Environment law

We have significant experience in challenging local authorities, central government departments and other public bodies whose acts and decisions threaten the environment. Most of this work involves acting for individuals, groups and organisations in judicial review claims.

Our current or recent environmental law work has included: successfully overturning the grant of planning permission for a redevelopment project in Sussex; successfully challenging Thames Water’s proposal to use a green space in Bermondsey as a construction site for the Thames Tunnel; acting in a judicial review claim which secured assurances from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to take further steps to give effect to the EU’s Energy Services Directive; providing representation at an inquiry relating to highway modifications within Epping Forest; advising residents campaigning against a retail development in north London; acting for Friends of the Earth in a judicial review of the Welsh Government’s decision to build a motorway over vulnerable wetlands; a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission for a waste incinerator in south London; and a judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission for a biomass plant.

We are one of the few firms who specialise in environmental law and who are able to provide representation in such cases under the legal aid scheme. Where legal aid is not available but we think the case is important and has merit we will usually agree to act at discounted hourly rates.

We are members of the Environmental Law Foundation and the Environmental Justice Partnership. We accept referrals for pro bono advice from both organisations. Our work with EJP was shortlisted for the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2012 Best Partnership category. Our solicitors who specialise in this area are also members of the UK Environmental Law Association, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB.

In addition, one of our partners, Sue Willman, also has a special interest in securing accountability for environmental abuses outside of the UK. Sue has lectured widely on this topic including at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conferences. She has also conduct various fact finding missions to Latin America to investigate environmental damage by multi-national corporations.