in the Environment Agency prosecution resulting from the Buncefield oil terminal explosion and fire.
Our environmental team also organise and conduct legal seminars across the UK focused on current issues in environmental enforcement law and practice.