European Protected Species Law: Freeths LLP Live Legal Training Course - March 2021


One-Day Legal Training Course (split into two half-day sessions) for Ecological Consultants and Developers

We are planning on delivering our tried and tested Freeths European Protected Species (EPS) legal course online (via Zoom) over two half days.This is our detailed legal course for Ecological Consultants and Developers who have some experience of European Protected Species (EPS) licensing. It provides a detailed explanation of the EPS legal framework and how to work with the framework to get the best results for your development projects. The course includes updates on GCN district licensing and NE's EPS policies 1-4.The two half-day sessions will be as follows:

Wednesday 24 March 2021, 9.00am – EPS legal course part 1 (length: 4 hours with breaks)

Thursday 25 March 2021, 9.00am – EPS legal course part 2 (length: 4 hours with breaks)

Speaker: Penny Simpson, Environmental Partner


Part 1

The implications of Brexit for EPS regulation, including impacts on caselaw and on the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017District Licensing

  • What is it?

  • How does it work: NE’s approach and Naturespace’s approach

  • Implications for ecological consultancies

EPS criminal law and when you do / don’t need an EPS licence

  • Detailed session on each of the key criminal offences applying to EPS

  • What do the offences mean in practice?

  • The up to date case law behind them

  • How to apply the offences to your clients’ projects

  • How to max out legitimate unlicensed works to benefit your clients

  • When you do / don’t need a licence for Temporary Amphibian Fencing?

Part 2

Natural England’s EPS Licensing Policies

  • What do NE’s four EPS licensing policies mean?

  • How do you apply them?

  • Experience to date on how to get maximum benefits for developers from the policies

Planning and EPS

  • Up to date case law on how EPS should be treated in the planning system

  • What impact does Brexit have on the relevant caselaw?

  • How to overcome EPS-related objections at the planning stage (looking at both EIA and non-EIA development)?


  • “As for the course [Penny Simpson’s EPS course], it was 11/10. Brilliant. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ve insisted that my colleagues go on the next one, and you should too!”

  • “I recently attended a CIEEM training workshop held by Penny on EPS law, which was incredibly interesting, and useful. Penny is a fantastic teacher and clearly a leader in her field.”

  • “Penny’s courses always contain new and interesting points”

  • “Thought provoking and helpful”

  • “Great course”


£285* / £300 per ticket (plus VAT) *early bird offer (limited spaces). These prices include a booking fee.Please note, we have had to increase the ticket price due to the course now being on a virtual platform which has increased the teaching time by 2.5 hours (compared with the face to face course).All course materials will be provided.Places are limited so we recommend that you book your place as soon as possible.Note that you will be directed to the Eventbrite website in order to pay and reserve your place on this course.Tickets may only be changed or cancelled up to seven days before the seminar is due to take place. After that date no refunds given or changes made.

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