Sarah Lovell

Sarah Lovell

Sarah Lovell

Principal Consultant
Waste Permitting and Regulatory Compliance BSc, MCIWM

Sarah is a Chartered Waste Manager with 19 years' experience in waste regulation and environmental consultancy. Sarah works with operators, regulators, landowners and investors and uses her expert knowledge and experience of the environmental permitting regime and associated regulatory controls for waste operations and industrial installations, to provide expert opinion and advice. She assists clients with matters including obtaining and complying with environmental permits and associated consents, regulator led permit reviews and variations, permit surrenders, end of waste determinations, contractual disputes, legal cases and regulatory due diligence to support the acquisition and sale of regulated waste management facilities.

By helping clients understand the requirements of current and future environmental regulations affecting their business, Sarah allows them to capitalise on opportunities, avoid unnecessary liabilities and protect their reputations.

Sarah has recently supported natural Resources Wales (NRW) with a review of their external facing regulatory guidance. Joining a small team of NRW technical and policy specialists, Sarah supported NRW’s review of the waste and regulated industry regime’s guidance under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2016, (as amended) over a period of 6 months, and contributed to updates to ‘How to Comply’ and associated regulatory guidance notes (RGNs).

During her consultancy career, Sarah has prepared, and project managed, over 70 applications for new environmental permits, variations, transfers and surrenders, including bespoke applications relating to a wide range of waste management activities, including energy from waste (EfW), landfill, mining waste, leachate and effluent treatment, refuse derived fuel (RDF) production, metals recycling, materials recycling, aggregate recycling, waste transfer, biological treatment and deposit of waste for recovery operations. She has worked for a wide range of clients including Biffa, Viridor, European Metal Recycling, Brett Aggregates, Thames Water Utilities and Kraft Heinz.

Since 2019, Sarah has applied her regulatory experience in permitting and compliance as an expert witness in a range of commercial disputes and criminal proceedings. Sarah has reviewed prosecution evidence and written clear and well-reasoned expert reports in accordance with Criminal and Civil Procedure Rules. Several cases have involved analysis of evidence in relation to the quantities and types of waste, applicable rates of landfill tax, EA Compliance Assessment Reports (CARs), EA decision documents and whether the regulator followed its own policies and guidance. Sarah has also given evidence in Court, under cross examination. She has worked for law firms including Burgess Salmon LLP, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Dentons and Slaughter and May LLP.

Prior to consultancy, Sarah spent almost 5 years working for the Environment Agency (EA) where she developed an in-depth working knowledge of waste legislation, policy and regulatory guidance through her work in regulatory waste and strategic permitting teams.

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