Welcome to the Junior UKELA page. Find out more about our group and our wide range of activities below. If you would like to be added to the group email or contact our convenors we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.


About Junior UKELA

Junior UKELA was launched in November 2008, known as Young UKELA until summer 2022. The aim of Junior UKELA is to provide a forum for more junior practitioners, up to about seven years post-qualification, with an interest in environmental law or anyone new to environmental law.  We are not a group based on age, but on career experience and all are welcome.

We provide training and education, a space for debate and opportunities for professional development and networking, as well as social events. All are welcome at our popular seminars and social events. Our activities aim to complement the range of seminars and groups active within UKELA as a whole.



Junior UKELA holds two to three seminars every year on a wide range of topics. Our highly successful ‘The Basics’ seminars provide an introduction to an environmental law theme. If you have any ideas for a particular topic, please get in touch.

Past themes have covered nuclear law, fisheries law, environmental litigation and environmental impact assessment. We cover key issues and hot topics, with experienced and knowledgeable speakers. We also put on a couple of social gatherings for Junior UKELA members - these include guided walks, drinks and informal meals. Events are informal and inclusive, so do join in.



Emma Lui

Policy Advisor at the Office for Nuclear Regulation




Odette Chalaby

Barrister at No5 specialising in environmental and planning law




Verity Bell

Barrister at Cornerstone Barristers

Juliet Munn

Planning and environmental lawyer at Town Legal LLP




Heather Hamilton-Nisbet

Government Lawyer