Mark Rhind QC

Call 1989
Silk 2021

“He is forthright and realistic which client and solicitors really do appreciate, yet at the same time he instills confidence and really fights for his clients.”

The Legal 500 2021
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Environmental Regulation

Mark is experienced in defending a wide variety of cases prosecuted by the Environment Agency, in particular those involving the owners/directors of waste management companies and farms.

He has defended companies and individuals accused of breaches of waste licences and permits and has extensive experience in the areas of exemptions, ELVs, end of waste, restitution, applications and appeals for licences including under the recent Scrap Metal Dealers Act and in the financial aspects of EA prosecutions and subsequent POCA proceedings.

Environmental Regulation Cases

R v B 2012 – defending the owner and manager of two licenced waste transfer stations in relation to breaches of the terms of the licence storage, transfer and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste and the setting up of unlicensed waste storage facilities.

R v B 2012 – case involving waste transfer station which caused significant pollution in nearby waterway.

R v F 2013-14 – three month crown court trial acting as leading junior the owner director of a skip hire firm in relation to allegations of industrial scale unlawful storage and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, ELVs and recovered metals on various farm sites and scrap yards across Northumberland.

R v B 2014-15 – representing the owner of a skip hire and waste management company in relation to allegations of unlawful storage and disposal over a number of sites.