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Annual Conference 2010

UKELA Conference Exeter 2010 - Climate Change and the Changing Face of Regulation

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The Exeter conference received some of the best feedback for a UKELA event. Here are some of the comments:

“Best conference I’ve ever been to, unlike some other dry-as-burned-toast legal conferences”;

“I much enjoyed the whole weekend, and thought it really was superbly organised".

“The speakers were all excellent. The events, location and hospitality were also great”.

The topics – on a theme of the changing face of climate change and regulation - were timely and popular. Robert Upton – deputy chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission whose abolition was announced on the following Monday – opened proceedings. His analysis of the new regime and what lies ahead was most relevant.

Lord Justice Carnwath, UKELA’s President, and Prof Malcolm Grant, new UKELA patron chaired the opening sessions with humour and excellent timekeeping – our thanks to them.


The climate change session provided an insider’s view of the Copenhagen proceedings (by Adrian Roberts of DECC), with solicitor Kate Harrison capturing the increasingly litigious environment on climate change issues and Sarah Holmes of Bond Pearce galloping through her 20 years’ experience of wind energy and facing the turbulent breezes ahead.

On the changing face of regulation, Prof Richard Macrory reported back from his recent sojourn in the USA where their civil penalties regime is embedded into enforcement; Anne Brosnan of the Environment Agency set out the challenges ahead in being at the forefront of introducing civil penalties; and Lynda Warren talked about “the Janus dilemma” – how to meet our energy needs from the marine environment without causing a spin-off set of environmental disasters: “sustainable development now should be founded on an ecosystem approach”, she said, “not balance, which is always a fight between sectors”. Peter Kellett, who chaired the session, is on the right of the photo.


Field visits followed on Saturday afternoon, to Dawlish Warren for a trip through the tourists with their icecreams and deck chairs (it was a very hot day) to spot warblers and whitethroats hidden just metres away in the sand dunes. The boat trip party enjoyed some cool breezes while others did a walking tour around the City.


The gala dinner was in the truly memorable setting of Powderham Castle, with a pink harvest moon lighting up the deer park as we ate almost in the open air, and Satish Kumar (the post dinner speaker and editor of Resurgence magazine) inspiring many.

Hot cases on the Sunday morning was an eye watering race from a giant bottle factory built without planning permission to the dangers of road traffic to the Iberian Lynx to the memorable Mr Fiddler who concealed his new house behind straw bales. Thanks to Nathalie Lieven QC (Landmark Chambers), Andrew McCullough QC (1 Crown Office Row) and Martin Edwards (39 Essex Street) for their contributions.

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