Environmental Consultants

Peak Associates is a specialised consultancy that provides advice on matters relating to river and water pollution, effluent treatment, drainage and contaminated land. We specialise in defence, mitigation and negotiations with regulatory bodies on your behalf and we are well briefed on current legislation, its requirements and likely future trends.

“Peak Associates have been instrumental in maintaining our relationship with the Environment Agency over the past 8 years. Most significantly, their assistance with a permit variation application. Mike Matthews and his team are great to deal with.”
Nick Smith, Haweswater Smolt Unit

A little more about Peak Associates

Born out of more than 30 years of experience by founder and Managing Director, Mike Matthews, formally an enforcement officer with the National Rivers Authority (now the Environment Agency) means, Peak Associates has unrivalled experience in the fast-moving environmental consultancy arena.


Contaminated Land

Our contaminated land team is driven by a passion to get sustainable schemes approved by the planners as soon as possible.

Flood Risk Assessments

Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) and/or Sustainable Drainage designs (SuDs) are now required for all sites of greater than 1ha...

Foul Drainage Services

Peak Associates has a wealth of over 20 years’ experience in foul drainage investigation and design.

Innovation & Research

Innovation is fundamental to any business. It is the way in which new markets or opportunities are explored in order to be...

Expert Witness & Mitigation

Although the Environment Agency, Water Companies and Local Authorities have all signed up to the Government’s new ‘Better ...

Planning and Permitting

Our team of experts is well-versed in waste management permitting processes and can guide you through the necessary steps ...

Pollution Prevention

Peak Associates can design and deliver a range of pollution prevention measures to meet the needs of our clients. This can...

Surface Water

Several water companies charge their commercial customers for surface water and highway drainage disposal on a site area b...

Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS)

Changes to planning policy in recent years have led to the increased requirement for Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) t...

Trade Effluent

If you’ve suddenly found out you’re operating above your trade effluent consent limits or need a new consent then we have ...

Waste Management

The waste industry is set to grow in the UK, but with growth comes consumer and regulatory pressures. Peak Associates unde...

Media Training Essentials

No business wants to be in the spotlight for the wrong reason, and that’s what Media training is all about.

Incident Management

Sometimes things go wrong. And in our experience, nearly every time something goes wrong, clients are slow to react, and i...


Never has the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ been truer than in the world of environmental transgressions.


Food is fundamental to our health, environment, society and economy. For years, Peak Associates have worked with clients in the food and drink sector right from on-farm operations through to retail. By combining our significant experience in the sector with our aim to

provide our clients with scientifically based solutions, we can provide you with a direct point of contact to aid in any project planning aspects or compliance liabilities and concerns at various points of the value chain.

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Our Clients

Peak Associates work with a wide range of clients from privately owned companies, local authorities and multinational organisations operating in the UK.

Our aim is to provide our clients with scientifically based solutions to environmental problems that are driven by the regulatory sector.

In undertaking this work we will not be afraid to challenge ourselves and most importantly the regulators and regulations being applied, where we have an evidentially based argument to suggest the regulator or regulations are wrong.

We will at all times keep our clients informed and where necessary provide guidance to them as to the actions our advice suggests they should take to achieve their required outcome for a project.

We will operate a policy of providing client advice in black and white.

Mike Matthews

Latest Projects

Legal: Lead Expert For UK plc re. alleged pollution of a UK river

The client in the food and drink sector had a turnover in excess of £3.5 billion was charged with polluting a small UK chalk stream in the East of England.

Research Lancaster / Manchester

In collaboration with Lancaster University’s Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and Manchester Airport Group, Peak Associates delivered a PhD project with Andrew Freeman to tackle this issue.

Residential Property Insurance Claim, Cheshire

During Storm Christoph in January 2021, heavy rainfall caused significant flooding across various parts of the United Kingdom.

Legal: Appointment As Lead Defence Expert For UK plc re. alleged pollution of a UK river via impact on local sewage works

The client who produces several well known UK and International Brands in the food and drink sector has a turnover of circa £400 Million and was accused of discharging trade effluent to a sewer that was out of consent.

New Build Warehouse Pollution, South-West

Our consultancy was recently hired by the owners of a warehouse company to investigate pollution in their surface water interceptor.

UK Aquaculture

An aquaculture fish farm, located in the UK, hired us to assist with the Environmental Impact Assessment and prevent pollution in their catchment area.

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