Environmental consultants—when and how to use environmental consultants
Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental Ltd
Environmental consultants—when and how to use environmental consultants

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental consultants—when and how to use environmental consultants
  • Why use environmental consultants?
  • When to use environmental consultants
  • Choosing an environmental consultancy
  • Instructing environmental consultants
  • Arranging site visits
  • Reporting
  • Guidance for consultants

Why use environmental consultants?

Environmental consultants work in a wide range of areas in regulating, controlling and preventing air, land and water pollution. They assess environmental risk and review compliance with environmental regulation and best practice.

Environmental consultants have:

  1. technical expertise

  2. affiliations with other consultancies, providing trusted contacts and referrals

  3. knowledge of regulatory requirements

  4. practical advice and experience in environmental risk and management

When to use environmental consultants

Environmental consultants may be instructed by lawyers on behalf of their client for various types of work, including:

  1. to assess the environmental risks and liabilities associated with the acquisition of a property portfolio or target company, eg contaminated land assessment, environmental audit for compliance with environmental law

  2. to advise on environmental impacts and project design for developments or major projects

  3. to report on regulatory compliance and defend enforcement action on behalf of their client

  4. to provide evidence as an expert witness on behalf of their client in litigation

  5. to peer review reports prepared by other consultants

An environmental consultancy may provide expertise in a number of areas, including:

  1. contaminated land assessment

  2. compliance audit

  3. flood risk

  4. asbestos survey

  5. health and safety

  6. energy assessment

  7. invasive plant species