South West

The South West region covers Avon, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, part of Herefordshire, part of Worcestershire.  


About our Group

In addition to being the home of the pasty, cream tea and arguably the best cider in the country, the South-West also boasts an extremely active UKELA regional group!  We are fortunate to have a number of leading firms/Chambers, consultancies and universities based in and around the region. Bristol is also the home of the Environment Agency’s head office. As a result, our membership is drawn from a wide and diverse base, all of whom are very welcome to attend our regular events. 

The group is represented by a committee, which is co-convened by Gabi Gershuny (Burges Salmon) and Arthur Hopkinson (Osborne Clarke).

Contact the convenors if you would like to join the group.

Our Convenors' biographies

Gabi Gershuny

Gabi is a solicitor in the Projects Team at Burges Salmon, specialising in environment and energy. She advises public and private sector clients on a broad range of environmental matters and renewable energy projects. She has a particular interest in regulatory matters and has experience advising clients on the producer responsibility, waste, carbon reporting, land contamination and nature conservation regimes.  

Arthur Hopkinson

Arthur is an environment and planning associate at Osborne Clarke LLP. He specialises in advising clients on environment-related planning matters, including biodiversity net gain, land contamination, nutrient and water neutrality issues, and environmental impact assessments. He has a particular interest in the renewable energy sector and regularly assists clients in this sector with planning and environment matters.



    • Caroline Bush, Solicitor, Osborne Clarke
    • Joann Bainton, Solicitor, Clarke Willmott
    • Imogen Drummond
    • Bethan Rees
    • Joe Broadway



Gabi Gershuny


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Arthur Hopkinson

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