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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 in 2017.

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 £300 to £350 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

Case Summaries

Review of Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

When the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was reviewed in 2017, an insurer instructed Mariel to draft its submission to the Home Office on the Act’s effectiveness. 


A scrap metal dealer instructed Mariel to represent the company at a hearing before the local authority’s licensing committee after it proposed to refuse its application for a licence. A director had admitted to an offence  of failing to keep adequate records under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Local Authority considered he was not a suitable person to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer.  Mariel persuaded the committee to grant a licence, which was subject to conditions.

Scrap Metal
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