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  1. Environment – Leading sets
  2. Environment – Leading silks
  3. Environment – 2018 silks
  4. Environment – 2019 silks
  5. Environment – Leading juniors

Environment – Leading silks

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Environment – 2018 silks

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Environment – 2019 silks

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    • Charles Banner QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Regularly acts for UK government in its most complex environmental litigation.’
    • William Upton QC - Six Pump Court β€˜A true expert in environmental law – with a particular expertise in the overlap between environmental permitting and planning – on issues such as noise and air quality.’

Environment – Leading juniors

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39 Essex Chambers is a β€˜very trustworthy’ set with a β€˜great range of juniors and silks’. Stephen Tromans QC has acted on air quality issues including ultra low emissions zone and proposals for Heathrow expansion and acting for London Gateway defending an action by fishermen for alleged damage caused by siltation from port works.

Francis Taylor Building is β€˜an impressive set,’ with recent highlights including James Pereira QC acting in Scarsbrick v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the first case to address the interpretation of national policy on need under national policy statements; and Sokol v Caudwell Properties Ltd, in defence of a prosecution brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to alleged nuisance from a construction site. Meanwhile, Morag Ellis QC has been acting in the M4CAN public inquiry.

Landmark Chambers is a β€˜very well-rounded set, with a range of counsel for every issue and good availability of alternatives.’ In the Supreme Court, Neil Cameron QC acted for the local authority in Dover District Council v CPRE (Kent) regarding duties to give reasons, while James Maurici QC and Gwion Lewis appeared for the Environment Agency in R (Mott) v Environment Agency on whether fishermen should be compensated from public funds if their fishing rights are restricted in the public interest to avoid ecological damage.

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a strong set in planning and environmental law’. In Wealden District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, James Findlay QC represented Lewes District Council, with judgment carrying wide implications for incorrect assessment of air quality assessment. In the Court of Appeal, Estelle Dehon has been involved in Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla, now the leading case on the application of environmental impact assessment to fracking.

Six Pump Court is β€˜one of the top sets’ for environmental criminal defence and nuisance actions. Stephen Hockman QC acted in Environment Agency v Molson Coors Brewing Co regarding the accidental watercourse pollution by a major international brewing company. Meanwhile David Travers led Christopher Badger in EA v FDL Ltd, relating to an alleged escape of material from the premises of a food manufacturer.

Blackstone Chambers welcomed fracking expert Nathalie Lieven QC from Landmark Chambers in 2017. Since joining he has advised Cuadrilla on various aspects of its proposal to commence hydraulic fracking, and Third Energy UK Gas Limited regarding a challenge to its fracking permit. Thomas de la Mare QC is acting for a claims test group put together by Leigh Day in relation to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Members of Henderson Chambers specialise in large-scale environmental group actions, including acting on both sides of the Volkswagen emissions litigation. Geraint Webb QC was instructed in Lungowe v Verdanta, a major environmental pollution claim arising from mining activities in Zambia; Charles Gibson QC and Oliver Campbell QC successfully defended BP in oil pipe nuisance, environmental and property damage claims in the Colombian Farmers/OCENSA Pipeline litigation.

Specialising in large, international group actions, Matrix Chambers is β€˜an outstanding set’ with β€˜many excellent juniors coming through the ranks’. Richard Hermer QC is acting in Bille & Ogale Communities v Shell & SPDC, a claim by approximately 50,000 residents of two communities in the Niger Delta that are seeking damages and injunctive relief arising out of a series of oil spills; and Lungowe and others v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc, a claim by 1,826 Zambian villagers who allege that the local waterways and drinking water have been polluted by the defendants’ copper mines. David Wolfe QC is acting for FOE and local residents action groups in their legal challenges to the first major planning permissions for fracking.

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