About us

UKELA was established as a registered charity in 1988 and is the UK forum which aims to make better law for the environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. Our charitable objects include promoting, for the benefit of the public generally, the enhancement and conservation of the environment in the UK and advancing the education of the public in all matters relating to the development, teaching, application and practice of law relating to the environment.

We encourage collaboration between those interested in environmental law, as well as advising and commenting on relevant issues. Most of our funding comes from membership subscriptions, sponsorship and events income. This means that UKELA is both a strongly independent voice and broadly representative of the sector. As a charity UKELA must provide a public benefit from the money it receives.  One of our main aims is to make better law for the environment. We do this by influencing and commenting on the law as it is formulated. See more on our Events and in our Reading Room.




Our Trustees have prepared and adopted a series of strategic plans to guide the work of the Association. These are used to develop an annual work programme, which is regularly monitored and reviewed. A report is then prepared and published each calendar year. The annual report is one of the key matters considered each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Association, held at the annual conference every summer.

Read our Strategic Plan 2020 2025 

Strategic Aims 2020 - 2025

  • Effective UK-wide influence
  • Clear and accessible information
  • Smart and effective collaboration
  • Proactive engagement of membership
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting the next generation


Annual accounts

Read our Annual Report and Accounts 2022 where we take a look at our achievements over the year.  

Memorandum and articles

UKELA is a registered charity with  Memorandum and Articles which you are welcome to read.

Our registered address

UKELA's registered address is c/o Norose Company Secretarial Services Ltd: 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ, United Kingdom. The postal address for all day to day correspondence is PO Box 487, Dorking, RH4 9BH. Or you can contact us via our online form.