Our team of lawyers provides expert legal advice to individuals and businesses facing investigations and prosecutions by the Environment Agency and local authorities.
Criminal offences arising from environmental crime can include:
- Noise nuisance
- Unauthorised deposit, treatment or disposal of waste
The Environment Agency has wide-ranging powers. A conviction for breach of environmental laws can lead to substantial fines, director disqualification, POCA proceedings and even a prison sentence.
If you as an individual or your company is being investigated, it is crucial that you get specialist legal advice at the outset. You may be asked to attend for an interview under caution which is an evidence gathering exercise but also an opportunity to advance a defence. Our team of lawyers regularly advise in such situations, working quickly to protect your interests.
If criminal proceedings are instigated, we can provide representation in the Magistrates Court right through to the Crown Court. Remember, Courts can impose unlimited fines and if things go wrong the penalties can be very substantial.