There are many environmental issues that need to be considered in land and farm management, which can lead to costly legal battles should a problem arise. It is therefore imperative that you understand the potential hazards that may arise and how to safeguard yourself against them.

Our services

  • Land management
  • Land use and planning
  • Codes of good agricultural practice
  • Rights of way
  • Water conservation
  • Pollution

Why choose us?

We are able to outline your potential environmental risks and put in place procedures to protect yourself against them. The Agricultural Codes of Practice necessary to adhere to are designed to provide practical guidance to help farmers and growers avoid causing pollution and to protect soil as their most valuable resource.

All farm staff and contractors on the farm who handle, store, use, spread or dispose of any substances that could pollute water, air or soil should be aware of their responsibilities and know about the causes and results of pollution. They should know how and when to operate and maintain the equipment they use, and know what to do in an emergency. We are able to outline and document these responsibilities, clearly and concisely.

We will highlight the main risks of possible pollution from different agricultural and horticultural sources. Good agricultural practice means a practice that minimises the risk of causing pollution while protecting natural resources and allowing economic agriculture to continue.

In many cases pollution by the farmer or landowner can lead to a criminal prosecution by the relevant government agency.  The penalties for a pollution incident are heavy.  A pollution incident can also make the farmer or landowner liable to pay compensation to someone affected by the pollution.  It is important to ensure that proper insurance cover is in place to cover any such potential risks.

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Nigel McKay Gilbert Stephens Solicitors
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