Christopher Badger


Christopher Badger has an established practice in commercial regulatory investigations and prosecutions, specialising in environmental enforcement, acting for both corporate and individual defendants and on behalf of the Environment Agency. Recent instructions include: Advising in several significant commercial disputes in respect of environmental and health and safety obligations under EU and domestic law; judicial review proceedings challenging the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; Walker & Son (Hauliers) Ltd v Environment Agency [2014] 1 Cr. App. R. 30; [2014] Env L.R. 22 (leading authority on the statutory construction of “knowingly permit” in the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 and 2010); EA v WB Ltd (Counsel on behalf of 2 companies and their director in the largest prosecution for the illegal export of waste to date); R v Rogers, Beaman and Tapecrown Ltd [2016] EWCA Crim 801 (leading authority on the admissibility of fresh evidence in appeals against sentence).

He is often asked to provide early stage advice into on-going investigations, both pre-interview and pre-charge, most recently for firms including Clyde & Co., Kingsley Napley, Eversheds, Kennedys and Osborne Clarke as well as the Environment Agency. Recent written advice and lectures have included issues on environmental liabilities for private investors, case law affecting the receipt of cash payments for the purposes of litigation and other topics including the definition of waste and confiscation in environmental prosecutions.

He is a contributor to the 2013 edition of Burnett Hall on Environmental Law and twice has been asked to speak at the Environment Agency’s National Conference. He was appointed to the ‘A’ List of Specialist Regulatory Counsel in June 2012.

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Corporate Crime

Year Qualified



Lincoln College, Oxford