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John Pointing is a barrister with over 20 years experience in environmental, food and environmental health law representing local authorities, commercial clients and individuals. He can take instructions directly from the public as well as from solicitors. He is the Legal Partner of Statutory Nuisance Solutions [www.statutorynuisancesolutions.co.uk] a company he set up with David Horrocks to provide legal advice, training and technical support to commercial and public authority clients and private individuals. He has provided professional training for over 20 years to environmental health professionals and solicitors, including courses run by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Before qualifying as a barrister in 1992, he worked as a criminologist and was the first assistant director of Victim Support.

He is also an academic and a leading authority on tort and environmental law. He has undertaken research into various aspects of regulatory law, notably statutory nuisance, regulation and food safety. He is widely published in peer-reviewed and professional journals and has frequently addressed conferences both in the UK and abroad. He is co-author (with Rosalind Malcolm) of Statutory Nuisance: Law and Practice (OUP, 2nd ed. 2011) and Food Safety Enforcement (CIEH, 2005). He has advised DEFRA on statutory nuisance and drafted the legal sections of the Noise Management Guide for Local Authorities (2006) and Odour Guidance for Local Authorities (2010). Since 2003 he has been interested in issues affecting the Muslim community, in particular those to do with fake Halal and food crime. He is interested in alternative dispute resolution and is a volunteer community mediator with the Ealing Mediation Service.

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