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UK Bar: Environment 2016

This year 33 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Stephen Tromans QC 39 Essex Chambers
David Wolfe QC Matrix Chambers
Justine Thornton QC 39 Essex Chambers
David Hart QC  1 Crown Office Row
Leading Juniors
Richard Honey Francis Taylor Building
Ned Westaway Francis Taylor Building
Richard Macrory CBE Brick Court Chambers
Emma Dixon Blackstone Chambers

Silks

Landmark Chambers leads the research in this chapter with an impressive five listings. Nathalie Lieven QC is described by peers as a “worthy opponent” when she appears before High Court and the Court of Appeals. Alongside her, the “brilliant” James Maurici QC runs an “excellent” practice which encompasses habitats and species protection, contaminated land, air quality and common law nuisance. David Elvin QC specialises in planning, environmental and public law, and is recognised by peers as a “true asset to any case”. Richard Drabble QC is admired for his “intuitive counsel” by clients, who include the Secretary of State and the Olympics CPO.  Also representing the chambers is David Forsdick QC who has been noted as a “definite inclusion on any list”.

Francis Taylor Buildings garners four listings this year. Robert McCracken QC is lauded as “one of the leading lights of environmental law”. He is joined by Gregory Jones QC who is recognised for his “strong expertise” particularly regarding statutory nuisance matters.  Simon Bird QC runs a “terrific” practice which focuses on planning, local government, administrative and environmental law. The “fantastic” James Pereira QC is revered by clients for his “creative and practical” solutions.

Stephen Tromans QC is one of three leading silks from 39 Essex Chambers who achieve listings in this chapter. He is “extremely well known” in the field, and has written extensively on contaminated land, environmental assessment and nuclear law. Justine Thornton QC, whose work on high-profile environmental litigation cases has led her to be regarded as a “rising star” in the field. Alongside him, Richard Harwood OBE QC regularly acts on behalf of developers, landowners, central and local government, individuals and interest groups.

At 1 Crown Office Row, Jeremy Hyam QC is renowned for his “commanding presence in court”. His “versatile” practice specialises in clinical negligence and civil liberties as well as environmental law. 

The “highly acclaimed” David Hart QC is recognised for his “exceptional” work on environmental law. Angus McCullough QC is praised by clients for his “outstanding knowledge” of the practice area.

Blackstone Chambers receives two nominations, including Michael Fordham QC who has a “very strong reputation” amongst peers. John Howell QC is a “trusted adviser” to clients who include Natural England and Bourne Leisure.

Gerry Facenna QC at Monckton Chambers offers “bespoke and tailored advice” to clients who include individuals, companies, campaigning groups and regulators. Jon Turner QC is known for his “innovative” and “impressive” practice. His environmental work covers judicial review cases and cases raising EU and international law issues.

At Matrix Chambers, David Wolfe QC runs a “stellar international practice”, and is described by peers as a “force to be reckoned with”.

Stephen Hockman QC at 6 Pump Court has a “well-deserved reputation” in the field. He runs a broad environmental practice that encompasses judicial review, civil claims and inquiries.

At Cornerstone Barristers, James Findlay QC deals with a variety of environmental cases, involving windfarm, housing and waste matters. He also practices in Scotland as a member of Terra Firma chambers, and recently appeared before the Supreme Court in Uprichard v Scottish Ministers.  

Juniors

Two juniors are recognised from Francis Taylor Buildings. Richard Honey is regarded as “one of the leading juniors” of environmental law. His practice specialises particularly in High Court statutory challenges, infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase. Alongside him, Ned Westaway is “extremely active” in the sector and is described by peers as an “up and coming talent”.

At Matrix Chambers, Kate Cook runs a “superb” practice, which focuses particularly on areas of the European Union, public international, human rights and domestic public law. She is joined by the “esteemed” Maurice Sheridan, who is admired by clients for his “depth of expertise”.

6 Pump Court also garners two nominations this year, including the “accomplished” Mark Harris, whose practice deals with matters concerning pollution control, waste management and the disposal of dangerous substances. Mark Watson represents both regulators and companies in relation to a wide range of environmental matters regarding waste and water pollution.

Richard Macrory CBE at Brick Court Chambers has been described as a “pre-eminent academic practitioner”. He is a “pioneer” in the field of environmental law, and has published widely on the subject.

Emma Dixon at Blackstone Chambers is described by peers as a “resilient” and “determined” practitioner.

At 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Charles Morgan is known for his “intricate knowledge” of water industry law. He also advises clients on cases regarding contaminated land, noise pollution and statutory nuisances.

39 Essex Chambers is represented by Richard Wald, who is commended for his “astute legal mind” and “diligent manner”. 

Zack Simons represents Landmark Chambers in this chapter. He is “making waves” in the environmental field, advising on a range of criminal and civil domestic and European environmental law matters.

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