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

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Join us in Cambridge for an update on contaminated land matters.

Contaminated land continues to be a central focus of environmental law, presenting some of the most difficult problems. This seminar will provide an overview of the law governing the topic which goes far beyond Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1991.

Chair and overview - Stephen Tromans QC


Richard Harwood OBE QC – Planning Issues

Jon Darby – Civil Claims

Adam Boukraa – Part IIa update

We will provide:

• a general overview of the topic and key recent developments, for example case law on

the relationship between remediation requirements and insolvency law

• developments under Part IIA, and other relevant statutory regimes

• the vital relationship between planning law and contaminated land – the use of

conditions and section 106 obligations to secure remediation, and how contamination

is treated as part of the local plan process and under the EIA regime, and the use of

brownfield registers

• the underlying common law – recent cases on Japanese knotweed, and the potential

liability of developers, consultants and landlords.

This is a free event and will include drinks and canapés.


Birketts, Cambridge

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Recent Events


We were delighted to welcome expert speakers from Six Pump Court: Stephen Hockman QC, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall, William Upton and Mark Davies

Purpose: Smelly pig litigation since William Aldred’s case (1610), via Hambly v Trott(1776) and Wheeler v Saunders (1994), and as then considered in Butcher Robinson & Staples Ltd v London Regional Transport (1999), traverses a remarkable number of the key issues relevant to private and public nuisance today, in particular the vexed question of remedies (quantum of damages, injunctions and other forms of equitable relief).

The seminar addressed the ‘crunch’ issues facing litigators since Coventry v Lawrence (2016). Whilst all the major cases will be discussed and revisited, the remarkable fact is that in certain cases a significant contribution has been made by the Gloucester Old Spot, the Middle White, and other old and new varieties, to the law as now practised by both the metropolitan sophisticate and by the rural expert. The speakers will pay due regard to the many cases which concern the clash between aspects of animal husbandry and the expectations of local residents.

About our Group

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.



The committee is currently being revised.

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