Fisher Scoggins Waters' has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law and regulation, its members having been active in the field since the early 1990s advising and representing leading developers, water companies and manufacturers and more recently airport operators and fire brigades and major players in the waste industry. Many of the cases in which we have been involved have a high public profile, such as the Buncefield explosion and the Camelford water contamination.
Preventative Advice and Training
We are regularly called on to advise construction industry clients during their planning for works, particularly on brownfield sites and where projects are likely to generate significant volumes of dust, debris, contaminated spoil or other environmental hazards. The licensing regime in these areas has recently been overhauled, with the coming into force of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 and the widening of circumstances in which offences can be committed. Please contact
Mark Scoggins or
Charlotte Waters to discuss.
We provide immediate and ongoing advice and representation where untoward incidents occur, typically unintended releases of pollutants into rivers and streams, disposal of hazardous waste in unregulated conditions, contamination of the drinking water supply, or instances of dust, noise and vibration exceeding licensed thresholds. We are experienced at handling the demands and entitlements of enforcement authorities, typically the Environment Agency, local Environmental Health or Drinking Water Inspectorate.
We regularly appear as advocates for clients at all levels of the criminal justice system in defence and mitigation of charges arising out of environmental incidents. Some industries by nature suffer considerable numbers of untoward events every year, and among our clients are several - particularly in the waste and water sectors - for each of whom we have appeared half a dozen times a year or so throughout the past decade.
Training and Professional Development
We have close and longstanding involvement in the design and presentation of training and updating seminars and workshops for our clients, keeping them abreast of recent and forthcoming developments in legislation, implications of court rulings, and issue of formal guidance and good practice by regulators.
Environment Agency Prosecutions
The Environment Agency also has the power to prosecute those found to be violating environmental law and thereby committing a criminal act.
Control of Major Accident Hazards
The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations provides that businesses: "Take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances and Limit the consequences to people and the environment of any major accidents which do occur".
Contaminated Land Law
Fisher Scoggins Waters’ are experienced environmental solicitors who provide sound legal advice on the implications of contaminated land regulations. The term 'land contamination' covers a wide range of situations although the specific legal definition set out in Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act.
Waste Management Law
Fisher Scoggins Waters’ are experienced environmental solicitors who provide sound legal advice on Waste Management.
If you would like more information on how Fisher Scoggins Waters could make a difference to your Environmental Issue, please contact us by telephone 0207 489 2035 or email Mark Scoggins