Why the Court of Appeal dismissed Thames Water's bid to reduce its £2m penalty

Ned Westaway: A judgment rejecting Thames Water's attempt to lower is pollution penalty makes clear when companies can expect big fines and under what circumstances they can gain full credit for a guilty plea

In December 2018 Thames Water was fined £2m for discharging untreated sewage from a pumping station into a brook in the Cotswolds. The offence was relatively unserious: although some fish were killed, the judge considered the harm to be modest at category 3. 

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