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

The following Corporate Crime practice 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
  • Compliance and sanctions
  • Before the hearing
  • Costs and application fees
  • The hearing
  • The decision
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First-tier Tribunal (Environment)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020, SI 2020/416, temporarily extend the circumstances in which tribunals, including the FTT, may direct that a decision be made without a hearing or a hearing be held in private and must direct that privately held hearings be recorded and the Tribunal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020, SI 2020/651 temporarily amend the provisions relating to the access to recordings of remote hearings. Further, the Senior President of Tribunals has issued guidance and Pilot Practice Directions for the operation of the tribunals during the COVID-19 pandemic. See: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key regulator and court guidance for corporate crime practitioners — Tribunals. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

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

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