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e-law newsletter

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 elaw@ukela.org. Please read our style guide first.

Members can read the latest editions on our Members Only page.  For older editions (2017 and before), please take a look at our archive


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.

Each edition of e-law is themed. The 2020 themes are listed below, along with the copy deadline.  

  • Jan/Feb – Environment Bill. Please submit copy by 22 January.
  • March/April – Environmental crime, enforcement and prosecutions. Please submit copy by 11 March.
  • May/June – Covid-19 and the environment. Please submit copy by 13 May.
  • July/Aug –Food, farming, land use and net zero. Please submit copy by 15 July.
  • Sept/Oct –Hazardous substances. Please submit copy by 16 September.
  • Nov/Dec – Energy efficiency and buildings. Please submit copy by 18 November.


The themes for 2019 were:

  • Jan/Feb edition – Environment Bill: The New Body, the Courts, and the Future of UK Environmental Law
  •  March/Apr edition – Air quality
  • May/June edition – Waste
  • July/Aug edition – Wild law
  • Sept/Oct edition – Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Nov/Dec edition – Natural capital and the environment

Recent Issues

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

November/December 2018 - Human health, human rights and the environment

September/October 2018 - Water resources and marine management

July/August 2018 - Environmental law in post-Brexit Britain

May/June 2018 - The mixed energy economy

March/April 2018 - Waste and the circular economy

January/February 2018 - The role of environmental courts and tribunals

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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Senior Editorial Assistant

Ben Christman is a trainee solicitor at the Legal Services Agency in Glasgow. 

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Editorial Assistant

Cecily Kingston is a trainee solicitor at R&R Urquhart Solicitors based in Northern Scotland

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Non Executive Board

Simone Davidson

Estelle Dehon

Lucy Bruce Jones

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For general information on environmental issues, visit our sister site Law and Your environment