UK Bar: Environment 2019

In this chapter we highlight 24 silks and 17 juniors for their expertise in representing public and private sector clients in a range of planning, environmental and administrative matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stephen Tromans QC  39 Essex Chambers
2. Stephen Hockman QC Six Pump Court 
3. David Hart QC 1 Crown Office Row
4. David Elvin QC Landmark Chambers
1. Maurice Sheridan  Matrix Chambers
2. Richard Wald  39 Essex Chambers
3. Ned Westaway Francis Taylor Building


39 Essex Chambers sees three silks listed for their expertise in the field this year.
Stephen Tromans QC ranks among the elite environment specialists at the UK Bar. He is “an extremely bright statesman of the field” who has over 25 years of experience handling the full range of environmental and natural resources law.
Justine Thornton QC is “a very powerful advocate” according to peers who highlight her as “a long-standing dedicated environment practitioner”.
Nigel Pleming QC stands out for his top-tier environment practice. He has over 40 years of experience handling complex planning, environment and regulatory matters.

Landmark Chambers performs strongly in our research with a total of five silks listed this year.
David Elvin QC is identified as one of the top names in environment law at the UK Bar. Respondents consider him “an excellent barrister” who is “very intelligent and experienced” with a knack for “always finding a weak spot”.
Market commentators praise James Maurici QC as “definitely a star at the Bar”. He has 20 years of experience representing clients from the public and private sectors on environmental and planning matters.
Richard Drabble QC is a highly regarded silk at the Bar with outstanding experience in environmental law, most notably in high-profile planning matters.

Six Pump Court achieves three listings for its silks.
Stephen Hockman QC ranks prominently this year for his work on environment briefs. Clients effuse that he “gets to the heart of the matter and has excellent tactical litigation instincts”.
Mark Watson QC draws significant praise as “a wonderful advocate with huge experience in the field”. He is well versed in representing companies and regulators on a range of planning and environment matters.
David Travers QC is singled out as a “very intelligent barrister who is dedicated to the client’s cause”. His practice includes planning control, waste deposit and environment protection matters.

Francis Taylor Building sees four of its silks achieve listings for their environment practice in this year’s research.
Hereward Phillpot QC is held in high esteem by peers who recognise him as “a leader in environmental law”. His practice focuses on planning and environmental issues.
Robert McCracken QC’s environment experience is highly commended by members of the UK Bar who deem him “a statesman among peers”. His expertise lies in public, planning and environmental law.
Gregory Jones QC is identified by respondents as “a really excellent silk”. He has over 15 years of experience in domestic and EU environment matters before courts and public inquiries.
Market commentators highlight James Pereira QC as “a strong practitioner at the Bar” who excels when it comes to environmental, planning and administrative law.

James Findlay QC at Cornerstone Barristers draws praise from respondents this year as “a very good advocate”. He is recognised for his first-rate practice and his particular expertise in in wind-farm-related matters.
Lisa Busch QC is a well-regarded environment and planning law specialist with nearly 20 years of experience working with public bodies on major infrastructure projects, public rights of navigation matters and water law issues.

David Hart QC with 1 Crown Office Row is a highly distinguished name in the environment arena. Market commentators “have a lot of respect for him and his outstanding intelligence”.

Gerry Facenna QC at Monckton Chambers has considerable experience representing private and public sector clients as well as individuals and campaign groups on waste management, air quality and noise pollution matters.


Maurice Sheridan at Matrix Chambers is “a well-known and very bright barrister with an impressive track record and exceptional knowledge of regulatory law”, say peers who highlight him as an environment law specialist.
Kate Cook is recognised for her excellent work advising states and NGOs on a wide range of environmental issues including climate change.

Six Pump Court demonstrates the strength and depth of its environment practice with four juniors listed. 
Charles Morgan enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as one of the leading environment juniors at the Bar and specialises in all aspects of water and water industry law.
David Hercock is a favourite among clients, who praise his “thorough and diligent preparation” and his “approachable manner”. 

Richard Wald with 39 Essex Chambers is singled out as “an outstanding barrister in the field”. He has over 20 years of experience advising public and private sector clients on the full range of planning and environmental matters before the UK’s highest courts.
James Burton is identified as “an up-and-coming barrister in the field” whose practice focuses on domestic and international environmental, planning and civil liability matters.

Ned Westaway at Francis Taylor Building is well respected for his impressive work on planning and environment matters involving large infrastructure projects before the High Court and Supreme Court.
Richard Honey is “a very bright practitioner who is a fighter” according to sources who commend his work on judicial review proceedings and high court matters involving infrastructure projects and commons issues.

Richard Macrory CBE of Brick Court Chambers is recognised as “a major figure in the environment space with an excellent reputation”. He is known for his knowledge and expertise in the full range of environmental matters before the UK’s highest courts.

John Bates of Old Square Chambers is described as “very charming” and “a real gentleman of the Bar” by market commentators. He has over 20 years of experience in civil and criminal environmental matters before the High Court.

Garrett Byrne at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is highly sought after by clients, with widespread sources noting he is “wonderful to work with and has great experience”.

Emma Dixon with Blackstone Chambers is a well-regarded figure at the UK Bar whose experience includes issues regarding biodiversity, and climate change and renewable energy projects.

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