The team is led by Richard Voke who has a Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology and worked as an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive for 8 years. Richard is supported by Jeremy Asher who has many years' experience of defending and prosecuting environmental cases.

We advise on the need for consents and permits, appeals against refusals and alleged breaches of  environmental law. Advice is targeting on a case-by-case basis to your requirements. We defend prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency, against companies and individuals.

The team uses its experience and knowledge of how regulators really work to ensure that advice is practical, targeted and realistic to your aims.

View our Relevant Experience here


  • Defence & avoidance of environmental prosecutions
  • Contaminated Land
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Waste Duty of Care, planning and exemptions
  • Energy from Waste and environmental issues
  • Appealing regulatory notices served by the EA
  • Pollution claims
  • Agriculture, farming & environmental issues
  • Environmental Permitting and exemptions
  • Water Law
  • Packaging waste law
  • Sustainability advice


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Ashfords LLP’s Business Risk and Regulation department is praised for its track record in environmental crime prosecutions and, with clients considering its expertise to be ‘comparable to that of any regional firm in England’. The team also advises on environmental compliance and regularly acts for agricultural clients and public and quasi-public bodies. Department head Richard Voke has a ‘strong technical background in environmental science as well as environmental law’; he has been involved in multiple pollution and contamination prosecutions for clients in the energy and care sectors, in addition to advising on regulatory due diligence issues related to various transactions in the oil and gas sector. Senior associate Jeremy Asher (‘as good as any lawyer in the field’) acted on behalf of various public bodies in Environment Agency prosecutions regarding pollution and breach of environmental permits.

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