Peter Glenser QC, instructed by the Environment Agency, has successfully prosecuted in a sewage pollution case against Northumbrian Water.

The water company was fined more than half a million pounds after sewage effluent polluted a rural watercourse.

The company appeared at Durham Crown Court for sentence on Wednesday 6 October, after pleading guilty at a previous hearing on Monday (4 October) to discharging sewage effluent into the watercourse that runs through Heads Hope Dene near Castle Eden.

The court heard that on 22 May 2017, a blockage in a combined sewer caused sewage to pour out of a manhole cover and discharge into the watercourse that runs through Heads Hope Dene. They were fined £540,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £142,000 and a £170 victim surcharge.


Peter is a specialist regulatory and criminal lawyer with a particular interest in environmental and wildlife crime. He has recently prosecuted a National Crime Agency case involving the unlawful export of eels with an eventual value of some £53M and defended numerous other wildlife related offences. 

As a result of this case, Peter has been successfully appointed to the Government Legal Department’s QC list.

Read Peter’s full profile here