The Environment Agency takes a robust line on investigating and enforcing legislation – and breaches of environmental law can result in criminal prosecutions, with fines in excess of £1 million.
The environmental obligations placed on organisations are significant. It is hard to keep up-to-date and remain compliant with the latest regulations, and easier than ever to fall foul of the rules.
What do we do?
Our Regulatory team has experience of defending prosecutions – and a high success rate of negotiating with the Environment Agency at the early stages of investigation to avoid prosecution in the first place.
We pride ourselves on providing a rapid response, practical support and a proactive defence strategy – whatever the allegation – backed by extensive experience of managing investigations, handling interviews under caution and defending prosecutions.
Regularly called on to handle Environment Agency and local authority prosecutions, as well as assisting with transactional risk advice.
We advise clients in contentious environmental work, including advising on complex decommissioning projects, such as the closure of power plants, recycling and paper mill sites. We regularly help clients navigate complex issues with Environment Agency compliance, empowering them to achieve commercially and environmentally satisfactory outcomes for their businesses.
Who do we help?
We advise organisations of all sizes facing environmental-related investigations and negotiations with the regulator as well as non-contentious environment matters.