Regulatory barristers within the St Philips environmental law team provide high-quality advice and advocacy across a wide range of environmental issues.

We assist individuals and companies and are also regularly instructed by the Environment Agency and Local Authorities. We offer experience at all levels.  The breadth of experience within the team also enables us to provide a complete service where matters cross the civil / enforcement boundaries.

Team members are regularly involved in high-profile complex cases across the country.  Experience includes waste management, illegal waste sites, ozone depletion, and serious water pollution requiring European-wide notification and permitting issues.

We have experience in handling some of the rarer types of environmental matters such as permit condition appeals and civil penalties.

Our members regularly deal with the Statutory Nuisance work, which can often be both politically sensitive for local authorities and threaten the livelihood of businesses. We are able to provide the specialist knowledge necessary in this area where cases are won or lost on trickier technicalities with respect to the drafting of notices.

Whatever the issue, we can provide an appropriate specialist practitioner to assist.

Our Environmental Barristers:

Please get in touch with our dedicated regulatory clerking team with any questions regarding our service and expertise.

James Withers and Somaya Shaikh.

regulatory@st-philips.com +44 (0)121 246 7005
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