Chambers has an enviable reputation in environmental work.Chambers & Partners 2014
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 in environmental prosecutions concerned with the 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 and the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Recent cases include 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 Regulations 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.
For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.
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Michael Wolkind QC, “How we won acquittal of Kingsnorth six”, The Guardian, 31st May 2009. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2009/may/31/kingsnorth-defence-lawyer?showallcomments=true.
Richard Matthews QC appeared in the Court of Appeal in a challenge to the strict liability causation test in environmental offending and concerning the sentencing of individuals for environmental offences.
Prosecution for alleged breach of Environmental Protection Act 1990 (keeping of controlled waste in manner likely to cause pollution) arising out of a tyre Fire that burned for weeks at…
Allan Compton acted for a company alleged to have polluted Welsh mountain streams following unprecedented rainfall.
Michael Wolkind QC represented 6 Greenpeace activists acquitted with costs awarded at Maidstone Crown Court. They were charged with criminal damage by climbing the chimney tower at Kingsnorth Coal Power…