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A great result for our regulatory team… and several lobsters!

The first half of 2023 has proved to be a busy time for our fishing, shipping and regulatory team, following the appointment of Elizabeth Rowley who joined the team as an Associate in March of this year.

Recently, Elizabeth prosecuted a trial at North Shields Magistrates Court on behalf of the Northumberland IFCA (Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority). After listening to the trial evidence presented by Elizabeth, the Magistrates found the fisherman guilty of catching 168 undersize lobsters, before containing them in plastic boxes and hiding them out at sea.

The IFCA had intercepted this offence and rightfully released all lobsters back into the sea. After finding the fisherman guilty, the Magistrates also heard that the fisherman had tried to land a further 11 undersized lobsters earlier that same day, which were also seized and released back into the sea by the IFCA.

During the sentencing, Elizabeth put forward a report prepared by the IFCA, which the impact of such crime on local marine conservation and biodiversity, which the Magistrates considered when ordering a fine of £1,000, Costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £400.

No undersized Lobsters were injured as a result!

Andrew Oliver, partner, and head of the regulatory team said: – “Elizabeth’s vast experience both as a criminal advocate and practitioner has really strengthened the regulatory services we provide to businesses and individuals.

“We remain exceptionally busy with fisheries and marine prosecutions, as well as numerous cases involving the care sector and health and safety matters. With Elizabeth’s experience, specialist expertise and proactive approach, we can continue to provide the highest standards of service for our clients.”

Elizabeth has worked for several high profile crime and legal aid practices for several years and has also acted as an accredited police station adviser and qualified Magistrates’ court duty solicitor. She has vast experience of dealing with corporate and white collar crime spanning health and safety cases, environmental pollution, as well as shipping and commercial fisheries breaches. Elizabeth can protect commercial clients’ interests when interviewed by the police and regulators and is able to draw on her advocacy experience, should matters proceed to court.

If you would like to learn more about the services of the Fishing, Shipping and Regulatory department and how Elizabeth can assist you and your business, you can contact her directly by emailing or speak to a member of the team today by calling 01482 325242.

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