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Four New Patrons for the UK Environmental Law Association

Mar 17, 2010

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Vicki Elcoate

Four leading figures in Environmental Law have offered their support to the UK Environmental Law Association, which aims to make the law work for a better environment.

Maria Adebowale, Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, Professor Malcolm Grant and Rt Hon Lord Woolf have all signed up to public support of the charity, which is 23 years old.

Key issues for UKELA at present are the regulation of carbon emissions, waste, changes to the planning regime, access to information for the public and how the law can be made clearly understandable and accessible for all.

Maria Adebowale said: '”Environmental law and enforcement is crucial to protecting the rights of everyone, especially the most vulnerable, to a clean and healthy

Prof Grant, President and Provost of University College London, said he was delighted to become a Patron. He attended the first meeting in the 1980s when it was decided to set up UKELA. “UKELA’s twin strengths are its independence from vested interests and the expertise and enthusiasm of its members. These allow it to be a credible and influential participant in debates around UK, EU and international environmental policy, law and implementation”.

Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice, said: “The environment is important to us all. But we depend on the law for the protection both of our private and public rights and UKELA is one of the few bodies in the country that is fully qualified to educate us, advise on and protect those rights”.

Sir Crispin, Scottish Advocate, said: “I have been a member and long time supporter of UKELA, because it is a membership organisation that does a huge amount to promote the understanding of environmental law, not only by lawyers, but also by the wider general public. Environmental law is vital for the preservation of our world and its importance needs to be understood by everyone”.

Notes to the editors:

Notes to editors
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.

Maria Adebowale
Maria Adebowale is the Founder and Director of Capacity Global. Capacity Global is the only non-governmental organisation and social enterprise in the UK focusing specifically on environmental justice and equality. She is the author of the Third Sector Climate Change Declaration among other publications. Maria is a former Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission and a former Director of the Environmental Law Foundation. She is the Chair of Waterwise, a Commissioner for English Heritage, a Matron of the Women's' Environment Network, a trustee of the development charity Allavida. She was also a Judge NESTA's Big Green Challenge. Maria is also listed in the Independent on Sunday's Top 100 Green List as one of the most influential environmentalists.

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC
Sir Crispin’s early career was in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, involved with mountaineering and scientific expeditions to remote parts of the world. He qualified as an advocate in Scotland in 1982 taking silk in 1995. He has a specialist practice in all aspects of rural law, including environmental law and is the author of a number of legal text books. Sir Crispin has been a member of the Scottish Regional Committee of UKELA for many years and is now the Convenor. He is a member of the UKELA “Wild Law” group.

Professor Malcolm Grant CBE
Malcolm Grant has been President and Provost of UCL since 2003, and was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. Born and educated in New Zealand, he is an environmental lawyer and Bencher of Middle Temple, and has researched and published extensively in environmental planning, and local government law. He was appointed CBE in 2003. He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee. He is also a Governor of the London Business School and the Ditchley Foundation. He was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2008 as a UK Business Ambassador. He has also served as Chairman of the Russell Group of the UK’s research-intensive unversities, the Local Government Commission for England, the UK Agriculture and Biotechnology Commission and the Standards Committee of the Greater London Authority.

The Rt Hon Lord Woolf
Lord Woolf of Barnes was called to the Bar in 1955 and became a judge in 1979, rising to become a law lord in 1992, Master of the Rolls (1996–2000) and Lord Chief Justice (2000–2005). As Lord Chief Justice he was an outspoken advocate of penal reform, the importance of rehabilitation and spare use of custody. In 1990 his “Strangeways Report” into the British Prison System for the Government is still regarded as a blue print for a secure, efficient and humane rehabilitative Prison System. The Woolf reforms, which sought to make litigation more accessible and less expensive, have had a profound impact on civil justice since they were introduced in 1999.

Other Patrons
The President of UKELA is Lord Justice Carnwath CVO. Other Patrons are: Professor Richard Macrory; Baroness Barbara Young; Sir Francis Jacobs; Tom Burke CBE.

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