Waste Law after Brexit

Join us online to explore the new challenges for the waste and resources industries in the post Brexit world.


After the interest and success of the last two years' UKELA seminars, we are pleased to be able to bring you a further update.  The post-Brexit world is upon us, and will present new challengers for the waste and resources industries. 

This is the third joint seminar UKELA has hosted with ESA and CIWM. We have an exceptional line up of speakers on this key subject which is open to all.  The seminar is aimed at anyone who deals with waste and resources in a legal, consultancy or technical capacity or who has an interest in learning more. The afternoon will provide you with a detailed understanding of the potential impact of Brexit on the UK waste management and export industry. 

We look forward to welcoming you. This event will run as a webinar, starting promptly at 3.30pm and finishing at 5pm.  1.5 CPD.


  • Jacob Hayler, Environmental Services Association
  • Angus Evers, Partner at Shoosmiths and Co-Chair of UKELA'S Governance & Devolution Group
  • Duncan Mitchell, Senior Managing Lawyer at the Environment Agency
  • Chala McKenna, Senior Solicitor, Environment & Waste team, Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Chaired by Dr Anna Willetts, Gunnercooke, Waste Working Party co-convenor


Speaker Biographies

Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s trade association for managers of waste and secondary resources. Jacob joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an Economist focused on helping to develop market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. At various points during his time at ESA, Jacob retained responsibility for policy relating to finance, tax, carbon management, contracts and energy from waste. In January 2015 Jacob was appointed ESA’s Executive Director and he now retains responsibility for the day to day running of the Association. Jacob has represented the industry on multiple government advisory bodies and committees and is the UK’s representative on various pan-European waste and recycling industry bodies.

Angus Evers is an experienced environmental lawyer whose practice covers all aspects of environmental law from contaminated land to waste, climate change, renewables, nuisance, water pollution and asbestos. He also has expertise in related areas such as energy and health & safety. He advises developers and operators of, and investors in, infrastructure, real estate and other businesses on transactional, regulatory and contentious issues, regularly working alongside corporate, real estate, commercial, regulatory, projects and EU/competition teams. He is one of the Co-Chairs of the UK Environmental Law Association’s (UKELA) Governance & Devolution Group, formerly the Brexit Task Force and a former Convenor of UKELA's Waste Working Party.

Duncan Mitchell is a Senior Managing Lawyer in the Environment Agency, where he leads the Climate Change and Chemicals team.  He has worked for the EA since 2001, but taking up his new role in May this year brought a 3½-year secondment to Defra in a policy role, as Head of Environmental Permitting and Liability, to an end.  While in Defra, as well as leading policy development in these areas, he was extensively involved in preparations for EU Exit and piloted a series of EU Exit-related statutory instruments through Parliament.  Duncan’s previous work with the EA focussed principally on environmental permitting and industrial emissions, but he has covered the full range of environmental regulatory law in a number of roles, including managing regional and HO EA legal teams.  Duncan has extensive experience of environmental litigation, including sole conduct of the EA’s defence in the landmark cases of R oao Edwards/Pallikaropoulos v EA, and OSS/SRM v EA.  He was also heavily involved in defending a series of statutory appeals against environmental permit conditions brought by three of the English water and sewerage utilities.  Duncan has acted as a national expert on industrial emissions for the European Commission, delivering training workshops for accession states.  He has represented the UK as national expert in working groups on EU ETS, unconventional hydrocarbons and, while at Defra, the Environmental Liability Directive.  He has managed in and been involved in a number of European IMPEL projects.  As a public speaker, Duncan has been invited to address a variety of national and international gatherings, most recently addressing the UK’s implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive at a conference in Slovenia.  Duncan has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Judicial Review.

Chala McKenna is a Senior Solicitor in the Environment and Waste team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP. Having previously worked in-house at SEPA for a number of years, she has wide-ranging experience of all regulatory environmental matters, including dealing with compliance and enforcement. She has a particular interest and expertise in the waste and resources sector as well as issues relating to the management and regulation of water. She works closely with Laura Tainsh who sits on the Scottish Committee of UKELA.

Dr Anna Willetts is dual-qualified, having completed a PhD in geochemistry and working as an environmental consultant for 5 years, before qualifying as a lawyer.  Anna is an environmental criminal defence lawyer, representing waste and recycling businesses and directors. She advises and defends companies who are prosecuted by the regulators for environmental offences. She was successful in the Court of Appeal in January 2017 in a landmark case appealing a ruling on the dual regulation of an aggregates recycling facility.  Anna is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management ("CIWM") and Junior Vice President of the Institution. She is Chair of the CIWM East Anglian Centre Council and the New Members' Network Co-ordinator for the region, as well as Vice Chair of the CIWM Regulatory Special Interest Group.  Anna is a Co-Convenor of the UK Environmental Law Association's Waste Working Party.  She is co-authoring a book with a barrister and technical specialist on the practical application of waste management law.

UKELA reserves the right to amend the programme at any time.


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