EU Environmental Law and Regulation

Much environmental law and regulation now emanates from the European Union. Landmark Chambers has long been considered as the leading set in environmental law.

EU Law

Chambers has been involved in most of the leading judicial review cases related to EU law: Strategic Environmental Assessment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Habitats etc with barristers regularly appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, the Luxembourg Courts and the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. Barristers act for Claimants such as NGOs, charities, campaign groups, for Defendants including local authorities, central government departments and for interested parties including developers.

Recent cases in Luxembourg include Case C 279/12 Fish Legal & Emily Shirley v The Information Commissioner, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water (the meaning of public authority under the Environmental Information Directive Case C 530/11) and Commission v United Kingdom and Case C-260/11 Edwards v Environment Agency (costs and environmental judicial reviews).

Landmark has been involved in most of the leading Supreme Court cases related to EU environmental law, including most recently R (CPRE Kent) v Dover District Council [2018] 1 W.L.R. 108 (reasons in Environmental Impact Assessment cases) and R (Mott) v Environment Agency [2018] UKSC 10 (lawfulness of conditions related to licenses for salmon fishing).

Diverse Work of Chambers in EU and Regulatory Law

Our barristers appear frequently in relation to diverse other matters related to EU and regulatory law such as claims in nuisance; appeals against regulatory decisions, such as the designation of land as nitrate vulnerable zones; in inquiries on appeal against refusal of water abstraction licences and DCO examinations, such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

We were awarded Environment/Planning Set of the Year at the 2017 Chambers  UK Bar Awards. We are ranked in tier 1 in environment in the Legal 500, the latest edition of which states that Landmark is a “market-leading set”. Chambers & Partners 2018 ranks Landmark in its first tier and describes us as “a standout set”, stating that our barristers “are consistently excellent and user-friendly” (2017), and that Landmark “possesses a hugely esteemed team” that are “clearly big players in this field” (2016).

Our barristers’ publications in this area are extensive including contributions to Garners’ Environmental Law; the Planning Encyclopaedia; Environmental Judicial Review; Judicial Review.

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