Francis Taylor Building

Environment Department

London (Bar)
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Francis Taylor Building is renowned for its extensive experience of environment and planning law. The set has been involved in numerous high-profile cases regarding the environmental aspects of sizeable developments and infrastructure projects such as road and rail links. Members are well equipped to act for developers, water companies, public bodies and environmental groups, among other clients. FTB barristers are regularly instructed in cases involving complex European legal issues.

Client service: "The clerking is efficient and attentive." The "very experienced and efficient" Paul Coveney is the senior clerk.

Gregory Jones QC
Covers all aspects of EU environmental law, regularly advising developers, local planning authorities and landowners. Statutory nuisances as well as air and water pollution control fall within his wide remit.
Strengths: "He provides good strategic advice."

James Pereira QC
Advises on environmental law in the context of a broad public law practice. His caseload incorporates a plethora of topics, ranging from the disposal of hazardous waste to pollution from coal mining. He is noted for his work on statutory nuisance issues.
Strengths: "Intuitive and instinctive, and very client and solicitor friendly, putting clients at ease no matter how choppy the waters. He is also a compelling advocate and impressive court performer."

Ned Westaway
Represents a range of clients, including a number of large environmental organisations, in conservation law and protection of habitat cases. He further advises on matters relating to statutory nuisance, water law, waste law, contaminated land and environmental crime.
Strengths: "A fighter - he is very dogged and determined." "Ned very quickly grasps a point and knows the landscape of the law, but also the practical side."
Recent work: Instructed by South Gloucestershire Council to act in a judicial review claim against a decision to grant hazardous substances consent for a liquefied petroleum gas site next to a business park.

Richard Honey
Has an expansive environmental practice that sees him advising on a range of matters including permitting, pollution liability, waste and land contamination, environmental taxation and protected habitats and species. He acts for government bodies, regulated individuals and energy and utility companies.
Strengths: "Brilliant." "He's very thorough and won't beat around the bush if he thinks something is wrong or unnecessary."
Recent work: Advised the Environment Agency on a case for safeguarding land for the construction of a new Thames Barrier.

Robert McCracken QC
Has a strong focus on EU environmental law and represents multinational enterprises as well as community groups. His cases relate to such matters as statutory nuisance, the protection of habitats and waste management.
Strengths: "A top environmental lawyer."