- Environment Agency regulatory disputes
- Waste permit appeals and public Inquiries
- Judicial review applications and pre-action letters
- Documentation reviews and advice re EA enforcement actions and prosecutions
- EA enquiries, notices and potential prosecutions
- Expert Witness service
- Complaints to the European Commission
- HMRC Excise Duty issues
- Commercial arbitrations and dispute resolution
We have over 20 years’ experience with an excellent professional reputation working as an expert helping in defending clients with solicitors, faced with regulatory problems. These areas of law are complex and all too often, companies plead guilty if that appears to be the simplest solution. However, the ramifications of that decision rumble on long after the sentence. It is vitally important that all relevant documents are scrutinised at the earliest opportunity. Attention to detail is of paramount importance and no stone should be left unturned. Quite often, a regulator prosecutes for something they were already aware of and had previously provided tacit consent for. This is an abuse of the legal process, which means a prosecution should be stopped. However, without the attention to detail a company may not even realise that consent was provided. More so than in any other area of law, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s is key to finding the perfect defence.
Likewise, when considering applying for waste permits, companies and individuals should not make the mistake of thinking that it is easier to beg for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. However, asking for permission can be fraught with problems even if an application is properly prepared. When permit applications are refused, knowing how best to challenge the regulator’s decision is vitally important.
Partner , Knights
Barrister, 6 Pump Court Chambers
Managing Director, Cleansing Service Group
Principal, Vincent Brown Associates
Specialist UK and EU Waste & Environment Law Practice