The South West region covers Avon, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, part of Herefordshire, part of Worcestershire.
Our next Event
Seminar on Nuisance and Invasive Species - Thursday 23 May at 5.30pm with a tour of the venue from 4pm
Join UKELA SW in Exeter for their next event, kindly hosted by the Met Office at their headquarters in Exeter. For those able to arrive by 4pm, the afternoon will start with a tour of this state of the art building. This will be followed at 5:30 by the seminar focusing on nuisance and invasive species, which will be led by a panel of speakers from Francis Taylor Buildings, Natural England and South West Water. This promises to be a great opportunity to hear more about a highly topical area from three very different perspectives. We hope that the event will be of interest to students and professionals working across environmental law with the chance to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience on the panel. There will also be the chance for informal networking after the seminar, with the evening wrapping up by 8pm.
We are fortunate to have a number of leading firms/Chambers, consultancies and universities based in and around the region. Bristol is also the home of the Environment Agency’s head office. As a result, our membership is drawn from a wide and diverse base.
The south-west can proudly boast about its environmental and renewable credentials, and 2015 marked a special year as Bristol played host to European Green Capital (the first UK city to be awarded the prestigious award).
We have experienced increasing attendance at events. In 2015 the group organised, with the assistance of the University of Bristol and Society of Legal Scholars, a full day conference to consider and discuss the implications of an EU exit on UK environmental law. In addition to hosting video-links of national events, the group has also hosted a major seminar on Air Quality, in conjunction with Bristol University in March 2017.
About our Group
In addition to being the home of the pasty, cream tea and arguably the best cider in the country, the South-West also boasts an extremely active UKELA regional group!
The group is represented by a committee, which is chaired by Elsa Hadley and Steve Lavington (Burges Salmon LLP Bristol). In no particular order, the other committee members are Chris Willmore (University of Bristol), Kim Moreton (independent consultancy), Becki Clark (Sustainable Direction), Ella Curnow (Burges Salmon LLP) and Harley Freemantle (student). We are also grateful to be able to call on the assistance of Simon Tilling (Burges Salmon LLP), the regional group co-ordinator and UKELA Council member.
Contact the convenors if you would like to join the group.
- Elsa Hadley, Burges Salmon LLP
- Steve Lavington, Burges Salmon LLP
- Caroline Bush, Solicitor, Osborne Clarke
- Virginia Butcher, Student, University of Plymouth
- Simone Davidson, Solicitor, Lexis Nexis and UKELA Trustee
- Shehana Gomez, Associate Lecturer, Open University