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Environmental Law and Natural Resources

Environmental Law and Natural Resources

Our environmental law team brings together recognised specialists in the field, with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law including international, EU and domestic environmental law. Our experts have conducted environmental litigation in international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), as well as international arbitrations. They have also appeared in numerous cases before the EU and domestic courts.

We have also advised international organisations including UN bodies, states and NGOs on a very wide range of environmental issues including fisheries policy, the regulation of trade in timber, climate change, waste regulation and biodiversity conservation. A number of our lawyers have experience negotiating in international forums on behalf of states and others.

There is also specific expertise within the group on cross-cutting issues, including the impact of international trade law on environmental regulation and the interplay between human rights law and environmental rights and resources. We have experience in representing groups against large companies for breach of human rights obligations, particularly in regard to the environmental impact of their actions. We represented the claimants in an action against Shell Nigeria for wide-scale pollution of the Niger Delta and against BP Colombia for damage to peasant farms allegedly caused by the construction of a pipeline.

Before the domestic courts, we appear in challenges and administrative appeals to regulatory and planning decisions by the Secretary of State and local authorities on behalf of local residents and others and in challenges to licensing decisions by the Environment Agency. We are also involved in private arbitration and mediation.


Members of the group regularly publish and lecture in this area. A number of members are highly regarded academics in this field, as well as being practitioners.


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Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
Chris Buttler QC
Called: 2004 Silk: 2021
Kate Cook
Called: 1990
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Zoë Leventhal
Called: 2002
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Called: 1992
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 1999
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Called: 1985 Silk: 2003
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Paul Skinner
Called: 2010
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
David Wolfe QC
Barrister since: 1992