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South West

The South West region covers Avon, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, part of Herefordshire, part of Worcestershire.

Our next Event

Please join the UKELA South West Regional Group for our Autumn event on 28 November at 4pm, which will provide an overview into working in the field of environmental law. We have speakers from various parts of the environmental law community taking us through their work, their hot topics and highlighting why environmental law is such a fascinating and important area to work in.

This event is aimed at those looking to enhance their understanding of the broad environmental law sector and its different professional components, for those about to embark on their professional life or considering a career change within this field. After the speakers’ presentations, there will be an opportunity to network over drinks and light refreshments, kindly hosted by Osborne Clarke in Bristol.

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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


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Elsa Hadley

Elsa is an environmental solicitor at Burges Salmon. She has experience advising clients on a wide range of environmental issues including regulatory obligations, transactional support and drafting, and criminal and civil environmental claims. She was Chair of Burges Salmon’s green initiatives committee for several years until October 2016.

0117 307 6312
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Steve Lavington

Steve is a solicitor working in Burges Salmon's Projects team with experience of a wide range of environmental and energy issues including regulatory obligations and environmental liabilities, carbon and emissions, renewable energy, nuclear law, and associated commercial and transactional matters.

0117 307 6314
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