Craig is a director and head of Schofield Sweeney’s Environmental and Regulatory team. He qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and practiced in a broad mixture of contentious litigation matters before moving to the UK in 2001.
Between 2008 and 2015 Craig worked in house at the Environment Agency, including as Principal Solicitor for Enforcement and Prosecutions (Yorkshire and North East), and then Regional Solicitor (Yorkshire and North East), before being appointed as the Senior Managing Lawyer of the national Enforcement and Prosecutions team.
Craig advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious environmental matters including waste, water pollution, air pollution, packaging waste, environmental permit compliance, fisheries offences, noise and odour, drainage and flooding, contaminated land, REACH compliance, fracking and agricultural matters. Craig advises on a wide range of other regulatory compliance matters and acts for a number of Internal Drainage Boards and local authorities.
This Practice Note outlines the offences and enforcement tools available to regulators under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, such as enforcement notices, suspension notices, revocation notices, prohibition notices, landfill closure notices, mining waste facility closure notices, restriction notices and civil sanctions, including enforcement undertakings. Looking at offences, the case of Stone and another v Environment Agency  EWHC 994 (Admin) is considered. The Practice Note goes on to consider sanctions for failure to comply with a notice, failure to obtain an environmental permit (EP) or register an exemption and breach of an EP condition, as well as defences. It also considers information breaches and failure to comply with information requests without reasonable excuse, or creating or providing false or misleading information. It was updated in partnership with Craig Burman. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note sets out the regulatory regime for groundwater activities (formerly groundwater authorisations) under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154 (EPR 2016), including the prohibition on unauthorised groundwater activities, discharges from public sewers, the procedure for obtaining a permit and the offences for groundwater pollution. A groundwater activity is a type of regulated facility that requires an environmental permit or exemption in England and Wales. The former system of groundwater authorisations (under the repealed Groundwater Regulations 1998, SI 1998/2746 and Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/2902) were brought within the environmental permitting regime on 6 April 2010. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note deals with installations and mobile plant under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154. It looks at the differences between regulated facilities and installations, the different classes of installation and the regulator for each class, as well as permitting for mobile plant. It was produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note sets out the procedures that apply in determining whether to grant an environmental permit under Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, such as public participation, time limits for determination, general considerations and the conditions that should apply. It also covers application for permit surrender, notifying determinations and the procedure for making an appeal against a decision. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note outlines the different types and classes of regulated activities that require an environmental permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, (such as installations and mobile plant, waste operations, mining waste operations, groundwater activities, water discharge activities and radioactive substance activities), exemptions and sanctions. It also covers the permitting process, types of permits (eg standard rules permits and bespoke permits), permit application and guidance and provision for varying or transferring environmental permits. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note considers the history of waste permitting, regulated waste activities and what amounts to a waste installation, a waste operation, and an exempt waste operation. It also considers the difference between waste disposal and waste recovery, and those waste related activities which do not require an environmental permit. It was produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney. This Practice Note also links to related Brexit content.
This Practice Note sets out the regulatory regime for water discharge activities (formerly water discharge consents) under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154 (EPR), including the procedure for obtaining a permit and the criminal and civil offences for water pollution. It also looks at the types of water discharge activities that require an environmental permit (EP) in England and Wales and what may be exempt, and considers civil liability and sanctions such as anti-pollution works notices, enforcement and suspension notices and enforcement undertakings. The Practice Note also includes details of an appeal test case, heard at the Planning Inspectorate, against decisions to impose conditions on environmental permits for water companies—the decision was dated 30 April 2014 (APP/WQ/10/2770–71, APP/WQ/11/2772–78, APP/EPR/11/2–5, 9–10, 13–16, 18–21, 34 and APP/EPR/12/41, 57–60, 64, 97–98). This Practice Note links to related Brexit content.
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