- Sentencing guidelines for environmental offences and the categorisation of harm (Environment Agency v Lawrence)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the Court of Appeal decide?
- Case details
Corporate Crime analysis: The Court of Appeal examined an issue of principle regarding categorisation of harm for the purpose of the sentencing guidelines for environmental offences. The sole ground of appeal concerned whether the sentencing judge’s approach erred in conflating steps 3 and 4 of the guidelines; step 3 of which does not expressly permit upward revision of the provisional categorisation of harm. The Court of Appeal rejected the appellant’s challenge to the judge’s approach, holding that the overall sentence was not manifestly excessive or wrong in principle, and could be justified by the consideration of numerous aggravating factors in the case. Written by Jamas Hodivala QC, barrister at Matrix Chambers.
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