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East Midlands

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

Upcoming Events

We are now accepting bookings for our talk on the topic “The legal framework for protecting and improving urban rights of way.” This will be presented by Tom Huggon; Tom is a consultant at Browne Jacobson and leading member of the Nottingham Civic Society. The event will be hosted by Browne Jacobson LLP, Nottingham, on Tuesday 24 October 2017, commencing at 6 pm. To book, please contact the convenor, Will Thomas.

Previous Events

Our most recent event was a topical update on Shale Gas. We were pleased to welcome representatives from INEOS Shale who set out an overview of shale gas development in general, including INEOS Shale’s plans in the UK and specifically the East Midlands.

We held an event last June on the use of compulsory purchase in support of nature conservation. Our speaker was Stephen Coult, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with Browne Jacobson. Stephen is a specialist in compulsory purchase and compensation.

We aim to have up to four speaker meetings each year, plus occasional trips to sites of environmental interest. Within the last twelve months we have enjoyed talks from Tom Tew, Chief Executive of the Environment Bank on the subject of Biodiversity off-setting and from Tom Huggon on the topic “Protection of Wildlife – Legal Priorities for the New Government”. We have also enjoyed links by webcam to two meetings held in London – those on Sentencing Guidelines and Neighbourhood Planning and Environmental Sustainability respectively.

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 convenor 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)

Sue Clarson – retired solicitor, formerly with Browne Jacobson (Secretary)

Louise Howarth – solicitor with Eversheds, Nottingham (Treasurer)

Stephen Brent – senior solicitor with Derbyshire County Council

Ben Hunt – chartered town planner of Hunt Planning, consultants of Nottingham

Graham Machin – retired barrister formerly of Ropewalk Chambers, Nottingham



Will Thomas

Assistant Solicitor at Browne Jacobson LLP 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
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