We are a traditional set with a modern approach.
We represent both those who are seeking to protect the environment and those promoting economic enterprise.
We advise and act for a wide range of clients from multinational corporations, statutory regulators, local authorities to community groups and individual citizens. We accept instructions not only from solicitors but also other professionals and lay people. We have a wide range of fees.
We appear in courts and tribunals at all levels from Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice to inspectors, tribunals and local magistrates courts.
Our experience is broad. It covers all environmental media and sectors of activity including:
- Habitats and species
- Contaminated land
- EIA, SEA
- Air quality
- Environmental crime
- Village greens
- Hemp farms, cannabis laboratories, processing plants and changes of land use
We are comfortable with statutory regulation and common law. We have been at the forefront of the development and use in our field of European Union law, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Aarhus Convention.
We try to help you achieve your aims without having to go to court. But if you do need to litigate, we have plenty of experience.
European Court of Justice
- Euro Tombesi (definition of waste)
- Barker v LB Bromley (applicability of EIA Directive to reserved matters)
- R (Thames Water) v Bromley Magistrates (applicability of Waste Directive to sewerage leaks)
- Fish Legal & Shirley v Information Commissioner (applicability of Environmental Information Directive to water and sewerage companies)
- R (Morge)v Hampshire CC (scope of protection of European Species under Habitats Directive)
- Coventry v Lawrence (principles of common law nuisance)
- Manchester Ship Canal v United Utilities (trespass and sewerage discharges)
House of Lords
- Berkeley v SSE (discretion and European environmental obligations of public bodies)
- Burkett v LB Hammersmith & Fulham (promptitude and ECHR, time for challenging permissions)
- Barker v LB Bromley ( EIA Directive and reserved matters approvals)
Court of Appeal
- Brown v Carlisle (scoping of EIA for connected projects)
- Bowen West v SSE (radioactive waste )
- OSS v Environment Agency (when does waste cease to be waste?)
- Austin v Miller Argent (group litigation in private nuisance claims)
- The Barnes v Newcastle (injunctions and statutory nuisance)
- R (Rockware Glass) v Chester CC (meaning of best practicable means under IPPC regime
- R v Durham CC ex p Huddleston (direct effect of EU environmental law)
- R (Ardagh) v Chester CC (retrospective compliance with EU prior assessment requirement)
- R (Garner) v Elmbridge BC (Aarhus Convention and domestic procedures)
Administrative and Criminal Courts
- R (Redland Minerals) v SSEFRA (contaminated land remediation notice inquiry challenge)
- Thames Water v Redland Minerals (toxic tort claim from serious pollution incident)
- IND v Plant Hire Co (contaminated land)
- R (Mageean)v SSCLG (wind turbine development challenge)
- SOCA v Perkes (challenge to confiscation orders following fraudulent non submission of fish sales notes to Marine Fisheries Agency)
- R (Skipway) v Environment Agency (breach of waste management licence)
- R (U & Partners) v Broads Authority (flood defences)
- R v Cornwall CC ex p Hardy (bats and EU law)
- R (Barbone) v SST (challenge to expansion of Stansted Airport)
- R (Griffin) v LB Newham (challenge to increased flights at London City Airport)