Leon Kazakos

Leon Kazakos

"A class act who is a pleasure to watch" - Chambers UK 2019

“An excellent tactician, he is the hardest-working and most user-friendly barrister solicitors know”- Legal 500 2018
Year of call: 1999
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Criminal Regulatory

Leon has experience of advising individuals and companies in cases where very serious injury has resulted through alleged breaches of Health and Safety legislation. In environmental cases Leon defends in prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency or local authorities in relation to permitting breaches and/or pollution.

Recent Instructions:

R v N (2018) and R v S (2019)

Instructed for the defence in two separate cases where private individuals were charged with breaches of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations 1997. The defendants had, using various internet forums (Ebay and Instagram) purchased and then sold or offered for sale clothing made from pelts and skins of endangered species. Those species were listed in the annexes to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Both defendants faced further charges brought under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 for the fraudulent evasion of the regulation of the trade, and the fraudulent evasion of import and export duty. Non custodial sentences were achieved in both cases.

R v P

A prosecution brought by the Environment Agency and the local authority for long term abuse of the regulations and serial breaches of enforcement notices over the operation of an unlicensed waste disposal system on green belt land. The case involved protracted legal argument and confiscation proceedings thereafter.

R v E

A prosecution of a waste management company for serial breaches of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 and for misconduct in insolvency proceedings.

R v D

This criminal prosecution arose from the very serious injury to and blinding of a man employed by the defendant company to service and repair motor vehicles.

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