First-tier Tribunal (Environment)
Produced in partnership with Richard Macrory of University College London
First-tier Tribunal (Environment)

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Richard Macrory of University College London provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • First-tier Tribunal (Environment)
  • What can be appealed
  • Grounds of appeal
  • Fast tracking stop notice appeals
  • Overriding objective of Tribunal procedures
  • Before the hearing
  • Costs and application fees
  • The hearing
  • The decision
  • Appeals

Where a person or company disagrees with a civil sanction or notice they can appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal (Environment). The tribunal does not deal with complaints against the Regulator. Any complaints about the Regulator should be dealt with by the Regulator itself through its internal complaints procedure, or to the Local Ombudsman.

The Environment jurisdiction is operated and governed under the existing specific General Regulatory Chamber Rules. Appellants have their cases heard by specialists trained to hear their specific appeals. A panel normally composed of the Tribunal judge and up to two other expert members, all appointed by the Lord Chancellor, hears appeals at venues across England, Wales and Scotland. In appropriate cases, appeals may be heard by a single judge. The oral hearings are open to the public unless the Tribunal determines otherwise.

A Notice of Appeal should be sent to the First-tier Tribunal within 28 days of the date of the Regulator's notice. Appellants can submit an appeal outside of this time limit but must provide good reasons for the delay. If the Tribunal refuses to allow an appeal or application to be made after the time limit has expired then appellants may ask for this decision to be reviewed or appeal on question of law to the Upper Tribunal.

What can be appealed