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Whether you are a developer, farmer, landowner or a company, you will want to be clear on the requirements on your business under the environmental regime. We can advise you on all environmental matters whether you are preparing to purchase a site or  require assistance with an enforcement investigation by a regulatory body.

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Specialists in environmental law

We build a bespoke team to ensure you have comprehensive support, tailored to your circumstances and objectives.

With in-depth knowledge of environmental law, our lawyers can advise you on all matters related to Environmental Permitting (including applications, appeals and advising on alleged offences), the Civil Sanctions regime, Environmental Impact Assessment, statutory nuisance and appeals against abatement notices and the contaminated land regime.  If you need help regarding an enforcement investigation or prosecution by a regulatory body such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales or a local authority, then we can advise you on the extent of your potential liabilities, relevant defences and assist you in avoiding criminal sanctions.

We can also guide you through environmentally-sensitive sales and purchases.
As the ‘go to’ firm for industry bodies in the agricultural sector with strong ties with the NFU, the CLA and the BIAC, we have deep-rooted understanding of the industry and can deliver the commercial acumen, knowledge and foresight to help you meet your objectives.

Highlights

Our Environment Team has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area. Highlights include:

  • advising a farming business in respect of an investigation brought by the Environmental Agency of an alleged pollution incident. We successfully negotiated the terms of an Enforcement Undertaking as an alternative to prosecution
  • advising a leading UK battery manufacturer regarding compliance with the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 and their related obligations
  • advising an international chemical group on an intended prosecution by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) for two alleged incidents of allowing poisonous trade effluent to contaminate a river. We persuaded NRW to withdraw the summons and negotiated an Enforcement Undertaking
  • providing advice regarding a planning application for the retention of a development comprising an explosive storage and processing centre within an area with a high risk of flooding
  • carrying out due diligence in the purchase of land with complex historical, wildlife and ecological obligations. This included advising on any potential development limitations for a proposed hotel
  • advising a long leaseholder in securing planning permission for the proposed demolition of buildings, which included an Environmental Impact Assessment screening opinion

Expertise

  • abatement notice appeals and statutory nuisance
  • civil Sanctions regime
  • conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations
  • contaminated ;and regime
  • defending/mitigating environmental prosecutions including controlled waste, pollution and waste packaging
  • enforcement undertakings
  • environmental due diligence
  • environmental advice on liabilities
  • environmental impact assessment
  • environmental permitting regulations
  • environmentally-sensitive sales and purchases

Thrings LLP’s team is ‘always ready to go the extra mile’.

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