John is highly experienced in the defence of Environmental Agency prosecutions in matters such as air pollution and water pollution. He acts on behalf of individual and corporate clients.
John is recommended year after year in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is the only Silk to be ranked in the practice area Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing in the Northern Circuit in The Legal 500 2021 Guide.
John is an incisive advocate, renowned for his formidable ability in the courtroom. He is equally at home with detailed cross examination as he is in ensuring the jury fully understands the issues that he is raising with complete clarity. He is a calm, yet persuasive presence who, through years of heavyweight, hard-hitting advocacy is widely respected by opponents, juries and judges alike.
John’s areas of expertise include:
- Contaminated land
- Water pollution
- Waste disposal
- Waste management licence regulation
Environmental Regulation Cases
Environment Agency v B. and B and P Limited – Prosecution by H.M Department for Environment and Rural Affairs for the alleged development and running of an illegal and unauthorised landfill site. Case was brought and prosecuted on the basis of the unlawful deposit of many thousands of tonnes of landfill with compromise to the water courses and aquifers. This analysis was found to be fatally flawed and the Departments calculations wholly excessive and based upon a flawed model and calculation. The case on this basis was withdrawn at the close of the Prosecution case. Confiscation applications against both the company and the directors in excess of £1.5 million were withdrawn. Attempts to pierce the corporate veil were abandoned. Modest financial penalties for neglect were imposed. Applications for director’s disqualification were dismissed.