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Recent events

London meeting on Strategic Environmental Assessment: 21 July 2014

Juliet Munn presentation

Johanna Curran presentation

David Elvin presentation

Fundraising Lunch Debate: The Environment and the Economy

Our major fundraising event for 2014 – a lunchtime debate on the environment and the economy – was held on 20 March 2014. We were delighted that the Right Honourable Peter Lilley MP and David Hart QC joined us to debate the motion, chaired by Stephen Tromans QC.
The podcast of the debate on the motion: “Excessive and unnecessary environmental legislation and regulation is seriously damaging the UK’s economic growth” is now available here. Huge thanks go to Simmons and Simmons for hosting this event and to all who attended for supporting it. The income raised from this event will support this year's student bursary programme.

Podcast of debate (Audio File)

London meeting on Obstacles to Infrastructure Planning - 9 December 2013

Steven Gleave, Defra presentation (MS PowerPoint)

Janice Morphet presentation (MS PowerPoint)

William Upton presentation (MS PowerPoint)

London meeting on Environmental Damage Compensation - 22 May 2013

Nicola Eury presentation

Simon Tilling presentation

Julien Combeau/Clive Walker presentation (MS PowerPoint)

Wildlife, Wilderness and Wild Law weekend - May 24-27 2013

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Loch Lomond visit 2013 - photo Crispin Agnew

The 2013 Wild Law workshop also embraced discussions about wild land and wildlife, with speakers from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and the John Muir Trust. Delegates stayed on the shores of Loch Lomond and enjoyed walks and a visit to an island.








London meeting on Flooding Risks - 5th February 2013

The speaker's presentations are below.

Jill Boulton (PDF Document)

Matt Cullen (PDF Document)

Sue Highmore (PDF Document)

Sponsored kayak September 2012

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David Hart QC's sponsored kayak in 2012 has raised nearly £600 for the Lord Nathan Fund. The photo is from last year (2011) as all the 2012 kayakers were too busy in their kayaks to take photos. The funds raised pay to maintain the Law and Your Environment website, which provides information about environmental law to anyone who needs it. Thanks to all who supported this event.

Law and Your Environment website

On this page you can access video links, podcasts and papers from recent UKELA events. If you can't find something you're looking for please do ask via the feedback form.

Environmental Tribunal seminar May 16th 2011

The Environmental Tribunal seminar, chaired by Lord Justice Carnwath, explored the new tribunal and how it might be used as a low cost solution to fill a perceived gap in environmental law administration. Simmons and Simmons have made a recording of the event available on the link below (registering only takes a couple of minutes) and two UKELA members who attended the seminar have blogs which may be of interest.

Edited video of the seminar provided by Simmons & Simmons

John Joliffe reviews the seminar on the Human Rights blog

David Hart QC on environmental judicial review (ERIC website)

Record of London meetings from 2003

View here a record of all the London meetings from 2003-2010 (PDF Document)

London meeting on Substantial Environmental Disputes and their Funding

This meeting took place on Tuesday 12 July 2011. The speakers' presentations are below.

Gordon Wignall's presentation (MS PowerPoint)

Matthew Little's presentation (MS PowerPoint)

Castle Debate on Renewable Heat and Energy

The first Castle debate on the subject of "The Future for Renewable Energy and Heat" was held on Tuesday 15 February in London. You can read the minutes of this debate here.

Castle debate on renewable energy and heat (MS Word Document)

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Wild Law in Scotland 2011

Attendees at the Wild Law 2011 workshop at Broadmeadows Youth Hostel in the Scottish borders enjoyed some strenuous hillwalking and discussion on the future of earth rights, the landscape directive and renewable energy. You can read more on the Wild Law page.


Wild Law page

London meeting on Deep Sea Environment

This meeting took place on 9 February 2011. The presentations from the speakers are below.

Daniel Owen presentation (PDF Document)

David Billett presentation (PDF Document)

Ospar Commission presentation (PDF Document)

London meeting on the Environment Court

Speakers at the May 2010 London meeting discussed the issue of the Environment Court at an international, European and national level. Stephen Hockman QC asked whether we need an International Court to ensure that international obligations are correctly interpreted and met? He predicted that the 20 year anniversary of the Rio Summit would be a good time to discuss the proposal. Prof Richard Macrory assessed the likelihood of having an Environmental Tribunal at the UK level after years of debate about the issue. He saw it as most likely necessary to deal with appeals from the new regulatory regime and statutory appeals under the environmental regulations. Carol Hatton of WWF looked at the mixed results at a European level, which provides an accessible costs regime but makes it very hard for cases to be brought forward.
You can views the presentations by Carol Hatton and Richard Macrory below. Stephen Hockman's paper will appear in the July 2010 e-law. A podcast of the event will appear here shortly.

Carol Hatton's presentation (PDF Document)

Richard Macrory's presentation (PDF Document)


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Sponsored half marathon

A big thank you to our runners who raised over £1500 for the Lord Nathan Memorial Fund for the Environment. Bridget Marshall, Colleen Theron, Peter Kellett, Guy Linley-Adams and Begonia Filgueira ran in the Forest of Dean half marathon in March 2010. Thanks also to all who sponsored them!
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London meeting on Nuclear

The opportunities and challenges for nuclear power generation were discussed at this well attended London meeting. Speakers discussed the current nuclear power stations and what lay ahead for nuclear generation in the UK, given the recent Government consultation naming preferred sites.
Prof Paul Leonard of Corporate Risk Associates Ltd discussed the development of the UK power station programme, locations of existing sites, the challenges of commissioning, operation and decommissioning, public awareness and concerns as well as radiological safety assessments. Scott Lyness of Landmark Chambers scrutinised the government consultation on the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Generation. Peter Frost, of Frazer Nash, took an engineer's tour through the challenges ahead.
The seminar was chaired by Maria Cull, of Citrus Partners LLP, environmental consultants.

We have made a podcast of the entire lecture, available for you to listen to straight away by clicking on our podcast player:


The presentations are below - some of the files are quite big and may take a while to download.

Scott Lyness paper on nuclear Feb 10th 2010 (PDF Document)

Paul Leonard on nuclear Feb 10th 2010 (PDF Document)

London meeting on Sustainable Buildings

Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption in the EU. Proposals contained in draft European legislation may soon impose an array of obligations on Member States to introduce energy efficient measures in buildings, including what are called net-zero-energy buildings. These measures will reduce energy consumption, create up to 450,000 jobs in the EU and offer a £24 billion a year energy-cost saving. The meeting on November 24th 2009 was chaired by Begonia Filgueira. The speakers were: Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Peter Martin of Carbon Sense and Malcolm Dowden, solicitor and Environmental Law consultant. The powerpoints from the meeting are below and a DVD of the evening is available to loan from the UKELA office on request (use the feedback form).

We have made a podcast of the entire lecture, available for you to listen to straight away by clicking on our podcast player:

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn's presentation (MS PowerPoint)

Malcolm Dowden's presentation (MS PowerPoint)

London meeting: Renewables

Denton Wilde Sapte kindly hosted the September London meeting which looked at renewables - particularly tidal and wind power. The speakers were Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers who considered the renewable energy options having regard to the legal and policy framework. Dr Tim Norman talked about The Crown Estate's Offshore Wind Programme and Ian Watson of Frazer Nash discussed emerging technologies, with a focus on tidal energy. Their talks can be viewed below.
The meeting was chaired by Simon Boyle of Argyll Environmental Ltd.

Stephen Morgan: renewables overview (MS PowerPoint)

Tim Norman: Crown Estate and Offshore Wind (MS PowerPoint)

Ian Watson: Tidal Energy (MS PowerPoint)

London meeting: Major Accidents to the Environment

The June 2009 London meeting considered some alarming scenarios and attempted to answer questions like: if our plant catches fire, when should it be allowed to burn down to prevent pollution? When does enforcement turn into prosecution, following an environmental accident? Will our environmental insurance cover the costs of remediation? The meeting was chaired by UKELA London meeting organiser, Begonia Filgueira of ERIC.
Speakers included Ivan Vince, of ASK consultants, who has recently co-ordinated publication of a book on major accidents (published by Elsevier); Catherine Davey and Valerie Fogleman of Stevens and Bolton, and Dr Niall Ramsden of Resource Protection International.
Thanks once again to Herbert Smith for hosting.

We have made a podcast of the entire lecture, available for you to listen to straight away by clicking on our podcast player:

London meeting: EPP Phase 2

Nearly fifty UKELA members attended an update on the implementation of the Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP) on May 21st. Peter Kellett, of the Environment Agency and UKELA’s chair, explained his work on integrating and simplifying the permitting schemes across various sectors. The aim was to make regulation more efficient and cheaper for businesses in the long run. Gill Weeks Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Director for Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc talked about the effects of the changes on the waste industry. Some of the changes had been difficult to implement and the costs had risen initially, but it was early days and time was needed for the new system to bed in. Angus Evers, head of the Environment Group at SJ Berwin LLP, and convenor of UKELA’s Waste Working Party, addressed some of the issues raised by the working party during consultations on the new EPP.
The meeting was chaired by Simon Boyle, of Argyll Environmental, and kindly hosted by Herbert Smith. UKELA’s thanks go to Angela Pallett and the Herbert Smith team for their excellent organisation.

We have made a podcast of the entire lecture, available for you to download here (warning: very large file), or simply listen to straight away by clicking on our podcast player:

Young UKELA Spring Reception 2009

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Speakers and organisers of the spring reception

A spring reception was held at DLA Piper in London on April 27th. Speakers were: Carol Hatton of WWF, on Access to Justice, Stephens Tromans, of 39 Essex Street with a hot cases update, and Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at the Department of Communities and Local Government who spoke on planning reform. There was an opportunity for drinks afterwards. Gabrielle Tipple of DLA Piper hosted the event assisted by Chris Badger, of 23 Essex Street.


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Society of Legal Scholars/UKELA Symposium

What do environmental lawyers do? Fifty people, from legal practice in the public and private sectors, NGOs and academia, attended a symposium in April 2009 organised by Donald McGillivray (Kent University) and Colin Reid (Dundee University), both active members of both bodies. UKELA is grateful to Landmark Chambers for hosting the event. Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG, QC (patron of UKELA)and Colin Reid chaired the morning session and speakers included Stephen Tromans QC, Liz Fisher (Oxford) and Duncan Mitchell (Environment Agency) speaking about environmental law in practice, environmental law scholarship and environmental law in the public sector. In the afternoon there was discussion on a range of issues, including topics where academic research would be appreciated, how academics can benefit from practitioners, what policy makers and NGOs want from environmental lawyers and how the different groups can work together more effectively.



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Access to justice report: launch event

The independent report, "Ensuring access to environmental justice in England and Wales" was launched at a UKELA/King's College seminar on 9 May 2008. The chair of the working party which produced the report, Mr Justice Sullivan, said that judicial review was only available to the very rich or the very poor. Others face "severe financial hardship, if not financial ruin. "In the environmental field there is an inevitable imbalance. The ordinary citizen or environmental group seeking to take a challenge will inevitably come up against a publicly funded body. Unless those underlying problems are addressed in some way it's only a matter of time before the UK is taken to task for failing to live up to its obligations under Aarhus". The report made a number of recommendations for improvement and can be reviewed below.
Photo left to right: Ric Navarro (Environment Agency), Prof Richard Macrory (UCL), Carol Hatton (WWF-UK), Richard Stein (Leigh Day & Co), Mr Justice Sullivan (report chair), David Wolfe (Matrix), James Kennedy (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer).



Ensuring access to environmental justice in England and Wales report (PDF Document)

Carol Hatton presentation Access to Justice event (MS PowerPoint)

Richard Macrory presentation Access to Justice event (PDF Document)

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