There are more regulations and legislation governing the protection of the environment than ever before. It is the responsibility of organisations and individuals to ensure that they are complying with such laws. A failure to comply with such regulations, either by act or omission, can leave you facing legal action, in the form of a criminal case. Being convicted of such offences can lead to the imposition of a considerable fine as well as other options, including, for some offences, a prison sentence. Of course, your reputation is also at stake and so it pays to have representation from those experienced at dealing with the sometimes complicated points of law which arise in such cases.
These laws are increasingly complex and are implemented at national and international level. They govern air and water pollution, packaging materials, and dealing with and disposing of waste materials. They affect everyone – from multi-million pound businesses, to the director of a small local company, to the owner of a property who is paying for construction material to be removed from his or her property. There is often a ‘chain’ of individuals involved where a breach of the regulations has been alleged – often, all in that chain have a duty of care and may be legally liable.
Direct Access Criminal Barristers can advise you of the relevant legislation and regulations that you must follow, and we can defend you in cases where you have been accused of breaching particular laws. We can also assist help you to avoid legal proceedings where cases can be dealt with by ‘civil sanctions’ – so-called financial penalties.
Our experienced legal team can help with proactive or reactive measures to your environmental problems.