Environmental Sentencing: A Loud and Clear Message
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June 11, 2015

Law-Now have reported that Thames Water have had their appeal against their £250,000 fine for pollution of a nature reserve rejected.

The original sentencing decision made by the Court was made in accordance with the Environmental Sentencing Guidelines, a tariff based system, which came into force in July 2014. This is the first judgment of the Court of Appeal to consider the new 2014 Sentencing Council Guideline for Environmental Offences and it confirms the intention that fines will be fixed taking into account the means of a particular company offender, not just to reduce the level of a fine in a particular case, but to increase it where the company is of greater means.

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