Waste Management

More about Waste Management

When it comes to waste management, The Environment Agency (EA) now has a wide range of legal enforcement that can have a significant impact on both individuals and businesses, should either (or both) become the subject of investigation and prosecution.

Along with issuing enforcement and works notices, the EA can also suspend or revoke environmental permits and undertake remedial works - recovering the costs of such work from the company or individual responsible.

Further to this, if a waste management issue results in the EA bringing a prosecution, the court will then have the power to impose not only custodial sentences for this type of offence, but also levy large financial penalties against the company and/or the individual.

Because legislation surrounding waste management is moving and adapting so quickly, corporate and individual clients need to be aware of their responsibilities and duties.

For more information, or to speak to one of our expert waste management solicitors, call 0800 689 3206 or request a call back.

What legal powers does The Environmental Agency have?

What legal powers does The Environmental Agency have?

The Environment Agency is the body who enforces waste management legislation, and they can do this is a variety of ways - from civil penalties to criminal court prosecution.

In some cases, the Environment Agency may be able to apply for a 'confiscation order' to recover what are referred to as the 'proceeds of crime' - which can have devastating consequences on businesses.

If you as an individual, or your business, is put under investigation or prosecuted by the EA, it is important that you act as quickly as possible in order to limit the impact it may have on you financially and to ensure your reputation remains intact.

At Forbes solicitors, our expert team of waste management solicitors are on-hand to provide you with the advice and representation required in such cases. Our team are well-versed in all aspects of waste management law and will work closely with to understand your business and the issues you are facing. In the initial stages of an investigation our team will represent you at the PACE interview and have, in past cases, been able to successfully persuade the Environment Agency that no further action is necessary. However, where criminal proceedings are unavoidable, we can represent you in the Magistrates or Crown Court and ensure that the proceedings have the minimum impact upon you and your business.

Call our specialist team today on call 0800 689 3206 or request a call back.

Why choose Forbes as your waste management solicitors?

Our highly experienced team at Forbes Solicitors represent a number of local authorities and public authorities, as well as insurers and their policy holders. Along with this, we defend civil claims as well as prosecutions brought by the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards and Local Authorities.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Defending personal injury claims

  • Injunctions

  • Nuisance issues

  • Abatement notices

  • Advising on regulatory issues

  • Advising on and defending prosecutions

  • Compliance and risk management

  • Inquests

  • Property acquisitions

  • Leases

  • Business issues

  • Criminal defence - waste offences

At Forbes, our team have a vast range of experience in dealing with cases involving the waste disposal industry and instances of alleged breaches of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. Some of our experience includes:

  • Defence of a company director charged with manslaughter.

  • Representing a Waste Transfer Station in an interview with the Environment Agency.

  • Advising a school catering company on a claim brought by the Environment Agency over packaging waste recycling.

  • Defending a claim made by a member of the public against a local authority following an accident involving a refuse vehicle.

  • Defending numerous claims made by refuse collectors against the local authority following injuries involving refuse vehicles.

  • Defending manual lifting claims.

  • Defending occupational disease claims.

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