Podcast Series with No5 Chambers

Please enjoy our new podcast series with our Vice Chair, Nina Pindham and Richard Kimblin QC.  Thank you to No5 Chambers for supporting the series with professional sound production by Rubber Ears.

  • Richard Kimblin QC at No5 Chambers is joined by Will Rundle, Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth and Harj Narulla (pupil barrister at No5 Chambers) to help listeners get to grips with two cases on the assessment of climate impacts: in what way do climate change effects have to be taken into account in an ES?; and what can lawfully be left out of account? The case of Finch helps with these questions and we are guided through that judgment, which was decided 2:1. We then turn to the Mozambique case. There, in the opinion of one judge in the High Court, an unreasonable assessment of climate effects can make a decision unlawful. Unusually, two judges sat to hear the case, brought by FoE. One of them found that assessment was irrational. We have a look at why that was so - listen to podcast

  • Nature Conservation with Sophus zu Ermgassen, Durrell institute for Conservation and Ecology speaking to the Nature Conservation Working Party (NCWP) where he explores the ecological outcomes of biodiversity net gain using real data, followed by a Q&A with NCWP members. (aired 4 March 2022) - listen to podcast

  • Interview with Nick Grant, barrister in planning and environmental law at Landmark Chambers who discusses the Human Rights and Environmental Regulation around the Walley's Quarry Landfill case against the Environment Agency with Richard Kimblin QC at No5 Chambers (aired 25 February 2022) - listen to podcast

  • Interview with Elsie Blackshaw-Crosby of The Lifescape Project, whose mission is to catalyse the creation, restoration and protection of wild landscapes by pursuing projects which utilise skills including science, technology, law, economics, and communications (aired 18 February 2022) - listen to podcast


Nature WALK Podcasts

We are pleased to bring you a series of Nature podcasts from the North East and North West Regional groups. Topics covered include sea mammals, birds, butterflies and bees. Please contact us if you require an alternative format. Please also consider making a donation to help us continue our important environmental work, thank you. A suggested amount is £5, but any contribution is appreciated. Your donations will be put to good use by helping us to continue our work, such as running more events to provide information and expertise to our members. 

  • Our fifth podcast features some of the UK’s commoner summer migrant birds with Iain Johnson (May 2022). Listen to podcast

  • Our fourth podcast is on spring residents, featuring the birds you will hear at this time of the year with Iain Johnson (March 2022). Listen to podcast 

  • Our third podcast is on autumn birds and Iain Johnson (October 2021). Listen to podcast 

  • Our second podcast is on butterflies and bees and is written and presented by Charlotte Scrivens (August 2021). Listen to podcast

  • Our first podcast is on Cetaceans and is written and presented by Helen Mitcheson (July 2021). Listen to podcast

Our podcasts are written and presented by UKELA members Iain Johnson, Charlotte Scrivens and Helen Mitcheson.  

Iain is Senior Environmental Consultant based in Royal Haskoning DHV’s Newcastle office working in the Environment Team (Industry and Business Group) and co convenor of UKELA's North East regional group.  He specialises in Environmental Due Diligence, Permitting and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Systems and Carbon Management. 

Charlotte is an environmental lawyer at Addleshaw Goddard, based in their Manchester office, and advises on all aspects of environmental compliance, risks and liabilities as well as representing clients being investigated, or subject to formal enforcement action, by the environmental regulators.  She is also co-convener for UKELA's North West group, alongside Helen Mitcheson. In her spare time, she is currently doing up her first house (affectionately known as 'the building site') and enjoying spending time with her dogs.

Helen is an environmental lawyer and a member of the Planning and Environment Team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP and one of UKELA's regional co-ordinators.  Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Helen worked as a marine mammal scientist, both in the UK and abroad and has an MRes in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St Andrews.

COP26 Interviews and updates from Glasgow

Our Vice Chair, Nina Pindham, barrister at No5 Chambers, is delivering daily podcasts from the COP fortnight in Glasgow.

We will hear from Nina on Finance, Energy, Youth and Public Empowerment, Nature, Adaptation, loss and Damage, Gender, Transport and Cities, Regions and the Built Environment.


  • COP26 Summary Podcast (January 2022)
  • Penultimate day - please download the podcast to hear Nina Pindham discuss the Cities and Built Environment Day at COP26
  • Day 6 - Nina Pindham discusses the day's events with Stephanie Wray, Managing Director of Nature Positive at RSK. We hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Day 5 - Today's podcast is a Legal Special and features an interview with Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers.
  • Day 4 - Today's podcast features an interview with Danielle King of RSK on Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFDs) and how to get the process started.  Nina also reports on Energy talks. 
    (Unfortunately background noise is loud but if you stick with it hopefully you'll find some useful tips for getting started with your own disclosure.)
  • Day 3 - Please download the latest podcast from Nina Pindham reporting on the events from the third day of COP26,  Today's theme is Finance. 
  • Day 2 - Please download the latest podcast from Nina Pindham reporting on the events from the second day of COP26
  • Day 1 - Please download the World Leaders Summit Day 1.


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