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East Midlands

The East Midlands region covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, part of Buckinghamshire and part of Northamptonshire.

Upcoming Events

A video link to the Garner lecture shall be hosted in Browne Jacobson’s Nottingham office from 5.45pm on Thursday 14 November 2019. This year’s lecture will be given by Baroness Brown of Cambridge, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change on the topic of “Delivering Net Zero”. The lecture will conclude at 7.30pm and will be followed by drinks. We look forward to seeing as many local members attend this as possible. Book your free place

We are also in the process of organising a number of local events for the remainder of 2019/2020 and shall provide details of these shortly.

Previous Events

Recent events have included:

  • A talk from Tim Pitt, Integrated Water Project Manager at the Rivers Trust on the work of the Rivers Trust generally plus the issues and challenges surrounding enforcement undertakings.
  • A presentation from Tom Huggon on ‘The legal framework for protecting and improving urban rights of way’.
  • Links by webcam to the 2018 Garner Lecture.

We aim to have up to three speaker meetings each year, plus occasional trips to sites of environmental interest.

About our Group

The East Midlands Group has been running successfully for many years. Indeed, it was one of the first, if not the first, regional groups to be established. Many of its founding members, notably Tom Huggon and Graham Machin, are still active both in the Group and within UKELA nationally. Our members come from throughout the East Midlands – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. We welcome student members from throughout the region.

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


The current committee of the Group comprises:

Laura Hughes – solicitor and partner at Browne Jacobson LLP (Chair)

Will Thomas – associate solicitor with Shoosmiths, Nottingham (Convenor)

Ben Hunt – chartered town planner of Hunt Planning, consultants of Nottingham (Convenor)

Louise Howarth – solicitor with Eversheds, Nottingham (Treasurer)

Stephen Brent – senior solicitor with Derbyshire County Council

Ben Collins – solicitor with Browne Jacobson LLP

Hannah Payne – solicitor with Browne Jacobson LLP



Will Thomas

Associate Solicitor at Shoosmiths, Nottingham specialising in public law, with a focus on planning and the environment. Works for clients in both the private and public sectors. Experience in a variety of areas, ranging from judicial review claims to non-contentious planning and environmental advisory work.

0115 934 2007

Ben Hunt

Ben Hunt of Hunt Planning, consultants based in Nottingham

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