The East region covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and part of Northamptonshire.


The Committee represents a diverse membership spread across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, part of Northamptonshire and Suffolk. While the size of the region, the proximity of parts of it to London and the wide range of interests of local members presents something of a challenge in terms of devising a suitable programme of events, the Committee is focused on reaching out to all its members and holding seminars around the region which cover as wide a range of topics as possible.


Jan Brooke - Jan Brooke Environmental Consultant Ltd

Sarah Knox-Brown - Richard Buxton Solicitors

Paul Taylor - Richard Buxton Solicitors

Edward Long - Birketts


Past Events


We were delighted to welcome expert speakers from Six Pump Court: Stephen Hockman QC, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall, William Upton and Mark Davies

Purpose: Smelly pig litigation since William Aldred’s case (1610), via Hambly v Trott(1776) and Wheeler v Saunders (1994), and as then considered in Butcher Robinson & Staples Ltd v London Regional Transport (1999), traverses a remarkable number of the key issues relevant to private and public nuisance today, in particular the vexed question of remedies (quantum of damages, injunctions and other forms of equitable relief).

The seminar addressed the ‘crunch’ issues facing litigators since Coventry v Lawrence (2016). Whilst all the major cases will be discussed and revisited, the remarkable fact is that in certain cases a significant contribution has been made by the Gloucester Old Spot, the Middle White, and other old and new varieties, to the law as now practised by both the metropolitan sophisticate and by the rural expert. The speakers will pay due regard to the many cases which concern the clash between aspects of animal husbandry and the expectations of local residents.



Richard Eaton - Birketts

Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a Partner and Head of Property Litigation Team. Richard has a broad range of experience in property, planning and public law. A litigation specialist, he has extensive advocacy experience having gained his rights of audience for all higher courts in 2002. He is one of only a handful of solicitors to have appeared in the House of Lords. His property background covers all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. To this, Richard brings planning, public and regulatory law experience. Richard has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals, including at planning inquiries, leasehold valuation tribunals, licensing committees, magistrates and the High Court.  Richard is based at Birketts' Ipswich office. 

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Jane Haviland - Barker Gotelee Solicitors

Jane is a solicitor in both the Environmental and Dispute Resolution Teams at Barker Gotelee Solicitors. She focuses on Environmental Compliance and Regulation, provision of pre and post-planning advice to support Environmental Assessments and mitigation proposals and due diligence audits. Jane’s experience also covers a range of property work, including landlord & tenant and building disputes. Prior to becoming a solicitor Jane enjoyed a 25 year career as an Environmental Consultant and Project Manager working on high profile, public and private sector regeneration and development projects both in the UK and overseas. As an environmental specialist Jane has sector specific technical knowledge enabling her to rapidly interpret and respond to client issues.

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