Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880


Red Lion Chambers has a strong track record both defending and prosecuting in cases involving environmental matters.

Chambers’ environmental team can provide high quality advisory and advocacy services on all matters of environment law, from precautionary measures to complex legal cases.

Our team is led by Sailesh Mehta, who has defended and prosecuted in some of the most significant environmental cases in the last 20 years.  His work in this area has helped shape UK environmental prosecution policy, particularly in connection with waste issues and environmental cases.  Consequently, our team have gained a deep insight in this area of law, to which our clients benefit greatly.

Our members are regularly called upon to represent major companies, organisations, local government, landowners and regulators on all aspects of environmental litigation and advisory work. 


Chambers regularly receive instructions in Environmental Law matters from the Environment Agency, who may be concerned with potential or commenced prosecutions.

Additionally, we regularly advise the Environment Agency on key aspects of policy and law and have held major seminars with the agency, including sentencing in environmental law cases and disclosure training.

We believe that our experience defending and prosecuting gives us an advantage as our members are able to consider the facts of the case from both perspectives. This has proven advantageous for our clients in previous cases.

Areas of Law Undertaken by Chambers

Our areas of expertise cover a wide range of environmental law that includes:

  • Environment compliance 
  • Waste management 
  • Waste packaging
  • Climate Change
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Air and water pollution 
  • Contaminated land
  • Nature Conservation 
  • Heritage
  • Drainage and sewerage

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement can be essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we guide our clients through the legal process.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

  • For specific case enquiries, or to hear more about our services, please contact our clerking team.
  • If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.



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020 7520 6000

18 Red Lion Court



DX: 478 London / Chancery Lane

East Anglia

01245 280 880

Thornwood House

102 New London Rd


DX: 139165 Chelmsford 11


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