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East Midlands

The East Midlands region covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, part of Buckinghamshire and part of Northamptonshire.

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Environmental Law & Practice, Monday 16 March is POSTPONED. A new date will be announced in due course.


Previous Events

Recent events have included:

  • A talk from Tim Pitt, Integrated Water Project Manager at the Rivers Trust on the work of the Rivers Trust generally plus the issues and challenges surrounding enforcement undertakings.
  • A presentation from Tom Huggon on ‘The legal framework for protecting and improving urban rights of way’. Links by webcam to the 2018 Garner Lecture.
  • We aim to have up to three speaker meetings each year, plus occasional trips to sites of environmental interest.

About our Group

The East Midlands Group has been running successfully for many years. Indeed, it was one of the first, if not the first, regional groups to be established. Many of its founding members, notably Tom Huggon and Graham Machin, are still active both in the Group and within UKELA nationally. Our members come from throughout the East Midlands – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. We welcome student members from throughout the region.
Contact the convenor if you would like to join the group.



Laura Hughes – solicitor and partner at Browne Jacobson LLP (Chair)

Will Thomas - associate solicitor at Shoosmiths (Convenor)

Stephen Brent - Derbyshire County Council



Will Thomas


Associate Solicitor at Shoosmiths (Nottingham) specialising in public law, with a focus on planning and the environment. Works for clients in both the private and public sectors. Experience in a variety of areas, ranging from judicial review claims to non-contentious planning and environmental advisory work.

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