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The East region covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and part of Northamptonshire.


Within the last 15 months the group has:· Organised a joint seminar with PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, on coastal environmental legislation which took place at the London Gateway Port in October 2014. This event was combined with a fascinating guided tour of the port.

· Held its AGM in Cambridge in March 2015. On this occasion Mark Watson of 6 Pump Court provided an excellent update on environmental offences, sentencing guidelines and the proceeds of crime.

· Organised a joint seminar with CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, entitled “Coastal Advance and Coastal Retreat” which took place at The Moller Centre in Cambridge in October 2015.

The success of the joint events has encouraged the Committee to explore other partnerships. We are also actively seeking to establish links with universities and colleges in the region.

About our Group

The East Region’s Committee, established for the first time by the Group’s AGM in 2014, is currently chaired by Michael Batty (Greene & Greene). The other members of the Committee are Jan Brooke (Jan Brooke Environmental), Richard Eaton (Birketts), Kathryn Gilbertson (Greenwoods) and Ollie Payne (Joint Nature Conservation Committee).

The Committee represents a diverse membership spread across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, part of Northamptonshire and Suffolk. While the size of the region, the proximity of parts of it to London and the wide range of interests of local members presents something of a challenge in terms of devising a suitable programme of events, the Committee is focused on reaching out to all its members and holding seminars around the region which cover as wide a range of topics as possible.

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


Michael Batty - Chairman


Jan Brooke

Richard Eaton

Kathryn Gilbertson

Ollie Payne



Michael Batty

Michael qualified as a Solicitor with Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds in 1990 and became a Partner in 1993. Within Michael’s extensive commercial litigation practice he handles a broad range of matters with an environmental element.

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