Environment Barristers

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Guildhall Chambers has a national reputation for environmental work.

Our Environmental Team is one of the foremost teams on the Western Circuit, with a national presence. The team is made up of practitioners of varying levels of seniority, including two silks and several juniors.

Our environmental team boasts specialist barristers, who have experience in dealing with cases across the full range of subject areas. Our civil and criminal team are therefore well placed to represent companies, landowners and the regulators on all aspects of environmental litigation and advisory work.

Our environmental barristers regularly appear in the criminal courts on behalf of the regulated and regulators, and in other important forums such as civil courts, planning inquiries and the Administrative Court. Much of the domestic legislation in this area of law is derived from European legislation and we are well equipped to advise on issues of implementation and interpretation.

Our ability to draw on barristers who also specialise in other fields (most notably property, criminal and commercial law) means we can meet the interdisciplinary challenges that often arise in environmental cases. We recognise that a wide range of factors, including commercial and reputational issues, may inform the decision-making process and we always represent our clients with these factors in mind.

Our environmental law expertise includes:

  • Access to environmental information
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Carbon law (including CRC, EU ETS, climate change levy, carbon trading and Kyoto offset projects)
  • Chemicals regulation (including REACH and biocides)
  • Contaminated land
  • Environmental impact assessments and habitats regulation (and other planning issues)
  • Environmental indemnities
  • Environmental insurance
  • Environmental offences (including water, waste and permitting)
  • Extender producer responsibility waste regulation (inlcuding WEEE, packaging and batteries)
  • Definition of waste litigation and the application of end-of-waste criteria
  • Drainage and sewerage
  • Judicial reviews and statutory appeals
  • Integrated pollution prevention and control
  • Marine and dredging
  • Nuisance (including private and statutory)
  • Waste management and landfill
  • Water abstraction

Barristers in the environmental group regularly deliver papers at presentations and at external training sessions. We are always happy to discuss a matter on a preliminary basis prior to formal instruction.

Clerk Contact Information

For further information and enquiries please contact our civil clerks via email or on 0117 930 9000.