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Young environmental lawyers' group launched

Nov 11, 2008

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Vicki Elcoate

A new group for young environmental lawyers has been launched to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving area of law.

Fighting wildlife crime and cutting carbon emissions were on the agenda for the launch event.

The Young UKELA group will fall under the umbrella of the UK Environmental Law Association, which aims to make the law work for a better environment.

Around 40 attended the launch event hosted by DLA Piper. The audience were treated to a seminar with three high profile speakers: Andy Fisher, Head of the Metropolitan Police's Wildlife Crime Unit; Steven Gray, of Climate Change Capital; and Stephen Hockman QC, Head of Chambers at 6 Pump Court. Lord Tim Clement-Jones of DLA Piper gave the inaugural address.

Ruth Coffey, a barrister, and Gabrielle Tipple, a solicitor with DLA Piper's London Regulatory Group, launched Young UKELA to provide a network for junior practitioners with an interest in environmental law. Regulating carbon emissions, protecting endangered species and securing international agreement to address global environmental problems are all on the agenda for discussion and debate by the new group.

In the words of Stephen Hockman QC: "it only takes one ingenious lawyer to make a breakthrough and open up a whole new field. So go for it!"

Peter Kellett, UKELA's chair welcomed the new group: "I'm delighted that the UK Environmental Law Association has supported the formation of this lively group and at the range of events, competitions and grants that we can now offer to help younger lawyers develop their practices and careers in environmental law."

Notes to the editors:

1.UKELA is the UK forum which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA's members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of Environmental Law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non lawyers and has a broad membership.
2.Anyone interested in joining Young UKELA should contact:
Gabrielle Tipple or Ruth Coffey by email at:
3.UKELA runs annual mooting competitions, an article competition and has just opened its vocational financial support scheme for applications.

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