On 1st July 2014, judges and magistrates will have power to impose greater penalties to individuals and businesses convicted of environmental crime.
What is environmental crime?
This includes any prosecution relating to noise nuisance, fly tipping, waste management, or any illegal acts concerning other forms of air and land pollution.
The Environmental Protection Act will be the most common piece of legislation utilised.
The body that gives guidance to the courts on levels of sentence is called the Sentencing Council. They have made suggestions that higher penalties should be imposed for some offences.
If you are investigated by the Local Authority's Environmental Health division or the Environment Agency, you should seek advice immediately.
Our team of specialist Environmental Crime lawyers will advise you on process and procedure with the objective of protecting your business' reputation or mitigating the impact of any enforcement action.
To get in touch, please contact Mike Hayward in Milton Keynes via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01908 202150.