Down the Drain – Pitfalls and Prevention in Effluent Compliance

Join the West Midlands regional group for an early evening seminar in Birmingham.

Join us for a Seminar entitled “Down the Drain – Pitfalls and Prevention in Effluent Compliance”

Speakers are Tim Prosser from Ramboll who will be speaking from an industry perspective regarding, amongst other, measures that companies can take to protect themselves and Natascha Gaut Senior Associate and Philip Crosbie Principal Associate, both from Eversheds Sutherland, who will be speaking from a legal perspective about trade effluent consents, compliance and enforcement.


The introduction of the Environmental Sentencing Guidelines in 2014 has transformed the regulatory landscape. A number of fines >£1 million in value have been issued, with the top ten fines alone accounting for more than £50M. The stakes have been raised, and accordingly industry must raise its game to protect both the environment and shareholders. Ramboll’s presentation will reflect on this new landscape, and focus on both the common pitfalls, and measures that companies can take to protect themselves.

Tim Prosser, Managing Consultant: Tim is a specialist in Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance and Due Diligence; with more than 13 years’ consulting experience delivering and managing compliance projects across a wide range of sectors, including industrial, financial, waste, energy, natural resources, transportation, food and beverage, service and infrastructure. Tim spent his early career working on Permit Compliance in the wastewater industry, before specialising in Industrial EHS Compliance and Due Diligence, and in recent years Environmental Enforcement response.

The Eversheds Sutherland presentation will review how trade effluent consents are regulated by the Water Industry Act 1991 and how prosecutors look to enforce that regulatory regime through the courts. We will also look at how the Environmental Sentencing Guidelines, and the imposition of higher fines, has led to Defendant’s becoming more sophisticated in their offending behaviour and the way in which they approach any potential enforcement action and how the industry deals with these issues.

Natascha Gaut and Philip Crosbie 

Philip and Natascha are both criminal litigators working within the Environment, Health and Safety team at Eversheds Sutherland. Philip’s practice specialises on water prosecution work, and he has advised water undertakers on a range of prosecutions dealing with trade effluent consent breaches, water connections offences and ‘Fats Oils Grease’ offences. This complements broader work for water companies including health and safety and transport advice.  Natascha also specialises in water prosecution work with her most recent experience including; leading on prosecutions for water pollution and contamination cases, conducting her own advocacy in prosecuting illegal water fittings cases and advising on the investigation of suspected offences.

It is free to attend but you must book your place.  Please register via the button below (you will need to log in to access registration - it takes just a couple of minutes to register if you have not yet logged in).

1/29/2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Ramboll Ramboll UK Ltd, Cornerblock 2 Cornwall Street BIRMINGHAM, B3 2DX UNITED KINGDOM

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