Woodfines’ specialist environmental solicitors are acknowledged for their ability to assist on all matters relating to environmental law and planning issues.
We are equally capable of representing your company or individuals.
Environmental law is a specialised and technical field and one in which we have a great deal of experience.
Breaches of environmental law can result in significant penalties and as such clients are encouraged to contact us at the outset of any potential action against them.
Environmental investigation penalties can be extremely high and potentially very costly.
We are able to assist with:
- Pollution and contamination (water, air, noise)
- Planning breaches
- Abatement notices
- Waste related issues
- Environmental permits and permissions.
For assistance, please contact Mike Hayward.
Case Study: Environmental Permits & Permissions
Mike Hayward recently acted for a company charged with offences under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The company was accused of carrying out waste activities at a construction site without the requisite permit or exemption.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations are extensive and have been subject to complex transitional arrangements. This case is one of the first to be dealt with by the Courts in accordance with the new sentencing guidelines for environmental crime that came into force on 1st July 2014.
The financial penalties available are extensive.
Mike advanced mitigation to enable the Court to pass a sentence commensurate with the lower level of culpability that existed. The client was pleased with the outcome and gave the following testimonial:
“Many thanks for the wonderful job you did in Court yesterday.”