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Environment — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Leading environmental law group handling both domestic and overseas matters. Its members have appeared before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the ECJ and other bodies. They have experience in a broad range of matters including air pollution, noise nuisances, infrastructure projects and the environmental and commercial implications of planning applications. Recently, members advised Transport for London in connection with various issues, particularly surrounding air quality. Commentators say the set is "the complete package," delivering "expert, current, commercial advice in a client-focused and clear manner."

Client service: "I find the clerks to be extremely helpful and they have excellent availability." Michael Kaplan is the senior clerk for the planning, environment and property team.

SILKS

Stephen Tromans QC
Outstanding lawyer in the fields of environmental, energy, natural resources and planning law. He is highly esteemed for his work on air pollution and waste issues.
Strengths: "He is undoubtedly the guru of environmental law. He's the first person you would go to for a tricky environmental law issue." "He is very knowledgeable and useful at providing innovative and ground-breaking advice. His opinion carries weight and he is a persistent advocate."
Recent work: Acted for 3M in proceedings relating to historic pollution by airport fire-fighting foam.

Richard Harwood QC
Advises on nuisance and criminal regulatory matters in environmental law, and is an expert on Environmental Impact Assessments. He is highly regarded for his work in planning law.
Strengths: "He is personable and amazingly responsive for such a senior and busy QC. He finds novel points of law to advance the client's interests, whilst providing down-to-earth advice that the client understands."
Recent work: Defended a private nuisance action brought against noise from helicopters flying at an airfield.

Nigel Pleming QC
Particularly strong when advising clients on environmental, energy and planning law.
Strengths: "Measured and calm." "A heavyweight silk for public environmental cases."

James Strachan QC
Acts for airports, oil terminals, waste operations and wind farms faced with environmental litigation. He is also looked to for advice on the environmental concerns surrounding large development projects.
Strengths: "He is very clear and very articulate, and he doesn't overdress things; he gets straight to the point." "He is calm, measured and brilliant in his drafting."
Recent work: Acted for London Ashford Airport against RSPB's unsuccessful challenge to the grant of a runway extension and new terminal building.

Justine Thornton QC
Has a wealth of experience of advising both claimants and defendants with respect to environmental regulations. She continues to develop unique experience in the nuclear energy sector.
Strengths: "She was very quick, pragmatic and understood what we were trying to achieve." "She is extremely bright, very dynamic and prepared to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in."
Recent work: Advised Nugeneration on the development of Moorside Nuclear Power Station.

JUNIORS

Richard Wald
A leading junior for claims of environmental damage who acts for both claimants and defendants. He is particularly in demand for his advice relating to waste management.
Strengths: "Richard is very sought after for both environmental and planning work because of his razor-sharp mind." "He has a very good commercial sense combined with a personable approach."
Recent work: Advised the Mayor of London and Transport for London in a case centred around the impact of the VW scandal on London's air quality.

James Burton
Has a broad environmental law remit but is particularly active representing individual and group claimants in actions relating to noise nuisance, flooding and other alleged violations.
Strengths: "He is definitely one to watch." "Very promising. He has a good reputation on environmental matters and is doing well on energy too."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a group action against Transport for London arising from a new bypass.

Catherine Dobson
Manages a dynamic environmental practice and has recently been advising on a range of matters, from noise nuisance to waste disposal.
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Transport for London and the Mayor of London in the judicial review of the government's decision on a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Victoria Hutton
Up-and-comer increasingly well regarded for her planning and environmental expertise. She has advised on an array of matters including the impact of soil contaminants, road developments and complex renewable energy projects.
Strengths: "She's very efficient and has a commercial acumen that isn't always present in juniors." "She has a good eye for detail and a grasp of the commercial goals."
Recent work: Acted for Natural Resources Wales, which is objecting to the proposed diversion of the M4 on the basis of its impact on protected species, the heritage coast and flood risk.

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Band 1

Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
An esteemed set that prides itself on its comprehensive coverage of planning, licensing and environmental law. It caters to a multitude of clients, among them developers, environmental action groups, corporations and individuals. Members have an intimate knowledge of the regulations protecting humans, other animals and habitats from such threats as hazardous waste, coal dust, oil leaks, flooding and offensive odours. Interviewees find that they are "always willing to help, offer ideas and be part of the team." A significant recent instruction was Alyson Austin v Miller Argent, which concerned the application of the Aarhus Convention to private nuisance claims.

Client service: "The clerking was first-rate. The team is always accommodating and able to find solutions." "They bend over backwards to ensure we have an answer very quickly." Paul Coveney heads the clerking team.

SILKS

Gregory Jones QC
Outstanding lawyer for all aspects of EU environmental law, who regularly advises developers, local planning authorities and landowners. Statutory nuisances as well as air and water pollution control fall within his wide remit.
Strengths: "Greg's great strength is cross-examination." "He's very experienced and knows what case to put forward and how to argue the best strategy for the client."
Recent work: Advised Great Yarmouth Port Authority on a nuisance compensation claim by Bourne Leisure alleging increased coastal erosion caused by the construction of a new harbour.

Robert McCracken QC
Has a strong focus on EU environmental law and represents multinational enterprises as well as community groups. His cases relate to such matters as statutory nuisance, the protection of habitats and waste management.
Strengths: "He combines a rigorous intellectual approach with robust advocacy. Not many people have both; he does." "He has a very deep, almost encyclopaedic knowledge of his areas of expertise. He can call up cases and is very thorough, professional and authoritative."
Recent work: Counselled King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council on a statutory nuisance matter arising from the installation of an incinerator at a knacker's yard.

James Pereira QC
Advises on environmental law in the context of a broad public law practice. His caseload incorporates a plethora of topics ranging from the disposal of hazardous waste to pollution from coal mining.
Strengths: "Clients like him. He's very up to speed and excellent in terms of advocacy." "He is always well organised and has an incredible grasp of the facts and issues which puts clients at ease."
Recent work: Advised a landowner in opposition to water abstraction that threatened habitats and species protected under the EU Habitats Directive.

Morag Ellis QC
Particularly well regarded for her advocacy in cases pertaining to planning and infrastructure. She remains a significant presence on cases in Wales.
Strengths: "Very easy-going and very astute in her advice." "She was a tough examiner in a way that was really helpful."

JUNIORS

Richard Honey
Has an expansive environment practice that sees him advising on a range of matters including permitting, pollution liability, waste and land contamination, environmental taxation and protected habitats and species. He acts for both government bodies and regulated individuals and organisations.
Strengths: "His knowledge of environmental and planning law is fantastic. He brings a fresh approach to criminal cases." "He gains people's trust and confidence very quickly and is extremely responsive and sensible."
Recent work: Represented Thames Water in a number of prosecutions by the Environment Agency for pollution offences.

Ned Westaway
Represents clients, including a number of large environmental organisations, in conservation law and protection of habitat cases. He further advises on matters relating to statutory nuisance, water law, waste law, contaminated land and environmental crime.
Strengths: "He is very enthusiastic, bright and gets to the point." "One of the best juniors in this area. He's always thought of a different angle to an issue that you haven't thought of."
Recent work: Represented Natural England in a planning inquiry into the England Coast Path.

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
A standout set, lauded for its expertise in residential and commercial developments. Members are a popular choice among large corporate clients and government bodies, and regularly appear in judicial reviews, statutory appeals and inquiries. Their recent activity includes defending North Yorkshire County Council in a challenge to proposed fracking. Sources appreciate their "strength in depth" and "extremely can-do attitude."

Client service: Jay Fullilove leads what clients describe as an "approachable and professional" clerking team. "They achieve want you want them to achieve and are a pleasure to deal with."

SILKS

David Elvin QC
Well regarded for his work on planning, environmental and public law cases. He is noted for his strength on matters with an EU law element.
Strengths: "Absolutely terrific. Very hard-working and very diligent." "He has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and makes excellent strategic calls." "He has a broad spectrum of expertise on which you would absolutely trust his judgement."
Recent work: Advised the Environment Minister in a challenge concerning his alleged failure to prevent the sand dredging of Lough Neagh.

James Maurici QC
A leading figure for matters involving climate change, fracking and marine environmental issues. He also advises clients on air quality, habitat and species protection, contaminated land and common law nuisance complaints.
Strengths: "Really user-friendly and very good on his feet. He is one of the top silks that I've used." "Very approachable and commercial. He's got a brain the size of Mars and a grasp on a whole variety of matters. He provides very clear, sensible and commercial advice."
Recent work: Represented Walsall Borough Council in the appeal of a notice it served requiring the decontamination of land formerly occupied by gas works.

Richard Drabble QC
Has an excellent reputation for advising on public law, planning and environment matters. He represents developers and local authorities in planning inquiries.
Strengths: "A superb advocate." "He's extremely bright and his analytical skills are extremely good. He's someone I'd always go to for a legal opinion on an uncertain or difficult subject."
Recent work: Acted for the developers and harbour authority in connection with a residential development in Brighton Marina.

David Forsdick QC
Sought out by government departments and key environmental NGOs and regulators to advise on subjects such as habitat protection. He has extensive experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He contributed towards us putting forward a much more robust and persuasive case that proved successful." "He is straightforward to deal with, contactable and easy to discuss points with."
Recent work: Acted for a developer in defending permission for a major waste facility to be built in close proximity to a proposed residential urban extension.

Timothy Mould QC
Highly esteemed planning expert who also specialises in environmental and local government law. He has impressive parliamentary experience and has represented clients in both the public and private sectors.
Strengths: "He works extremely hard and is calm and unflappable." "He pulled together masses of witnesses and made a coherent case. He's great for complex judicial reviews."
Recent work: Served as lead counsel for the promoter of the HS2 Bill in the House of Commons Select Committee process.

JUNIORS

Charles Banner
Acts for the government on environmental law cases both internationally and domestically. Further clients include businesses, local authorities and NGOs.
Strengths: "He's a star of the junior Bar and has exceptional client servicing skills." "He's very good-humoured but also very bright and in command of his material."
Recent work: Represented the HS2 Action Alliance in various environmental law challenges to aspects of the HS2 project.

Gwion Lewis
Takes on environmental cases as part of a far-reaching practice that also extends to planning, intellectual property and public law. He is familiar with both domestic and EU regulations and has appeared in numerous public inquiries and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "He is a pleasure to work with and immensely collaborative. He creates a team feel."
Recent work: Successfully represented Natural Resources Wales in its first judicial review, arising from a challenge to its decision regarding sewage water discharges into a lake in Snowdonia.

Richard Moules
Represents private developers, the government and other interest groups in planning and environmental law matters. His workload spans such varied subjects as renewable energy projects, air pollution and the protection of wild birds.
Strengths: "A clear, confident and thorough advocate. He's going places." "He is really clear, receptive to a good dialogue and very easy to work with. He tailored his advice to precisely what I wanted." "He's technically excellent and knows his way around."
Recent work: Successfully represented Persimmon in a claim brought by UK Power Networks alleging that it was liable to pay for remedial works to abate a noise nuisance caused by an electricity substation.

Zack Simons
Focuses on planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law. His clients include developers, landowners, local authorities and central government.
Strengths: "Excellent and personable junior. His attention to detail and pragmatism is second to none." "He is pragmatic, down to earth and works very well in a short timeframe."
Recent work: Appeared for the Environment Agency resisting an appeal by a waste operator against the revocation of its environmental permit.

Sasha Blackmore
Advises the government, house builders and NGOs on public and environmental law matters. She frequently undertakes advocacy in the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Strengths: "Superb all-rounder and excellent on her feet. Sasha is a case winner and a rising star in the Planning and Environment Bar." "Impressive advocate. She did a very good job with a difficult case."
Recent work: Represented the Northern Ireland Government in defending its policy prohibiting developments on active peat against an application for a number of wind turbines.

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
High-calibre set with a fantastic track record of representing local authorities, developers and regulators in environmental cases. Its members' dedicated approach is appreciated by sources, who deem them to be "very friendly, approachable and easy to work with." They draw considerable acclaim for their involvement in the criminal courts. On the civil side they are particularly proficient at handling statutory environmental torts. Recent activity in this area includes Land v Almond, a case concerning noise nuisance from a wind turbine. The set provides regular training seminars on legislative changes.

Client service: "They are really nice, approachable people who always have smiles on their faces and value the client." "They are very responsive, very helpful and very efficient." The clerking team is led by Richard Constable.

SILKS

Stephen Hockman QC
Leading silk advising claimants and defendants on pollution cases, challenges to environmental decisions and environmental cases in the common law courts.
Strengths: "Brilliant advocate." "Very bright and well known in the environmental sphere." "An accomplished veteran with great gravitas, both in conference and in court."
Recent work: Assisted a major international brewing company in a case of accidental watercourse pollution.

David Travers QC
Often acts for defendants under fire from the environmental regulators for alleged offences, such as breaches of waste permits. He has appeared in a number of cases involving the COMAH (control of major accident hazards) regulations.
Strengths: "He has a great practice and has done extremely well."
Recent work: Represented G4S in an action brought against it concerning measures taken to prevent the escape of airborne pathogens into the environment.

Mark Watson QC
Well respected as a prosecution and defence barrister handling cases concerning pollution, waste deposits and nuisances of various kinds. He acts for and against the Environment Agency and local authorities.
Strengths: "Determined, terrier-like and totally focused on getting the best result for the client." "He's very calm and collected and his advice is robust."
Recent work: Prosecuted an illegal waste operator on behalf of the Environment Agency.

JUNIORS

Christopher Badger
Well versed in the parameters of environmental regulations, he advises the Environment Agency as well as corporations and individuals.
Strengths: "Chris is a true environmental specialist. An extremely professional and committed lawyer, he provides the balanced and pragmatic advice of one who both prosecutes and defends these matters." "He is impeccable. He has extreme precision and thoughtful ideas."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in its prosecution of a wood waste recycling company.

Richard Banwell
Acts for and against the regulator on a multitude of claims, concerning such matters as water management, waste disposal, renewable energy and permit revocations.
Strengths: "He is always approachable, helpful and supports us very well." "He's a true specialist. He really knows what he's doing and is a reasonable guy."
Recent work: Represented the Environment Agency in the prosecution of Southern Water following the discharge of untreated sewage effluent into coastal waters.

Mark Harris
Highly regarded for his advice on regulatory matters in environmental law, he has an in-depth knowledge of cases concerning water, waste and the cross-border shipment of radioactive substances. He acts both for and against the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "He is hard-working, diligent and puts clients at ease." "An exceptional senior junior with superb attention to detail and a very effective advocacy style."
Recent work: Defended the company and the director in a case regarding alleged offences arising from the shipment of waste paper to China.

William Upton
Has a strong reputation for advising clients from both the public and private sectors on environmental and planning law. He has tackled an array of tricky cases relating to such topics as flood damage, noise nuisance and waste management.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, calm and sensible. He's extremely likeable and only thinks of what's good for the client."
Recent work: Represented the Environment Agency in an appeal against its decision to stop a waste site operating because of pollution, breaches of the Environmental Permit and poor management.

Gordon Wignall
Has a practice with a strong focus on pollution claims and challenges to Environment Agency decisions. He has handled a number of high-profile group actions.
Strengths: "Gordon is a pleasure to work with. He is great with the clients and builds a real rapport with the court. He is a great guy to have on a team dealing with a difficult case. He is a go-to barrister on group action claims."
Recent work: Assisted in a criminal prosecution involving alleged offences contrary to the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste regulations.

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Band 2

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Blackstone features a number of silks and juniors who specialise in environmental law. They accept a wide range of instructions from both regulatory authorities and individual and corporate clients in the private sector. These span such subjects as air pollution, EU law, water and renewable energy. Members recently took their talents to the Supreme Court in ClientEarth v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a headline-grabbing air pollution case.

Client service: "They've been great. They know our needs." "They are very personable and helpful." The clerking team is headed by Gary Oliver.

SILKS

Michael Fordham QC
Particularly known for his expertise on judicial review and climate change issues relating to renewable energy. His environmental work is bolstered by his familiarity with public law and the Human Rights Act.
Strengths: "He is incredibly intelligent. There's no fuss, no frills - he's just incredibly fast, efficient and high-quality." "He's excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a case concerning the lawfulness of the early closure of the Renewables Obligation Certificate regime for small-scale solar installations.

John Howell QC
Held in high regard for his knowledge of public law and human rights, which he applies to environmental law cases, particularly at the EU level.
Strengths: "He is extremely effective at answering legal questions." "He's very academic, has got a very thoughtful manner and, because he sits as a judge, he has a lot of authority."

Thomas de la Mare QC
An experienced public lawyer with specialist expertise in the environmental information regulations. He frequently acts in international cases concerning these provisions.
Strengths: "He is brilliant and competent." "He has an extremely strong public law practice that encompasses environmental law."
Recent work: Advised a claims test group on a proposed group action relating to the VW emissions scandal.

Nathalie Lieven QC
Esteemed for her environment and planning law practice. Her clients include environmental charities, corporate entities and central government bodies.
Strengths: "She has the trust and confidence of the court. Even if a case is complex she can boil it down to bitesize and palatable chunks."
Recent work: Represented ClientEarth in a successful challenge brought by it against the government's Air Quality Plan.

JUNIORS

Emma Dixon
Offers broad environmental expertise, and acts in a mixture of contaminated land, water, fishing and air pollution cases. She has undertaken advocacy in the Supreme Court, the ECJ and other settings.
Strengths: "She is excellent - a great people person who drafts very clear responses."
Recent work: Instructed by ClientEarth in a landmark air pollution case, successfully arguing that the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits for NO2.

Jane Collier
An engaging junior barrister who advises on a range of EU environmental and information regulations. She is particularly accomplished in matters concerning the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Strengths: "Thorough and incisive. No stone is left unturned."
Recent work: Represented Bourne Leisure in a challenge to the proposal to transfer harbour authority powers in Great Yarmouth.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Respected set noted for covering a broad spectrum of matters in the environmental space. Contaminated land, statutory nuisance, conservation, water and planning all fall within its spacious remit. It recently made headlines representing the States of Guernsey in a dispute with 3M over environmental damage caused by the long-term sale of fire-fighting foams.

Client service: Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk at the set.

SILKS

David Hart QC
A leading environmental specialist, he advises across a range of areas including contaminated land, nuisance, waste and water. He handles both civil and criminal cases.
Strengths: "He is very intellectual; he can distil complex arguments and gets the ear of the court because of that." "He is an excellent advocate with a good, measured style."

Jeremy Hyam QC
Focuses on public law and regulatory aspects of environmental law. He acts on a range of claimant matters, including those relating to alleged nuisances.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent. He is an excellent advocate and superb on his feet." "He's very good and very cerebral. It's like being against an academic."

JUNIORS

Claire McGregor
An up-and-coming lawyer broadening her environmental practice. She often acts for claimants in large group environmental actions as she has strong international experience and can speak multiple languages.
Strengths: "Does a lot of international work, and she's certainly good on the private law side." "She's doing very well; she's a star in the making."
Recent work: Advised the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England on various matters, including environmental impact.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Henderson Chambers houses several top-drawer silks with experience in environmental law. The environmental team benefits from the set's ancillary capabilities in areas such as health and safety. Members counsel clients both domestically and internationally, and are adept at handling group actions. A recent such group action concerned the claim that a copper mine in Zambia had caused damage to waterways and fields.

Client service: "They are first-rate clerks who are very commercial and happy to talk about fees." "They are respectful, helpful and good at getting things over to court when we need them to." John White leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Charles Gibson QC
An effective silk for large mass tort and group action claims who has appeared in many large and demanding cases defending corporations against claims of environmental damage.
Strengths: "Experienced, calm, knowledgeable and easy to work with." "A very intelligent and practical leader whose advice is clear, succinct and commercial." "He's a fantastic leader and a courageous advocate, who is a great man to be in the trenches with."
Recent work: Represented the residents of a Welsh town in a group action concerning noise and dust pollution from an open-cast mine.

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Specialises in the civil and criminal elements of cases relating to environmental disasters. He is an expert on nuisance and pollution claims linked to explosions, flooding and waste operations.
Strengths: "He is thorough and really good at balancing the merits and demerits of a case." "An excellent and really charming advocate."

Geraint Webb QC
A highly experienced silk who has defended clients in ground-breaking environmental mass tort cases, including claims relating to environmental damage caused by mining and oil operations.
Strengths: "Very articulate and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed by Vedanta in a sizeable group action concerning alleged water pollution, environmental damage and personal injury resulting from the operation of a Zambian copper mine.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
A prominent presence in large group actions, particularly on the claimant side. Its expertise in international human rights law makes it especially attractive for such matters. Recently, barristers from the set have provided representation to over 40,000 Nigerians in a claim arising from oil spills in the Nigerian region of Ogoniland. Interviewees describe them as "very helpful" and "keen to assist."

Client service: Jason Housden heads the practice administration.

SILKS

Richard Hermer QC
Praised for his highly impressive international credentials and commitment when tackling ground-breaking human rights and environmental damage cases. He has unparalleled experience of leading teams bringing cases on behalf of large groups of claimants in the developing world.
Strengths: "Strategically there's no one better. He's an obvious choice for international cases. Extremely bright and an excellent advocate, he has a good manner with judges and is completely on top of the law."
Recent work: Represented local communities in Sierra Leone in a claim arising from a mining project.

David Wolfe QC
An experienced silk with wide-ranging environmental expertise who has appeared in numerous cases involving EU and ECHR issues. His representation of claimants is particularly respected and he has recently been involved on matters concerning fracking and water pollution.
Strengths: "Very client-friendly and very pragmatic. He gives good advice and stands by it. He performs well in court." "He's very inventive and tries to find the best possible arguments in different circumstances."
Recent work: Acted for Friends of the Earth and local campaigners in their judicial review challenge to the legality of the first planning permission granted for full-scale production fracking.

JUNIORS

Kate Cook
An experienced and authoritative junior barrister who offers exceptional knowledge of public law environmental cases. She often represents clients in international cases involving fishing regulation and is looked to for advice on climate change issues.
Strengths: "She is a specialist in international environmental law."
Recent work: Reviewed research done on the UK's implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention.

Maurice Sheridan
A leading junior who is especially recommended for his expertise in environmental law cases at EU level. His clients include EU-member state public bodies, NGOs, businesses and individuals.
Strengths: "Maurice is a superb waste specialist, combining exceptional technical skills with an excellent commercial approach." "Fantastic, experienced counsel who gives his all for clients." "He is always enthusiastic and goes out of his way to assist."

Edward Craven
Up-and-coming junior with an expanding environmental practice. He is establishing an excellent reputation acting for claimants in high-stakes international group actions.
Strengths: "He has a brilliant legal mind, is able to simplify complex legal arguments and is very easy to work with." "Hugely impressive and imaginative. He thinks laterally about cases and comes up with points you wouldn't normally expect from juniors."
Recent work: Acted for over 15,000 villagers in Nigeria's Bodo community in a group action arising from land and water damage caused by two oil spills.

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Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Longstanding expertise in public law and EU law leaves the set well equipped to tackle challenging cases in the environmental sector. Its clients range from the UK government and the Environment Agency to energy companies and pressure groups. Members recently acted for the Welsh Government in successfully dismissing a judicial review application brought against the Welsh Water Authority.

Client service: Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks at the set.

SILKS

Martin Chamberlain QC
Specialises predominantly in human rights, EU and public administrative law including high-profile judicial review challenges brought on environmental grounds.
Strengths: "One of the clearest and most persuasive advocates you will come across. He's also super-clever." "He's on top of the law and he's very hard-working."

JUNIORS

Richard Macrory
A highly respected and experienced barrister and professor of environmental law who is frequently consulted by the UK government on environmental sanctions and regulation.
Strengths: "Has a huge reputation. He's fantastically knowledgeable and his views on environmental law are always good to hear." "He is a huge name in environmental law, who is very experienced."

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Monckton's expertise in EU law enables it to offer comprehensive advice on both domestic and international environment matters. It represents the Environment Agency and Defra with regularity, and is also instructed by private clients, campaign organisations and local authorities. Cases span such regulated affairs as air quality, fisheries and pesticides. Members recently advised Heathrow Airport in challenges to the development of a third runway on the basis of noise pollution.

Client service: The clerking team is headed by David Hockney.

SILKS

Gerry Facenna QC
Recognised as an expert for cases relating to the EU regulation of, and access to, environmental information. His client base includes campaign groups, individuals, corporations, government bodies and regulators.
Strengths: "He's a determined advocate who sticks to his guns very effectively." "He's extremely approachable, excellent with clients and someone who can break down complex issues into something digestible."
Recent work: Acted for the Welsh government and the United Kingdom in infraction proceedings brought by the EU concerning non-compliance with EU air quality laws.

Jon Turner QC
Has an extremely strong reputation for his work on behalf of NGOs, action groups and commercial clients. He is an expert on issues such as pollution control, the protection of natural habitats and climate change.
Strengths: "His is a measured and effective form of advocacy."
Recent work: Provided an opinion publicly for Greenpeace and Ecotricity concerning the state aid implications of the government's plan to authorise a new power plant at Hinkley Point.

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Senior Statesmen

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Howell QC
Held in high regard for his knowledge of public law and human rights, which he applies to environmental law cases, particularly at the EU level.
Strengths: "He is extremely effective at answering legal questions." "He's very academic, has got a very thoughtful manner and, because he sits as a judge, he has a lot of authority."

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Star Individuals

1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Hart QC
A leading environmental specialist, he advises across a range of areas including contaminated land, nuisance, waste and water. He handles both civil and criminal cases.
Strengths: "He is very intellectual; he can distil complex arguments and gets the ear of the court because of that." "He is an excellent advocate with a good, measured style."

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Star Individuals

Stephen Tromans QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Tromans QC 
Outstanding lawyer in the fields of environmental, energy, natural resources and planning law. He is highly esteemed for his work on air pollution and waste issues.
Strengths: "He is undoubtedly the guru of environmental law. He's the first person you would go to for a tricky environmental law issue." "He is very knowledgeable and useful at providing innovative and ground-breaking advice. His opinion carries weight and he is a persistent advocate."
Recent work: Acted for 3M in proceedings relating to historic pollution by airport fire-fighting foam.

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Band 1

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Elvin QC
Well regarded for his work on planning, environmental and public law cases. He is noted for his strength on matters with an EU law element.
Strengths: "Absolutely terrific. Very hard-working and very diligent." "He has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and makes excellent strategic calls." "He has a broad spectrum of expertise on which you would absolutely trust his judgement."
Recent work: Advised the Environment Minister in a challenge concerning his alleged failure to prevent the sand dredging of Lough Neagh.

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Charles Gibson QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Gibson QC
An effective silk for large mass tort and group action claims who has appeared in many large and demanding cases defending corporations against claims of environmental damage.
Strengths: "Experienced, calm, knowledgeable and easy to work with." "A very intelligent and practical leader whose advice is clear, succinct and commercial." "He's a fantastic leader and a courageous advocate, who is a great man to be in the trenches with."
Recent work: Represented the residents of a Welsh town in a group action concerning noise and dust pollution from an open-cast mine.

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Band 1

Richard Hermer QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Hermer QC
Praised for his highly impressive international credentials and commitment when tackling ground-breaking human rights and environmental damage cases. He has unparalleled experience of leading teams bringing cases on behalf of large groups of claimants in the developing world.
Strengths: "Strategically there's no one better. He's an obvious choice for international cases. Extremely bright and an excellent advocate, he has a good manner with judges and is completely on top of the law."
Recent work: Represented local communities in Sierra Leone in a claim arising from a mining project.

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Stephen Hockman QC

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Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Hockman QC
Leading silk advising claimants and defendants on pollution cases, challenges to environmental decisions and environmental cases in the common law courts.
Strengths: "Brilliant advocate." "Very bright and well known in the environmental sphere." "An accomplished veteran with great gravitas, both in conference and in court."
Recent work: Assisted a major international brewing company in a case of accidental watercourse pollution.

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Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gregory Jones QC 
Outstanding lawyer for all aspects of EU environmental law, who regularly advises developers, local planning authorities and landowners. Statutory nuisances as well as air and water pollution control fall within his wide remit.
Strengths: "Greg's great strength is cross-examination." "He's very experienced and knows what case to put forward and how to argue the best strategy for the client."
Recent work: Advised Great Yarmouth Port Authority on a nuisance compensation claim by Bourne Leisure alleging increased coastal erosion caused by the construction of a new harbour.

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Nathalie Lieven QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathalie Lieven QC  
Esteemed for her environment and planning law practice. Her clients include environmental charities, corporate entities and central government bodies. 
Strengths: "She has the trust and confidence of the court. Even if a case is complex she can boil it down to bitesize and palatable chunks." 
Recent work: Represented ClientEarth in a successful challenge brought by it against the government's Air Quality Plan.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Maurici QC 
A leading figure for matters involving climate change, fracking and marine environmental issues. He also advises clients on air quality, habitat and species protection, contaminated land and common law nuisance complaints.
Strengths: "Really user-friendly and very good on his feet. He is one of the top silks that I've used." "Very approachable and commercial. He's got a brain the size of Mars and a grasp on a whole variety of matters. He provides very clear, sensible and commercial advice."
Recent work: Represented Walsall Borough Council in the appeal of a notice it served requiring the decontamination of land formerly occupied by gas works.

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Robert McCracken QC

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Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert McCracken QC 
Has a strong focus on EU environmental law and represents multinational enterprises as well as community groups. His cases relate to such matters as statutory nuisance, the protection of habitats and waste management.
Strengths: "He combines a rigorous intellectual approach with robust advocacy. Not many people have both; he does." "He has a very deep, almost encyclopaedic knowledge of his areas of expertise. He can call up cases and is very thorough, professional and authoritative."
Recent work: Counselled King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council on a statutory nuisance matter arising from the installation of an incinerator at a knacker's yard.

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Richard Drabble QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Drabble QC 
Has an excellent reputation for advising on public law, planning and environment matters. He represents developers and local authorities in planning inquiries.
Strengths: "A superb advocate." "He's extremely bright and his analytical skills are extremely good. He's someone I'd always go to for a legal opinion on an uncertain or difficult subject."
Recent work: Acted for the developers and harbour authority in connection with a residential development in Brighton Marina.

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Michael Fordham QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Fordham QC 
Particularly known for his expertise on judicial review and climate change issues relating to renewable energy. His environmental work is bolstered by his familiarity with public law and the Human Rights Act.
Strengths: "He is incredibly intelligent. There's no fuss, no frills - he's just incredibly fast, efficient and high-quality." "He's excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a case concerning the lawfulness of the early closure of the Renewables Obligation Certificate regime for small-scale solar installations.

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David Forsdick QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Forsdick QC 
Sought out by government departments and key environmental NGOs and regulators to advise on subjects such as habitat protection. He has extensive experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He contributed towards us putting forward a much more robust and persuasive case that proved successful." "He is straightforward to deal with, contactable and easy to discuss points with."
Recent work: Acted for a developer in defending permission for a major waste facility to be built in close proximity to a proposed residential urban extension.

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Richard Harwood QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Harwood QC
Advises on nuisance and criminal regulatory matters in environmental law, and is an expert on Environmental Impact Assessments. He is highly regarded for his work in planning law.
Strengths: "He is personable and amazingly responsive for such a senior and busy QC. He finds novel points of law to advance the client's interests, whilst providing down-to-earth advice that the client understands."
Recent work: Defended a private nuisance action brought against noise from helicopters flying at an airfield.

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Gordon Nardell QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gordon Nardell QC of 20 Essex Street 
Often instructed on the environmental aspects of energy matters, he is also a valued presence on planning, waste and environmental permitting cases.
Strengths: "He manages clients very well and grasps the issues very quickly." "He knows how the regulator thinks and has excellent presentation skills. He is easy to access, commercial and considered."

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James Pereira QC

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Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Pereira QC 
Advises on environmental law in the context of a broad public law practice. His caseload incorporates a plethora of topics ranging from the disposal of hazardous waste to pollution from coal mining.
Strengths: "Clients like him. He's very up to speed and excellent in terms of advocacy." "He is always well organised and has an incredible grasp of the facts and issues which puts clients at ease."
Recent work: Advised a landowner in opposition to water abstraction that threatened habitats and species protected under the EU Habitats Directive.

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Pleming QC 
Particularly strong when advising clients on environmental, energy and planning law.
Strengths: "Measured and calm." "A heavyweight silk for public environmental cases."

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Band 2

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wolfe QC
An experienced silk with wide-ranging environmental expertise who has appeared in numerous cases involving EU and ECHR issues. His representation of claimants is particularly respected and he has recently been involved on matters concerning fracking and water pollution.
Strengths: "Very client-friendly and very pragmatic. He gives good advice and stands by it. He performs well in court." "He's very inventive and tries to find the best possible arguments in different circumstances."
Recent work: Acted for Friends of the Earth and local campaigners in their judicial review challenge to the legality of the first planning permission granted for full-scale production fracking.

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Martin Chamberlain QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Chamberlain QC
Specialises predominantly in human rights, EU and public administrative law including high-profile judicial review challenges brought on environmental grounds.
Strengths: "One of the clearest and most persuasive advocates you will come across. He's also super-clever." "He's on top of the law and he's very hard-working."

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Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Cooper QC of Crown Office Chambers
A long-standing and respected practitioner who is particularly noted on the defendant side. He has established a robust reputation for acting on contested environmental criminal cases.
Strengths: "He is able to instil confidence in the client by drawing on his vast experience of cases. He puts the client at ease and then in court has a very good manner with the judge. His arguments are clear, lucid and succinct."
Recent work: Defended Glastonbury Festival in relation to river pollution offences that allegedly took place in 2014 and 2015.

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Thomas de la Mare QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas de la Mare QC
An experienced public lawyer with specialist expertise in the environmental information regulations. He frequently acts in international cases concerning these provisions.
Strengths: "He is brilliant and competent." "He has an extremely strong public law practice that encompasses environmental law."
Recent work: Advised a claims test group on a proposed group action relating to the VW emissions scandal.

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Band 3

Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Morag Ellis QC 
Particularly well regarded for her advocacy in cases pertaining to planning and infrastructure. She remains a significant presence on cases in Wales.
Strengths: "Very easy-going and very astute in her advice." "She was a tough examiner in a way that was really helpful."

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Gerry Facenna QC

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Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gerry Facenna QC 
Recognised as an expert for cases relating to the EU regulation of, and access to, environmental information. His client base includes campaign groups, individuals, corporations, government bodies and regulators.
Strengths: "He's a determined advocate who sticks to his guns very effectively." "He's extremely approachable, excellent with clients and someone who can break down complex issues into something digestible."
Recent work: Acted for the Welsh government and the United Kingdom in infraction proceedings brought by the EU concerning non-compliance with EU air quality laws.

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Band 3

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Findlay QC of Cornerstone Barristers 
Offers wide experience of planning and environmental issues, and has significant experience in cases concerning the impact of wind farm developments.
Strengths: "Always well prepared for conferences and a good advocate."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the RSPB in a challenge to four offshore wind turbines.

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1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Hyam QC
Focuses on public law and regulatory aspects of environmental law. He acts on a range of claimant matters, including those relating to alleged nuisances.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent. He is an excellent advocate and superb on his feet." "He's very good and very cerebral. It's like being against an academic."

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Richard Matthews QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Matthews QC of 2 Bedford Row
Runs a busy environmental practice, augmented by his expertise in the criminal and regulatory spheres, particularly health and safety. He is most often found acting on the defendant side for major corporate clients in cases concerned with water pollution and waste management.
Strengths: "Full of ingenuity and extremely quick-witted both in and out of court, he never disappoints. He's the go-to barrister for serious or technical environmental matters." "His knowledge not just of the law and the procedure but also how the judges think is second to none."
Recent work: Defended Southern Water in a case regarding the discharge of untreated sewage effluent into the sea from its East Worthing Wastewater Treatment Works.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Mould QC
Highly esteemed planning expert who also specialises in environmental and local government law. He has impressive parliamentary experience and has represented clients in both the public and private sectors.
Strengths: "He works extremely hard and is calm and unflappable." "He pulled together masses of witnesses and made a coherent case. He's great for complex judicial reviews."
Recent work: Served as lead counsel for the promoter of the HS2 Bill in the House of Commons Select Committee process.

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Toby Riley-Smith QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Specialises in the civil and criminal elements of cases relating to environmental disasters. He is an expert on nuisance and pollution claims linked to explosions, flooding and waste operations.
Strengths: "He is thorough and really good at balancing the merits and demerits of a case." "An excellent and really charming advocate."

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James Strachan QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Strachan QC 
Acts for airports, oil terminals, waste operations and wind farms faced with environmental litigation. He is also looked to for advice on the environmental concerns surrounding large development projects.
Strengths: "He is very clear and very articulate, and he doesn't overdress things; he gets straight to the point." "He is calm, measured and brilliant in his drafting."
Recent work: Acted for London Ashford Airport against RSPB's unsuccessful challenge to the grant of a runway extension and new terminal building.

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Justine Thornton QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justine Thornton QC 
Has a wealth of experience of advising both claimants and defendants with respect to environmental regulations. She continues to develop unique experience in the nuclear energy sector.
Strengths: "She was very quick, pragmatic and understood what we were trying to achieve." "She is extremely bright, very dynamic and prepared to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in."
Recent work: Advised Nugeneration on the development of Moorside Nuclear Power Station.

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Band 3

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Travers QC 
Often acts for defendants under fire from the environmental regulators for alleged offences, such as breaches of waste permits. He  has appeared in a number of cases involving the COMAH (control of major accident hazards) regulations.
Strengths: "He has a great practice and has done extremely well."
Recent work: Represented G4S in an action brought against it concerning measures taken to prevent the escape of airborne pathogens into the environment.

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Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jon Turner QC
Has an extremely strong reputation for his work on behalf of NGOs, action groups and commercial clients. He is an expert on issues such as pollution control, the protection of natural habitats and climate change.
Strengths: "His is a measured and effective form of advocacy."
Recent work: Provided an opinion publicly for Greenpeace and Ecotricity concerning the state aid implications of the government's plan to authorise a new power plant at Hinkley Point.

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Geraint Webb QC
A highly experienced silk who has defended clients in ground-breaking environmental mass tort cases, including claims relating to environmental damage caused by mining and oil operations.
Strengths: "Very articulate and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed by Vedanta in a sizeable group action concerning alleged water pollution, environmental damage and personal injury resulting from the operation of a Zambian copper mine.

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New Silk

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Watson QC
Well respected as a prosecution and defence barrister handling cases concerning pollution, waste deposits and nuisances of various kinds. He acts for and against the Environment Agency and local authorities.
Strengths: "Determined, terrier-like and totally focused on getting the best result for the client." "He's very calm and collected and his advice is robust."
Recent work: Prosecuted an illegal waste operator on behalf of the Environment Agency.

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Christopher Badger

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Badger 
Well versed in the parameters of environmental regulations, he advises the Environment Agency as well as corporations and individuals.
Strengths: "Chris is a true environmental specialist. An extremely professional and committed lawyer, he provides the balanced and pragmatic advice of one who both prosecutes and defends these matters." "He is impeccable. He has extreme precision and thoughtful ideas."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in its prosecution of a wood waste recycling company.

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Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Banwell
Acts for and against the regulator on a multitude of claims, concerning such matters as water management, waste disposal, renewable energy and permit revocations.
Strengths: "He is always approachable, helpful and supports us very well." "He's a true specialist. He really knows what he's doing and is a reasonable guy."
Recent work: Represented the Environment Agency in the prosecution of Southern Water following the discharge of untreated sewage effluent into coastal waters.

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Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Bates of Old Square Chambers
A highly recommended expert on the law of nuisance who has a strong portfolio of multiparty claims and contaminated land cases, many of which are technically and scientifically complicated in nature.
Strengths: "What he doesn't know about environmental group action and nuisance isn't worth knowing. He has good attention to detail and great experience in group litigation."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of multiple claimants in a nuisance claim arising from landfill operations.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Cook
An experienced and authoritative junior barrister who offers exceptional knowledge of public law environmental cases. She often represents clients in international cases involving fishing regulation and is looked to for advice on climate change issues.
Strengths: "She is a specialist in international environmental law."
Recent work: Reviewed research done on the UK's implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention.

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Dixon
Offers broad environmental expertise, and acts in a mixture of contaminated land, water, fishing and air pollution cases. She has undertaken advocacy in the Supreme Court, the ECJ and other settings.
Strengths: "She is excellent - a great people person who drafts very clear responses."
Recent work: Instructed by ClientEarth in a landmark air pollution case, successfully arguing that the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits for NO2.

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Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Harris
Highly regarded for his advice on regulatory matters in environmental law, he has an in-depth knowledge of cases concerning water, waste and the cross-border shipment of radioactive substances. He acts both for and against the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "He is hard-working, diligent and puts clients at ease." "An exceptional senior junior with superb attention to detail and a very effective advocacy style."
Recent work: Defended the company and the director in a case regarding alleged offences arising from the shipment of waste paper to China.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Maurice Sheridan 
A leading junior who is especially recommended for his expertise in environmental law cases at EU level. His clients include EU-member state public bodies, NGOs, businesses and individuals.
Strengths: "Maurice is a superb waste specialist, combining exceptional technical skills with an excellent commercial approach." "Fantastic, experienced counsel who gives his all for clients." "He is always enthusiastic and goes out of his way to assist."

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Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Upton
Has a strong reputation for advising clients from both the public and private sectors on environmental and planning law. He has tackled an array of tricky cases relating to such topics as flood damage, noise nuisance and waste management.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, calm and sensible. He's extremely likeable and only thinks of what's good for the client."
Recent work: Represented the Environment Agency in an appeal against its decision to stop a waste site operating because of pollution, breaches of the Environmental Permit and poor management.

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wald 
A leading junior for claims of environmental damage who acts for both claimants and defendants. He is particularly in demand for his advice relating to waste management.
Strengths: "Richard is very sought after for both environmental and planning work because of his razor-sharp mind." "He has a very good commercial sense combined with a personable approach."
Recent work: Advised the Mayor of London and Transport for London in a case centred around the impact of the VW scandal on London's air quality.

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Burton
Has a broad environmental law remit but is particularly active representing individual and group claimants in actions relating to noise nuisance, flooding and other alleged violations.
Strengths: "He is definitely one to watch." "Very promising. He has a good reputation on environmental matters and is doing well on energy too."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a group action against Transport for London arising from a new bypass.

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Band 2

Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Honey
Has an expansive environment practice that sees him advising on a range of matters including permitting, pollution liability, waste and land contamination, environmental taxation and protected habitats and species. He acts for both government bodies and regulated individuals and organisations.
Strengths: "His knowledge of environmental and planning law is fantastic. He brings a fresh approach to criminal cases." "He gains people's trust and confidence very quickly and is extremely responsive and sensible."
Recent work: Represented Thames Water in a number of prosecutions by the Environment Agency for pollution offences.

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Band 2

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sailesh Mehta of Red Lion Chambers
Acts in numerous cases involving the prosecution of environmental criminal charges. He has a long history acting on behalf of the Environment Agency and has also undertaken defence work.
Strengths: "He's very good; an expert when it comes to prosecuting waste cases."
Recent work: Instructed by the Environment Agency in a prosecution concerning multimillion-pound recycling fraud.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Banner 
Acts for the government on environmental law cases both internationally and domestically. Further clients include businesses, local authorities and NGOs.
Strengths: "He's a star of the junior Bar and has exceptional client servicing skills." "He's very good-humoured but also very bright and in command of his material."
Recent work: Represented the HS2 Action Alliance in various environmental law challenges to aspects of the HS2 project.

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Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Collier
An engaging junior barrister who advises on a range of EU environmental and information regulations. She is particularly accomplished in matters concerning the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Strengths: "Thorough and incisive. No stone is left unturned."
Recent work: Represented Bourne Leisure in a challenge to the proposal to transfer harbour authority powers in Great Yarmouth.

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Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Malcolm Galloway of Crown Office Chambers
Represents the Environment Agency and defendants, including corporations and individual parties, in criminal prosecutions for breaches of environmental legislation. Allegations he has dealt with range from unauthorised waste disposal to permit breaches.
Strengths: "An excellent criminal law barrister in relation to environmental and health and safety work."
Recent work: Instructed by the Environment Agency in the prosecution of two companies following the escape of heating fuel in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital.

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Band 3

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamas Hodivala of 2 Bedford Row
A leading junior in the field of environmental law who draws widespread praise for his ability to advise on criminal enforcement actions as well as judicial review proceedings against regulators.
Strengths: "Jamas stands out for his client service and accessibility. He has a calm, measured manner which reassures clients faced with pressurised situations."

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gwion Lewis 
Takes on environmental cases as part of a far-reaching practice that also extends to planning, intellectual property and public law. He is familiar with both domestic and EU regulations and has appeared in numerous public inquiries and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "He is a pleasure to work with and immensely collaborative. He creates a team feel."
Recent work: Successfully represented Natural Resources Wales in its first judicial review, arising from a challenge to its decision regarding sewage water discharges into a lake in Snowdonia.

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Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Macrory
A highly respected and experienced barrister and professor of environmental law who is frequently consulted by the UK government on environmental sanctions and regulation.
Strengths: "Has a huge reputation. He's fantastically knowledgeable and his views on environmental law are always good to hear." "He is a huge name in environmental law, who is very experienced."

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Moules 
Represents private developers, the government and other interest groups in planning and environmental law matters. His workload spans such varied subjects as renewable energy projects, air pollution and the protection of wild birds.
Strengths: "A clear, confident and thorough advocate. He's going places." "He is really clear, receptive to a good dialogue and very easy to work with. He tailored his advice to precisely what I wanted." "He's technically excellent and knows his way around."
Recent work: Successfully represented Persimmon in a claim brought by UK Power Networks alleging that it was liable to pay for remedial works to abate a noise nuisance caused by an electricity substation.

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Band 3

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samantha Riggs of 25 Bedford Row
Has a background in criminal law and has developed an impressive specialism in defending clients being prosecuted for criminal charges in relation to breaches of environmental law. She has a particular mastery of cases surrounding waste management.
Strengths: "She has that rare combination of being technically highly skilled and forensic in her attention to detail while. She's also utterly brilliant with clients." "She is very approachable and down to earth, and speaks to clients in their language."
Recent work: Defended a company charged with 14 breaches of an environmental permit.

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Band 3

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zack Simons 
Focuses on planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law. His clients include developers, landowners, local authorities and central government.
Strengths: "Excellent and personable junior. His attention to detail and pragmatism is second to none." "He is pragmatic, down to earth and works very well in a short timeframe."
Recent work: Appeared for the Environment Agency resisting an appeal by a waste operator against the revocation of its environmental permit.

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Band 3

Francis Taylor Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ned Westaway 
Represents clients, including a number of large environmental organisations, in conservation law and protection of habitat cases. He further advises on matters relating to statutory nuisance, water law, waste law, contaminated land and environmental crime.
Strengths: "He is very enthusiastic, bright and gets to the point." "One of the best juniors in this area. He's always thought of a different angle to an issue that you haven't thought of."
Recent work: Represented Natural England in a planning inquiry into the England Coast Path.

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Band 3

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gordon Wignall
Has a practice with a strong focus on pollution claims and challenges to Environment Agency decisions. He has handled a number of high-profile group actions.
Strengths: "Gordon is a pleasure to work with. He is great with the clients and builds a real rapport with the court. He is a great guy to have on a team dealing with a difficult case. He is a go-to barrister on group action claims."
Recent work: Assisted in a criminal prosecution involving alleged offences contrary to the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste regulations.

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Up and Coming

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sasha Blackmore 
Advises the government, house builders and NGOs on public and environmental law matters. She frequently undertakes advocacy in the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Strengths: "Superb all-rounder and excellent on her feet. Sasha is a case winner and a rising star in the Planning and Environment Bar." "Impressive advocate. She did a very good job with a difficult case."
Recent work: Represented the Northern Ireland Government in defending its policy prohibiting developments on active peat against an application for a number of wind turbines.

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Up and Coming

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Craven
Up-and-coming junior with an expanding environmental practice. He is establishing an excellent reputation acting for claimants in high-stakes international group actions.
Strengths: "He has a brilliant legal mind, is able to simplify complex legal arguments and is very easy to work with." "Hugely impressive and imaginative. He thinks laterally about cases and comes up with points you wouldn't normally expect from juniors."
Recent work: Acted for over 15,000 villagers in Nigeria's Bodo community in a group action arising from land and water damage caused by two oil spills.

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Up and Coming

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Dobson
Manages a dynamic environmental practice and has recently been advising on a range of matters, from noise nuisance to waste disposal. 
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Transport for London and the Mayor of London in the judicial review of the government's decision on a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

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Up and Coming

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Hutton 
Up-and-comer increasingly well regarded for her planning and environmental expertise. She has advised on an array of matters including the impact of soil contaminants, road developments and complex renewable energy projects.
Strengths: "She's very efficient and has a commercial acumen that isn't always present in juniors." "She has a good eye for detail and a grasp of the commercial goals."
Recent work: Acted for Natural Resources Wales, which is objecting to the proposed diversion of the M4 on the basis of its impact on protected species, the heritage coast and flood risk.

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Up and Coming

1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Claire McGregor
An up-and-coming lawyer broadening her environmental practice. She often acts for claimants in large group environmental actions as she has strong international experience and can speak multiple languages.
Strengths: "Does a lot of international work, and she's certainly good on the private law side." "She's doing very well; she's a star in the making."
Recent work: Advised the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England on various matters, including environmental impact.

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