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Birketts LLPcompares well to the competition and its very strong practice comes without the price tag of a City firm’. The environment team draws on expertise from many of the firm’s practices including regulatory, planning, property litigation and public law. Litigator and team head Richard Eaton, planning specialist Tom Newcombe, barrister Laura Thomas and senior associate Sue Chadwick are all praised by clients. ‘Efficient and supportive’ barrister Matthew Gowenclearly has good knowledge of environmental law and puts clients at complete ease’. Also recommended are senior associate and planning lawyer Sue Chadwick and legal director Stuart Jones who specialises in projects for the development and management of mineral deposits. In 2016, the firm acted for Air Studios, which is an internationally renowned recording studio in London that is used for recording major film scores and is often frequented by well-known recording artists, in a challenge to a planning application. For St Stephens Restoration and Preservation Trust the team handled a challenge to the proposed extension of the Royal Free Hospital on environmental grounds.

Hewitsonsclearly has a deep understanding of the subject matter and experience dealing with regulatory authorities’. Clients report that ‘the advice is spot on, easy to understand and really good value for money’. The firm provides a wide-ranging service that encompasses compliance advice relating to permitting, nuisance and pollution, as well as defence work. Its lawyers frequently undertake their own advocacy in Magistrates’ Court and in public inquiries concerning environmental permitting. The firm has a strong presence in the agricultural sector, and recently acted for several pig, poultry and beef producers. Clients recommend ‘fantastic lawyerDeborah Sharplesfor her ability to grasp the detail of a situation, her knowledge, her patience and attention to detail, which are without equal’. In 2016, she acted for a well-known producer of construction materials in connection with a dispute with the Environment Agency regarding the maintenance of flood defences. She also advised a local farming business on a matter concerning the inappropriate disposal of animal waste products.

Paul Wootton leads a team at Howes Percival LLP that is spread across all of the firm’s offices but has substantial weight in Norwich. The firm is well known for providing environmental law advice on permitting, policy and internal protocols, with emphasis on sea defence, waste and animal by-products. Wootton is an experienced planning lawyer who regularly advises on Environmental Impact Assessment matters, particularly in regard to potential impacts on EU protected habitats. Consultant Rebecca Carriage is vastly experienced in all aspects of environmental law and has a particular interest in waste and minerals. She handles standalone environmental issues as well as due diligence for commercial property transactions. She is supported by solicitor Jamie Childs, who deals with waste law issues. Associate Jay Mehta handles environmental law issues and habitat regulation, among other planning matters. Key clients include Ford Retail, Persimmon Homes, Shanks Waste Management and Silvertree Environmental.

Andrew Bryce & Co’s name partner has built up a strong track record over more than 30 years. He frequently advises on environmental, planning and health and safety issues in the waste, oil and gas, nuclear, property and industrial sectors. His regulatory and transactional work includes matters relating to environmental compliance and enforcement. He was a founder member of the UK Environmental Law Association and remains an honorary life member. He is best known for his criminal defence and environmental permitting work.

Richard Buxton is a niche environmental and public law practice that operates from Cambridge and London. Senior partner Richard Buxton is a solicitor advocate who has worked as an independent practitioner since 1989. He advises claimants on a range of matters including proposals for large and small developments, wind farms, telecommunication masts, ports, pipelines, roads, airports and industrial plants. He frequently acts in challenges to local and central government decisions, though his work also encompasses claims against bad neighbours for noise pollution. His track record includes matters at most levels of court, including several cases in the House of Lords, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. His firm is currently advising Headcorn Parish Council on in its case against a proposed housing development at Hazelpits.


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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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