How Effective is Environmental Regulation?

How Effective is Environmental Regulation?

Excellent presentation and discussion on ‘How Effective is Environmental Regulation?’ This week at the Law Society, hosted by Castle Debates with the support of UKELA.

Presenters included Professor Bob Lee, Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, who gave a conceptual answer to the question; Professor Maria Lee, Professor of Law at UCL, who concluded that to be effective, regulation has to be enhanced by scrutiny and a politically and legally supported institutional framework of individuals and NGOs; and Peter Kellett, Legal Director at the Environment Agency, who spoke in defence of good, solid regulation which he argues is vital for addressing environmental emergencies.

After the presentation, the floor was opened to questions and lively debate.  Will the Environment Agency operate a ‘lighter touch’ in terms of enforcement post-Brexit?  Peter Kellett considers that the enforcement approach of the EA is unlikely to change, but emphasised the importance of spending available funds well, and ‘in the rig

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Andrea is a Professional Support Lawyer at LexisNexis, specialising in environmental law. She has a background in contaminated land and environmental insurance, and a Masters degree in waste management. She qualified in 1997 at Browne Jacobson and later worked in the Environment and Planning team at SJ Berwin, before moving in house to work as Senior Solicitor at Certa (UK) Ltd. More recently Andrea has worked as a legal consultant, completing projects for blue chip companies. Andrea is an active member of the UK Environmental Law Association.