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  4. Environment – Leading juniors

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39 Essex Chambers has β€˜plenty of heavy hitters, some impressive rising stars and one of the best clerks’ room in London’. Recent highlights saw John Steel QC advising Heathrow Hub on Heathrow Airport’s third runway, Justine Thornton QC handling issues related to Sellafield’s new nuclear power station, and Richard Harwood OBE QC acting in judicial reviews concerning the grant of planning permission for wind turbines.

Francis Taylor Building is β€˜a really good set, and a leader for complex planning and environmental cases, as well as matters involving development consent orders (DCOs)’. Members are experienced in matters relating to environmental action groups, water pollution and EU regulation, with recent notable cases including HS2 Action Alliance v United Kingdom, Scarisbrick v Secretary of State, and R (Dillner) v Sheffield City Council and Amey.

Landmark Chambers is β€˜a very commercial outfit, where the silks are a cut above, the juniors are strong and the clerking is excellent’. James Maurici QC handled R (Hillingdon) v Secretary of State for Transport, a judicial review challenging the government’s decision to approve the Heathrow North West scheme. Nathalie Lieven QC recently departed for Blackstone Chambers.

Six Pump Court is β€˜the best regulatory chambers in the UK and remains the professionals’ choice’. Members continue to be at the forefront of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases and also act for major developers, waste industry clients and regulators, as well as appearing on Attorney General’s lists. Recent standout matters include representing objectors to HS2, and an inter-chambers battle involving David Travers QC and Mark Harris defending and Gordon Wignall prosecuting in a case concerning shipment of waste.

Blackstone Chambers’ barristers are β€˜of the highest calibre’. A recent highlight includes R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; a landmark air pollution case that decided the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits. The set recently attracted Nathalie Lieven QC from Landmark Chambers.

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a very friendly set of chambers’, where members are β€˜quick on their feet’. James Findlay QC acted for Donald Trump in Trump v Scottish Ministers, a challenge to permission granted for offshore windfarms, which also raised an important point about implied conditions.

Henderson Chambers is β€˜an efficient and likeable set, with excellent barristers who are all incredible practical and results-focused’. Environmental damage litigation is chambers’ forte, with members appearing in high-profile cases such as the Konkola Copper Mines litigation, the OCENSA Pipeline case, Berebon and others v Shell Nigeria, and Environment Agency v Abbey Metal Finishing.

Matrix Chambers is β€˜a refreshingly modern set, with a high level of experience’. Members are often involved in high-profile international environmental cases; demonstrating this expertise, Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven acted in Bille and Ogale Communities v Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the Konkola Copper Mines litigation.

Monckton Chambers β€˜has the ability to put together a high-quality team at short notice’. Three members provided a public opinion for Greenpeace and Ecotricity regarding the state aid implications of the government’s plan to authorise a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, and Kassie Smith QC acted in ClientEarth v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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