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    "Noted for the excellence of its white-collar defence practice"

    Chambers & Partners, 2014 edition

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    "Outstanding financial crime defence practice"

    Chambers & Partners, 2014 edition

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    "It’s a deluxe firm which pulls out all the stops for its clients"

    Chambers & Partners, 2014 edition

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    "They are the market leaders for serious crime’"

    Chambers & Partners, 2014 edition

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    "Kangs has an excellent reputation. They care about their clients and go the extra mile for them"

    Chambers & Partners, 2014 edition

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    "Kangs Solicitors is a standout firm"

    Legal 500, 2014 edition

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    "Kangs Solicitors is in the highest tier of firms"

    Legal 500, 2014 edition

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    "Hamraj Kang is noted for his very sharp legal brain"

    Legal 500, 2014 edition

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    "Kangs Solicitors fields a team of ‘technically able solicitors’
    and is well regarded for its serious crime and fraud work"

    Legal 500, 2014 edition

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    "Hamraj Kang is a shrewd tactician and very experienced"

    Legal 500, 2013 edition

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    "What the team is known for - handles an extensive array of criminal matters
    including murder, drugs and white-collar crime"

    Chambers & Partners 2013 edition

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    "Adept at dealing with cases that have an international dimension"

    Chambers & Partners 2013 edition

    Environment Agency | Waste Management | Waste Disposal

    Criminal Defence Solicitors | Vat & Tax SolicitorsServicesEnvironment Agency | Waste Management | Waste Disposal

    Kangs Solicitors has considerable experience in advising corporate clients, directors, employees and individuals in relation to investigations and prosecutions by the Environment Agency (EA).

    What The Journals say:

    “They have a very good work ethic and are very well organised. Superb service.”

    Chambers & Partners | 2017 edition

    “They have considerable strength and depth and really cater for the needs of their clients. They are also very commercially aware”

    Chambers & Partners | 2015 Edition

    “Nothing is ever not done”

    Chambers & Partners | 2015 Edition

    “Kangs Solicitors is a stand out firm”

    Legal 500 | 2014 edition

    “It’s a deluxe firm which pulls out all the stops for its clients”

    Chambers & Partners | 2014 edition

    Environment Agency

    We are able to advise clients in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency.

    The legislation in this area is fast moving. Corporate and individual clients need to be aware of their responsibilities and duties.

    The Environment Agency has a wide array of powers from issuing enforcement and works notices, suspending or revoking environmental permits to undertaking remedial works and recovering the costs of such work from the company or individual responsible.

    In addition, if the matter results in the Environment Agency bringing a prosecution, the Court has the power to impose not only custodial sentences for this type of offence but also levy  extremely large financial penalties against the company and/or the individual.

    We have acted in numerous Environment Agency investigations and our experience shows that it is important to meet at an early stage to discuss all the potential options and then formulate a defence strategy that will serve the client well throughout the investigation stage and any court proceedings that may follow in due course.

    At Kangs Solicitors we can assist clients in defending allegations such as:

    • breaches of environmental permits, exemptions, registrations & licences
    • water pollution
    • land contamination
    • unlawful disposal/dumping  of hazardous substances (asbestos, harmful chemicals, radioactive material)
    • fly tipping

    Waste Management | Waste Disposal

    We have particular experience of dealing with cases involving the waste disposal industry and instances of alleged breaches of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 (i.e. breaches of the terms of the Environmental Permits).

    The terms of the Environmental Permit can be detailed and need to be fully understood properly before it can be assessed as to whether there has been any breach at all. On occasions we may be able to demonstrate to the Environment Agency at an early stage in the investigation (through expert evidence or otherwise) that the terms of the Environmental Permit have not been breached, thereby resulting in an early resolution to matters.

    This is a complex area of law and there are many factors that need to be considered when formulating a defence strategy. Below are some initial matters for consideration with more detailed matters to be followed up depending on the individual facts of each case:

    • what is the legal definition of waste?
    • who is the onus on to prove that the substance is actually waste or not?
    • can the waste operator apply for an Exemption from the Permitting Regime?

    At Kangs Solicitors we can assist with such details and ensure that the appropriate defence strategy is adopted in each case.

    We will provide proactive advice and assistance to include representation at any interview under caution with the Environment Agency and representation at any subsequent court proceedings.

    We welcome new enquiries by telephone or email and we are happy to provide an initial no obligation consultation to explore the issues in your case and to provide an assessment of what we can do to assist you.

    Contact:

    John Veale
    jveale@kangssolicitors.co.uk
    0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396

    Hamraj Kang
    hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk
    07976 258171 | 0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396

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