e-law is our electronic journal and newsletter. It is sent out to all members via email every 2 months.

 e-law aims to keep our members up-to-date on UKELA news and events, and informed about new law, hot topics and matters in practice. It also publishes themed articles with views on how we can develop environmental law for a better environment. We invite submissions for consideration for publication. If you would like to submit an article, please send it to the editor [email protected]. Please read our style guide first.

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Themes and Deadlines 

Editions are themed and submissions are primarily sought on these lines. However, quality submissions outside of these themes are welcome for consideration.

The  themes and submission deadlines for 2022 are as follows:

June – Biodiversity  – 6 May

August- Environment Act 2021 - 8 July

October – Environmental law in Wales – 9 September

December – Brexit – 2 years on –  11 November    


Read e-law - Climate change, net zero and the run up to COP26 themed
October 2021

  • 60 Second Interview, with Iain Johnson, Senior Environmental Consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV 
  • “COP26 – Global climate cooperation or green-technology competition?” by Maya Sainani, “Have you COPped yet?” by Jenni Ramos and “Double jeopardy or win-win: tackling the biodiversity and climate crises together – Note of the Joint Climate Change & Energy and Nature Conservation Working Parties event on 13 September 2021” by Richard Barlow and Becky Clissman

Read e-law - Progress towards the Environment Act themed
July/August 2021

  • 60 Second Interview, with Christopher Badger, barrister at Six Pump Court
  • Progress towards the Environment Act themed articles “Progress towards the Environment Act” by Ruth Chambers, “Introducing the Office for Environmental Protection” by Paul Wyard and “The case for a UK Chemicals Act” by Nigel Haigh
  • Matters in practice article “Rewilding Initiatives in the UK” by John Hunt
  • Book review: “International Treaties in Nature Conservation: A UK Perspective” by Ned Westaway


Read e-law - Environmental law for the future
May/June 2021

  • 60 Second Interview, with Liz Fisher
  • ‘Environmental law for the future’ themed articles:  “Reflecting on future learning pathways for environmental law” by Priscila Carvalho and Catalina Spataru, “Legal rights for rivers, restoring the natural order, COP 26” by Emily Shirley and “The role of expertise in environmental law” by Nina Pindham
  • Student articles:  “The potential for the World Court to address climate justice. A Pacific initiative to request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice” by Aoife Fleming and Jule Schnakenberg, “The Human Rights Act as a source of an environmental human right” by Mateusz Slowik and “What does the surge in ESG investing mean for the UK?” by Maya Sainani.

Read e-law - The Agriculture Act 2020 and farming reform
March/April 2021

  • 60 Second Interview, with Melanie Baines  The Agriculture Act 2020 and farming reform’ themed articles “An overview of the Agriculture Act 2020” by Mike Holland, “A new era for farming support-the Agriculture Act 2020 and farming reform “ by Vicki Hird, “The Agriculture Act 2020 – a new dawn?” by David Baldock and “The organic route to a resilient future” by Will Simonson
  • Student submission: “The need for a new international humanitarian law convention on environmental warfare and the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict” by Margaux Contant


Read e-law - The energy transition
January/February 2021 

  • 60 Second Interview, with Dr Katherine Kramer

  • From one transition to another: Brexit and the energy transition” by Emilio Miranda

  • Community energy empowers communities to create a cleaner and fairer energy future- the story of Repowering by Afsheen Kabir Rashid

  • Climate change mitigation and the planning process – is there a gap in the law which allows mineral planning authorities to ignore the real climate impacts of onshore oil and gas applications? by Vicki Elcoate

  • The net zero transition must be more democratic: the political will to act on climate change is here, what will it now take to deliver net zero? by Chaitanya Kumar

  • Environmental governance in Scotland-watchdog, principles and policy by Professor Colin Reid


November/December 2020 - Energy efficiency and buildings

September/October 2020 - Diversity and inclusion in environmental law

July/August 2020 - Food, farming, land use and net zero

May/June 2020 - Covid-19 and the environment

March/April 2020 - Environmental crime, enforcement and prosecutions

January/February 2020 - Environment Bill

November/December 2019 -  Natural capital and the environment

September/October 2019 - Nature conservation and biodiversity

July/August 2019 - Wild Law

May/June 2019 - Waste

March/April 2019 - Air Quality

January/February 2019 - Environment bill: the new body, the courts and the future of UK environmental law

e-law Board Members



Sophie is an environmental law specialist at LexisNexis with 13 years’ experience. Sophie moved to LexisNexis from Shoosmiths LLP where she was a Senior Associate. Prior to this Sophie trained at Browne Jacobson LLP and spent 6 years at Eversheds LLP. Sophie is a non-contentious environmental law specialist with experience in advising on all environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, environmental compliance, contaminated land, waste management, water law, sustainability, producer responsibility and chemicals regulation.

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Editorial Assistant

Laura Hildt is an Associate Policy Officer for Biodiversity and EU Affairs at the European Environmental Bureau in Brussels. She has a Law degree from the University of Cambridge and an LLM in Public International Law with a specialisation in environmental law from Utrecht University.


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Violet O’Gorman previously worked as an editor at LexisNexis, and is currently undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL).

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Mateusz Slowik is a final year law student, and a volunteer for UKELA's Nature Conservation Working Party. Mateusz will read Environmental Law and Policy at UCL in September.   

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Non Executive Board


Estelle Dehon

Lucy Bruce Jones

Odette Chalaby


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