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39 Essex Chambers has a strong planning, environmental and property group, comprising leading practitioners who are widely regarded as combining a strong academic background with pragmatism and versatility as well as being easy to work with. Chambers was awarded The Legal 500 Real Estate, Environment & Planning Set of the Year 2017, following on from 2015’s Chambers & Partners Environment/Planning Set of the Year. The group also includes 2016’s Environment / Planning Silk of the Year and 2015’s Junior of the Year. We have been described by Chambers & Partners as housing “a fine band of leading and much in-demand individuals”. The group draws on the strength of chambers in public, energy, commercial and common law, including local government probity issues, to provide comprehensive advice in all areas of environmental, planning and property law. Other relevant expertise is in European Union, international, tax and criminal law. Chambers has been involved in a number of leading cases in recent years, including those involving issues of climate change; compulsory purchase and compensation; contaminated land; environmental impact assessment/strategic environmental assessment; energy and energy projects; nuclear energy; flooding; highways, footpaths and rights of way; minerals; nature conservation; nuisance; pollution prevention and control/environmental permitting; planning and environmental prosecutions; transport projects; village greens and commons; waste, landfill and waste projects; and water and utilities. For further information please visit our website.


Francis Taylor Building is a barristers’ chambers with a leading reputation for planning and environmental law and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for environment law. Members of FTB have been involved in numerous high-profile cases regarding the environmental aspects of developments and infrastructure projects, including the recent Heathrow and Drax litigation.  Members of FTB regularly represent developers, water companies, public bodies and environmental groups, among other clients.  Many members are licensed to accept public direct access work. The strength of FTB is that we combine a strong knowledge of the public law aspects of environmental law (planning and permitting) with experience of criminal and regulatory law, nuisance and statutory nuisance, prescriptive rights, highways and waterways and a wealth of specialist expertise in other niche areas.  That makes FTB an ideal port of call for multifaceted and complex environmental issues. We collectively have broad experience of courts and tribunals at all levels from the Magistrates’ Courts and First Tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The clerking service is praised by Chambers and Partners as “efficient and attentive” and the clerks as “really approachable, friendly and responsive and they're very easy to have a close working relationship with.” FTB hosts a rolling programme of events including quarterly seminars on environmental law.  These are all publicised on our website.  If you would like to receive notification of these events, you can sign up to Chambers’ mailing list. For further information about FTB, please contact Paul Coveney, Senior Clerk.

Landmark Chambers is considered by the legal directories as a leading set in environmental law and was awarded Environmental ‘Set of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.

The latest Chambers & Partners states that Landmark “is a highly reputed set with an impressive bench of barristers” who “attract a wealth of praise”, whilst the Legal 500 notes that "the barristers are really helpful”.  Our members appear regularly before tribunals and the Higher Courts in environmental cases and are at the forefront of developments in environmental law at domestic, European and international levels. Our barristers also regularly appear before the Court of Justice of the EU and the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on environmental cases. We have been involved in a number of important cases across a wide range of areas – access to environmental information; air quality; carbon emissions trading; climate change; contaminated land; energy; environment impact assessment; environmental permitting and regulation; EU environmental law; habitats and species protection; international environmental law; statutory and common law nuisance; strategic environmental assessment; utilities; village greens & commons; waste and landfill projects. For further information please visit our website.


Ramboll’s world leading environmental and health business has a global team of advisors trusted by clients to manage their most challenging environmental, health and social issues. We help clients understand and manage the impacts of their activities and products, so that they can respond to business, regulatory or legal challenges effectively and develop sound strategies for operating sustainably.  We have earned a reputation for technical and scientific excellence and innovation. Our independent science-first approach ensures that our strategic advice is objective and defensible. Through our multidisciplinary global platform, we help clients around the world address some of the most important issues facing our global community, including the environmental and health implications of urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity. We continually strive to be at the forefront of our fields: delivering innovative, inspiring and sustainable solutions that set new standards and make a genuine difference to our customers, the environment and society as a whole. Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and environmental consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs more than 16,500 people globally and has especially strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. With 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our clients, the end-users, and society at large. Ramboll works across the following markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy and Management Consulting. More information is available at www.ramboll.com and www.ramboll.co.uk. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter


Six Pump Court is delighted to be one of the sponsors of the UKELA conference. The Environmental Law barristers at Six Pump Court provide expert advocacy and advisory services in all areas of environmental law and practice.  This high-calibre set, as Chambers & Partners notes, has a fantastic track record of representing local authorities, developers and regulators in environmental cases. This involves work in the criminal and civil courts as well as tribunals and inquiries. According to the Legal 500, Six Pump Court is ‘the best regulatory chambers in the UK and remains the professionals’ choice’.  Three of the planning and environmental barristers were shortlisted in the Real Estate, Environment & Planning category in the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2018, with one of our barristers going on to win and Six Pump Court was also shortlisted as Set of the Year.  Our clerking team has an integral role in the delivery of our professional services and our success; they are consistently recognised for their professionalism, approachability and willingness to meet the particular needs of each client. The team of expert planning and environmental barristers at Six Pump Court are well equipped to provide the practical advice and effective representation required by those engaged in, or affected by, the complex and multi-faceted regimes of planning and environmental regulation.  For further information please visit our website.

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