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Environmental Law

Our Approach

At Blackfords LLP, we understand the complex and interconnected nature of environmental issues. Our approach to litigation is strategic and comprehensive, combining legal expertise with a deep understanding of environmental science and policy. We work closely with our clients to develop customized legal strategies tailored to their specific needs and objectives.

Environmental Enforcement Actions

When government agencies or regulatory bodies take enforcement actions against polluters, we are prepared to defend our clients’ interests vigorously. Whether negotiating settlements or litigating in court, we strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Our specialist lawyers routinely act in investigations, enforcement action and prosecutions by environmental regulators such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Local Authorities

Our lawyers can assist with meetings and discussions with all of the environmental regulators. If there are to be interviewed under caution we can advise and represent an individual or corporate clients. We can assist with the provision and retention of key business information as part of the regulatory investigation. If there is an incident that needs crisis management, we can assist with the procedures in place, devise new ones where necessary and provide staff training.

If matters progress we can advise and make representation on potential enforcement undertakings and civil sanctions as viable alternatives to the matter being placed before the criminal courts; if that is not possible, then we have vast experience of defending all matters before the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Our recent experience includes the high profile cases of:

  • NRW v E & Others, where our client was acquitted after a lengthy trial involving allegations of illegal dumping and regulatory breaches
  • NRW v P & Others which involved proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act which we successfully defended at the Court of Appeal.


Why Choose Us?

  • Experience: Our solicitors have decades of experience handling complex environmental litigation cases, delivering results for our clients.
  • Resources and Expertise: With access to leading experts in environmental science, engineering, and economics, we have the resources and expertise to build strong cases and achieve success in court.
  • Client-Centered Approach: We prioritise communication, transparency, and collaboration, ensuring that our clients are informed and involved every step of the way.


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