The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Christopher Badger of 6 Pump Court Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is the principal regulator responsible for the enforcement of environmental law and the prosecution of environmental crime in Wales. It took over the functions of Environment Agency Wales (EAW) in 2013.
Historically, the Environment Agency (EA) was set up as a corporate body in 1996 under the Environment Act 1995 (EA 1995). Under the devolution settlement, most ministerial functions relating to the functioning of the EA in Wales were transferred, such that EAW became an executive Assembly-sponsored public body, receiving grant aid from the Welsh Government, whilst remaining part of the EA England and Wales corporate entity. For information about the powers of the EA to investigate criminal offences, see Practice Note: Environment Agency—powers to investigate environmental crime.
NRW was created by virtue of article 3 of the Natural Resources Body for Wales (Establishment) Order 2012, SI 2012/1903 (the Establishment Order). As part of the Living Wales Programme, NRW assumed the responsibilities of EAW, Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales on 1 April 2013 by virtue of the Natural Resources Body for Wales (Functions) Order 2013, SI 2013/755 (the Functions Order).
Article 4 of the Establishment Order sets out that the purpose of NRW is to ensure that the environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, sustainably enhanced and sustainably used. Reference to sustainability requires it
**excludes LexisPSL Practice Compliance, Practice Management and Risk and Compliance. To discuss trialling these LexisPSL services please email customer service via our online form. Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK. We may terminate this trial at any time or decide not to give a trial, for any reason. Trial includes one question to LexisAsk during the length of the trial.
To view the latest version of this document and thousands of others like it, sign-in to LexisPSL or register for a free trial.
Existing user? Sign-in
Take a free trial
Take a free trial
0330 161 1234