Metal Recycling

We provided one of the first drafts of the Scrap Metal Dealers' bill and have since been advising various interested parties on the Act’s likely meaning and effect. The British Metal Recycling Association and its individual members have been instructing us since the Act came into force on 1 October 2013. We advised an insurer in relation to the Home Office review of the Act's effectiveness.


Mariel has spoken at a number of conferences on the legislation and its associated guidance and she has been quoted extensively in the insurance press. Her book, "A Practical Guide to the Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 2013", was published in December 2019. We have hosted successful in house seminars to scrap metal dealers and others on the subject. 


Insurers have been instructing us to defend liability claims on behalf of scrap metal dealers for several years.

  • Bullying and harassment

  • Compliance

  • Fatalities

  • Health and safety

  • Identification requirements

  • Industrial disease claims

  • Insurance policy wordings


Our hourly rate for work in relation to licensing applications is £200 to £250 per hour plus VAT at 20%. The sole principal generally carries out this work. Disbursements are rarely incurred. When they are they usually relate to barristers' fees.

  • Lead poisoning

  • Liability claims

  • Licensing appeals to the magistrates

  • Policies and procedures

  • Recording requirements

  • Relevant offences

  • Scrap metal licensing