Environmental issues can range from small, local issues such as helping to control noisy neighbours to large investigations and prosecutions before the Crown Court including prosecutions for the disposal of hazardous waste, fly tipping and related confiscation.
In the UK, the Environmental Health Agency in England and Wales, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland all work to make new environmental law and/or to enforce existing law. All local councils have their own environmental health departments to assist in the enforcement of environmental regulations.
Environmental law can impose something called ‘strict liability’ on the public and companies. ‘Strict liability’ means that you can be found guilty of breaking a law even if the offence was not carried out deliberately. If you or your business has done something that has caused harm to the environment in some way or another, you could face an investigation and even prosecution by the council or environmental agency.
How Irwin Mitchell Can Help You
If you are being investigated for an environmental breach we can help. You might be facing an interview under caution or being forced to hand over certain documents or other evidence. If so, it is very important that you receive expert legal advice.
We have a team of dedicated, experienced solicitors who can give you expert advice in this specialist area of law. We can defend you and your business if you are being investigated or prosecuted by environmental agencies or the local council for alleged breaches of environmental laws.
We can also offer solid advice about how to protect yourself and your business from future investigations by talking you through the various laws that might affect you. And we can help you to avoid prosecution by helping you make sure that you comply with environmental laws and avoid any breaches.
We always give clear advice in plain English. So whether you are an individual, a corporate organisation or a public body, our experienced lawyers can give you the advice and support you need to help you through every part of an investigation. We can be there if you have to attend an interview under caution, and we can give you expert advice if you are facing a compulsory requirement to produce documents or information.
Call Today for an Initial Discussion with No Obligation
Call us today for an initial discussion, with no obligation, if you are being investigated for, or need advice on:
- Investigations after pollution incidents
- Pollution of air, soil and groundwater including potable water supplies
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990
- The Water Resources Act 1991
- The huge number of other regulations
- The contaminated land regime
- COMAH-regulated sites
- Noise pollution
- Land-related movement and drainage issues
- Or any other type of environmental issue
Call David Egan on 0207 421 3883, Sarah Wallace on 020 7421 3876 or 07808 899657, or Paul Haycock on 0114 274 4275, or send us an online enquiry and we will get back to you.