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 £1m.
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. Gateley’s experienced environmental lawyers can help negotiate and avoid prosecutions for businesses.
What do we do?
Our environmental lawyers have experience in 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.
Our team pride themselves 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.
Massive experience with a team that can handle the cross-over of civil and criminal these contested cases require.
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?
Gateley’s environmental lawyers advise organisations of all sizes facing environmental-related investigations and negotiations with the regulator as well as non-contentious environment matters.